Galaxy White IPA
Anchorage Brewing Company

Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA
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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #12
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,126
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 10.84%
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
958
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Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA
Notes: White IPA brewed w/ 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, corriander & peppercorns. Fermented in French Oak Foudres. Bottle Conditioned w/ Brett.
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 7, Oct. 2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a massive head that was not surprising for a five year old Brett beer; clumps of lacing cling

Smell: The leathery, woodsy Brett tones dominate (again, no surprise) with the white wine oak barrel and the coriander/peppercorn blend also prominent; very Belgian smell with the Galaxy impact long gone

Taste: Tropical fruit forward (I'm surprised) with papaya and a hint of pineapple; the coriander and peppercorn emerge, along with the kumquat bitterness; oaky, vinous and leathery, through the middle, with a grassy, herbal finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but over-carbonated (again, no surprise, given the age)

Overall: Even with five years of age, this is still an impressive brew whose flavors have developed in interesting ways

Thanks, kevindp9, for the opportunity

Dec 29, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with great head and soapy lace patches down the glass. Spicy, zesty, funky aromas along with hints of fruits like pears and floral notes. A woody smoothness makes it easier to drink b/c it is crisp, mildly bitter, light fruits come in with touches of sweetness (like white grape), along with a spicy, peppery, funky zestiness and a crisp clean finish with lively carbonation.

Feb 22, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really pale hazy look. Aroma is spicy with coriander and lemongrass notes. Taste is slightly astringent, a bit tart, dry, grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish. Light body with high effervescence.

May 09, 2018
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Leif_Eriksson from Canada (AB)

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Aggressive, powerful carbonation. It’s like looking at those little jets in a pool. Light yellow, massive head.

Nose: Sour funk, lychee, pineapple. Typical Brett characteristics.

Taste: Juicy but dry. Funky. Strangely refreshing. Peppery bitterness. Subtle kumquat.

Overall: Interesting beer, and really worth trying.

May 05, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a murky to bright pale yellow color with a moderate transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen ever so slightly rising to fill a foamy white head that didn't want to stick around. Seemed like it wanted to fizz it's way on out of there. Some lace tried to stick in a messy fashion but that ended up sliding for the most part.
The aroma had a nice blend of lemongrass sweetness with a touch of sour and funk to it bringing in a little bit of hay, peppercorn, coriander, clove, dried sweet woody barrel with some vinous sour edges.
The flavor balanced between the sour and the funk initially and then developed the sweet edges for a further complex balance. Peppercorns, clove and coriander seem to even strike a light spicy tone even further underneath. Slight vinous to peppercorn/coriander and lemongrass in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. What's nice about this beer is that despite the sour and the funky tones coming out, none of that leads to any distractible efforts that could possibly make this a slow sipper.
Overall, though I didn't find myself gulping this, I have to admit with a carbonation and an ABV that are right on par, this beer is well worthy of coming back to.

Oct 22, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, caution light yellow in color with one inch head. Taste is mineral, hay, funk, and lemony sweetness. Funky, heavy bodied for the style, funky, with high carbonation. Delicious, complex and one of the better domestic examples of the style I have had. Could drink this all day. Great intro to the brewery.

Oct 01, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a fairly pale yellow, hazy and with an overall relatively small head for the style. The nose is piney and floral. The taste is very dry, with hoppy bitterness and some sourness/tartness but very little in terms of malts. A nice beer but not terribly complex in its nature.

Sep 08, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy pale yellow, almost neon, with a large white foam that quickly dies off.

Smell is sewer-esque funk and super barnayard forward. Blech!!!

Taste is actually MORE extreme! Funky sewage, grass, hay, bitter veg and cabbage. Fuck!!! This should have been dumped! Considering more recent reviews, this older batch maybe wasn't as dialed in as the newer versions, but that's not my problem.

Jun 25, 2017
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Cuervo_PCB from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, I’m rarely moved to write a review because, I believe that beer is very personal to the individual, the time and place it’s enjoyed and the frame of mind the individual is experiencing at the time. I’m writing this a couple days after having experienced this wonderful beer on tap at a local craft bar. I just couldn’t get the experience out of my mind. I think I even dreamt about it that night. The place is one of my favorite places but this time I was a little disappointed because I was hopeful to have the Anchorage Mosaic Saison on tap, but they didn’t have it. So, I took a chance on this beer. I’m not a huge IPA fan. Sometime I think this craft is overdone and there are so many different examples of beers to explore. But, WOW, I surprised. This was not your usual IPA. The cloudy appearance was a pleasant surprise that came with a tantalizing aroma that peeked my interest. The feel and taste was smooth and the sour notes were quite pleasing to my palate. This is one of my top beers. A wonderful experience. Cheers!

Mar 21, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, batch 10, Nov 2015:
Pours a pale yellow golden, maybe just a tad darker than a regular white ale. The head grows white and fluffy, and stays thick with a nucleares glass.

Nose is more reminiscent of a saison. I get a little farmhouse with grassy bitter notes. The Brett isn't quite powerful enough to really break through with enough funk or tart to turn the corner into a sour-leaning beer.

The taste is similar to the nose, but is more bitter than many saisons. There is a little hint of the kumquat up front, but the carbonation level of the beer muddles the distinction of the flavor. However, the bubbles seem to help the pepper notes before the grassy bitterness gains the end. The beer seems quite dry in the end, and there is a little tingle left on my tongue after the beer heads down my throat.

A quite interesting beer that has a nice bit of spice and bitterness. I'd like to get just a little more of the fruit up front, and a reduction in carbonation might help that.

Feb 19, 2017
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Funky. That is the best word to describe this brew. Crazy nose, beautiful to look at and a fizzy feel. This is the true "Champaign of Beers," only it tastes like beer, not Brut. :-)

Oct 16, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Bottled April 2015 (Batch # 8) - Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed lemon-drop yellow with a large white foamy head. Web-like trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of funky yeast, coriander, black peppercorn, kumquat and general citrus.

The taste is of funky yeast, coriander, black peppercorn. Sweet bready malt backbone. Spicy dry finish.

Spritzy carbonation in a fuller-side of light body.

An interesting brew. Qute a bit going on - almost goes in different directions but pulls together nicely. Fruity, spicy, funky (not overly so), bittersweet. A unique brew.

Paid 13 and change for the 750 ml bottle.

Mar 21, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit foamy head (half the pint glass) on the lightest straw body.
The aroma is a big hit of spices and flowers. Nice.
The taste is fairly clean, a little spice, mellow fruits and finishes with a mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp.
The aroma is great, the flavor may get better with age.

Mar 12, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #8, April 2015. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a crystal clear, golden coloring, with a ton of carbonation in the body, and a foamy, light, fluffy white head. Nose of an herbal blend forward, heavy on grass, basil, and coriander, with a solid yeast funk, orange highlights, and a subtle farmhouse sourness. Flavors are very herbal and slightly medicinal forward, with tart citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, a grainy and cracker backbone, and subtle grassy and tropical fruit hops characteristics. Light bodied, with a very crisp backbone, almost astringent. Funky yeast and farmhouse funk aftertaste, with subtle citrus notes still kicking around. Dry, crisp, effervesced finish. Interesting take on an IPA.

Jan 19, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A crazy billowy 3 inch head was poured that eventually reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light tropical, funk, barnyard, hay, bready, biscuity, wheat, vanilla, spice and green apple.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. More Galaxy hop flavor would have been nice, but everything complimented each other. Light chewy, tart, and bitterness notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, a little tart, light bitterness, and a little dry.

Overall: As I would have liked more Galaxy flavor, I did like the light funk and oak compliments to this beer. Will have to look forward to this beer again in the future too.

Jan 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow chunky hazy appearance with an almost 2" of head to it, very white. Aroma was mildly hoppy, white wine barrel aromas, spice rack.

Taste was more spice rack, brett, dry chard barrel, pepper. Came across too much like what I would expect the base to be like, the barrel and bugs didn't get this one popping off all that much, needs more mustiness, tart, sour flavors. The hops didn't pop either. This is my least favorite Anchorage offering.

Dec 27, 2015
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aquazr1 from California

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a tulip. Poured carefully but still got a huge white head. Beer is a hazy straw color. Nose is some coriander and yeast. The peppercorns come through more in the taste. Also hints of lemon peel and a bitter hop finish. Interesting beer.

Nov 22, 2015
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a golden hazy yellow body leaving a super big head for a Belgian IPA (about three fingers), some really nice looking foamy lacing appears. The smell has some Galaxy hops up front and the Brett comes out appropriately with the grapefruit and peppercorn. The taste has a majority of the Brett with hints of lemon, the grapefruit coming back. The palate, well, I can tell it was aged in wine tanks, because there is a great quality of wine-likeness to it. Harshness all around, perhaps one of the most harsh beers I’ve ever had, but I know, its part of the style, so I’ll just keep going since there are people out there that love this stuff. Drinkable = yes. Overall, this is good for its style and I think I could have this again.

Nov 19, 2015
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Ian_B from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale, hazy, lemon-juice yellow with a billowing, spritzy head that leaves beautiful clouds of foam clinging to the sides of your glass.

Aroma leads with a very soft funkiness from the brett, which carries the spice from the coriander and peppercorn. This is backed in both the nose and flavour by a gentle amount of tropical citrus, with a lingering kumquat citric-tartness and bitterness on the finish. Fresh oak paints the background adding a subtle complexity to the overall taste and aroma.

Dry and effervescent, very light body. Nice balance of citrus and spice. If aged this will probably lose some of the citrus hop flavour/aroma, but I'm looking forward to seeing if it develops some more funk or tartness.

Sep 13, 2015
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TomMorris from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying a brew from these guys; here it goes…

Pours a rather cloudy golden/straw yellow. I poured a bit haphazardly and was greeted with a huge milky white head that settled at about two fingers-worth. Left a nice bit of lacing as well. Looks like a nice saison.

If the beer looked like a saison, it certainly smelled like one; I got lots of brett as well as some barnyard funk/hay. Definitely some coriander and other spices as well, while a few citrusy notes lurked underneath. Pretty complex-smelling though the brett definitely dominated.

The taste was lovely. Began like a nice spicy witbier, before segueing into some light, but sweet fruit flavors (such as citrus and I swear I taste a little apple as well) that I'd expect in a Belgian Tripel. Doesn't really taste much like an IPA until the finish, where some hop bitterness definitely comes through. Like the nose, very complex but definitely not in your face. There's solid carbonation throughout and there's overall a pretty medium mouthfeel; not too thin and not too viscous.

Overall a pretty fantastic beer which I'd find a bit difficult to categorize; you get the look and scent of a saison, the taste of some hybrid of spicy witbier and belgian tripel, and the finish of an IPA. Really great stuff - would definitely purchase again.

Aug 15, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Dated April 2014. This is something that should have been ahd fresh but alas I am drinking it on July 20, 2015.

The pour is a hazy looking yellow color with a fizzy white head that fizzles to a ring.

The aroma is overripe fruit, Brett and spice .

The body is light and champagne-like.

The taste has a vague sour note due to the Brett I expect, or the age of the bottle as I already mentioned. But I also get a peppery spice note in the flavor. It finished dry. I might have liked a fresher bottle.

Jul 20, 2015
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with three fingers of voluminous white head that fades into a dense cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Belgian spices with a touch of candy sugar before bright citrus hop aromas. Sweet hay and some funky barnyard notes follow.

T: While there are some sweet citrusy hop flavors here, the Brett dominates with musty barnyard flavors and sweet hay. Some tartness come through along with some Belgian spices before a finish that is lightly bitter and musty.

M: Medium-light body with lots of sudsy carbonation, this beer is dry and drinkable.

O: Yet another good beer from Anchorage. The Brett definitely dominates, making it more Belgian than IPA, but it works well.

Jul 16, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon yellow brew with a bright white head; excellent retention.

Nose is all Brett: funky, citrusy, and tart.

Flavor is much more balanced overall, although it's still clearly Brett-forward. What hops remain are likely reflected only in the strong bitterness, but the overall profile gives off plenty of tart citrus and even pineapple, balanced against rustic funk and a solid, wheat-and-cracker malt bill.

Exceptional drinkability: lively and smooth, active and medium.

This beer doesn't really scream "White" IPA, as I don't really get any traditional Belgian yeast flavors or spices. Brett is the real show-stopped here, especially with an aged bottle.

2013 vintage (aged a full two years).

Jul 02, 2015
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leftoff77 from Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review is a fresh bottle with one aging to be reviewed later. A really delightful beer. Really beautiful golden straw color with a generous pillowy head. Musky, melon, citrus, and spice aroma gives way to light lemon, pepper, and Brett funk flavor. Dry finish, and very sessionable for a 7% ABV beer with this level of complexity.

May 31, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy, pillowy white head. Smells like cannabis and dirty gym socks. Definitely some horse blanket and barnyard funk on this. The taste was very muted though. Very like, highly carbonated. Some brett but overall it's lacking in flavor.

May 11, 2015
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