Double Galaxy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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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Ratings:
1,355
Reviews:
214
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
7.02%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -78.1%

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3/5  rDev -34.2%

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3/5  rDev -34.2%

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3/5  rDev -34.2%

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3/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -28.7%

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Photo of brystmar
3.32/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Blind Tiger, billed as Double Galaxy. Really looking forward to this one!

Strongly hoppy, piney aroma. Assorted of citrus fruitiness hides in the background. Flavor profile is nearly a palate wrecker, though, as it unloads wave after wave of sharply flavored hops onto my taste buds. No malt in sight; balance be damned! Again: mild citrus in the shadows if you can find it amongst the overwhelming hops. Plenty of lingering bitterness after swallowing.

Might be the first West-Coast-style DIPA from Hill Farmstead, and certainly the first that lacks balance. Reminds me much more of a Single IPA than a DIPA due to the absence of a malt backbone, and I dislike Single IPAs for exactly this reason. If you like hops with your hops (and then more hops on the side), you're gonna love this one.

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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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3.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -18%

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3.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed yellow amber with lots of tight white head. Nose is hoppy peach, not super bright but hops lead in nose. Taste is a bit muddled. Stronger hop presence, peach and tropical fruit with a light bitterness. Body is light with a strong carb and clean finish.

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3.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429 at his place the other night. Thanks! A big want, obviously because at the time of this review, this is the #44 beer on the beeradvocate best of list "popular" and the #6 beer on the best of American Double / Imperial IPA. This probably means I'm going to love it.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy head of small white head that leaves some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly vegetal and earthy with a mild citrus hops, moderate floral notes, smell good but I'm not overwhelmed so far.

When I drank this I asked Thorpe if it tasted the same as the one he drank (by himself) a few days earlier and he confirmed that "It is nearly the same, perhaps a little less hoppy" -- it is hoppy, mild to moderately bitter on the back, interesting throughout but there is an off sulfur character or some sort of vegetalness that makes me wish we were drinking more Abner. Not my favorite from HF but perhaps my expectations were too high. I've never had a Galaxy single hopped beer. I'd have another and I'd even have this again on draft but it was somewhat of a disappointment.

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3.85/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.56 out of 5 based on 1,355 ratings.
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