Double Galaxy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
99.1%
Liked This Beer
4.6 w/ 1,379 ratings
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:
#41
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
1,379
Liked:
1,366
Avg:
4.6/5
pDev:
6.96%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,430
Gots:
137
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,379 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of tvaughan32
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Pooles26
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Another winner from Hill Farmstead. Just like most of their brews I've had this one is not a big - in your face juice bomb but just a well done, tasty and super smooth beer that drinks easy but still packed with flavor. Wonderful beer

 235 characters

Photo of Srqb
4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pcshotsauce33
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rjd722
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of notchucknorris
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jensenmoon
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

 2,268 characters

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cnjosephson15
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Markyg21
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ead73
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BostonHoppa
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TrojanRB
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dirty orange. Basically no head, but was poured from a growler

Grapefruit is the dominant smell, but lots of tropical fruit as well. A bit on the sweeter side. More guava and mango, not a lot of citrus or pine.

Malt is has a more substantial presence than I expected...the cracker keeps the hops reigned in a bit. Citrus is more prevalent in the taste.

Soft mouthfeel, a bit chalky, light carbonation. Really no bitterness

 441 characters

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

Look: Poured from a 750ml Growler filled at the brewery into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy golden, orange color and is for all intents and purposes opaque. Virtually nonexistent head, and leaves characteristic lace around the glass. Exactly what I look for in a good DIPA.

Smell: Very fruity notes. I get orange peel and grapefruit with mild piney notes which hide under the immediate burst of citrus. After first opening the bottle, you get a good burst of the malt backbone this beer provides which is a nice balance for this world class beer. I just want to crawl inside the bottle and live in here.

Taste: Phenomenal taste which starts with orange peels, lemon, and grapefruit which finishes with light hoppy notes such as pine and tart. The malt profile offers a delicious balance, and there is virtually no astringency you get from other 8% DIPAs on the market. This beer leaves a delicious resinous aftertaste of a good hoppy beer.

Feel: Light carbonation which easily flows over the palate and offers a delicious way to spread the flavor of this beer.
like true fashion of most world class DIPAs the finish is perfect and your mouth is left feeling refresh and tart.


Overall: This is a delicious beer and rivals as one of my favorite beers, if you can get your hands on this gem I highly suggest you make the trip to the brewery (Practically in the middle of nowhere in rural Vermont). Part of the attraction this beer provides is how it is not readily available, and you can only bring this beer home from the brewery.

Cheers!

 1,543 characters

Photo of rhong187
4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of king75
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99.1% out of 100 with 1,379 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.