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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1,355
Reviews:
214
Avg:
4.56
pDev:
7.02%
 
 
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Photo of tewaris
4.01/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. 750 ml growler split with a friend.

While super hazy, looks are 4/5 all things considered. Somehow doesn't invoke the feelings of yuck that Heady Topper did in spite of being similarly murky. Not much by the way of aroma: slight papaya, rotting leaves, pine and resins.

Taste? Goddamn this goes goes down easy! Bitter and dry but still creamy owing to the low carbonation. Very smooth. There is a good malt backbone and even that has character; very juicy with elements working in unison. Bigger body than their Society and Solitude 3, but still very easy to drink.

4, 3, 4.5, 4.5, 4

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Photo of Moestavern
4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lfty357
4.04/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Beer21
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rattle n Hum last month. The beer was served as a 12oz pour in a tall thin glass.

Galaxy Imperial Single Hop IPA pours a somewhat clear dark orange. There's a little bit of soap colored foam crowning the beer, but it's unremarkable both in terms of head retention and lacing. The nose is a little bit weak, but what is there is very nice, redolent of passion fruit and other tropical fruity notes. Each sip opens with a pleasant swirl of caramel, before a very smooth bitterness rolls in mid palate. The same fruity notes from the nose comprise the back end, and it's not as subdued as the nose is. The body is nicely dialed in, sturdy enough to support the hops, but not at all overbearing. The carbonation is nice and active, the bubbly nature really accenting the hops. I really enjoyed this beer, and specifically the flavors/aromas from the Galaxy hops. I'll be sure to check these hops out for my own brewing purposes in the future.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Andy. Thanks!

A: Cloudy lemon yellow. Foams dies down after a decently aggressive pour. Legs are OK. Not perfect, but acceptable. Might be turbulent still from the shipping.

N: Clementines, pineapple, grapefruit. Pretty intense citrus. However, I don’t find there to be much depth to this. It’s like a wind through an orange grove.

T: Very full. Pine and earth. Lots of citrus: Mandarins, passionfruit, pineapple. Quite tasty, but like the nose, it seems to hit a high dimension in the front and leave the back end lacking.

M: Sticky and filling. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A very solid DIPA and not when I’d ever turn down. Balanced and flavorful, bitter and filling, but it feels like it’s lacking another dimension which would bring it to the top tier for me.

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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 smanson56
4.09/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of SteveD082791
4.09/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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 KT123
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Hop Head Throwdown, and reviewed from notes. I made sure to start with this guy, to go in with a fresh palate.

Appearance- Hazy orange or apricot color. Sort of a cloudy gold, with a hint of amber. Thick two inches of head. It takes a moment to settle, but I can barely wait.

Smell- Huge tropical fruits. Just massive. Mango, tangerine, a fruit bowl for sure. A little dankness as well. That sort of dank, pot-like aroma. Very good.

Taste- Follows the nose. Delicious fruits lead off. It's like a fruit punch. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, the whole nine. It gets very, very bitter on the end. The bitterness leads to a dank, almost herbalness. The finish is almost grassy. I love bitter beers, but the finish on this one is sort of detracting from the actual flavors. It transitions from huge fruit, to huge bitter pretty quickly, I'd like it a little smoother.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thick, unfiltered, reminds me of Kern River Citra. A tad heavy, but good.

Overall- Not the smoothest beer ever, and it honestly got a little hard to finish. I remember just throwing down the aforementioned Citra, ordering one after another. This one, I needed a break before getting a second pour. I found the extremely bitter, grassy finish a little off-putting. I think there is a reason that people often mix hops. I enjoyed the aroma aspects of this hop more than the bittering ability, it appears. It's 9/10 of being a truly spectacular beer, but it just misses.

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Photo of Eryka
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%

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 MasterCraft
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had this beer multiple times from multiple bars on tap in the last week, but this review is live and from a 750ml growler, picked up at the brewery 5 days ago. Poured into a tulip.

Looks like natural apple juice coming out of the growler, pours a nice hazy apple juice color with a fat white head. Sticky lacing.

Smells dank, like overripe mangos and passionfruit, a little cat piss but somehow not in a bad way.

Tastes again like borderline-rotting mango and passionfruit, solid bitter bite, clearly a palate ruiner. I get maybe a little pine, lots of fruitiness and basically no citrus. Little to no malt character.

Mouthfeel is great in my book, very creamy and inviting, medium carb, evident tannins from the hops. About 8-9oz is, my mouth feels like it's covered in hop particles.

Overall, a pretty great beer. It reminds me very much of Lawson's Kiwi. I enjoy single-hop beers, as they are an exercise in brewing restraint (though it's hard to argue this beer is in any way restrained). As far as DIPA, I enjoy Heady Topper and Abner more.

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Photo of Luk13
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L growler, drank a week later. Very murky hazy blond pour with very small head. Probably the worst looking beer I’ve had from Hill Farmstead. Aroma is a burst of tropical fruits, mango and pinneaples with a woody and rustic touch. Taste: Citrusy and spicy hops. Not as expressive as the other HF DIPA I’ve had but highly drinkable. Full bodied med-low carbonation. A little attenuated because it wasn’t consumed as fast as it should have. Should have drank this one sooner, but still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of mcholton
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cloudy yellow coloring and slight head on top. This beer had heavy tastes of fruit throughout

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Photo of Farnswurth
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler, picked up at the brewery last weekend.

Pours a hazy bright orange color, with one finger of white head. Great lacing and retention. Looks inviting, for sure.

Smell is quite fruity, with undercurrents of grainy malts and hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit leads the way for sure, but the galaxy brings forth some unique juicy tropical fruity aromas. Pineapple, something pulpy I can't put my finger on. I like it.

Taste starts out with grapefruit citrus, then has a wave of I-don't-know-what. Almost nutty. Finish is grapefruit peel bitter. Unique, but in a way I wasn't really expecting, with some surprising flavors mid-way through. The bittering comes off a bit strangely, and peaks quite late. And I get much less of the tropical fruit here than I did in the smell. It's good, but doesn't have quite the depth, variety, or balance I find in the best DIPAs.

Medium-bodied, long bitter finish, spot-on carbonation. Not as sticky as many DIPAs, but good.

A very good IPA, definitely showcasing many aspects of this hop. Doesn't bowl me over, though, in the way that, say, Abrasive does. Looking back on this review, I barely mentioned the malts. Didn't mention their absence either, though. Clearly they're the supporting cast, and they do their job by not being noticeable.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Prospero
4.16/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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