Galaxy White IPA | Anchorage Brewing Company

Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA
BA SCORE
4.02/5
940 Ratings
Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
White IPA brewed w/ 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, corriander & peppercorns. Fermented in French Oak Foudres. Bottle Conditioned w/ Brett.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,309
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
940
pDev:
10.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
152
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 940 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from recent Vermont and Maine trip. Medium golden with enormous head that lasts and lasts. Funky almost stinky aroma, yeah its Brett. Bottled in June. The IPA is subordinate completely to everything else going on, some pepper and wheat. Soft mouthfeel.For me very drinkable with supper.
Kosher certified.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger bright white head with excellent lacing on a cloudy pale golden body. Aroma is strong and full with coriander dominating and notes of yeast, pale malts, herbal hops, lemon zest and peppercorn. Citrus aroma from white pineapple and tangerine. Flavor reminds of Saison with a lot of yeast and coriander throughout. Lemongrass herbal notes, white pepper, tropical citrus, clove and chardonnay wine. Medium body, semi dry finish and moderate carbonation. Complex, unique and memorable. Galaxy hops paired well with this combination which has a lot going on but the drinker isn't overwhelmed.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the entire drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, wine, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with wine and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but smells better in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the more interesting and delicious beers ive had in some time. very very impressed with my first beer from anchorage. pours a hazy pale yellow color, creamy looking, with one of the most prominent, airy, long lasting, bone white heads ive ever seen, rising well above the rim of my globe. fluffy! the nose is crazy, lots of bitter hops, quite a bit of citrus too from the kumquats, and of course the brett, which is subtle but definitely a contributor. the flavor is super complex, but perfectly balanced. I would leave the coriander out, as I think it doesn't add a ton to the flavor that couldn't be there otherwise, but it does sort of crowd a some stuff out. wheat malt first, with the Belgian witbier yeast and some lemon pepper stuff, which I guess is aided by the peppercorn addition, works well with the yeast anyway. it gives way to a fruity hop bitterness that's really intense, and there is some acid from the wine barrels that exacerbates this. there is a ton going on here, and the bretty bitter finish is unique and memorable. white ipa with galaxy hops, coriander, kumquat, peppercorns, wit yeast, then aged in wine casks, dry hopped with galaxy, and conditioned with brett. its insane, and it works. light airy feel from the carbonation, it seems almost too light to handle all the flavor, but it does somehow. a really phenomenal beer that im sure a quantum physicist is behind, its just so advanced...

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the EBF night session. The beer poured out as a pale hazy yellow color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer gave off the aromas of bread, citrus and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer seemed to me like a typical witbier, it was citrusy and rather mild in flavor. The peppercorn didn't stand out too much for me but there was a bitterness in there from the fruits that were brewed into it. The mouthfeel was light, carbonated and refreshing for the most part. Overall it was a pretty good brew but nothing too exciting to me.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some bits of lacing running down the sides of the glass..
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrus and passionfruit in the nose from the Galaxy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus and passionfruit but there is some initial sourness from the brett. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a good amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The brett really complements this beer because it adds some initial sourness but does not mask the citrus aromas and flavors from

Note: Batch #1, January 2012

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The complexities keep on coming with the Anchorage Galaxy as it rearranges the proportions of witbier more in line with that of an India pale ale, then adds the strength to match, and goes off into left field with the additions of brettanomyces and French oak. Not only does the beer take the palate on a ride, but it satisfies the taste for beer with every sip.

Easily mistaken for witbier, this white IPA pours with a hazy milky-yellow pour that's as bright as canary and faint as powdered sugar. Capped with a frothy stark-white head that lasts the session and laces remarkably in the presence of both protien-rich wheat malt and hop oils, this beer should find comfort with anyone who is off put by dark beers.

But because it's light in color, doesn't mean that character is compromised. The nose is chocked full of fruit aromas that span sharp white grapefruit to juicy passion fruit. Decorated with the spice of dried orange peel, corriander, and dusted woods; the beer does a lot of directions at once. Light vinous (white wine) notes and musty wheat all play a part in the varying aromas.

Low lying tangy sweetness flavors takes the shape of sourdough wheat bread before dissolving on the tongue like confectioner's sugar. The mid palate carries a dry malt line of cracker-like pilsner and tactile wheat into the fruity center of fruit and hops. White grapefruit pulp, tangerine, white grapes, passion fruit, mango, and pineapple all take turns introducing themselves while the veil of musty wheat, white wine, and fresh oak offer a pungent brine that offers mature taste to match that of the zesty fruit. Spicy with white pepper flavors, mild lime acidity, and alcohol- the complexities keep on coming.

Light in body, the beer dries out early and closes quick. The light prickle of carbonation springs the malt off the tongue and ushers in a semi-arid texture of evaporating malt, sharp acidity, and mild tannin in finish.

Anchorage lands in Kentucky with a remarkable beer that'll sure win over lovers of both IPAs and characterful Belgian-style wild ales. Deeply rooted in tradition and encouraged by experimentation- these guys aren't hampered by history, they seem propelled by it!

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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked, silk-screened (very Stone-esque) bottle, Batch #2, April 2012. Today is the day, every year since I started doing this, that I mark America's Repeal Day, by busting out the biggest, baddest, or weirdest Yankee-made brew that I've obtained over the past year. And, for some reason I think this qualifies - though I'll have to stuff the 'south of the 49th parallel' references this time. Oh well - to the drink!

This beer pours a very, very, very pale (quite justifying the 'white' in the descriptor) cloudy yellow straw colour, with four fingers of roiling, aggressively foamy, thin white head, which leaves some streaky clouds of fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. Looks exactly like recently inoculated white wine must.

It smells of mildly funky Belgian yeast, tart, acidic citrus pith, earthy coriander, fleshy tropical fruit, softly tannic barrel wood, and thin, sharp white wine. The taste is edgy pale grain, a hay-like funkiness, softly sweet musty fruit, fermenting white grape on lees, sour lemon peel, a further bitter grassy hoppiness, and some loitering astringent wood notes. The 7% ABV is not at all noticeable, so bully for that.

The bubbles are tiny, and damned-near weaponized - they have obviously attained a huge case of pent-up, hostile cabin fever in their time since bottling - it was actually hard to get the first few sips down. After acclimatization and/or burn off, the body seems to be a rather slim, barely smooth light weight, with that carbonic frothiness just a tad too distracting. It finishes pretty dry, the yeast, grain, hops, and wood tugging mightily in that direction.

One complex beast of a Belgian-style IPA, with the overall effect well-skewed to the former - the fruit, yeast, and funk generally subsuming the hops in their tidy little cabal. Maybe it's the Galaxy hops, which I have yet to find worthy of providing a big IPA experience, but here, they're probably an unfair patsy, as there is just so much else going on, in a crazily, somehow balanced manner. A rather enjoyable tipple, and worthy of its entry into my little Boardwalk Empire-enhanced Volstead Act flight of fancy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

B+ / VERY GOOD

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchorage is quickly becoming "Jolly Pumpkin of the North" and this beer is no exception. Makes me long for the days Calabaza Blanca was in six packs.

Huge billowing head of soap suds, clinging to the glass, sparkling and threatening to spill over the edge of the glass. Pale pastel yellow, highly charged carbonation. Great long lasting coverage, though the dish soap look (somewhat common with Brett beers) isn't all that flattering, but not that important in the scheme of things.

Softly woody and fruity aroma, Brett yeast is present at a moderate level, with some galaxy hop fruitiness playing a minor role.

Bare hints of sweetness in between the oaky middle and dry bitter finish. Grapefruit pith, oak, champagne. Dry and clean, equal parts Brett funk and galaxy hop bitterness, with touches of coriander/pepper in the background. Nicely structured, complex layers emerge and lend unique aspects to the beer. If you ever dreamed of a hoppy version of Calabaza Blanca, this is it.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy white/yellow color ale with a super large pale white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with some strong Brett notes also dominating. Taste is a mix between some solid wheat alt notes with some strong fruity and dry hops notes with a finish dominated by the funky Brett notes. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really well put together with huge amount of complexity while retaining a great level of drinkability.

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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 940 ratings
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