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 muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MonkeyStain
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Paccamacca
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Matt_L
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of eulerthegrape
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DrFayhee
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a pale yellow, slightly cloudy color that almost makes it look like its glowing. A nice thick head gives it a stunning appearance. Very fruity aroma with citrus and herbal notes. Characterizing flavor for this beer is a real challenge because I've never had a beer that changes so much with almost every sip. This alone makes it exciting. It started out slightly funky and yeasty which gradually mellowed as honeysuckle and melon-y flavors began to peek through. I'd definitely love to try another bottle to see if there are differences between batches but unfortunately it's pretty pricey.

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Photo of shand
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a bit of gushing when popping the cork... Galaxy White IPA pours a hazy golden color with an absolutely massive head even when poured extremely slowly. The aroma is funky and fruity, with pepper and sweet oak jumping out. Lots of complexity, plenty of fleeting notes to discover shoving your nose into this. Judging by the label, this was always going to be an interesting beer to begin with.

Nearly a year past bottling date, it's taken on a distinctly saison-esque flavor profile, with the pepper and brett really doing a number on things here. There's also a solid hop presence still lingering, providing a fruitiness and a nice background bitterness. It's an extremely dry beer, with the brett and hops contributing strongly to that. So much going on here that it's really not worth picking apart in the review, each sip reveals new facets. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, highly carbonated, and (as before mentioned) very dry. Overall, Anchorage's Galaxy White IPA has held up very well a year past bottling. It's very interesting, extremely complex, and very tasty.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/9/12

A hazy golden yellow with not many visible bubbles but there’s lots of them in there because I’m having trouble fitting it in my glass. The massive loose soapy head retains very well taking its time to fall leaving just a few random patches of lace

S lots going on with this one, I’m getting the coriander no problem, the Brett’s hard too miss, faint peppercorn but I can’t remember smelling a Kumquat before, it’s a mix of mango, passion fruit and orange marmalade. Earthy notes and oak with some vinous notes I can’t quite place, tropical citric hops round out the mix. Everything just blends together so well and I can’t think of how this beer could smell better

T a step back from the nose this only tastes awesome, spice comes out stronger with more earthy vinous notes, the funky Brett and fruit works well, I could drink this all day…or at least until I couldn’t move

M over carbonated and foamy, a swirl produces a two finger foam after the original head fell, I could do this several times, no heats a plus but quite airy, a mild bitter bite and just a fine tannic like grit

O very pleased with this one, a nice blend of fruit, hops and a very interesting yeast profile and a spicy kick. This one has a little bit of everything and its working well no matter how you look at it.

I’m stoked to drink this one and could take down another 750ml no problem. The Brett’s already strong and I’m going to find out how funky this will get, I’m going to buy another to drink now and lay one down for fun

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle opened on 2-23-12.
Batch 1

A - Pours a very light orange-yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S - Strong hop tones - grass, pine, floral and lemony. Some slight pepper.

T - Very hoppy, not much of the spice comes through.

D - Light body, no sourness.

O - Light and hoppy, and AMAZING!

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 from Aug 2012.

A: Hazy, light straw, HUGE white head, good retention, amazing lace.

S: Very Belgian aroma: Horse blanket, corriander and tropical fruit; citrus rind, lemon grass.

T: Definitely some leathery funk, but it's not as pronounced as the aroma. Tons of vanilla in the flavour, wheaty biscuit, tropical fruit, slight pepper, hints of corriander, yeast sediment has a healthy, doughy flavour. Good bitterness, alcohol is really subtle.

M: Highly attenuated, moderate body is really carbonated, with a crisp, dry finish.

O: A gold standard for this new style?

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Photo of litheum94
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole foods.

Hazy, opaque golden yellow body. Frothy, bone white head leaves a protective cover and some killer lacing.

Corriander spice and funky Brett aromas. Distinct French oak aromas and citrusy hops.

Corriander spicing and some creamy wheat. Big, funky bite from the Brett, gives it an earthy flavor. Oaky, white wine tones. Big hop flavors on the finish; citrusy and bitter.

Excellent, funky take on the style. Another great one from Gabe.

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Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Light, nearly white, yellow color with billowing white head, 2+ fingers worth. One of the palest, lightest micros I've seen. Excellent retention and fine lace. Hard to get past the pale color, though.

Nose is dominated by brett with light grape and floral hops underneath. The wine barrel lends a nice touch. Spices are light and add to a tart, brett finish. Plenty of brett flavor here.

Body is just right for the style, but a bit on the fizzy side. Just a tad bit too much carbonation for me.

Overall, a strong entry in the field.

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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 Jimmys
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into tulip. batch #2 APR 2012.

A: very pale straw yellow body. bright white head. lace everywhere. great retention. carbonization racing to the surface. perfect.

S: straight funk on the nose. barny and bretty goodness. bright. wild flower honey. the hops try and make their presence known, but struggle to behind the barny Brett.

T: the Brett flavor is strong. tart and refreshing. there is a linger of citrus flavor, lemons and limes, helps to remind me this is an IPA as well as a funky brew. finish of mild grain chewiness is dried out by acidity.

M: champagne-like in its carbonation. medium bodied.

D: very tasty stuff. glad the Brett characteristics are as prevalent as I was hoping they would be. also, I would like to say this is one of the most appealing looking BIPA's I have seen ever. kudos to Anchorage for doing a stellar job with the bottle conditioning here.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Killer beer. A friend of mine tried it when it was fresh, and said it was an average IPA with some off flavors. I had a bottle last night that was bottled in January 2012, and it was amazing. Definitely let this beer age in the bottle for at least 6 months. The brett does it's thing, and the beer has amazing lemon and sour notes, but the galaxy still comes through. An effervescent and enjoyable beer...

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Photo of SHODriver
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a light hazy yellow with a huge 2+ finger white head that is slow to recede
S: smells of citrus, spice, and slightly grassy
T: pale malt up front slips to a bit of peppery spice and fruitiness and then a huge layer of hop presence with some herbal flavors and some citrus. Corriander intermingles a little bit toward the end. Aftertaste is oily hop goodness that disappears quickly
M: fairly light on the tongue but has good viscosity as well. Sot carbonation from bottle conditioning is prickly at times but normally very smooth
O: a very tasty convergence of the IPA and Witbier styles

UPDATE: if you want to let this one sit for about 6-7 months the brett will come out to play with some nice barnyard and funk. the hops aren't quite there anymore but still provide a nice bitterness. the nose on the beer has gone nuts in that time as well with some sourness and funk.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed "fresh" from tasting notes.

A. Semi hazy pale straw color with a monster four finger head that lasts for a minute and a half, leaving behind amazing sheets and curtains of sudsy lacing. Slightly more retention time and I would have awarded a perfect five for appearance on this one!

S. The first aroma that came to mind was a freshly cooled lemon custard meant for a pie. A split second later I got hit by a wave of the trademarked Galaxy passionfruit aroma coupled up with a side order of Brett Funk and the black peppercorns. The coriander aroma....gets sort of lost in the shuffle for my nose until the beer warms up quite significantly, and even than it is a very meek level of coriander that gets bullied around and obscured by everything else quite a lot.

T. Belgian Brett funk and wet tart wheat, hay, grassy herbal tea-like hopping combined with an appropriately IPA-level of citric peel and rind bittering. The oak and peppercorns team up to form a spicy dry incredibly long finish that blends in with the pithy bitterness that stays with you long after the citrus peel drops away.

M. Medium body and somewhat medium-heavy carbonation. My only real nitpick with this brew is that I would dial the carbonation back just a tad, as it made me feel somewhat bloated even while sipping. Just a bit too effervescent.

Holy hell this was a great beer, and it's going to be hard on my self discipline to wait and see how the funk levels develop in the other bottle I have in the basement.

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