Double Galaxy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three cheers for Sean for sharing this growler.

A - Yellowish orange beer with a frothy white head that had some good retention.

S - Smells a lot like catnip and catnip tea. Some nice tropical fruits, citrus, and some sugary bitterness on the end.

T - Great hops, sweet, with a little floral taste, tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus rind. There is a nice buttery taste at the beginning of this one that adds an interesting element to this beer melded with the hops.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a crisp feel.

O - Really nice beer, with a unique taste. I'm not real familliar with Galaxy hops, but it made for a really great beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for being my Hill Farmstead hookup. 750ml growler poured into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy dark iced-tea color with a huge, greasy and fluffy head that slowly faded into a thick and very oily looking head that left a ton of crazy lacing down the glass.
S: Huge notes of citrus rind and tropical fruits. I get notes of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit zest, passion fruit, papaya and pineapple. There might be just a hint of pine as well. Smells great!
T: Follows the nose with huge dominating notes of galaxy hops. Lightly bitter citrus mixed with sweeter tropical fruits fill my palate. I get hints of dough and mint in the finish, and the aftertaste is solidly bitter.
M: Slick and lightly greasy mouthfeel, smooth overall, with soft carbonation and a medium-heavy body. Bitterness is refreshing and goes well with the flavor.
O: This was an amazing dipa, definitely top 10. Galaxy is a hell of a hop to make a beer out of. Thanks a million for this growler Mike. Much appreciated.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Well in Brooklyn. Perfectly murky...amazing juicy hop aroma. Fantastic juicy hop flavor with perfect bready balance. So smooth it's insane. Absolutely love this...wish I could drink all the time.

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

Had on tap at a few locations in VT yesterday:

A: Pours a hazy orange with 1-2 fingers of fluffy white head with good retention and leaves awesome lacing.

S: So how does it smell? As good as Abner/Double Citra? BETTER!!! A perfect balance of citrus, tropical fruits, floral notes, pine, and a touch of herbal dankness. Extremely strong aromas that jump out of the glass. I was nothing short of amazed at the depth and complexity a single hop could have.

T: As great as the nose is, the taste out does it. The hop character is just as the nose: tangerine, mango, grapefruit, lots of floral notes with a touch of spiciness, herbal dankness in the background, with tons of bitter pine resin on the top of the tongue. As always, there is a big toasted malt base that tastes rich and fresh. There's a moderate to light level of sweetness (mainly crystal) in the middle of the tongue that allows the citrus/tropical fruit notes from the hops to really open up with a juicy quality. The sweetness disappears toward the back of the mouth leaving a fairly crisp, dry finish. The hops are nearly as strong on the finish as they were at the beginning of the sip, there's practically no fading in this guy! Dry, bitter, pine finish with a ton of lingering hop flavors. There's almost no alcohol visible anywhere.

M: Medium body, moderate to slightly high carbonation, as resinous as it gets. Smooth and rich with a refined crisp finish. Bitterness all around.

O: I love Double Citra and Abner blew me away, so I was fairly confident that Shaun had another monster in his hands with this Double Galaxy. I guess my expectations weren't high enough, because this beer still managed to blow me away. It's a beauty to look at, I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass all night, tastes like liquid heaven. Perfect balance of hop flavors with incredible intensity both in the nose and taste, a strong malt base to compliment the hops, but not too sweet as to take away from the pine resin and dry bitter finish. Hops simply don't fade at all, extremely long finish. For 8%, I couldn't get any alcohol and it was a very easy drinker. I should have bought more of this stuff.

Note: I HATE giving perfect scores and I don't want to be over-hyping Hill Farmstead, but Shaun just keeps making ridiculous, perfect IPAs. I can't find any flaws or any areas upon improvement.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler into a tasting glass. Huge thanks to Alex for sharing this buzzy brew.

A: Clear light amber body with a thin head of frothy white foam. Nice retention, fine lace. Pretty good.

S: Pure hoppiness, with intensely spicy, fruity, vegetal, leafy, herbal craziness going on; very, very minty. I'm impressed - it's hard to believe this is a single-hop beer.

T: A little more restrained than the nose, but similarly terrific: piney + citric hops dominate, with some more herbal hop notes joining with light pale malt on the long, bitter finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

M: Light-to-medium body with similar carbonation. Pleasantly understated.

O: This is the last of the HF DIPAs to cross my lips (at least of those that are listed on BA), and as amazing as it is I think it's actually my least favorite. The Galaxy hops definitely did more than their due in terms of lending the beer flavor, complexity, and character, but I'm just not as crazy about this hop as I am about Citra, and both Abner and Ephraim are just masterpieces. I can't wait for a new variation.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to BearsonAcid for providing this in a trade. I was saddened to have to wait a week+ to dip into this growler, but the time has come.

Pours with a finger of very creamy bright white head. Retention decent & lacing is intense. All over the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy orange color

Aroma is fantastic. Blast of tropical fruit, grass, lots of herbaceous tones and this all is quite nice.

I can certainly see why this is receiving some great scores. Excellent. Full flavor front to back. Tropical, citrus (orange) and even some apricot. A touch of mint and even the herbal flavors that are apparent in the aroma. The lingering bitterness is sprinkled with some real fruity flavors. A bit of mango at the end. Nice! ABV is not really in your face, but you can tell this is bigger than a standard IPA.

Medium body and somewhat muted carbonation. I can’t tell if this is from a growler sitting for a week, so I’ll ignore this. (besides, I like that)

Great DPA. Fresh, juicy flavor with a bog hop punch.

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

A-golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, pine, floral notes, very fragrant

T-nice tropical fruit and citrus upfront with light grapefruit flavor, pine and bitter hoppy finish follow, well-balanced

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and yet smooth, alcohol well integrated

O-delicious and certainly and upper echelon DIPA

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Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

1232nd Review on BA
Growler to HF stemmed glass
750ml

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one

App- A big hazy, creamy, orange, yellow mixed with creme color. A solid fast receding 1-1/2 in off white head with tons of sticky cling and lace. Just a great looking beer.

Smell- Large amounts of tropical fruits with pineapple, tangerine taking over. Layered with a small piney large hoppy nose. Well balanced without either side dominating the other.

Taste- Really a creamy large and smooth IPA. Has a wonderful balance between the two flavors of tropical and hoppy. The hops are a very small bitter component and blend well with a creamy fruit layer.

Mouth- A very large medium carbonation. A bit too thick for my tastes and has a medium creamy carbonation. Residual citrus and small hop bitter.

Drink- A very good DIPA. Large flavors abound with a wonderful balance and texture. The rest of the beer makes up for the thickness, but just lovely.

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark amber in color. Forms a huge, off-white, bubbly head. Good retention and some light lacing.

S: Hugely aromatic. Oranges, mandarine, tropical fruit, passion fruit. Sweet tropical fruit.

T: Reminiscent of the aroma, but, unfortunately, toned down a bit. Light to mild sweetness. Orange, citrus, and tropical fruit with a mild-moderate bitterness.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Light to medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy or velvety.

O: A very good beer. Absolutely drinkable, though I did find the aroma to be more inviting than the flavor itself, but this is a minor flaw.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this beer thanks to DonFrap. Thanks Don!

Swing top HF growler served in a snifter.

L - Cloudy honey-mustard color with a white head that thinned out leaving rings of lacing behind.

S - pineapple and other tropical fruits, great aroma.

T - tropical fruit with a solid malt background, very well balanced with no hint of ABV.

F - medium bodied, it goes down smooth and easy.

O - very good example of the style.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 growler poured into a nonic glass.

Hmm, can't give this much props for appearance. Very turbid in the body and resembles pear juice or something of that variety. Excellent lacing however and a nice frothy head. 3

That nose gets us back on track. Mango and pineapple leap out at me. It's so potent I feel like there are strands of fruit fiber stuck in my nostrils. How this is achieved I don't know, but I'm mighty impressed. It's bitter and citric to boot, but those are minor role players. 4.75

When I shared this beer with friends earlier in the day, I got much more pithy and zesty grapefruit peel, but for whatever reason, more mango emerges with my second visit of the day (alone and able to focus entirely on the beer). Still, it's got a strong bitter grapefruit flavor followed by an injection of floral flavor that suggests a saison. 4.25

Has what seems a trademark of Hill Farmstead beers, an excessively easy-drinking quality and smoothness, at least for 2/3 of my palate. The finish is much more aggressive, yeasty, pithy and bitter. It's easy to miss the spicy hop bite too, but it's there. 4.25

Hill Farmstead. Good beer. I'm being redundant.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Galaxy, on tap at Shorty's in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, billed as "Double Galaxy" and sold at $9 per 14-oz glass.

Appearance: This looks like a homebrew, super orange-amber-hazy. Classy and rustic at once, with a bit over one finger of white-and-bubbly head, very frothy. Good retention and great lacing. Belgian qualities here! Looks bright and cheerful.

Smell: Super citrus! Fresh lemon (peel, zest and juice), pine, cleaning product. Sap, cake icing.

Taste: Super citrusy and carbonated right away, a bit like sparkling water and/or a non-alcoholic concoction or orange juice. Tingly and bitter, sticky around the roof of the mouth. A fresh, lemony taste and feel all around. A bit too soapy and astringent at times, like licking fresh snow. Mild sweetness and pleasant tropical feel, reminds me of a pineapple cake or lemon custard.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. A tad thin around the edge, bit of a watery finish, but well-balanced nonetheless and super delicious, enticing. Intensely dry finish.

Overall: This is truly an exceptional beer. I had it many times while on tap at Shorty's (despite the sticker shock) and I just couldn't stop drinking it. It goes down so damn easy! It strikes the right chords of flavor, balance and and smell, and it leaves you wanting more. The only thing I would ask is for a bigger body. I love Hill Farmstead!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy Imperial IPA pours a flat, cloudy amber with little to no head, however a few spots of lace do cling to the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with orange citrus, grass and lemon zest. I could smell it from 2 feet away as I poured the beer into the glass.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth, chewy and slick on the palate. Dry finish with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with loads of citrus and spice. It begins with orange and lemon citrus, grass and a touch of pine. In the middle some peppery spice takes hold. Throughout a sweet malt caramel flavor balances out the bitterness. It finishes bitter with a lingering lemon citrus when gone.

A friend of mine got me this beer on a recent trip to Vermont. It's definitely worth the trip to the North Country to get this beer! Loads of flavor and very well balanced.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Growler-share my friend picked up one day at the brewery. From notes, finally getting around to reviewing.

Appearance: Dark golden pour into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Thick head that slowly dissipates and leaves the glass thoroughly laced.

Smell: Huge juicy citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit is strongly present. Hops and a piney resin scent a lightly present in the backbone, but this one is all citrus.

Taste: The galaxy hops really shine here. Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits. Lightly bitter to start, with a stronger, lasting bitterness to finish. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a medium body. Slick and smooth on the palate.

Overall: This is by far the best IPA/DIPA I've ever had. I drank this immediately after a Heady Topper and it put my previous favorite of the style (and still much beloved) to shame. I can't wait to try the other single hop experiments from Shaun. Incredible.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer on-tap at the brewery, on-tap at Parker Pie Co. (near the brewery), and this is the second time I'm enjoying it from a growler. 750ml Hill Farmstead flip-top growler into my Bruery tulip. All to myself! (don't worry guys, I got a 2nd one to share).

A - Pours a FL orange color, white frothy head, sticky white lacing, lots of bubbles along the collar and cap, thin whisps on top.

S - An wonderful aroma of bitter hops, tons of orange peel citrus dominate the nose. Tons of hops, but, it's really nothing like I've ever had before. Very juicy, rich, and just plain outstanding. There's some sweetness there on the finish that's very tropical, peaches, pineapple.

T - Orange peel, mango, some tropical notes and lots of wonderful hops. The bitterness is smooth and enjoyable, not trying to destroy your palate like many other inferior DIPA's. You know this is a DIPA without it screaming "look at me"...it's refreshing.

M - Perfect, to say the least. Smooth, refreshing, soft carbonation, with a medium body.

O - Seriously, there is nothing wrong with this beer. I looked, I tried, I failed. I've had this beer in draft, out of a growler, from a taster, from a wine glass, tulip, etc. I still can't find a flaw. I would put this DIPA up against any of the same style from any brewery, it's just that good. Not a palate destroyer, not overly sweet or syrupy, just f'n awesome. Shaun, you killed it with this beer!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky light apricot, HUGE head, tons of cling lace that lasts forever. Head has long stay too.

S - A little musky, skanky, cat pee, sweet malt behind.

T - Nice. Big malt, balanced well with the hops described above.

M - Medium body, good carb and great balance.

D - I have a growler, I plan to do it some damage tonight.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh squeezed orange juice. 2 finger foamy head that leaves behind a nice dollop. Great lacing. Smell is an earthy pine with dank citrus. Among other citrus, some orange and grapefruit peel. Limey bitterness in the back. Signature HF feel. Great beer.

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

Got a growler fill at the Saison event this past weekend.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy/hazy dull caramel with honey folds. The crown is 1 finger, soft white, shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Pink starbursts, grapefruit pith, a dash of brewing salts, and a nice lightly sweet bready malt.

Taste: Same as the nose with added red fruit presence and much more pith in the finish. Very nice lingering bitterness and just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that really helps the hops shine.

Drinkability: very drinkable despite the abv and the ibu's.

Wow what a solid brew from Hill Farmstead. Definitely my favorite of the hoppy offerings they have (along with Edward).

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Photo of ElGallo
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury. 10 oz. pour into a small Allagash cervoise, which was a bummer given that they had plenty of Hill Farmstead glasses. Oh well.

Hazy gold in color with a solid off-white head and residual lacing. Nose is incredible, with tons of citrus notes. I savored the scent for a bit before taking a sip. Taste is equally as impressive: fresh hop bite but with some mild creaminess to it. Not as bitter as most DIPAs, but the dank hop bitterness is still noted. This goes down way too easy and did no damage to the palate. Another fine offering from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again, jchem! From growler labeled best by 10/16 into nonic pint.

A. Cloudy, hazy goldenrod. Three finger white head with big soapy bubbles and coating lacing.
S. Mmmmmmm, those Galaxy hops. Like a sun drenched citrus farm. Bursting with tropical scents and just a little bit of a herbal hop and doughy malt backbone. Perfect.
T. Close to perfect. It's loaded with flavor but doesn't quite "pop" like the nose. I'm not having this super fresh but it ain't stale either. Honey drizzled tangerine rind, watermelon, candied oranges, and drying grassy hops. Yum.
F. Big, creamy, luscious, coating, refreshing. Bright and expressive with nice complexity.
O. One of the very best IPAs around. Would enjoy again and again.

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Photo of M_chav
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks hazy orange, a beautiful amount of foam forms and stays for minutes. Looks like Sunny D and the smell is world class. Resin, earth qualities matched with Danky juice and the perfect amount of garlic. Taste is world class this is insane. Really the perfect blend between resin and juice. They balance so well and the alcohol is no where to be found. Mouthfeel is where I like it. Just enough bite to remind you it's full of hops but plenty of smooth orange/white grape danky goodness. Definitely my favorite brewery - makes me want to visit Vermont STAT

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice thick lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and tropical fruits with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. There is some sweet caramel malt mixed in along with a bit of lemon and orange zest.

T - Starts off strong tropical fruit hop flavor with lots of grapefruit and pineapple with some bitterness. Through the middle, more bitterness comes through with even more topical fruits and citrus flavors with some orange zest, mango, and stronger pineapple, with a bit of sweet caramel malt. The finish is a mix of orange zest, lots of tropical fruits, bitterness, and a touch of caramel malt.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a zesty, dry, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is incredible with the tropical flavors strong from start to end. The bitterness is really nice as well. Great showcase of the Galaxy hop.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dujayhawk for hooking me up! Reviewed from notes. Poured from HF growler into Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold with peach highlights. Medium size white fluffy head over fairly low visisble carbonation - perhaps due to the serving type, though this was a very fresh fill.

S: Wow, hops. Grass, pine, citrus, tropical fruit, all atop just a bit of biscuit malt.

T: Follows the nose well. Melon/spice hops show up big on the tongue, along with the big tropical fruit, and citrus. There are flavors of dank, resiny, citrus, and some grass hops. Surprisingly, though, it seems only moderately bitter amidst the cavalcade of hops. Just a bit of chewy malt noticeable just before the swallow.

M: The alcohol is well-hidden. A big, heavy, sticky body for an IPA with good carbonation sensation.

O: This is very tasty, and I'm glad to have had an opportunity to try it. It's a very well-put-together beer, but the hop profile isn't my favorite (or I may have scored it even higher). Very impressive nevertheless.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 day old growler from the brewery

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin, whispy white head. The nose is subtle yet potent, slightly citrusy/lemony, and has a great sweetness. The taste is saturated with flavor - sticky, fruity hops, a touch of alcohol, and sweetness, all of which is incredibly well balanced. The mouthfeel is drinkable, medium bodied, hop forward...it's a beer you could drink endlessly. This is definitely worth getting a growler of, even if you're not impressed after trying the sample size (which I was not).

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kyle for getting this one for me. 22oz. growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger frothy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy, pale yellow-orange. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. As always, quite the looker from Hill Farmstead.

Nose papaya, pineapple, starfruit, citrus, and cane sugar. Very pulpy and aromatic. Delicious!

Opens citrus, pineapple rind, papaya, and lemon rind bitterness. A light malt body balances this one in the back. Some citrus hop notes make their way to the front at the finish which is sticky and dry with a lightly astringent hop bitterness. Aftertaste is balanced tropical fruit. So drinkable and with a refreshingly new hop profile.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles and life in the mouth and goes down dry and sticky with a long, lingering aftertaste. Perfect as always.

Double Galaxy is far from my favorite Hill Farmstead DIPA but that's not to say it isn't astoundingly complex, refreshing, and drinkable all at the same time. Definitely worth seeking out as this one is quite different from the other HF pale ales.

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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.
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