Double Galaxy
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Double GalaxyDouble Galaxy
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #15
ABV:
8%
Score:
100
Ranked #46
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 6.71%
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
1,614
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  1,448
Gots
  166
SCORE
100
World-Class
Double GalaxyDouble Galaxy
Notes: Imperial Single Hop IPA hopped exclusively with Galaxy.
Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 1,614 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of PicoPapa
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%.

 417 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

 1,111 characters

Photo of Drel
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.

 162 characters

Photo of metter98
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

 898 characters

Photo of smcolw
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.

 518 characters

Photo of TreeHouse_Erection
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.

 189 characters

Photo of emyers
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

 274 characters

Photo of Gatch
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.

 455 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
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.

 472 characters

Photo of gcasher
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.

 302 characters

Photo of Vidblain
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.

 332 characters

Photo of ajm5108
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

 233 characters

Photo of BillRoth
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.

 670 characters

Photo of detpizzaboi
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.

 398 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge notes of dank tropical citrus, pineapple, lemony orange grapefruity citrus peel, passionfruit, yellow mango, white grape, some herbal earthy floral piney dankness, with a hint of biscuity malt character

 207 characters

Photo of jrc1093
4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 3/4/19

Pours completely opaque light gold topped with a slight, rocky head of creamy white foam; good retention leaves huge amounts of lacing relentlessly painting the walls of the glass, as well as a minor collar of bubbly foam. About as comprehensively appealing a NEIPA I've come across.

Aromas of huge dank, herbal citrus burst from the glass, giving backing impressions of light white wine grape alongside a tropical medley that's so varied it becomes hard to define; I'm getting guava, papaya, orange, and pineapple rind, with lighter tones of passionfruit and peach skins that give way to the faintest creaminess at times. Intense, diverse, and balanced.

Taste profile is ultra dank, with herbal pine and earth dominating a more nuanced citrus profile similar to the aroma; plenty of orange, passionfruit, grapefruit pith, guava, and pineapple rind can be pulled from the mix. Outstanding union of dank hops and citrus bursts on the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a beautifully balanced medium body, slightly juicy and amazingly clean for the level of flavor it carries hoppy grit building toward a tightly-composed bitterness showing from the mid-palate through the finish. No alcohol presence whatsoever and the finish just lasts and lasts.

Intense in its myriad of subtle flavor and so casually balanced, this one is too easy to love (and drink). Doesn't falter much in any area, and has great consistency from start to finish. This is near the peak for the style.

 1,483 characters

Photo of Damasen
4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Arsmby.

Muted nose of pineapple and tropical fruits. Taste follows with pineapple and earthy dank hops and a slight tropical finish with balanced crackery sweetness . Mouthfeel is full and chewy that is reflected in the appearance with a fluffy full head. Overall it's a chewy pineapple shake.

 306 characters

Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
03/16/19

On tap at Trenton Road; in 16 oz plastic cup.

LOOK: Pulpy thick, small head, excellent retention.

AROMA: Grapefruit, papaya, mango

TASTE: Tropical fruit, Hairspray

Good, but not worthy of the hype for me.

**

 227 characters

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.99/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy grapefruit in the glass, a double shot of one of my favorite hop varieties. Though a single hop beer, the flavor comes at you in delicious waves. Brilliantly crafted!

 171 characters

Photo of Gajo74
4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dive 106, NYC.
Pours a hazy orange color with a wispy layer of moussy head. A neat Saturn ring swirl of lacing throughout.
Aromas of candied citrus, particularly orange and tangerine. Notes of tropical fruit, pineapple, mango and papaya. Overall, the aroma hints at fruity juicy goodness to come.
As expected, a big juicy and fruity taste with notes of bright tropical and citrus fruit. A firm malt backbone is nevertheless a background for dominant hops flavors. Notes of orange cream soda and grapefruit pulp add a citrusy tanginess, while mellow tropical fruit, papaya and mango add a nice counterpoint. There are also hints of passion fruit. Earthy hops flavors add a spicy bite, resiny and redolent of sharp pine needles, as well as a developing bitterness.
Medium bodied and alternating between a crisp and fluffy mouthfeel. The carbonation is up to par. Despite the juiciness, the palate develops dryness that greatly aids drinkability. The finish is dry with hints of clean alcohol spices.
Overall, a totally kick ass IPA.

 1,042 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler: Poured a hazy/cloudy yellow color ale with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy and tropical fruit notes with huge dank and floral undertones is just incredible. Taste is an incredible mix of dank and tropical fruit notes with some citrusy floral, subtle residual sugar with no discernible bitterness. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. World-class beer.

 429 characters

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can. Full-on hazy peach color with frothy off-white head with very good retention. Aroma has overripe tropical fruits, juicy hops but also some more classic herbal notes. Taste has a biscuity malt base, even slightly nutty with the hops leaning towards the herbal and grassy side. Aftertaste lingers with grapefruit rind bitterness. Medium body with medium minus carbonation. Extremely drinkable DIPA with no hint of the 8% ABV. It's not a juicebomb like other hazy IPAs these days but it's very hoppy and well put together.

 524 characters

Photo of Zach_Attack
4.73/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

04/2016 - As much as I love Double Citra, this is next level - just a perfect representation of my favorite hop - Galaxy! From the nose, to the palate, to the finish, this ale crushes and is easy to crush, too, despite the ABV!

 227 characters

Photo of eppie82
4.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From can (2 weeks).

Might be the best Galaxy hopped beer I’ve had to date. Beautiful yellow-orange color with loads of frothy foam upon pour. Abundant tropical fruity aroma that follows into the taste, but without making it overly sweet like many NE IPA brewers tend to do with Galaxy hops. It’s really well balanced and clean in the finish with a good mouthfeel. It is extremely enjoyable and easy to drink. Absolutely love it.

 437 characters

Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque pale yellow, almost like banana puree, with a large, off-white foam that settles in thick lumps to a fuzzy collar leaving pock mark lace on glass.

This smells like a tropical fruit cup--pineapple, mango and orange--with some eucalyptus, citronella and biscuit.

Taste is surprisingly acidic for Hill Farmstead, but still quite tasty, with notes of mango, pineapple and lemon rind, but also resin and toasty biscuit.

Thin of body with a sharp acidity, the finish chalk dry.

 481 characters

Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1614 ratings