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 BeerKangaroo
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #3, August 2012 (nice to see this all the way from Alaska, welcome to Maine):

In my chalice:

A: golden hazy yellow body leaving a super big head for a Belgian IPA (about three fingers), some really nice looking foamy lacing appears

S: Galaxy hops up front and the Brett comes out appropriately with the grapefruit and peppercorn

T: Brett with hints of lemon, the grapefruit coming back

M: I can tell it was aged in wine tanks, because there is a great quality of wine-likeness to it. Harshness all around, perhaps one of the most harsh beers I've ever had, but I know, its part of the style, so I'll just keep going since there are people out there that love this stuff. Drinkable, perhaps to some, but to me, uh . . . not really.

O: this is good for its style but since I'm still not much of a fan of the lighter Belgian styles, just ok to me. I'll keep looking for lighter Belgians to try and maybe I'll find my niche in one of these things some day.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw almost white yellow color with a big three finger head despite a pretty easy pour. Thre are big lines of lace all over the glass. The aroma is of breadiness, lemon zest and floral and earthy hops. The aroma is deep and full. The taste is unique. There is a lemonzest and corriander taste up front along with brett. The middle waters out a little and you get belgian yeast and some funk. The back end is all hops, it is a floral earthy hop at the back end. Not overly bitter but it balances out very well. The mouthfeel is very carbonated, in fact when I uncorked the bottle i almost killed three people. Mouthfeel is stingy and bubbly. Overall it is a decent belgian ipa, it starts out strong but starts to fizzle a little at the end.

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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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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 RoamingGnome
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Cloudy yellow with a nice two finger foamy head. This settles to a whipped egg white dusting, which is eventually a collar. Nice lacing initially. Definitely a bit of sediment.

S) Heavy citrus, lemon, white grapefruit with no sugar, lots of rind, and some pine. This sweetens up as it warms. A little pineapple I think.

T) Again citrus, a little sour too. The sourness is lemon. There is some hop bitterness, which hits the taste buds pretty hard. There is a bit of spice too.

M) This is pretty soft, considering the carbonation and the citrus tingle on the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste could have been tamed a bit.

O) This started out slow, but I must say, this grew on me. Not something I would care to drink regularly, but worth a try. Not to shabby.

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Photo of mattsander
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ginormous carbonation, decent clarity straw color with a puffy white head that rises out of the glass.

S: This smells really nice. Lots of earthy brett character, some unique fruity/slightly skunky hops, lemon and an herbal sweetness. Brett funk dominates.

T: Again the brettanomyces character takes the lead with a soft 'wet leaves' and earth vibe. The galaxy hops aren't prominent but they play a nice role.

M: Huge large carbonation, overcarbonated IMO but very refreshing until the end of the bottle.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded straw gold color, big plume of soapy white froth, diminishes slowly but leaves little lacing. Scent brings notes of citrus and tropical fruits - grapefruit and pineapple - before musty, earthy funk presents itself, segues into a dry, earthy grainyness, moderate spice. Taste lacked the hop punch or brett funk expected from descriptors on the bottle, moderately bitter with light citrus and tropical notes, mildly earthy from yeast and grain, faint spicing, a touch of sweet fruit juice on the end. Medium bodied, lightly prickly, dry. Maybe a little too much expected from this and maybe a little too much advertised on the bottle, would have liked a touch more aggressiveness on some flavor fronts, maybe the bottle just in a weird spot with aging with faded hops and muted brett.

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Photo of Copernicus
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a magnificent, meringue-like head of 2 fingers that recedes slowly, leaving a craggy lace.

S: Citrus, coriander, sour, and funk. Peppery. A hint of vanilla and oak. There is some wood and barn and light pineapple from the brett.

T: Bitter. Spicy. Finishes like a chardonnay. It's oaky and slippery with some savory vanilla. The malt character is light. Fermentation is spicy and funky. There is an intense bitterness.

M: It's smooth, with some unenthusiastic carbonation. Slightly drying.

O: This beers struts some impressive plumage but ultimately falls flat. I may have to get used to this style and then give it another try.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a robust three finger white head. Looks pretty nice, lots of carbonation

S- a lot of lemony funk comes through...not too much farmhouse, not too hoppy

T- lemony tartness floods my mouth, with a little bit of funk from the Brett. Eh, I expected more funk to be honest

M- medium bodied

O- I honestly expected more. I was looking for an experience like Bitter Monk, and got a slightly tart white IPA. Disappointing overall, especially at $20/bottle

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 3 Aug 2012
Brought back from Maine 750 ml cork and cage. Slight misfiring cork grazed the side of my head before ending up across the room. Pours out half foam atop a cloudy light straw liquid. Lots of lace and mad retention. The aroma is certainly tart and a bit funky. Saison like aroma with lots of spice a bit of tart citrus and tropical fruits with some hops still evident and a vinous character deep underneath. The flavor is more funk than tart with bits of citrus evident as well as some light wine notes. Medium to light body with a huge level of carbonation and a dry crisp funky mouthfeel. Nice beer but not much of an IPA after a years aging. I enjoyed this aside from the cork headache.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from recent Vermont and Maine trip. Medium golden with enormous head that lasts and lasts. Funky almost stinky aroma, yeah its Brett. Bottled in June. The IPA is subordinate completely to everything else going on, some pepper and wheat. Soft mouthfeel.For me very drinkable with supper.
Kosher certified.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I wanna make a Men in Black reference, but after witnessing the horror of the third film, I'm not even gonna bother. This stuff pours a hazy auburn-brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises funky Brett, grapefruit rind, mild grass, and a touch of lime. The taste brings in more of the same, with the Brett hamming it up on stage and some lemon and lime trying their best to blend into the background. Some minor notes of earth and wood (need we build a log cabin in Louisiana?) sneak in there as well, but aren't able to cause much of a ruckus. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this seems like a godsend for any lovers of Brett and/or hops. For me, I felt the Brett overdid it a bit, but not by too much.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Faintly cloudy pale yellow body with brilliant white foamy head, rings and sheets of lacing. Cool galaxy/whirlpool artwork- gets me ready to get dragged into this one!

S: Funk and major citrus overtones on the nose. Not getting much of the spice, but this is enough for me.

T: Good mix of funk/citrus/tang. Mostly lemon and white grape, including some of its potent puckering power. I detect a bit of sweetness but not much bitterness. Maybe the spices are finally present? Tangy finish. Reminiscent of watery lemonade.

F: Light bodied, faint but sharp effervescence. Wish that head lasted longer.

O: Intriguing for sure. When I'd had enough citrus I could focus on the funk. Kept my attention the whole bomber through, although by the end the lemon did start wearing on me- I could have appreciated a wider variety of hop flavors. My bottle was about a year and half old, I wonder how long it should be kept so that the funk becomes the main component?

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Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from the Hill Farmstead retail shop. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Opens with a very loud pop. The cork was a real bitch to get off, had to use a corkscrew. The pour results in a massive basically four finger sudsy white head that keeps on billowing with an epic amount of carbonation bubbles going on in the tulip. A maelstrom of carbonation. Its nice, good colour (crystal clear gold) but the head is way too much.

S - Light funk from brett, nice peppercorns. Struggling to find any of the fruit. There is a light galaxy hop aroma. Very faint. Smells more like a barrel aged saison than anything.

T - More of the nice funky brett with very like oak barrels. There is some slight peppercorn spice and bitterness from both hop and fruit.

M - Mouthfeel, ehh. Doesnt do it for me. A bit too heavily carbonated and yet I can still feel a fair amount of alcohol. And after it sits for a few minutes thanks to all the carbonation it just falls a bit flat.

O - Overall, while I liked this beer it was easily my least favourite from Anchorage. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a tulip. Poured carefully but still got a huge white head. Beer is a hazy straw color. Nose is some coriander and yeast. The peppercorns come through more in the taste. Also hints of lemon peel and a bitter hop finish. Interesting beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-bottled with brett, brewed with galaxy hops,coriander, kumquats and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in french oak wine tanks.

A: Twist key cage broke off, while unraveling the cage the cork exploded from the bottle with a loud pop without warning. First pour was nothing but snow white sudsy foam, glass consuming, pale lemon-orange with a good clarity. Chunky sudsy lacing is meaty on the glass. Consecutive pours built upon the monstrous foam monster and showed a dense, obstructed clarity, murky from the yeasty goodness from the bottom of the bottle. Head retention was forever.

S: Slight nose of sour musky funk of lemons, basement and vinyl. Hard to get a scent at times through the monster head. Not much signs of the galaxy hops nor fruit just yet.

T: Flavor of funky brett, sour lemons, sour grains and sour fruit, the kumquats the easiest to identify. Quite a slap on the tongue the first time but this does get progressively easier to handle. Acidic, light and peppery wheat, grapefruit juice and a warmth of alcohol rounds things out with some sour oranges.

M: Mouthful is sharp, well pronounced, crisp and light bodied with a sour funky leave on the tongue.

O: Overall sour lemony hops, drinks like a cross between a saison and wit. A lot of breweries hold back on the brett, this one is very well pronounced and goes balls to the wall. Slow methodical drinker, offers a varying degree of complexity and a good dose of brett.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this bottle with tenderbranson69 at Holy Hound in York, shared from the corked and caged 750 into a tulip.

The color is hazed pale with overflowing white head that settles to a tight bead. The smell is herbal with wild yeast aroma and fruit with both tropical and citrus notes. The feel is brett laden with pithy kumquat tinged and rind spice with pepper in the hops and very dry carbonated finish.

The taste is tangy and fruity as the aroma indicated with kumquat quality standing out with sweet and bitter citrus with peppery element from the hops and mild yeast with wheat sweetness and grapefruity bitterness with acidic finish. Overall a top notch drinkability for the style with very good blend of flavors

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a golden hazy yellow body leaving a super big head for a Belgian IPA (about three fingers), some really nice looking foamy lacing appears. The smell has some Galaxy hops up front and the Brett comes out appropriately with the grapefruit and peppercorn. The taste has a majority of the Brett with hints of lemon, the grapefruit coming back. The palate, well, I can tell it was aged in wine tanks, because there is a great quality of wine-likeness to it. Harshness all around, perhaps one of the most harsh beers I’ve ever had, but I know, its part of the style, so I’ll just keep going since there are people out there that love this stuff. Drinkable = yes. Overall, this is good for its style and I think I could have this again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a quite pale straw colour. Head is white and looks like finely whipped egg whites. Would like more texture to the head, but lace is nice and latticey. Bit of cloud. Looks great.

Smells tasty and funky. Nice acidity, with a touch of organic barnyard and sweaty cheese. Nice vinegary tartness and lemon as well - all wrapped up with a touch of sweetness for comfort. Very nice.

Taste has far less of the funk. Lighter, with light malt notes upfront and a touch of wild astringency but then it's all hops - not in a big way, but it just tastes herbally bitter, with a twist of balsamic in there - lemony, slightly flaxy and some soapy notes late as well. Not quite the mix I expected, but drinkable and pleasant.

Decent body, although there's a touch of sharpness midway. Ends nicely.

A bit of a confused beer. Funky at times, bitter at others and always very pale. Overall, I quite enjoy it but it's not quite enough of one thing or another to excite me.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml --batch #4 Dec 2012
A: like a golden lager with less carbonation. Transparent.
S:fresh, fruity ... grapefruit rind, floral, spice; canned fruit cocktail ! ... complex
T: bizarre ... starts out like a sour and then turns bitter like biting through grapefruit rind. Razor sharp. And it lasts and lasts. It's sour but bitter too. Weird. I don't taste any maltiness at all. I'm really not sure if I like it much but it's certainly memorable and makes me want to have another sip just to explore all that's going on. It gets even better when it's not so cold ... but that sour sensation (more than taste) really lingers.
M: medium-light bodied. Clean bitterness but with a lingering sourness.
O: I'm not one to think too highly of beers that push the edge but this one is pretty interesting. And it just keeps getting better and better as I linger over it. I don't think that it's completely together but it's pretty darn good. I'll definitely look and buy another bottle.

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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 Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the EBF night session. The beer poured out as a pale hazy yellow color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer gave off the aromas of bread, citrus and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer seemed to me like a typical witbier, it was citrusy and rather mild in flavor. The peppercorn didn't stand out too much for me but there was a bitterness in there from the fruits that were brewed into it. The mouthfeel was light, carbonated and refreshing for the most part. Overall it was a pretty good brew but nothing too exciting to me.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750 bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A: A light straw color that is hazy with a huge white bubbly head. Not much glass lacing after the head does finally settle down.

S: Loads of light citrus smells with lemon and orange mixed with yeast and some herbal notes. Brett smell is there but not overwhelming.

T: The tart fruit starts with massive lemon and tangerine and orange flavors. Some herbal and peppery notes come next with the coriander. The brett barnyard flavors come out more in the flavor than the smell towards the back of the beer. Tart finish with some hops bitterness, crisp and clean with the brett flavor lingering. As the beer warms, the barnyard gets even funkier at the finish.

M: Light, prickly, bubbly tart and dry. No real alcohol noticeable. Carbonation seems a bit high though as the head was massive and unyielding.

O: A real different take on an IPA with the brett and the coriander and the whiteness. Very different, but not something I could drink regularly.

Overall I'm glad I got to try this, and it's a different take on an IPA, but it's not something I would grab regularly.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear pale golden, and has that impressive yet annoying Belgian quality of being so carbonated that the first pour results in a tower of head that takes up half the glass
S - a strange mix of aromas including florals, sour peach, herbs & spices, and a bit of a strange rubbery smell
T - the coriander and pepper are prominent along with a strange sour tropical fruity flavour that I'm guessing is kumquat according to the bottle, yeasty easters and florals towards the finish, but still a strange rubber like thing is in the background
M - light with over the top carbonation that is fairly prickly, finishes slightly dry
O - this one is tough to decipher, in some ways its unfocussed and busy, but I think most of the flavours do jive well enough to create a unique brew within this burgeoning style, may not be for everyone but you have to try it to make that call

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #8, April 2015. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a crystal clear, golden coloring, with a ton of carbonation in the body, and a foamy, light, fluffy white head. Nose of an herbal blend forward, heavy on grass, basil, and coriander, with a solid yeast funk, orange highlights, and a subtle farmhouse sourness. Flavors are very herbal and slightly medicinal forward, with tart citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, a grainy and cracker backbone, and subtle grassy and tropical fruit hops characteristics. Light bodied, with a very crisp backbone, almost astringent. Funky yeast and farmhouse funk aftertaste, with subtle citrus notes still kicking around. Dry, crisp, effervesced finish. Interesting take on an IPA.

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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
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