Double Galaxy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Single Hop IPA hopped exclusively with Galaxy.

Added by sisuspeed on 04-02-2011

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4.56
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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$1 per oz at a bar in Brooklyn. Currently #43 in the Top 250.

HEAD: Frothy, soft, white. Leaves a thick and even coating of lacing on the Glass's sides as it recedes, which takes about 2 minutes.

BODY: Unfiltered and hazy, with a dull orange-copper colour. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an IPA by any stretch.

AROMA: Yogurty tang. Passionfruit. Citrus zest. Keylime. Fresh floral hop aromatics. Not too tropical by any means.

Pale malts erase any trace of hop bitterness. It's pleasantly pungent, suggesting a balanced yet surprisingly complex beer for a single hop (I)IPA.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE: A unique mix of yogurt-like tang and fruity hops make this a delightful and balanced brew. The subtle tug of tropical Passionfruit on the more straightforward keylime citrus hop emphasis works well, with floral hop flavours lending this ale additional complexity.

Pale malts balance out any hop bitterness. Good depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration.

It fulfills the potential of its premise, showcasing galaxy hops remarkably well and making me view the hop differently than I had before...But as a single hop beer, it is limited in its intricacy. Drinkers after a still more multidimensional and masterfully complex brew may be let down.

Not an IPA for those drinkers after a piney, grapefruity, resinous, or oily hop profile.

TEXTURE: Smooth, coating, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, soft, and approachable, with a cool refreshing quality to it that helps elevate it beyond many beers in the style, playing with that odd yogurty flavour that Hill Farmstead seems uniquely able to coax out of certain hops (often Simcoe).

OVERALL: Dangerously drinkable for its moderately high ABV, and no doubt one of the best galaxy single hop beers I've ever had. I wouldn't count it up there with the very best in the style (and I consider it an IPA), but it's absolutely worth trying and I'd definitely buy it regularly if not for the price. Not Too 250 material by my personal estimation, but it's unusually well-executed and joins the company of Mikkeller's Single Hop Amarillo as one of the best single hop IPAs I've had. Hat tip to Hill Farmstead.

B (3.65) / GOOD

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dirty orange. Basically no head, but was poured from a growler

Grapefruit is the dominant smell, but lots of tropical fruit as well. A bit on the sweeter side. More guava and mango, not a lot of citrus or pine.

Malt is has a more substantial presence than I expected...the cracker keeps the hops reigned in a bit. Citrus is more prevalent in the taste.

Soft mouthfeel, a bit chalky, light carbonation. Really no bitterness

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Photo of Caleb_Parent
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured from a 750ml Growler filled at the brewery into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy golden, orange color and is for all intents and purposes opaque. Virtually nonexistent head, and leaves characteristic lace around the glass. Exactly what I look for in a good DIPA.

Smell: Very fruity notes. I get orange peel and grapefruit with mild piney notes which hide under the immediate burst of citrus. After first opening the bottle, you get a good burst of the malt backbone this beer provides which is a nice balance for this world class beer. I just want to crawl inside the bottle and live in here.

Taste: Phenomenal taste which starts with orange peels, lemon, and grapefruit which finishes with light hoppy notes such as pine and tart. The malt profile offers a delicious balance, and there is virtually no astringency you get from other 8% DIPAs on the market. This beer leaves a delicious resinous aftertaste of a good hoppy beer.

Feel: Light carbonation which easily flows over the palate and offers a delicious way to spread the flavor of this beer.
like true fashion of most world class DIPAs the finish is perfect and your mouth is left feeling refresh and tart.


Overall: This is a delicious beer and rivals as one of my favorite beers, if you can get your hands on this gem I highly suggest you make the trip to the brewery (Practically in the middle of nowhere in rural Vermont). Part of the attraction this beer provides is how it is not readily available, and you can only bring this beer home from the brewery.

Cheers!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hill Farmstead Brewery "Double Galaxy"
on tap @ The Mule Bar, Winooski, VT on 6 June 2016
$8 / 10 oz., 8% ABV

Notes: Cloudy orange-gold body beneath a bright white head. Hard to tell what the head retention and lacing are truly like given it's in a bar glass... seems very good, but it could perhaps be better. I'm guessing this is hopped with Galaxy hops, although I'm not sure about the "double" part. Is it a double IPA or is it double hopped with Galaxy? Do they make a "Galaxy IPA"? Pleasant, non-distinctive citrus in the aroma with a suggestion of other fruit over a lightly grainy malt base. The flavor is fuller, delivering juicy hops (tropical/citrus... soft grapefruit... perhaps passion fruit) over a sweetish 'cracker-like' maltiness. Solidly bitter, leading to a dry, bitter finish with some residual hoppy fruitiness. The alcohol never shows (although I only have 10 oz.). Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth across the palate. Nicely balanced - finely focused. I'm pleased that it's not over-blown, and thus quite drinkable despite its strength.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share on 7/30/16, thanks to Jeremy. Hazy straw colored pour, small wispy head. Fruity aroma, tropical, melon, mango, citrus. More big fruit flavors in the taste, but still allowing some maltiness to make itself known. Very refreshing on a hot day, almost too fruity for an IPA, but delicious.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, dark orange in color with a thin white sticky head.
S: Phenomenal! Literally out of this world. Smelled like freshly peeled grapefruits, pineapple, melon, and tropical fruit galore. This batch of galaxy hops are insane.
T: Similar to the nose. Insanely juicy, melon and grapefruit pith notes pop out.
M: Medium carbonation, slightly bitter, sticky hops. Creamy, pillowy body.
O: Fantastic beer can't say enough about it.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clean, balanced, beautiful aroma and very juicy. This is very close to a TH juice bomb. Ridiculously good and loved drinking it. Would recommend to anyone, one of the best HF IPA's you can get

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter.
Pours a beautiful hazy deep golden color with one finger of soapy head.
Aromas are dank hops, tropical fruit and a touch of sweetness.
Flavor is incredible. Tons of orange peel, some tropical fruit and good maltiness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is excellent.
I can't believe it took me this long to try it, but it's fucking incredible.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pony Bar.
4/4.5/4/3.5/4
Hazy, unfiltered head. No chance at a head -- full to the brim.
It smells delightfully hoppy, and also lots of fruit. Delightfully citrusy mangos. Lemon peel.
Light bodied and bit fizzy. The hops aren't immediately obvious, but he aftertaste is eternally herbaceous. The maintaste is mostly grain and orange zest, with a juicy-bitter component that is more Tropicana than Copacobana. I certainly wouldn't have known the provenance of tasting blind.
Decent DIPA, but there's better out there. Not HF's finest moment.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- light orange clear with light creamy head and nice lacing
Aroma is pure galaxy all the way, dank up front with citrus on back end. Smells great
Taste- Very flavorful imperial IPA, my favorite HF beer to date
Mouthfeel- smooth and creamy.
Overall- This is one of my favorite NE IPAs, really good beer. If you like the Galaxy hop, you will love this beer

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Photo of TheRossness
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double Galaxy is the best DIPA I've ever had and one of the best beers I've had bar none! It is thick, looks thick, drinks smoothly (like all Hill Farmstead) and tastes amazing! People describe IPA's as tropical tasting, but I was never able to taste tropical fruits in an ipa. That is until I had Double Galaxy. It was bursting with orange, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, guava, peaches and other yummy fruits. It also introduced me to the Galaxy hop, which has become a favourite of mine. Double Galaxy is an outstanding beer. Its way better than Treehouse beers which currently 7/5/16 rank higher than it. I highly recommend drinking it. Awesome stuff!!!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of my most favorite double IPA's from Hill Farmstead. First time I had it I told my buddy it tastes like a fluffy cloud. Highly recommend this beer. very smooth for a double IPA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler procured from the source.

This one pours a bright and supremely hazy orange, with a small head, and a ton of lacing.

This smells like orange puree, grapefruit pith, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, a little bit of pine, and a little bit of grass.

This is probably the most delicious IPA I've ever had, possibly the most delicious beer I've ever had. It's so bold, but balanced between all the things in an IPA that I want. It's super juicy up front, delicious grapefruit, intense orange, as well as mango, pineapple and passionfruit, and just the slighest hint of malt to prop everything up. This is unreal.

This is pretty rich, but not thick. It's very easy to drink, but substantial, with a good level of carbonation.

I am absolutely floored by this beer. Unreal stuff.

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Photo of ale2thechief
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is phenomenal. Served in tulip glass at three penny bar in Burlington. Most impressive mouth feel of any beer I've ever had. Good straight up New England style IIPA. Exceptional citrus flavor sets this apart from West Coast offerings. No caramel, malty aftertaste. Stunning!

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a growler picked up at the brewery. This is an insane DIPA. Nice unfiltered look; plenty of lacing. Nose is a little light -- citrus and a little funk. Lots of orange, orange peel, and a bit of funk in taste -- super clean, super smooth. This is one of the top IPA type beers I have had -- very much different, but in the same world class as the Abner I had yesterday. Bottom line - it is going to be real hard to put Vermont in my rear view mirror tomorrow knowing that Hill Farmstead doesn't make it down my way. Well worth getting off of the beaten path to visit Greensboro Bend and pick up some real gems.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this one on tap at Armsby Abbey today. It poured a nice yellow golden color with a nice head and great lacing. The smell was citrus and fruity, orange. The taste just blew me away. Very nice profile of citrus, orange and maybe a bit of pineapple with a bitter grapefruit at the finish. The mouthfeel was excellent. I wish I could have stayed for another one but I was on my way to Tree House. I hope to get to try this one again soon.

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Photo of diemilio
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it tonight on tap at Armsby Abbey; freaking amazing. It reminds me very much of Green, but a little bit less "on your face" and with a smoother mouthfeel.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Truly an outstanding beer, by far the best that I've tried from Hill Farmstead. Huge fruit and sweetness flavor profile, with the piney and dank kick. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tregan_20
4.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fresh growler poured into a snifter glass. Pours somewhat hazy copper color with a decent amount of head. The small and flavors consist of mangos, pineapples, citrus, pine, fresh grass, somewhat herbal; very clean IMO. The hint of alcohol is very limited here. Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA and would love to try some more ASAP! Cheers!

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of winningwes91
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the real deal. Pours a super hazy orange with a finger of pillowy white head. Smells like a melange of passion fruits..Taste is the same. Best dipa (even better than ks). Amazing

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Photo of Sheppard
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Armsby. This is truly a delight. Pours a orange hazy golden color. It's not turbid, but it's not translucent either. White head. Aroma is citrusy. There is a ton of orange citrus, with some resin, and a mineral texture to this DIPA. I really love this beer.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

its beers like this that make me feel truly blessed to live in VT. had this on tap at manhattan's

appearance is everything youd expect in a HF ipa... hazy, nice retention and lacing

smell basically sealed the deal for me. tropical vacation status - mango, pineapple, melons, orange, citrus zest and a light pine.

the taste is unbelievably fresh and juicy, matches the nose really nicely, straight up hop bomb with just the right amount of very light malt sweetness to balance. mouthfeel is great in terms of accentuating the intended flavors and creates a really nice piney bitterness on the finish.

overall i think its one of the most perfect IPAs ive tried, although that is highly subjective of course. balance is unbelievable, the quality of flavor surpasses that of most IIIPAs but it drinks like a session. i dont know how they did it, but im very pleased.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 filled 2/5

L- Hazy orange with a thick, billowy head with excellent lacing.

S- Juciy. Very citrusy.

T- Orange, grapefruit. Resinous. Fairly bitter throughout but especially at the end. Finishes very dry.

M- Excellent carb as usual. Drinks very easy. Refreshing.

O- Not my favorite HF IPA but still extremely solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2-8-16 - On tap at TRIA in Philly. Served in their classic "T" stemmed tulip. Cloudy with straw color. Swirls on top. Super good with hoppy and kind-of fruity flavors. Another great one and glad TRIA had this gem.

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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.56 out of 5 based on 1,325 ratings.
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