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 Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have a big, thirsty towel handy when you open a bottle, because when you work off the cork guard - Houston, we have liftoff! Pours a hazy, barely translucent butterscotch yellow with a thick, fluffy, white head. Strong aroma is quite hoppy with a citrus undertone and a grassy hint. Hoppy flavor has lemon, grassy and even floral notes, with some hoppy bitterness. Body is good, fizziness strong; finish is hoppy and lemony. You can feel this one going down the pipes. A truly stellar beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass. Batch #1 Jan. 2012.
A: Pours a pale greenish yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head.
S: Citrus and pine hops hit from a few feet away. Pineapple, orange, spearmint, passion fruit, kumquats, and a hint of brett. Smells like an absolute truckload of hops. Wonderfully fresh and aromatic!
T: A bit of an over-aggressive hop explosion up front...takes a bit to settle down and sort out. Citrus (lemon especially), pine, acidic passion fruit, soft wheat, orange rind, and coriander. Black pepper comes to the forefront on the palate in the nice lengthy finish. Quite complex!
M: Light body. Smooth and refreshing which quickly turns toward biting sharp hops. Bitter and dry finish.
D: An interesting beer and an interesting style (white IPA). Refreshing and complex. Definitely worth a try. Drinker beware: Huge hop bomb here. In hindsight, I would give this one a little more time for the hops to settle down and for the brett to do its thing.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazed pale gold with a moderately sized sudsy head. lot's of lacing.
the aroma, is uniquely hoppy: it's citrusy with a zesty floral grapefruit aspect, but also has a vegetal characteristic, almost like a new zealand sauvignon blanc. green peppercorn can be found in there too. hints of the corriander are here and there, but i'm not sure that i would have picked up on them had i not known it was an ingredient. with some warmth some light horsey funk comes out.
the nuances of the flavor are very subtle. this seems to be in part to the intense dryness of the beer. theres no sweetness for the flavors to play off of. the citrus coem through with fresh bitterness. you also find a crisp mineral character, sort of stoney if that makes sense. the pepper is apparent with some spiciness mid palate. the corriander has disappeared except for a faint appearance in the aftertaste. I wish i knew what a kumquat tasted like. like i said, dry as a bone.
the mouthfeel tends towards the thin side with active carbonation. usually not a winning combo, but I have to say it suits the beer.
overall, full of unique character and very good. seems to me it could benenfit from bit of sweetness. with a little sugar to balance slightly, i think the flavors could sing.

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Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 Brenden
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of this beer's description makes it seem, at base, to be a hoppy sort of wit; with the coriander, spices, and Belgian yeast, perhaps the hops make the difference. It looks, in any case, like a classic wit: light gold, somehow simultaneously bright and cloudy, with a fluffy pure white head. That head rises high and strong, making a beautifully rocky and densely pillowy crown that lasts, fades to a thick 1/2 finger, and leaves chunks and heavy patches of lacing. Full retention and very slightly more lacing are the only barriers to a higher score.
The nose is brilliant, mending vinous, citrus and tropical fruits with a raw, leafy bitterness along with vinous notes and a touch of pepper. The Brett comes through in such a way as to show off the funk without interference in the overall profile. Belgian yeast adds just a ghost of earthiness and more light pepper, but like raw green buds before maturation.
The taste is very nice, mingling the same notes with the exception that the funk isn't really drawn out until this beer has warmed a bit. The vinous dryness and pith pull into the finish, but the fruitier elements keep it from going particularly dry. There is a noticeable, though faint and ghostly, note of band-aid.
The feel is crisp and smooth mingling together for a nice flow in a fairly light-bodied brew.
While it seems like a lot thrown together coming into it, brewing expertise is showcased in that these guys can do so much without making it a muddled mes, and blending it all together so well. I hope they come out with more.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 Rutager
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again for the killer beers, Alpineclimber.

Appearance. Pours a hazy lemon-straw with a massive, billowy white head that lasts for frickin' ever!!

Smell.Very peppery belgian spices, some lemon and banannas, and some unrecognizable sweet and floral exotic fruits.

Taste. Whoa, lots of funky brett thagt I didn't pick up in the smell, some peppery belgian spices again and fruity belgian yeast. There's a little spicy prickle in the finish along with the brett.

Mouthfeel. Approaching medium body with pretty full carbonation.

Interesting, lots of flavour, easy drinking. No complaints here.

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Photo of KDawg
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a clear straw-yellow color with a foamy head.

Very interesting and bretty aromas of spice, lemon peels, tropical citrus and funk.

medium bodied, but on the lighter side. Very good feel with fresh flavors of lemon peels, funk, and tropical fruits.

This was a really tasty belgian IPA with a bretty touch.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, batch 1 from January 2012. It was poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Anchorage's Galaxy White IPA pours a fairly hazy lemon yellow. Four fingers or so of frothy white foam balloons up to fill the top two thirds of the glass. Head retention is very good, but lacing is a bit on the spotty side. Eight to nine months after bottling, it's hard to rate this as a Belgian IPA, as it's more of a wild ale at this point. The nose has a good bit of barnyard funk to it, as well as a citric tartness to it. There's also the last remnants of some more tropical fruit aromas from the fading Galaxy hops. Again with the flavor profile, there's a strong funky, brett presence. I don't know what kumquats taste like, but given that they're related to oranges, I'm attributing to them the citrus bent that the light tartness here has. Just as with the nose, the fruity hop flavor is a shell of what it must have been soon after bottling. The body is wonderfully dry, and the carbonation is very lively. It could stand to be just a little bit more so, but it's still very close. I really dug this bottle of Galaxy White IPA, and I'd love to try one that's much more fresh, as I think it'd be a very different, but still very good beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Pours a clear straw yellow with rocky white head, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: dough, hay, citrus rind, pepper, barnyard and dried pineapple notes. Taste: orange citrus, light stone fruit sweetness, coriander. Herbal in the finish. Dry, slightly sticky finish. April 2014 bottling. Get the dregs in the glass and more dried pineapple and oak comes out.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

super citrusy aroma with hints of lemon, orange, and piney evergreen maybe even vanilla as I go back again.
color is of a cowboy yellow with a very thick head that sticks around for quit some time. the bubbles are smaller and tight but look more effervescent.
Taste is a bit bitter at first but that doesn't follow through all the way to the finish. midway your hit with a almost orange flavor giving way to a semi-dry finish.
the carbonation is a bit bitting witch make it a bit hard to quaff but needless to say it's really enjoyable.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Body is a pale, hazy golden-white color topped by a huge, egg white head that slowly recedes to a thin coating. Aroma of mild wheat, citrus, and sharply floral spices--primarily coriander. Palate is a complex blend of citrus peel, dry wine yeast, light wheat, and a melange of spices. Finish is very zesty and sharply astringent. Body is lively and light, with a tangy, dry finish. This is a thoroughly interesting beer that has held up well after a few months of aging.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a light orange with some light haze (a little more lazy on the second pour as more yeast gets picked up) with three plus fingers of white craggy and bubbly head. Highly carbonated with plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is citrus peel, earthy hops, some spice coriander and white pepper does come through, and a bit of biscuit malt sweetness. Fairly light aroma, with only a bit of earthy brett character.

Taste follows the nose, citrus and earthy hop bitterness upfront, mellowing into lighter citrus flavors, coriander and white pepper, a touch of caramel and biscuit malt sweetness. Clean and dry finish, with some lingering citrus on the tongue.

Light body and highly carbonation, bubbles gently sweeping across your tongue and wiping it clean. Very refreshing, and the flavors would go well complementing some food.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.

Appearance - Very light, white, almost like a grape juice. Very fizzy white 4+ inch head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Sour and pungent fruits. Lemon, coriander, spices, very floral and farmhouse like. Light wine aroma along with some yeasts in the finish.

Taste - Alot going on. Sour/bitterness of the hops, spices and added brett are a dominate flavor. Very much like a saison, floral and earthy. The wine adds a certain bold flavor that works well with the hops. A huge lemon flavor in each drink. The alcohol is not present at all.

Mouthfeel - Tounge really gets a sour blast with the brett and wine. Palate gets more spices and hops, along with some sour wines.
The aftertaste is dry, sour and floral.

Overall - Very nice and different. Huge flavors that you really need to have many sips to understand and enjoy. This could easly be called a saison with its barnyard funky flavors. The price was a little more then it should be but its worth a drink for its unique, and huge flavor.

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Photo of stewart124
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with some orange hues. Huge head and very visibly carbonated.

Nose has some brett characters to go along with the spice and Belgian notes.

More carbonation up front with a white pepper bite and hops to round it out. Good amount of bitterness overall with some spicy phenolic characters and general spice throughout. Fantastic though. A very nice take on this style without detracting from what I expect with an IPA.

Finishes very dry and leave some slightly tart notes on the tongue. I was looking forward to trying this and I was not disappointed.

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Photo of jonboyd_md
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, Lacey, quickly fading head. Good lacing. Pale yellow in color. Not a lot of smell to it. Flavor was a bit off to me at first. Half way through the first glass the hops, kumquats, and peppercorns became very detectable. Very tasty after getting used to it. (3.91 original score before aging) I'd buy it again, maybe age it..

Aged a bottle from October 2014, opened June 2015. The flavor mellowed quite a bit. Made for quite a nice beer. I don't think I'd quite say this fits my thinking of an ipa. More of a champagne almost.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750mL bottle pours with a pale yet bright gold body with faint haze supporting a tall densely cobwebed white head of foam. The aroma offers up lime, tangerine, grapefruit and a sour lime sort of wild yeastiness. The taste has a very effervescent quality and it is so much so it is tough to sink you teeth into the experience. I’m getting fruity and tart grapefruit notes that are sliding into lime like citrus and some citrusy tartness. Pretty nice but the huge carbonation detracts from the experience.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as a part of a free tasting held at GBX! Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, coriander, funk, earth, fruit, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, fruit, wheat, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the level of complexity that the Brett addition to the bottle added to this brew. This was a fairly light IPA as the name would imply, so the nice kiss of funkiness went really well here. Anchorage is definitely doing good things and I can't wait to try more offerings from them that I have not tried yet.

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Photo of Docer
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice light colored straw yellow brew.. a very light cloudy touch to it. Nice fingers of bubbly frothy foamy head.. settle to a thin mixed pillow and sticky foam all about the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Surprisingly an IPA aroma.. very floral and citrus-like hops over a light grainy biscuit bready malt. Not overly sweet smelling. I like that. No caramel really to be found. Some oak and dry esters sit nicely with a spicy flare that shows up late. Quite good.

Taste: (4.0)
- Grain, biscuit, bread, light sweet malts.. very floral and crisp grassy hops and citrus blended well with a slight spice and peppery character. This is a very well balanced and seemingly green IPA. Bottled with Brett? Is this an IPA to sit on awhile to get more tart and sour flavors? I don't get much in that regard other than the oak and drying flavors that brett can provide in its early stages.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- A nice light bodied brew which is quite dry.. I like dry in most of my beers. It is however a little over-carbonated for me. I wouldn't mind some excessive carbonation if the Brett shined more. Not bad.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very good IPA. I don't like the price of it. There was a lot of hype around this beer, and along with the packaging.. it fell a bit short for me. Though I do not, and will not grade any of my scores on anything but the fluid. There is some nice Brett character, and a slight funk to it. It is probably the first IPA I would actually even consider aging. The base beer must be stellar, but beyond that.. a little over-done. I like the Whiteout Wit much better.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed yellow with one finger of rich white head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, pineapple, coriander, white pepper, Belgian yeast, and brett.

Tasted of lemon, brett, Belgian yeast, saltine cracker, white pepper and brett. Lightly bitter finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and quite dry with a sharp carbonation.

An easy drinking and tasty Belgian IPA from Anchorage. It's so good to have them return to St. Louis.

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Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing. Big fruity aroma with lots of mango, light brett, some oak, lemon, pear, and apricot. The taste has a light initial sweetness with mango, apricot, some spiciness, and a bit brett earthiness. The finish has a decent bitterness. Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a re-write as apparently my first review was not committed to the database :( Picked up a bottle for $12.99 based upon my experience with Bitter Monk. First off this si much more of a wild ale than an IPA but that's ok. Bright white-yellow color. Smells a lot like the chardonnay barrel with hints of brett and stink. Flavor is mostly brett, fruit, citrus but not necessarily hops. good stuff and got me to pick up a bottle of whiteout wit.

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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 932 ratings.
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