Barley's Galaxy 500 | Smokehouse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by prototypic on 07-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by mattcrill:
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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Melon, pear, and stone fruit esters up front. Slight peppery alcohol notes.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with an off-white head that retains well.

Flavor: Wonderful big musk melon character up front. Followed by some earthy hop bitterness and some light white pepper phenols. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is long, lingering, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slight warming alcohol sensation.

Overall impression: A wonderfully hoppy Belgian IPA. Love the assertive hop character and Belgian yeast character. The best of both worlds!

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Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Galaxy 500 pours a very hazy collision of orange and gold. Backlighting definitely gives it more of an orange look. A white head tops it off. It stands a little over a finger tall. Retention was pretty good. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty good. It has a really nice fruit scent. It’s actually one of the strongest citric fruit scents I’ve encountered in a while. It smells like pineapple with a twist of orange. Smells sugary and sweet, but it’s not caramel or toffee. I like that. Unfortunately, I’m not getting much Belgian yeast. There is a little yeast, but it doesn’t smell distinctly Belgian. Alcohol is masked well.

I really like the flavor. It has a really strong citric hop flavor. Pineapple and orange seem to be the strongest flavors, but there’s definitely some pine in there as well. The citrus flavors are not as strong as the nose suggested, but they’re still here in abundance. Galaxy hops definitely add a bitter jolt to the flavor. It is sweet and sugary, but not overbearing. Belgian yeast is a little more noticeable here, but I’d still prefer more. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes bitter, dry, and a tad resiny.

Galaxy 500 has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is nice and light. It needs just a little more heft to really feel smooth, but it has a pretty nice feel overall. Drinkability is quite good. This stuff goes down easy.

I understand that Galaxy 500 was brewed to celebrate Barley’s 500th batch. The use of Australian Galaxy hops is interesting, but works well. I really like the bold citric flavor and intense bitter kick they bring to the table. The only downside here is that the Belgian yeast seems to be a little subdued in the mix. A stronger Belgian yeast presence would really take it to the next step. Don’t get me wrong – this is definitely a tasty beer. But, if you’re going to brew a Belgian IPA, the Belgian yeast should share the spotlight equally with the hops. Here’s hoping Barley’s brews this again and makes that small tweak. Happy 500th, guys!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at the Smokehouse on 7/1/12

Hazy, pale golden honey color. Didn't pour much of a head at all.

Hop notes are juicy, having a very tropical aroma. Notes of mango and ruby grapefruit abound. Cracker adds a hint of sweetness. The abbey yeast does a nice job of pairing with the Galaxy hops, giving a light fruit twinge and suggestions of bubblegum. While the aroma is really nice, the flavor does not back it up fully. The front end has a brief, fruity intensity which is fleshed out quickly by the yeast and grainy middle. Moderately spicy. The later half is dry; hops move back in with a lasting bitterness. Aside from alcohol slickness and mild, building heat, the feel is pretty spot-on - medium body with peppy carbonation to carry the hops.

Overall, this is pretty decent. It has grown on me over the course of the pint. I missed it when first brewed, so I'm glad they gave it another go.

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Photo of Geno78
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Bonis
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very cloudy, almost milky golden color with tints of orange. A half inch of tiny bubbles settle to a ring with swirls of bubbles around the top.

S - Belgian yeast up front, lots of fruity esters mingle with the hops... Bubblegum, cotton candy.. nice! Hops provide a nice blend of citrus and tropical aromas. A little booze is there, but seems to die down as it warms, surprisingly. Smelling pretty spot on for a Belgian IPA.

T - Lots of fruity esters carry over and mix with the intense Galaxy hops nicely. Very fruity, but not really in a sweet way, more of a delicious hoppy/yeasty way. Hops dry things out a bit on the finish. Tropical and citrus hops dominate, a little pine mixes in. Pure hoppiness and that classic Belgian fruit ester flavor. Booze is again noted, but not anything serious. To me, this is a pretty solid example of a Belgian IPA. Not the best I've tasted, but definitely nice (and hoppy!).

M - Carb has died a bit after being in the growler a couple of days, but still has a nice body and not stale at all. Nice prickly hop bitterness on the tongue. Slight alcohol burn, but the burps taste awesome.

O - A very nice Belgian IPA brewed locally. Glad I picked up the growler in the end. Would recommend this brew to those in Columbus that have the chance to try it!

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Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Barley's Galaxy 500 from Smokehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 7 ratings