Double Galaxy
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #14
ABV:
8%
Score:
100
Ranked #43
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 6.71%
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
1,649
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Vermont, United States
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World-Class
Double GalaxyDouble Galaxy
Notes: Imperial Single Hop IPA hopped exclusively with Galaxy.
Reviews: 268 | Ratings: 1,649 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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argock from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 09/15/20. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Hazy gold with 1-2 finger frothy off-white head with excellent retention and sturdy lacing.

S: Herbal undertones to the hop aroma with minty, peppery, melon coming through strongest, with some pineapple and red grapefruit in the background.

T: Flavor is also melon-heavy with some lemongrass and herbal notes in the mid-palate and pineapple and orange in the finish. Pale maltiness is substantial and lends light grainy sweetness. Bitterness is medium with mild fruity esters.

M: The feel is a bit high in minerality for me with a little chalkiness in the finish. Body is medium with low-medium carbonation.

O: A great NEIPA with a more bitter edge which I like. Thanks to my generous friend Eric for giving me the chance to try this exceptional beer from an exceptional brewer — did not disappoint.

Nov 02, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 9/15/20
Consumed 10/18/20

As with all the best NEDIPAs, this is a beautiful beer. If it didn't taste and smell so amazing, I'd wonder if they made beers just to look pretty on Instagram, but this matches on the other notes. I love that the ones from the Northeast do have a bit more of a bitter dry finish than the Midwestern ones that I drink most often (being from Chicago.) I DO wish they'd change to a 16oz can. There's a reason why that's so popular now as a format size, and with the dryer finish, I could really drink more than 12oz in a sitting. There's not as much on the nose as the super fresh Hop Butcher's that I most often drink, but that might be due to the can being a month old. I still get nice hops and bitter grapefruit rind on the nose and pallet. It's a wonderfully balanced beer. Will HF ever expand and increase distribution? If so, people will undoubtedly say their quality has dropped even if it doesn't. I'd love to see this in my area. Don't ever pass this one up!

Oct 18, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow with a thick, creamy head and good lacing.

S: Bright, pungent tropical fruit, grapefruit, a small amount of dank, pine, and a touch of spicy booze. Some subtle pale malt in the background as well.

T: Firm but mild bitterness upfront, moves into a huge wave of citrusy tropical fruit flavors. A piney resinous edge to the flavor as well as some peach notes. The malt flavor is surprisingly full and provides a good base as well as a bit of sweetness to support the hop flavors.

F: Full bodied but still a drying finish.

Overall: A full on juicy hop experience with surprising complexity for a single-hop beer. Everything works perfectly to create a supremely balanced and drinkable ale.

Sep 17, 2020
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GRG1313 from California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead lives up to its amazing reputation with this one. This is beautiful to look at, wonderful nose, great balance and lasting pleasant finish. This beer is one of the best around for the style.

Jul 22, 2020
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 12oz can, dated 06/23/20. Served in a willi becher.

Pours an opaque mucky orange with two-plus fingers of lush, lathery, cream colored foam. Retention is excellent slowly settling into a big lumpy cap with a tattered curtain of thick lacing.

The nose is sharp and clean, pungent, fruity yeast. Pineapple and hard candies.

Taste is juicy-sticky-fruity but with surprisingly assertive bitterness. Pineapple and mango, a sour peach skins-sort-of-grassy taste, yeasted bread roll and mineral water. The sour peach skin/grassy thing persists into the aftertaste.

Feel is smooth and juicy, starts sticky but finishes clean, medium bodied with perfect carbonation. There is a mild, understated boozy warmth going down which is wholly appropriate to the style.

Overall, probably pretty close to the perfect NEDIPA. The mildly sour, grassy, underripe peach skin aftertaste is the only (very) minor complaint I have and was easily corrected for by taking the next sip.

Jul 03, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top of the top in terms of IPAs. Was able to score two six packs at the brewery itself. The color on this IPA is almost unheard of. Also the taste is as fine as an IPA gets.

Jun 24, 2020
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (2/24) into a Teku

L: brown orange color, more dirty than creamy. Great white head with solid lacing. As I drink it lacing really is standout

S: soft, tropical, dank fruit I'd expect from galaxy. Passionfruit, mango, orange, grapefruit. Maybe some slight piney notes. Even, beautiful nose that's getting me excited for a sip!

T: nose follows through but a bit more subdued, led by sharper citrus notes (orange/grapefruit) with a decent hop bite. Some piney flavor, steers clear of the vegetal/grassy issues I've had with some galaxy (that may be more galaxy batch than beer, but still). Nice hint of abv warmth as I drink it, but there's no boozy notes of note (sorry...)

F: quite soft without being creamy or overly pillowy. Medium carbonation. Hard to not just down this frankly

O: a really fantastic beer, showcases what I love about galaxy in a NEIPA without becoming an overly sweet bomb. Have had this a couple times before (can and draft), today's post-work quarantine experience probably my favorite

Apr 06, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

4.47/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thousand thanks to larryi86 who hit me with this gem in NBS BIF #11 Nigel Tufnel's wet dream (this one went to 11!)
Can stamped 02/24/20
Straw colored, turbid, with a pillowy white head that pushes damn near 3 fingers in height. Slowly recedes to a consistent, persistent finger high for the next 3-4 minutes. Some sticky lacing.
Aroma bursts with an initial onslaught of zesty citrus: grapefruit, orange, lemon zest. But there's a honey-tinged grainy note too, akin to wet oats and buckwheat. I could smell this all day.
Taste, again citrus forward but, more complex.m There's subtle hints of peach, cantaloupe, lemongrass, understated nods to onion and herbal spice that quickly retreat and leave a melange of crackery malt and a lingering grass-tinged bitterness.
Mouthfeel is , well Hill Farmstead. I truly feel like the water is a key characteristic, their terroir. This one is a bit fluffy, and there is a mineral note that is divine. Carbonation is there throughout, but not prominent.
Overall, the best example of a GALAXY focused DIPA or IPA I've ever tasted. One suggestion that would make this better, delivery to California.

Apr 01, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz draft at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Review # 2001 (Bonus review - I've retired at 2000 reviews, but couldn't help myself)

Appearance
Hazed-out golden blonde. Short white cap.

Nose
Mango, lychee, grapefruit, orange citrus, dank, and pine.

Taste
Mango juice, sweetened grapefruit, and candied tangerine. Lychee and gooseberry. Firmly dank, piney, and lightly earthy. Candy sugar and caramel sweetness. Exceedingly flavorful.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, juicy, silky, and lightly bitter. Perfection!

Overall
Wow! Worth the price of admission. Extremely flavorful and easy drinking.

Mar 12, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you TimG_0913 for this
12 oz can, dated 2/24/20, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, cantaloupe, some lime zest, mango, hints of pale malts.

T- Citrus, piney, a little dank, some melons, touch of tropical fruits, some pale malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A good galaxy IPA, but the taste isn’t as big as the nose.

Mar 09, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smells most prominently of ripe (not overripe/mushy) cantaloupe with secondary notes of citrus and a kiss of grassiness.

Taste mostly follows the nose: big cantaloupe up front followed by a light oniony bite. A swells of hoppy sweetness then fades into a clean grassy bitterness. A light citrus undertone carries through the palette and finish. A delicate crackery malt presence carries through and lingers long after the sip.

Mouthfeel is on point. This beer is hazy, it is not turbid and it certainly doesn't feel chewy like many recent NEDIPAs. The body is as full as it needs to be to support the hop character and alcohol, but it never detracts from the beers other features.

World-class

Feb 29, 2020
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Pours a cloudy pale dirty orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Big nose of tropical fruits. Pineapple, guava, mango, lime and grapefruit. The taste is pineapple, lime, grapefruit and peach. A bit more citrus bitterness towards the end. Spicy/herbal hop finish. Malts come out at the end. Dry mouthfeel with a medium body. Mild alcohol presence, but I wouldn’t have expected it to be as high as 8%.

Jan 14, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6 pack of this at the source in late October. What a fun day that was.

Pours a cloudy yellow with 1/3" white head. Good retention for style. Has the nice Galaxy smell, pineapple definitely the most prominent tropical fruit note.

Taste is easy like Sunday morning, below average bitterness, below average hop burn/acidity. Above average tropical fruit notes, still lead by the pineapple quotient. Malt bill is minimal and non descript outside of the normal parameters of pale malt, 2 row and flaked oats. Relatively soft mouth feel because of all that. 8% drinks pretty easy here. The difference in a decade between imperial ipas to now, so much different, less bitterness and alcohol burn to say the least.

Holy moly, look at that average score! While I think this is a very good beer, damn, there are literally more than a hundred double/imperial ipas that are just as good in California alone. Happy I got to try it, but if you haven't, don't feel like its some grail that has to happen, don't fomo this, you have something like it around you. With that said, still very tasty.

Dec 03, 2019
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Drel from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extremely bitter/vegetal...at least on this batch. Tried several cans at various points of the August 2019 batch and they were all unpleasant. A rare miss for HF.

Dec 03, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hops Hill, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy dark yellowish white in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left lots of thick lacing down the sides of the glass and a thin webbing of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit citrus are present in the nose along with hints of peaches.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of citrusy hops - grapefruit stands out in particular - along with notes of stone fruit and hints of peaches. There is also a moderate to high amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little crisp, and somewhat juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very impressive for a single hop IPA as it is aromatic, flavorful, and bitter with hardly any traces of alcohol. It is an absolute hop bomb.

Serving type: on-tap

Nov 05, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge head as I had kicked the keg. Slow to recede leaving lots chunky lace in the form of blankets and thick streaks. The liquid is milkshake cloudy with white hued lemon color.

Spicy and floral hop aroma. The malt smell is neutral and certainly lighter than the hop.

Dry malt start which enhances the strength of the bittering hops. The body is average with an elevated carbonation level. There's a strong alcohol presence. The finish is astringent and bitter but not in an extreme way. Soft lingering aftertaste.

Nov 03, 2019
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TreeHouse_Erection from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All about the hype but this one is a little overrated. Generous scores based on the brewery it comes out of. Was probably world class in 2011 but not so much now. It's very one dimensional.

Oct 24, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a flute glass

Very cloudy straw color, half inch white head

Nose: Dominated by hops. Citrus, tropical fruit

Taste: same as the nose. Very hop forward with citrus and tropical fruit. No malt presence

Feel: Extremely dry and crisp, medium carbonation

Oct 20, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 08/13/19 Drink by 09/24/19 “D.Galaxy”
Can a Galaxy hop be presented in a more impressive manner? I think not. I had forgotten how incredible this varietal can be. Or is it the talent of HF that can showcase a single ingredient in such a way with a delicious base recipe. Regardless, it’s pungent, grassy, dank, vegetal, earthy, and drinkable beyond belief. Sticky and resinous in the finish and feel with plenty of fruit as well. What a beer.

Sep 10, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost a typical NEIPA look but nit as murky. Aroma is delicious citrus, maybe a touch of juniper or pine, some dough. Juicy flavor, not harsh at all, drinkability is scary. My takeaway from Hill Farmstead IPA's after not having them for three years is that they are more refined and subtle than some of the stuff from Treehouse or Trillium. They capture all the right notes but they are soft and refined. I didn't think I liked Galaxy hops but this is high quality beer.

Aug 28, 2019
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can stamped July 2 2019
Tastes great 2 1/2 weeks later
Beautiful orange glow with quickly dissipating white fizzy head.
Smells like citrus and cotton candy
Tastes like a blend of orange and grapefruit juices.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Mild bitterness on the follow.
Heavy lacing on the brandy snifter.

Jul 20, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange pour with a nice finger's thickness of white, creamy head. Smells terrific - lots of orange-y citrus notes. Taste is super clean with a ton of citrus, some resiny green notes, a bit of bitterness in the finish. Just excellent. Really drinkable, impossible to discern the 8% ABV. Would love to crush these by a fire.

Jun 16, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Soft gold, foamy head. Aroma has underripe melon, faint lemon, musty hop. Palate is pretty balanced, not super juicy, more earthy fruit flavors like stone fruit, maybe a little apricot, with some grassy earthy hops. Medium bitterness

Jun 14, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First, I love Galaxy... so a bit biased. Having a HF Imp IPA doing a SH with Galaxy sounded so good. Reading reviews then placed a huge hype... made me wonder.
So delighted that I could grab a six pack when at HF last week.
Quintessential NEIPA if you like Galaxy.
Beautiful full heady pour. Hazy but not cloudy. Rich yellow towards orange. Robust fruity and dank nose. Flavor was so rich with fresh citrus and tropical fruit; sharpened with some notes of rind zest. A bit of dank bitterness increased as beer warms slightly.
Very well rounded and delicious.
Smooth and very slightly creamy; but highly light and refreshing.
Awesome IPA. More than held up to the hype.

May 23, 2019
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a just a really phenomenal beer that lives up to the hype and more. Beautiful hazy pale orange, great head and that HF lacing all the way down the glass. Earthy dank citrus grassy nose, taste is so well balanced, earthy dank grapefruit, lemon, grassy, sweet biscuity backbone. Soft, smooth, nice dry bitter finish. If I could only drink one IPA for the rest of my days it might be this one.

May 21, 2019
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