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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
1,401
pDev:
6.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,401 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -20.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. We had this to break up the barleywines.

Pours a super cloudy yellow/golden color. The smell is full of fruity citrus hop notes and seems very fresh. The taste lives up to the beer's reputation. Full of juicy citrus and pine hop bitterness. Enough sweetness to balance the bitter but still let the hops be the star. The finish is bitter and full of wonderful hops.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of largadeer
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from gn0sis. Thanks!

Appearance: Hazy unfiltered pale amber. The head is lasting and dense, leaving sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smell: A ton of tropical fruit - pineapple, mango - lesser notes of grapefruit and onion. A low level of pale malt sweetness enhances the scent of tropical fruit. This smells excellent.

Palate: Waves of pineapple, mango and grapefruit. A hint of onion. There's a moderate level of malt sweetness that works well with the fruity hop profile. Medium bodied with slight chalkiness; not quite as light and crisp as I'd like, but it's not much of a detraction. Bitterness is firm and lasting without bringing any astringency.

Overall: Outstanding. Easily in the upper tier of DIPAs.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one!

Pours a fizzy beige head. Color is a hazed dull golden orange.

Aroma: Mango and grapefruit. Huge fruit profile. Floral, earthy, and fresh. No malts show here. Lots of hops, however.

Taste: Again, mangoes up front providing a sweetness. A light amount of grapefruit citrus. Floral and pine hops. Fresh and earthy. A touch of honey. No malts again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a solid dipa. No malts showing which was awesome. Tons of great hop and fruit flavors. This is up there with the best.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
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 jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Light fizzy 1/2 finger head, soapy lacing, super hazy carrot wheat color.

Nose fresh hops, light musty resin, pine, citrus, very light malt, tangerine, peach etc.

Taste starts grainy and malty, then earthy hops, light floral, then citrus galore, light tropical fruits, tangerine, mango, even slight pineapple, hint of pine and resins, light malty sweetness but little balance. Big malts and bitter hops, would be astringent if it wasn't for the malty sweet balance. finish is fairly bitter, little sweet but dry, hint of fresh pale malt, more hops, long pine and reason, lots of fresh tropical fruit hops late, and gets boozy as it warms.

Mouth med bodied, good carb.

Overall nice, big hops and malts, nice malty balance overall, a bit on the boozy side, decent tropical fruits and citrus hops, overall not too heavy but a sipper.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -13%

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

Poured from a brewery-filled growler into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a nice piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a great balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, great representation of style, this is a tremendous 2IPA to drink for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous thanks to SFLpunk and imagineiii for making this possible, and ensuring that quite a few people in the DC circle will get to try this one out. First 750 is all for me. Nothing like having over a dozen tickable pours all to myself.

Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip glass.

Pours a moderately-hazy bright apricot color with a strong two-finger white head. Fairly fluffy. There's some good retention and gobs and gobs of spotty lacing as it goes down the glass. Good collar and -- appropriately -- a galaxy-swirl cap on top throughout.

The nose starts out with some very, very strong citrus. Lots of grapefruit and orange rind. Some tropical mango in the background. Some more hops. Then some more. Damn. As it warms, the grapefruit takes a bit over from the orange and tropical notes. One of the better smelling DIPAs that I've come across. Me giving something a 5.0 is rare. It being a DIPA that doesn't feature Citra is even rarer. I'm not a Citra fanboy at all :) (That's right, a smiley face in a review...I'm pretty sure I've never done that before.)

The flavor begins with some supremely-aggressive hop components. Grapefruit pith abounds. Looking for serious hop action? Whoop, there it is. Smiley face? Check. Old-school "ashamed to have had singed and danced to" song? Check. Banging on all cylinders tonight. Reference to Brian Regan. Class act.

Other than the all-out grapefruit assault, there's some malt in the background. Who am I kidding? No there's not. It's all hops. This is what a double IPA should be. As has been a frequent topic of forum discussions, no, hops don't belong everywhere. Straight fact, though: malt does not belong in an American Imperial IPA. It simply does not. That's an American Barleywine. Shaun gets an A+ here for brewing a beer that is an all-out hop assault that I never need a break from. The bitterness and flavor both take me to the brink, but never off the edge. So much hop flavor and bitterness all in one package.

Medium body with a brisk, crisp bitterness and moderate carbonation. No real alcohol character. Strong bitterness. Then some hop fruitiness. Nearly a flawless beer. Now, given that this review is about eleventy billion times my average review length, I think I'll call it quits. Cheers.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a pale, yellow orange color that was a little reminiscent of pineapple juice. A thick, frothy, white colored head filled the top two inches of the glass and clung to the sides as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy, citrusy hoppiness to it with notes of grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Nice range of hoppy flavors coming out in it, and I really liked the tropical fruit notes.

The taste shows more of the juicy, sweeter, tropical fruit notes to it up front. Towards the finish more of a bitter, citrus rind, grapefruit flavor starts to take over and linger into the finish. I get some piny, resiny flavors lingering in the finish as well. Nice range of hoppiness to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. It was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. It had a great range of hoppy flavors to it but more importantly it really managed to balance the juicy, sweet flavors with the bitter, resiny flavors nicely.

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Photo of smithj4
4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%

Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 1,401 ratings
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