Galaxy Defender | Monkish Brewing Co.

very good
14 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Monkish Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wethorseblanket on 08-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of mig100
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Modernrickk
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of sillyhed8
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of TrojanRB
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of EdTheEdge
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thkrb99
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Chuggernaut00
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Fern13
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crazy Harry's in Winnetka, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast, earth, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a slightly odd pairing with the base beer and hop choice in my opinion.

 635 characters

Photo of mhaugo
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip glass. 6.4% ABV.
Appearance: Stained leather. Brilliantly clear. Covered by a thick, white head that slowly dissipates into a thin ring that paints lacing all down the sides of my glass (4/5).
Aroma: Papaya and grapefruit pith. There is a floral aroma hidden deep in the glass as well (4.5/5).
Taste: Grapefruit and orange juice. Very citrusy. I get a little bit of that Belgian yeast character late in the aftertaste. It’s hard to explain, but this beer is full of life. Amazing (4.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (4.5/5).
Overall: I picked up this growler directly from the Monkish taproom and it’s beautiful. I recognize that this beer is not strictly true to the style guidelines (it goes way over the mark on hop aroma), but I'd just call it an Americanized version of the style. I have no problem with that (4.25/5).

 872 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the source. 100% Galaxy hop.

A: Pours a clear orangish amber with a 1-finger thick white head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Yeasty, floral, bubblegum, peaches, coconut, mango and apricot.

T: Follows nose. Very complex and fresh, vibrant flavors.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Floral, fruity, yeasty, dry and slightly bitter finish.

O: Enjoyed and would have again.

 398 characters

Galaxy Defender from Monkish Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.