Galaxy Brau
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Style:
American Lager
ABV:
5.5%
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Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 7.8%
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4
Ratings:
5
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Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Photo of Amendm
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A stern pour from a pint can is needed to reach a finger of white fizzy foam with short retention and sliding spots of lace.
A light yellow-straw body that would be clear if not for the hop haze. Fine bubbles rise up the sides of the mug.

Bright and fresh smell of IPA level hops hits the nose with a grassy funk and biscuit, a faint sour citrus with a candy sweetness lurk in the background. Faint alcohol disguised as peppery spice is noticeable as it warms.

The taste is semi-dry with very high bitterness, items from the smell make there way along with added toasted bread and wheat. Multiple hop flavors (they call um Galaxy for a reason) are present including herbal, flowery, citrus and spicy.
Big malt backbone, bold flavors battle to a balance somehow. The taste is long yet even, the aftertaste is also long and sort of fades into a bitter and spicy long lingering aftertaste.

Medium body with the right amount of lasting carbonation, a bit rugged on the palate yet enjoyable and interesting.
This beer is another example of the need for an American Imperial Lager style category. I cannot rate the beer as high as I would like to because of how far away from an American Lager the style guidelines suggest it is. It sure is not an AIP.
Galaxy Brau looks and smells like a WC IPA until you taste the lack of ale yeast and how well attenuated it is.

Canned on 1/27/20.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from a Lazy Dog.
Light golden color with a touch of haze and a frothy white head that slowly recedes. I love galaxy hops and this doesn't disappoint with the juicy tropical earthy citrus. I hate diacetyl and unfortunately there's some butterscotch in this beer. Bready crackery maltiness firm carbonation. This could be so much greater.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/28/20
Pours a medium fizzy bubbly head with med-low retention, touch of lacing, crystal clear golden pilsner color

Nose is quite nice, reminds me of old school Mass Rising, loads of juicy hops up front, big juicy tropical fruit and pineapple, with also a grassy floral noble hop note to it somehow, a bit of stone fruit and generic citrus notes, but also a touch of dank resin in the background, mild sweet grainy malt and soft lager like

Taste brings more Galaxy up front with pineapple and tropical fruit, a touch of citrus but a tropical-like citrus similar to start fruit or something like that, a little stone fruit, citrus zest, medium-light bitterness, malts bring a touch of sweetness, grainy-sweet like lager malt but hard to pick it up, soft lager underneath, hops getting a touch more resin and dank late, and turning to piney spicy late, with medium-higher bitterness, a touch of astringency, and lingering spicy hops

MOuth is med to lighter bod with a nice soft lager, medium foamy carb is nice, just a touch astringent

Overall, hmmm, this is a tough one, I do like what the Galaxy brings but at the same time the spicy dank resin overpowers everything in the end and kinda ruins the beer a bit, the lager gets quite lost in all of it, so my suggestion is to dial back the dry hops a bit, less of that grassy piney dank resin, less astringency, and let the lager come through a bit more

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Photo of LeRose
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a very clear gold, compact head that hangs well. Laces a little, but the liquid surface maintains a nice little blanket.

It opens quite fruity with strong passion fruit and peachy aroma with just a bit of grapefruit - duh...Galaxy. Holding that up is a clean, biscuit malt smell. This is a clean aroma and relatively straightforward.

The taste is defined by the hops. It delivers Galaxy in spades. But it is a bit one dimensional. In my opinion it needs a tad more malt balance. The malt is there, but not by assertive.Very mild bitterness. The citrus gets lemony on the finish.

Lively carbonation, light body. If they were going for light, clean, and refreshing then they hit it dead on. The lemon begins to linger a bit and there is a bit of a soapy feel.

So...highly drinkable, light, refreshing. Well made - sure. No lager flaws here. Classified here as an American lager and by the brewer as an IPL. Yeah, but it isn't like any of their other IPL offerings. Good hot weather, easy drinking refreshment beer. Hits a target, well made, but a bit uninspiring.

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Galaxy Brau from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 5 ratings