Galaxy White IPA | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA
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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

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4.05
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10.86%
 
 
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #2, April 2012. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head that grew for a while and took some time to settle. Also, there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, brett, hay, peppery spice and some coriander. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some white wine and pineapple flavors. I liked the taste of this beer more and more the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's very carbonated. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, although I do wish the carbonation was lower. $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, January 2012.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a billowy 2-finger thick fluffy white head which leaves clumpy and mosaic lace.

N: Bretty funk, wheaty yeast, citrus (lemon and grapefruit) pith, floral. The horseblanket is mild and allows some tropical fruits (guava and passionfruit), herbal with peppery spices to show through.

T: Musty barnyard as the door opens revealing floral grassy herbs and yeasty spices. Citrus is bright white and illuminates into the corners revealing crisp wheaty grains.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry bretty finish with citrus and spicy finish.

O: Fairly light and refreshing. The Galaxy hops combine well with the brett and wheat and spices. Very enjoyable and look forward to what is next from this brewery.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 (Jan 2012)

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thick film and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of brett with the associated sour/barnyard funk. Moderate aromas of tropical hops, citrus hops, citrus, and spices.

T: Not quite as strong in taste as the smell might have implied. Lighter amounts of brett sour/funk along with tropical (pineapple) hops, citrus (orange) hops, citrus, and some light amounts of pepper/spice.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and the addition of the brett really adds to the enjoyment of the beer. This beer is easy to drink and I would enjoy sipping on this one for quite a while. Impressive take on the style and one to have again.

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Photo of smcnulty1981
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy yellow color typical to most white ales lots of carbonation and a 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts for awhile with some laceing

S: lots of orange juice and funk on the nose with a slight smell of hops

T: tart up front with tastes of citrus and Brett followed by some hop bitterness and some spiceness

M: very light highly carbonated and very easy to drink

O: an interesting take on the style it's great to see a beer that is 100% barrel fermented and then finished with Brett tough to find and worth the wait

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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 EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny, slightly hazy witbier color. Head was fluffy, bright white, with good retention and lace. Aroma was big with the funky barnyard/hay, with some sprinkling of spices, lemon zest and an ever slight tartness. There's a initial fruity tart edge up front, which shows up again as a slightly bitter/tart finish. Not quite as funky Brett as in the aroma, but there is a slight champagne-like oakiness which wasn't really present in the aroma. Not hugely bitter, but hoppier than a typical Wit. The Brett and barrel seem to over shadow the IPA part of this, but it's still a very tasty Brett beer, so it's not hard to over look. Though we just got this in stock, the bottling run was January, so not too old, but not super fresh, so maybe that has more to do with it. The feel is light bodied, crisp and rather refreshing. Finishes clean for the most part.

Anther wonderful Brett beer from Anchorage...God I wish they were a bit less pricey so I felt like dropping the cash for it more often.

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Photo of draheim
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a pale hazy yellow w/ a huge billowing white head that leaves behind big cobwebs of lace as it settles. Lively carbonation.

Aroma is delicious fresh citrus, soft Belgian yeast, pale malt. Orange zest and spice.

Taste leads off hoppy, sharply bitter and crisp. Orange, spice, and a nice woody funk. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and dry. Soft and drinkable.

Overall another really great, creative beer from Anchorage.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Web of white champagne froth over hazy platinum blonde.
Funk, fresh flowers, honeydew, white pear, and preserved lemon peel on the nose - fabulously bright and fresh.
Saltines and lemon curd up front, a Brett hit, white grapefruit, some fresh cut oak, floral nectar, white balsamic and more melon.
Lemon vinaigrette finish and waxy rind linger.

Lots going on, but tough to taste through all the Brett. This was an April '12 vintage, so that could be the issue - the kumquats, etc. are lost. Still, seems like a beer that's trying to do too much - probably would be great just without the funk.

Liked it where I could've loved it.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

A very pretty, slightly hazed, light yellow and golden with a two-finger high near-white head that lasts and lasts. This eventually leaves irregular rings of lace down the glass.

Complete aroma with bright, floral hops, Brett yeast, grass, hay, lemon, and a bit of pepper.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma, with a surprising level of bitterness complementing the funky Brett yeast, sweet fruit notes, earth, hay, and grass. I like this a lot, though it's not quite as complex as some similar beers.

Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

This beer is better than the sum of it's parts. It's delicate, interesting, well balanced, and incredibly enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of iwantsomerocks
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying this. Bomber poured into a dogfish head pint glass. Frothy 2 finger head lasts a while. The head resembles that of a saison. Nice straw yellow color. Solid carbonation.

Smells funky as hell. Straight barnyard. Nice citrus scent as well, lemon and grapefruit. Oh man this is gonna be good.

What a taste explosion. Not so funky, but huge hits of lemon and the bitterness of grapefruit but without the flavor really. A bit of a chardonnay hit, and then the hops come through. The glorious galaxy hops come through and gently harass the taste buds. The funkiness of the brett comes through in the background..noticeably there, but not nearly overwhelming. Amazing complexity all around.

A decent amount of carbonation in the mouth, but not too much. Very silky and goes down easy.

Overall this beer lives up to the hype. As a monster hophead myself, I like the overall balance of the beer to bring the galaxy forward, but still maintain the 'white' aspect and add a slight funkiness to the mix. I wish this was cheaper and available all the time. If it was $9 I'd buy it all the time. Definitely worth the money for a beer as unique as this one.

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Photo of spicelab
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Slowbeer.

Cork explodes after most of the cage is released, fortunately not followed by a major gushing incident. Dirty straw with a dizzying fluffy white head that falls with sparse lacing to a raised ring.

Really appealing and balanced blend of Brett and tropical Galaxy character. Lemon sherbet and tart granny smith apples facing off against sweaty pineapple and mango, with some zingy, peppery grass and heather notes keeping it tight.

The Brett gains the upper hand a little, with sherbety, lemon all-purpose cleaner, musty basement and earthy oak character prevailing over the hops, which still provide nice subtle tropical undertones and a green-tea like bitterness.

Entry is super light for 7%, feels closer to 4%. Spritzy carbonation helps pad out the palate and leads to a lovely fresh equally tart and bitter finish.

Well impressive. The interplay and balance between the IPA and Yeast characteristics is a thing to behold.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma if full of brett, with some orange notes as well as some bread from the malt. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of brett and orange citrus notes, with a little bit of bread and biscuit malt. There is also a nice yeasty component to the flavor and a low amount of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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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 leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a pale yellow gold with a huge billow of white head.

Smell- Belgian yeast, citrus, peach, coriander, hint of spices, orange zest. Slight sourness.

Taste- Strong Belgian yeast along with fruit flavours from brettanomyces. Bit of peppercorn and coriander. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with nice tingly bubbles. Good fluffiness.

Overall- A unique Belgian IPA from Anchorage that pushes the envelope with some adventurous fruit flavours (peach for example). The flavours mingle well, making this an easy-to-drink Belgian IPA.

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from AJ’s in Aptos. Pours a pale gold color -- not quite as light as a wit or berliner weisse, but still very pale. Aroma is zesty and bright. Big tropical papaya and grapefruit and pineapple, lemon verbena, no trace of malt. Just as it should be. Flavor is a little light on hops due to the aging, but it still has a solid tropical fruit presence. Reminds me of orange pineapple juice a bit. A bit of musty oak and brett, moderate bitterness and a lingering tickle of black pepper. A very impressive beer.

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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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Photo of cjoc83
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 caged and corked bottle purchased at The Foodery in Philly, PA. Batch #3, August 2012.

A - The cork comes off easily and with a loud pop. Pours a super hazy golden straw color into my Delirium Tremens tulip, with a massive 4 finger bright white head that sticks around for a while and leaves frothy patches of lace.

S - Obviously the hops have mostly fallen off after almost a year, but there's still a helluva lot going on here. Funky barnyard brett, sweet underripe fruit, grass, hints of coriander and spice, some mellow white grapes.

T - the kumquats and brett are apparent upfront, with wet grass, cellar must, and sweet fruit. This gives way to some more earthy, slightly spicy notes, and definitely picking up a good hit of coriander middle of the mouth. Finishes off with a kind of sweet/tart white grape flavor, more funky yeast, and a slight bitterness. Layers of complexity.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and refreshing. Easy drinking at 7%. Dry finish. Lingering funk, sweetness, and slight bitterness. Mild tartness as it warms. Slightly over-carbonated, but hey, that brett doesn't quit.

O - Well this was my first 'White IPA', although it reminded me more of a brett saison, which isn't a bad thing. Very complex, and even more so as it warms. They took a risk doing as much with the beer as they did, but damn if it didn't pay off. I would like to try a fresh bottle at some point to compare experiences.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dull gold color. Large, fluffy, cloud like, white head that raises quickly. Nice retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Quite a bit of Brett on the nose. Nice barnyard funk aroma. In the back is a nice mix of fruity hops. Passionfruit, mango, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Intriguing mix of aromas. Some pale malt.

T - Doesn't quite live up to the nose. Not as much Brett although there still is some funk. Fair amount of hops both citrus and tropical (especially pineapple). Touches of spice (pepper and coriander come out a bit). Touches of light/pale malt provide a nice base. Not much from the barrel comes out. Sweet and funk.

M - Light to medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Effervescent and crisp.

D - Interesting beer. Pretty drinkable with a nice funk but nothing too strong (could even use a bit more on the taste). Overall pretty drinkable.

Notes: Didn't quite live up to my expectation (but they were pretty high given Brett and Galaxy hops) and I prefer the Tripel, but this was a nice beer. Interesting play with the hops and kumquat. Could use a bit more Brett on the taste but all in all I can't complain.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy pasty white 1 finger head faded slowly with nice lacing and bubbles reinforcing it, crystal clear pale yellow straw colored.

Nose light dry bready wheat like malts, straw, light funk and hint of horsehair brett, nice fresh hops, light citrus, tropical fruit and grapefruit, musty, light sweet golden Belgian malts.

Taste Starts with nice bready dry malts and a light straw wheat, then light golden Belgian malts, pretty dry, fluffy, then light funk, a nice light barnyard funk but not horsehair crazy, brett is decent but not crazy, also nice fresh hops, light citrus and tropical fruit, juicy, light musty resinous hops as well. Finish is bone dry, light funk, bit of bitter spicy hops.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of carb.

Overall very nice, great hops and light Brett characteristics blended well without either overpowering the other, and even a nice light malty base to back them up. A well done tasty beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Batch #1. Bottled January 2012.

A: Very pale (hence the name white?) yellowish, topped with three fingers of loose head. Some bubbles. Quite clear. (Edit: after pouring the last half, it becomes murky and opaque.)

S: Whoah! Incredibly interesting, just as I'd hoped. Spice (pepper and coriander?), funky-sharp Brett, and more traditional IPAish citrus like grapefruit. I love it.

T: Sweeter than anticipated, with an excellent funky yeast character that tests my tolerance for Brett towards the endtaste as it grows less like weird-fun and more like porta-potty cleaner. The spice is pleasant on the bitterish endtaste, the peppercorn really shining. Apparently, the fruit is kumquat. An interesting contribution, but a welcome one. I've never encountered Galaxy hops, and I'm unclear how I feel about them now...perhaps they provide some of the fruitiness? At any rate, the hops are nice. I have no real sense of the French oak maturation, though I suppose that could be contributing to the spiciness.

M: Always fresh and titillating.

O: Points for style and for being curious as hell. I love interesting beers, and this is one. I saw the many many modifiers on the bottle and knew I had to try it. Probably not worth the money, but definitely worth giving a try.

Notes:
"Ale brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast.

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Hopswagger
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 April/2012

P: Once I pulled the cage off the cork I turned to put it on the counter and I heard a loud shot. The cork exploded off hitting me in the back of the neck and I quickly put my mouth over the top till it subsided. Once poured the mountainous rocky white meringue head perched upon a vivacious sea of hazy pale gold. Retention is outrageous and leaves thick sticky bubbles clinging for dear life.

S: Nose is brett heavy with tart lemon drop candy. Coriander, honey, ruby red grapefruit, fruit wax, grains, black pepper corns and dusty oak.

T/M: Brett funk and Belgian powdery yeast. Timid bitter notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, kiwi, and lime. Bartlett pears sprinkled with crushed peppercorns and rustic oak lacing. Wheat and dirty grains come through after the swallow. Mouthfeel is similar to a sparkling wine that encourages rowdy explosive carbonation and finishes dry and slightly chalky. Lingering and assertive ground pepper corns and a touch of orange oil.

O: Whats not to love when you have brett and the zing of galaxy hops. This white IPA is out of this world and delivers its name claim. Super complex yet well blended. Nothing over dominates but all layers work together in one harmonious universe of flavor.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pastel yellow with an enormous white head. Looks like lemon meringue pie in a glass. Excellent head retention and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is somewhat subdued by the excellent head retention, but the Brett predominates the nose. Lots of leather, hay, and barnyard, with just a hint of juicy citrus.

T: The taste is where this beer shines. Incredibly complex and nuanced, yet balanced and drinkable. Starts off with the Brett notes: hay, barnyard and earth before turning sweet with notes of candied orange peel, lemon, bubblegum, and citrus. Then a bit of yeasty spice and lime rind. Finish has a mild bitterness and more lemon-lime.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Fairly aggressive carbonation. Mild bitterness. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O:n A very nice beer. Incredibly complex, yet still so drinkable. This beer would be an excellent introduction to Brett.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale, hazy, lemon-juice yellow with a billowing, spritzy head that leaves beautiful clouds of foam clinging to the sides of your glass.

Aroma leads with a very soft funkiness from the brett, which carries the spice from the coriander and peppercorn. This is backed in both the nose and flavour by a gentle amount of tropical citrus, with a lingering kumquat citric-tartness and bitterness on the finish. Fresh oak paints the background adding a subtle complexity to the overall taste and aroma.

Dry and effervescent, very light body. Nice balance of citrus and spice. If aged this will probably lose some of the citrus hop flavour/aroma, but I'm looking forward to seeing if it develops some more funk or tartness.

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