Double Galaxy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 1,551
Photo of BillRoth
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of jrc1093
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Damasen
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.51/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of eppie82
4.92/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely not the same quality as I've experienced from their growler fills- but I wouldn't kick it out of bed. Last batch of TH Green kicked this one's ass and I'm not really a TH guy. Will have to get back up to the source

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Photo of Tucquan
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-06-04 in Columbia, PA from a fresh, 12oz can

A - Murky straw-gold with a 1-finger head that drops quickly leaving decent lace.

S - Overly ripe pineapple (a bit dank), melon, cracker, very pleasant earthy/herbal/floral spice.

T - More West Coast than I expected but still plenty of NEIPA elements. There's pineapple, some pine, chalk, yeast, earthy spice, light sourdough, salt and a moderate bitter finish.

M - Medium-heavy body and light medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy with some bite at the end.

O - Quite enjoyed this

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Photo of Phineasco
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hazy yellow with turbid with big white creamy head. Has medium low carbonation.
Smell: Pineapple, grapefruit pith, lemon, and earthy pine.
Taste: Pineapple, grapefruit pith, lemon, skittles, and earthy pine.
Mouthfeel: Medium light and creamy.
Overall: A great IPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Filled a Treehouse growler. Consumed the next day. 2/15/18 " Imperial single hop pale ale".

A dark and seriously hazy muddy golden color, classicly healthy, chunky, long lived white foam cap. Very chunky lace is left high up on the glass and streams down. Very solid. Looks like a tropical pinch blend with black pepper and lemmon added.

The nose is full of freshly cut grass, lemmon zest, spicy citrus, sweet pineapple and mint leaves from the Galaxy hops. Mild but sweet malt tones, grains and honey. Lemmon zest, grasses and citrus pop out most. Smells very fresh, like a wet field on the first hot day of spring but with spruce and pine tree's dropping sap all over it.

Whoa!! This liquid is pure fire. Deep layers of Galaxy hops just crushes the taste buds. Grains and dry grasses pop right out, the earthy tones are awesome. Spicy citrus, zesty herbs, pineapple, white grapes, black pepper and light melon round out what the Galaxy hop provides within the flavor spectrum. The malted barley is very light and gives a crispy grains and wild honey effect for balance. With an 8% abv. You would never know, in fact, it has the complexity of a session ipa in the mouthfeel and flavor. The tag on the growler does note: " Imperial single hop Pale Ale, the body and flavor does fall on the Pale Ale, not IPA side. Very mild bitterness but tons of earthy/fruit effects regardless.

The mouthfeel us actualky very lush, long and practically full for the style. A crisp bite happens first with layers after layer of heady liquid. In one way it's a very light feel but then it rides along in a full , smooth effect. Juicy finish, not really ever dry.

This is a unique brew. Excellent complexity with some very original aspects to the hop flavor. Very eell rounded hop taste with minimum bitterness. Makes the drinkability extra high. Cannot believe this is 8 % abv. Double Galaxy vs. Double Citra.....too close to call. Hill Farmstead just needs to keep crushing the hops!

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Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can received in @WesMantooth's hoppy BIF box.

Split this with a friend after work, so proper reviewing did not occur. I'll just say it looked and tasted immaculate, was incredibly well-balanced, and deserves any hype thrown it's way. Great stuff!

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IPAs I've ever had. Nothing shines too much but everything is absolutely perfect. The flavor in this one is just as strong as anything. It is ridiculous how well balanced the HF IPAs are.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best IPAs I have ever tried. Much thanks to @buking21 for the hook-up! Perfect hop aroma, tons of juice and dank, glides down. Wow!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've said before that it's pretty hard to mess up an IPA with Galaxy hops. This beer proves that theory once again, but also shows how to master an IPA with Galaxy hops. It's inviting orange juice appearance is quickly distracted by the amazing aromas which only force you to indulge instantly in the juice, fruity, flavorful bliss of this, dare I say, masterpiece. And if that wasn't good enough, the feel is so intoxicatingly smooth and creamy, with a noticeable bitter bite to make any IPA fan happy. This is how this style of IPA is done folks. Cheers!

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Photo of atomicnemesis
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours a hazy pale orange

S: smells of mellow tropical fruit. Orange and grapefruit mainly.

T/F: superb. Taste follows the smell and goes down incredibly smooth. Difference between this and double Nelson is how much smoother this one is. A slight soft mango aftertaste seals the deal on this one. Very creamy, medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

O: this one is amazing. One of the top beers I've had. Will definitely be on the search for more.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful bright hazy orange with a finger and a half of bright white head. smells of the dankest hops with a nice subtle touch of tropical fruits. taste is rich and dank and fruity yet very drinkable. does not tire out the palate. feel is incredible thick and creamy. perfect carbonation level. fantastic all-Galaxy DIPA.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip. Pineapple forward with a touch of hop bitterness. Very nice cloudy pale yellow look, solid mouthfeel. Well done!

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Photo of thatche2
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. Smell is classic Galaxy hops with notes of orange/grapefruit pulp, earthy/floral hops, pineapple and light resiny sweetness (tropical). Taste follows the nose with great creamy body up front. Then, a surge of refreshing orange pulp and earthy hop flavor transitions to the finish. Sweetness is low to moderate with a really nice honey/resin character, and bitterness is fairly low. Carbonation is relatively low as well, just about perfect.

Overall, this is probably my favorite IPA. This beer is absolutely delicious with great complexity and an incredible earthy and citrus hop flavor. It is a delicate yet incredibly flavorful beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.73/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into speigelau IPA glass canned on 8/28

A: Milky unclear body with a bright orange body. pretty small soapy white head that settles to almost a ring.

S: Pineapple a little honey and ton of that yeast smell.

T: A little yeasty taste some sweet cantaloupe soft lemon a little grass.

M: Soft a light carbonation medium bodied.

O: It's a decent beer but not anything I would look for if I was going out.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler dated Sept. 7

This is about as perfect as a beer gets for the style. Very piney and pithy. Gritty hop purée all the way. This brew is sooo alive!

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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 1,551 ratings