Galaxy White IPA | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

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.

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Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled May 2012
This has a huge, incredibly distinct, hoppily fruity aroma to it as I pour this beer into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer forms a large, five-finger thick, pale head. The beer is a deep gold color and shows a brilliantly clear, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has an intense fruitiness to it that is a mix of Juicy Fruit bubblegum, super floral honey, concentrated tangelo blossoms, apricot, huge lychee, kumquat zest and perhaps even some Guava. The hop fruit character is what dominates the aroma, but towards the finish, and in a much more subtle manner there is a sort of dusty, or perhaps even more musty, sort of “cob-web” like and slightly medicinal Brettanomyces signature; This still is quite subtle, and has a long way towards adding character to this beer (a good reason to age a couple bottles perhaps). As the beer warms up it gets more spicy, quite a bit more funky and just that much more complex

The beer is quite dry, in fact exceedingly dry for an IPA even, but this really isn’t an IPA. The dryness certainly reduces the hop fruitiness substantially in the flavor, but there is still an oral nasal, floral fruitiness that just can’t be completely held in check. The finish has a medicinal, sort of aspirin like, almost mineral like note that seems to be brought out by a combination of the hop character and the Brettanomyces influence. The finish has a bitterness to it (in actuality the entire flavor profile has a certain level of biting bitterness), though this isn’t a super bitter beer, and this combines with a biting note from the Brettanomyces phenolics and perhaps even some astringent green hop character. There is definitely an herbal character to the flavor that wasn’t noticeable in the aroma (again the dryness of this beer brings this out); it reminds me of tobacco, some pine, perhaps of something menthol like, none of these are really distinct in and of themselves though, perhaps it is better described as a peppery, spicy herbal character. This beer is quite light bodied, as one would expect, it is quite quaffable, even dangerously so given the beers strength.

The problem with beers like this, incredibly hoppy / citrusy but bone dry, is that much of the juicy citrus character is lost in the flavor due to the dryness. This beer is a testament to the wonders of Indian coriander, it doesn’t have that dirty herbal character that western coriander does and it really integrates very nicely with the kumquat and Galaxy hops; interestingly enough, I hadn’t realized that coriander and kumquats were used here; I wholly attributed their flavor contributions to the hops, but now having read the label they most definitely contribute. The pepper to adds a nice spiciness to this brew that was again mistaken for hop character. Back to the problem, without the residual malt sweetness that even supports the driest of the usual IPAs, this beer has lost the juicy citrus character that would be otherwise be noticeable in the flavor. While I have compared this a lot to an IPA, it is clearly not one, given the interpretive take the style can have, I would say this fits into the Saison category (at least better than it fits anywhere else). Since I do love hoppy and I do love Saisons, this beer is right up my alley; exceedingly enjoyable and I doubt I will be able to hold on to my second bottle long enough to allow the Brettanomyces presence to increase much.

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Photo of twenty5
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a snifter and a goblet from the 750ml bottle, both receive a slightly hazy golden beer and a ridiculously large, foamy white head. Seemingly this foam would fizz out but it stays around the entire time I drink at about two fingers high, extreme retention. Lacing comes in thick pillows that coat almost the whole glass. Good looks. Carbonation bubbles seen rising from the bottom of the glass rapidly in what appears infinite amounts.

S- Opening up a can of pineapples comes to mind as well as a blast of tropical stone fruits like tangerines. Just makes me think of juicy fruit pulp. The added spices come in behind this with nice cracked pepper and coriander hints. Some barnyard funk and lemon tart with warmth.

T- A vast array of flavors open up here and mix in with what carries over from the aroma. Dry, rustic hay and grassy barnyard Brett comes to mind first for me with a blast of tangerine, oranges, mango and citrus fruits in the follow through. Peppercorns, coriander, hops, white wine grapes, fresh oak, citrus pulp and funk all come to mind.

MF- Super foamy and highly carbonated light-end dried out body. Slight warming from alcohol and a nice bitterness throughout.

Lots and lots going on flavor wise but it all comes together pretty nicely for me. I like the way the Brett, spices and big fruity flavors work with each other.

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Photo of HookemHops13
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by a friend.

Pours a bright and slightly hazy light gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nice, light brett, some funky yeast, and lemon zest.

Taste didn't translate quite as well as I thought this one smelled. Light funky brett yeast, creamy sweet malts, and a general lemon note. Finish is crisp, clean and dry. The hoppiness is kind of lost here too.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting and tasty beer. The white IPA is style I don't usually care for, but I like the Belgian / Brett twist here.

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Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 3, bottled 8/2012. Cork shot the ceiling upon cage removal. Pours lightly cloudy bright golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, pepper, clove, coriander, white wine, light oak, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, pear, pine, coriander, clove, pepper, white wine, light oak, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderately earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, white wine, light oak, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and moderate wine barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wild Belgian IPA! All around awesome balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jerrytodd
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light lemon hue with huge fluffy white head and excellent lacing

S: BRETT all the way.

T: BRETT all the way. Maybe a touch of wood. But they could save their money on the Galaxy hops as you can't taste them at all. Nor the spices that are supposedly in this beer. All you get is that funky barnyard classic brett smell and taste.

M: Thin and right for this style

O: Too much attempted and not enough results in the taste experience (wood aged! Galaxy hops! Spices! Brett!) Still I give them props for trying this

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Photo of CaptainCrunk
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SGToliver
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sulldaddy
2.37/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Split a cellar temp 750 corked and caged bottle of this beer with Fish 113d.
The beer pours a cloudy gold hue with frothy bright white head foaming up even with gentle pour. Head is 3 cm easy and fades slowly leaving pockmarked craters on the surface.
Aroma is funky, wet blanket messy scents. I get a little white wine and grapes, maybe some herbal hops too. Nose is mostly funky and not really appealing and is generally messy in my opinion.
First sip reveals a thin body with small tingly carbonation. Much lighter than I anticipated from the pour. Almost watery texture on this beer doesnt help the experience.

Flavor is some sweet grain and fruit with white grapes again here. This is quickly overtaken by funky wet grass flavors and some general funky notes. The beer finishes very dry and there is no hint of booze anywhere.
In general this beer is messy and not well defined, maybe the brett took over, or maybe the brewery tried to do too much in one bottle. I generally didnt really like the beer. Maybe just the fruit, spices and wine barrel is a good beer, or maybe the dry-hopped, ,brett featuring and wine yeast fermented beer is good. All of the above makes a poorly defined end product that has too much going on and none of it clear to make an enjoyable beverage.
I wouldnt buy this again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack the cage and cork on a bottle labeled “Batch #1, JAN/2012”, pouring a brew of canary yellow into our oversized tasting snifters. It holds a two and a half finger tall head of eggshell colored bubbles that rest like snow. This retains very well, but pops off audibly as it slowly creeps away. Light etches of patterned lacing are left around the glass. A definite haze is noted to be without sediment. Carbonation appears to be active, and centrally concentrated. The nose gives brightly tart Brettanomyces, zesty lemon rind and juice, stark heat and prickle of peppercorns, sweet floral and citric hops, biting oak of grapey chardonnay, gravel and dust, vanilla coolness, white vinegar, pale and wheaty malts, phenolic plastics, nonspecific tropical fruitiness, and sweet booziness. Our first impression is that at first, the flavoring is strikingly strange, but as the sip fades, you get all of the expected fruit, spice, and funk, making for an ultimately unique beverage. As we sip, the taste begins with perfumed florals, grassy, herbal, and grapefruity hops, pale and wheaty malts, funky Brett tartness, black pepper, foamy plastics, lactic creaminess, and citric rind bitterness, potentially imparted by the kumquats. The middle peaks with white sugar sweetness, clean pale maltiness with brushes of amber depth, booze, nickel, booze, continued Bretty pop, soured lactics, vinyl plastics to balance, and light bite of the peppercorn to come. Washing through the finish is massive organic oakiness, big black pepper spice, mango and pineapple fruitiness, flourishing spice of coriander, kumquat bitterness, candied cherries, wheat breadiness, biting hops of citric, soapy, and fruity varietals, offering final sweetness and balance. The aftertaste breathes of smoked wheat, clover honey, kumquat citric bitters, whole black peppercorn and cinnamon burn, booze, passion fruit, light leathers, soured sweatiness, grapefruity and soapy hops, white onion, light butters, gravel, gritty pale malts, tart and metallic yeastiness, oily green bark, and moss earthiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives big cream and foam, with nice slurp, smack, pop, and puck on the lip. The mouth is left fully coated, with light residual prickle and drip into smooth, but palpable, astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the story on the back of the bottle, and the idea of it that they executed. Seriously though, read the back of the bottle if you have the opportunity, because it is especially inspiring. That aside, the most enjoyable quality of the beer itself was its taste. The nose starts off nicely, giving bright florals and grain against the included advertised ingredients. The Bretty remains ever pervasive, but really begins to pop in the flavoring, even as the aroma fades into booziness with warmth. The taste, again, shows all of what you would expect, with bitterness from the whole peppercorns and citric kumquat inclusions alike. The oak, coriander spiciness, and Brett also blend through the finish, giving a final picture of cohesion and fullness. This is reflected in the creamy feel, which helps keep the aforementioned robustness in check. While certainly made headway on “the trail” with this one, with the wildness of the yeast and the unconventional fruit and spice, hopefully those to follow with further mold and refine what Anchorage classifies as their “White IPA”.

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Photo of andy1701
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears a hazy straw toned yellow with a huge fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle head of fluff. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruit, pineapple, papaya, white pepper, ripe peaches, and earthiness...yum. I'm very happy with this beverage. :)
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet tropical flavor up front followed by earthy herbs, minerals, and juicy nectarines.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and dry.

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Photo of Brewing_Rob
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Bierguy5
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of RyV
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 938 ratings.
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