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 macrosmatic
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jegross2 for this bottle. Reviewed from notes. Poured from corked & caged 750 mL bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy light gold to almost lemonade in color, with a huge (about a third of the glass on initial gentle pour) white fluffy head, and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Funky Brett dominates over Belgian fruity yeast esters, citrus (potentially from hops), and coriander.

T: Follows the nose with some oaky dry tannins on the exhale along with the funkiness. It isn't particularly hoppy at this point, but it is about a year old.

M: Light body, bubbly champagne-like mouthfeel with the high level of carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: With the bit of age this bottle had on it, I suspect that the Brett character has gotten more pronounced. This was quite enjoyable, although it isn't drinking too much like an IPA at this point. Two beers from Anchorage, and two big winners in my book!

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Photo of hopkrid
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of joeseppy
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Probably the loudest pop from a cork I've heard. Soft pour yields a three inch white merengue head. Pale lemon yellow in color and lacing sticks all over.

Smells so farmhouse fresh saison style-definite coriander and pepper spice. Funk, yeasty and lemon zest.

This sucker is dry ie. tongue sticks to roof of the mouth. Getting the funk and pepper. Hops and lemon peel. Can't really pick up on the French oaked wine tank. No sweetness at all.

Heavy brew with a lot of carbonation. Not exactly a refreshing craft.

I'm not digging on peppercorns in my beer and/or this seemed to have a pretty heavy dose of such. Smells lighter than it tastes. If you find yourself loving this, try Poivre Noir from Pipeworks. Wish this was more refreshing-bummer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me

A - cloudy, bright yellow with a huge, white head that has great retention

S - straw, pepper, spices

T - straw, faint tartness, lemon, citrus, some funky yeast, peppery, spicy, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp

This is a really nice, very complex, highly drinkable offering from a solid brewery. This beer is truly impressive. Each sip revealed a new flavor. This beer was so intricate that I know this review won't do it justice. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

uncorks with a vehement pop, rush of air, but controlled release - no foam rush or anything.
Appearance - pours into the glass four to five fingers of foam, white, stiff and cakey. Lots of dotty and speckled lace around the glass. The brew itself is a hazy pale lemon yellow with a number of bead tendrils sending bubbles due north.

Aroma - oh it's funky. A hint of lemon citrus, but lots of Brett funkified nose. For Brett fans this probably smells great but I struggle with it.

Taste - pretty funky. I was hoping for more IPA influence, that's not happening. Very funky Brett-heavy flavor. Some citrus and dry bitterness well after the swallow, but the funk never lets up. Somer peppercorn late, no kumquats. A few guys at the tasting mentioned pineapple, I never picked that up. Preparing myself for the sip helps, but this is more for the palate education than enjoyment. I don't like it much but I have a feeling it's right on target for what was intended, so I'm ducking out with a 3. Some of the guys at the tasting really liked and went back for seconds, so I brought it for them.

Mouthfeel - very fluffy, crisp, and refreshing feel on the palate.

Overall - nope. I'll have to find someone to trade for the other bottle, not interested in seeing how much funkier this can get over time.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of bahnfire
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of owend
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head that leaves behind nice lacing as it dissipates

S-Citrus notes from the galaxy and a nice hint of brett on the nose mingle with an additional strong, sweet citrus note from the citrus fruit in the beer. No discernible spice notes from either the peppercorns or coriander.

T-Initial hit of brett that carries on right through the finish. Sweet citrus notes and some piney resinous hop flavors blend nicely with the dominant brett flavor. Just a hint of spice at the very dry and crisp finish.

M-Light to medium bodies, highly carbonated and very dry.

O- A nice balance of brett, galaxy, and the additional citrus fruit. A bit too crisp for me, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of mitlinks
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of smekermann
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Man, this was a surprisingly great beer. I was, as usual, apprehensive going into it, just because "white IPA brewed with brett and wine yeast" sounds like a recipe for disaster. Any number of things could go wrong and you'd end up with a drainpour on your hands. Anyway, that wasn't the case, and this beer is pretty damn good.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a decent sized head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very reminiscent of a Belgian wit in appearance, unsurprisingly. Smell is lemon zest, a lot of brett funk and a bit of earthiness, either from the malts or from the yeast. It tastes even better than it smells, with that aforementioned citrus zest hitting your taste buds first, then some sourness from the brett and then what to me tastes like a fairly sharp, earthy and pretty dry pipe tobacco. It finishes on a dry, slightly sour, earthy note. Didn't really get any spices from it, although maybe that's what the pipe tobacco taste was. I didn't mind, since I've had plenty of spiced beer in my time and this is probably the first time I've tasted tabaccyness in a non-dark ale. Quite refreshing, really.

A really unique beer, in my opinion, and probably the first "IPA" I've had that might actually age nicely due to the brettanomyces and wine yeast. It'd probably develop into something completely different than what I've had today, but it would be an interesting experiment.

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Photo of Gay4IPA
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Bottle design Looks Expensive - And It is at around $12.00 a bottle at my local discount bulk beer wine.
The top has a Cork like Champagne - Its bubbly like Champagne - Dont drink it from the bottle or your stomach will pop and fizz will shoot from your nose :)
Let the foam bubble up for a sec after opening * Dont stick yer nose to the top to give the vapor a good sniff or you will get a snout full- seriously I got a little Nose Kettle going.
Pour it and allow the aroma and taste come to life!
So smooth....Strong natural tones Blooming, like honey, berry essence, lilac??, Savory smooth Skunky hoppy goodness mid flavors followed up bitter Pines of alcohol.
MOMMA Lucia Im diggin it!

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Photo of DruRho
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ditch
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemonade. Big pillowy white head. Eventually fades to a thin layer across the entire glass. Lacing is thin and slides slowly down the sides of the tulip.

Smells of slight lemon and pepper. Hint of tartness. Fruity hops play in the background.

Flavor is light malt and lemon zest. Peppery yeast and chalky dryness.

Mouthfeel is dry and very highly carbonated. The Carbonic acid makes it hard to pick out the flavors.

A very interesting beer. More of a saison than an IPA. And with a hefty 18 dollar price tag, no where near worth it. Of course I am drinking this on the east coast and it may have lost an edge in transit. The Brett is drying the beer out and over carbing it in the process. I would say drink it if you got it. Or you'll be chasing the cork and foam all over the kitchen.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of MDDMD
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light yellow color with a nice big white head and good lacing

S-citrus, grain, yeasty funk, earthy, pine and floral hints

T-lemon, biscuity malt, yeasty funk, floral, pepper, coriander, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really enjoyed this white IPA, the flavors were good and well-balanced

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The cork pops like a loaded gun. A super tall forms on the most gentle of pours. It's fluffy white and with the over attenuated brew grows in leaps and bounds. It floats on a very pale hazy straw beer and of course extremely carbonated.
Aroma is mostly of dank, oily hops.
Taste is tart and lemony and the hops come out nicely but as far as kumquats, peppercorns and the fancy french barrels, thier all missing to me. I can taste the corrinder to problem, and the bretts are in there too.
Drinks smooth and tickles the tongue on the down flow.
An easy drinking WIPA with a good depth of flavor. The only drawback is the attenuation.

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Photo of mirish72
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Labeled as having been bottled in April 2012, Batch #2.

Appearance - Pours a lemony straw yellow color with a massive foaming head composed of pretty sizable bubbles. I wasn't gentle enough with the pour, so it resembles liquid lemon meringue pie. Head in no hurry to dissipate, leaving incredibly sticky, lacing all over the side of the glass.

Aroma - Dominant barnyard funk, wet straw, and notes of sour-ish tartness from the kumquat. There is a hint of hoppy floral aromas, but it is masked by the citrusy overtones. Each sniff seems to bring out a slightly different aroma--I even got some hints of summer saison and horse blanket, but subtle.

Taste - Doesn't seem to quite match the aroma, like it's from a faded version of the same beer. It's very dry in spite of the fruitiness of the smell, but includes some faint spiciness from the peppercorns and notes of biscuit and yeast. Bottle lists this as 50 IBUs, but I'm having a hard time finding them. Perhaps the year since bottling has lost some of the vibrance of the hops, but hasn't quite been long enough to let the Brett funk take the taste over. Admittedly gets a little more robust as I get further into the bottle and it warms a bit and it's very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated and effervescent. Finishes dry but refreshing. Again, easy to drink for 7% ABV

Overall a quality beer. I must be honest that I expected to be more blown away, but it seems like White IPAs tend to peak sooner than 12 months after bottling. I have another bottle, so I may have to see if extensive aging allows the Brett to turn this into a completely different beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 936 ratings.
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