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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

147 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released Spring 2011

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-23-2011)
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Photo of BaconBandit
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

BaconBandit, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Hopstout, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hits me as about the easiest drinking barleywine that I can recall having in a very long time. The galaxy hops provide a nice accent, but don't seem to hijack too much of the experience, though they do grab a bit of it. Smooth malt presence with a hop spicyness that keeps it fairly interesting. The feel on this one is very smooth and pleasant. Overall, I like this beer a lot. I'd be happy to get several more of these and sit on them for a while and see how they turn out.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The attractive auburn colored body was topped with a two finger thick foamy head, which took a few minutes to dissipate. The smell was very sweet like treacle, with some spice backing it up. The taste was very sweet, almost like diluted honey. There was some sour cherry flavor in the mid palette, with bitterness in the finish. The beer felt a little runny in the mouth compared to others in the style. This is not truly a classic barleywine, as it lacks a significant level of fruitiness, or the hop punch. It drinks more like a cross between a Belgian quadrupel and a barleywine, but weaker than both.

rajendra82, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut brown, but clear and still very translucent. Forms a small off-white head that doesn't bother sticking around for too long. No lacing. This one looks like a glass of whiskey.

S: Fairly aromatic with lots of citrusy hops and alcoholic pungency.

T: Taste starts off with lots of caramel. Malty with a moderate sweetness. Notes of dark honey, caramel malt, and a bit of orangey citrus. Finish is rather quick for a BW coming through with a minty, piney flavor. But while the alcohol comes through quite strong on the nose, it is barely noticeable on the palate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, but feels a bit thin for the style. Lower carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: With the restrained (for a BW) alcohol and the thinner body, this beer is much more drinkable than most BWs. However, it still offers up that typical BW flavor while adding a bit more hops to the mix.

Florida9, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

BFro, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

bmur112, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

coz, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Axnjxn, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Element1290, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep copper / borderline mahogany tone while yielding a finger of foamy beige head. very respectable retention and lacing. nice presentation.

interesting nose. pretty hoppy, a bit dank, and yet with a sturdy malt backbone... reminds me of a DIPA past its prime. secondary notes of caramel and some indistinct fruitiness. medium-full bodied on the palate with adequate carbonation.

flavor offers a nice balance between the bitter hoppiness and sweet malts. some toffee, maybe vanilla, candied sugar and floral / pine hops.

overall, very nice beer. decent amount going on. nothing extraordinary, but tasty and flavorful.

(originally reviewed: 08-08-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

bentonquest, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, with a lot of pine and orange citrus notes, as well as quite a bit of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is similar, with the pine and orange citrus notes from the hops coming through nicely. There is also a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malt, and the bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

2378GCGTG, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

thegerm87, May 29, 2012
Photo of Vancoubeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a random food mart. When I pulled it out of the box the date on the bottle was March 14, 2011. I wondered how the hops have handled the nearly 13 months since bottling? When poured into my snifter it had a filtered looking mahogany color and a white head that was almost non existent. Still do not know why the brothers filter their beer (unlike their hef) The smell is interesting. Any sign of hops are not there. However I get a whiff of roasted grain mixed with the sweetness from the belgian candy sugar. The taste is where this beer is at. There is no way that this is a 9.5% beer. Its smooth. The hops have left more of a citusy flavor instead of bitterness and mixed with the sweet malts and the candy sugar, this is very nice. Sessionable for this style...yes its that dangerously smooth. Its mouthfeel is not to impressive. Dry but watery. The carbonation is low, due to the aging. It there but not a whole lot. Overall, I give this a 4. Its solid. A great barley wine that goes down smooth. Not one of those brews that leave you wondering why people like it. Spot on from the brothers and than god for that store with the beer cave that kept this in the box, cool and away from light.

Vancoubeer, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

tenacioustomato, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jpajpajeff, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass a chill hazed deep amber with a thin off white head atop with no lacing left behind as it settled quickly.Big juicy fruit malt and resiny hops in the nose,quite a contrast but they meld well.Alot like the aromas the flavors start out with deeply fruity malt and brown sugar notes that becomes a herbal/resiny hop lingering finish.It doesn't wow you but it's solid and is somewhat complex,I would drink again if offered.

oberon, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Rhynes2
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saved this beer for my first all grain barley-wine brew day. It looks great, comes in a nice box and very sophisticated bottle. When i cracked it open it was apparent that it was a low carbonation type of beer. Not much head to speak of. Smell is a nice mix of oak and pineapple fruit. there is a little bit of hop bitterness on the tail end but balances well with the sweetness of the beer. It also gives a faint hint of vanilla throughout the sip.
Overall this beer is one of the better barley wines i have had and I'm quite a fan of the style. I'll try to pick another one of these up tonight after I get done brewing if they still have them in stock.

Rhynes2, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with some garnet highlights.
Aroma is caramel and biscuity malt, but also some pine and citrus hops. Do I actually smell pineapple? Appealing nose and fairly balanced and complex at the same time.
First sip reveals an average body and almost non-existant carbonation. Flavor is rich caramel malt and some toffee. I also get pine hops and citrus, again I keep thinking of pineapple as I drink the beer.
The 9.5% is only evident as the beer warms a little, otherwise very well hidden.
This is a nice complex barleywine, interesting and well balanced, and not overly hot from the booze. I would try it again.

sulldaddy, Mar 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

originsbrewery, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass

Appearence: Ruby red, Mahogony, Clear, nice co2 and head

Aroma: Boozey, Hops, Kind of a wort smell, maybe even kind of an estery fruitiness. Strawberry and maybe bananna

Taste: Hop bitterness, Some good warming alcohol, Malty, Oaky vanilla taste.

Mouthfeel: Dry, Crisp, Nice body.

Overall: Damn good beer, Quite possibly the best barley wine ive had

REVIEWED FROM NOTES

JustinQ, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, brought back to Sydney Australia and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours s deep reddish brown colour, with a fine film of quite light white coloured bubbles. Lacing is speckled and fine and tight. Body is firm and strong, and hold very tine carbonation. Overall, it's a really good looking brew.

Nose doesn't really scream Galaxy to me, but the reason for that might be in the luscious, overwhelming barleywine sweetness. Lots of caramelised malts and crystalline sugar characters, giving a deep sweet pool that other characters get lost in. There's a slight tin-foil like metallic twinge to it, which suggests some hops (although not Galaxy), but it's hidden really in the caramelised, rich, sweet sweet sweetness.

Taste is also good, with a true clear caramel barleywine flavour to it that dips out before it gets too heavy. Pleasant cleansing bitterness on the back manages to leaven and cut the palate and stop it from being too intense. Some mild buttery characters do perhaps make it a little chewy and heavy, but otherwise it's a very decent barleywine.

That kind of sums it up, in a way: it's a very decent barleywine. What it's not is a particularly good showcase for Galaxy, which is a lovely hop if used judiciously in the right place. I'll take this beer on its merits (and merits it has), but I'll secretly be a little bit disappointed.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

AJD1201, Feb 17, 2012
Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.