Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale | Trillium Brewing Company

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Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale AleGalaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of our signature American pale ale is dry hopped with the pungent Galaxy variety. Enticingly hazy and blonde in appearance with frothy carb, the nose erupts with strong citrus, passion fruit, and pineapple aromatics. Upfront and resinous hop-derived flavors of grapefruit pith, peach, and mango are balanced with a subtle, bready malt character and mild, subdued bitterness.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine

HOPS: Galaxy, Columbus

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.22/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour is golden amber with lots of tight white head. Nose is a bit sweet, candied orange, light grain and some malt sweetness. Flavor is overly malty and sweet, stale grains and candied orange. Light body, moderate carb, a touch syrupy.

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Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to the thepatrickman for this 16 oz. can, as I try to solve the riddle of why people love these northeast things so much.

The pour looks like orange juice on nitro. Nose is very sweet: tropical, with an emphasis on the mango, plus rock sugar.

Fort Point - Galaxy Dry Hopped & my flash-impression is ‘watery’. Very thin. Flavor is good, with lots of tropical notes, especially mango, oranges, grapefruit, lime, damp grass. Widespread bitterness mid-palate; pith of the grapefruit is what hangs around. Easy to slug.

This beer was like getting Milana Vayntrub alone & finding out it’s all push-up bra. Pretty good beer, but the thin mouthfeel is a real kick in the erection.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque yellow-tan, with a large, dense, creamy beige head.

PUNGENT. This has the most pungent aroma of any Trillium beer I've had. Piney resin, orange rind, and plastic. This is far more hardcore and West Coast than I expected, but it's still firmly Trillium. There's also that odd apple/rice wine vinegar that some of their IPAs showcase, with lemon zest, pickled peppers, and Sweet Tarts.

Taste is tangy, acidic pine, with orange zest, and a fresh cannabic resin straight out of the bowl. I also get that weird pickled pepper and cucumber.

Medium light body, crisp and semi-dry. I had high hopes, I love Fort Point, and really love their other DDH brews, but this is just a downright weird one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottled on 6/10/16, enjoyed on 6/25/16.

Deep gold / light amber color and very hazy with a creamy white head. Wonderful fruity aroma combining citrus, stone, and tropical fruits. Bready malt providing balance for the hops. Spicy, piney hops get added to the mix upon tasting, creating a bitter finish that was not as smooth as I had hoped for. Great tasting, but I was ready for a change of pace after half of the bottle.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.84/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Looks like orange juice in a glass. Incredibly cloudy, light orange color with a thin layer of white head on top. Not really many bubbles streaming to the top.

S: Smells like orange juice. Really all that I am getting in the nose are different fruits: orange, mango, peach, pineapple, etc. It smells like a mixed fruit juice. Not really much of a piney or resinous hop profile, but there is a hint of alcohol on the nose.

T: Tastes much like it smells. It's a juice bomb. Fruity at the front and fruity at the back. Again, not much in the way of a bitter hop profile. It even finishes with hints of pulpy sweetness.

F: Smooth with a little bit of an alcohol burn. Again, it has the consistency of juice. Good body for a pale ale though.

O: For any other brewery, this beer would be great. For Trillium, I am a little underwhelmed. I've had a number of their beers, and to me, this isn't their best. It quite literally looks, tastes, and feels like juice.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.96/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 03/04/2016. Pours a dull, milky, hazy orange with a turbid clarity and a loose, white head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders into a frothy band. Great nose - citrus, passionfruit and pith. Taste is not as juicy as one would anticipate from the nose - more herbal and pithy than fruity but also a little watery. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a kiss of acidity. Overall, I was expecting more from this beer given the hype train around it. Solid, but nothing to write home about in my opinion.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.99/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Lemon yellow in color, and murky as swamp water. Fine-bubbled white head stands at a quarter inch. Spotty lacing.

S: Peach, pineapple, lemon drop candy, juicy pear, mango. Somewhat spicy and leafy too. Doughy and bready malt base. Bit yeasty.

T: Tangy passion fruit, peach, pineapple, mango. Spicy, wet leaves. Somewhat stiff limey bitterness. Doughy malt base. Bit yeasty. Lemon candy, hop spice, and leaves in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with that chewy and full unfiltered feel. Carbonation tingles in a stiff way.

O: A modern and trendy take on the American Pale ale. More in line with what people are calling 'New England Style IPAs.' Every Boston area hipster will probably tell you this is their favorite beer. You know what? It ain't bad though.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a snifter appears exactly the same as all trillium pales. Its pale golden and chalk full of haze with a white cap.

The aroma is fruity with tropical hops blending to grass and herbs.

Taste is pine upfront than pith, herbs, grass and a slight vegetal finish.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Overall pretty solid.

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Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/28/14 bottling. Orange rind. Marmalade on buttered toast. Hints of papaya. Creamy mouthfeel. Well carbonated. 3.5

Feb 15 bottling. Liked this batch much better. 4.5

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Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from the end of Oct 2014, this batch was released Oct 23rd 2014. Purchased bottle at the brewery.

1st bottle poured nearly opaque golden straw though the 2nd bottle which sat in the beer fridge for a couple of weeks cleared up a lot ... was very careful not to pour the sediment into the glass, noticed before I poured the beer there was still some particulate that was held in suspension. With that said I would highly suggest letting your bottles sit in the fridge for a week or so to help this beer clear up ... unless of course you are worried about the hops dropping off which they did not in my instance. I'll judge this beer off the second bottle for at least the appearance. Lacing was amazing, left rings all the way down.

Smells of orange zest, guava, ripe mango skin, & lime pith ... faint hint of bready malt / yeast in the nose as well.

Creamy, a bit of body with a moderate yet very pleasing level of carbonation. Juicy hop flavor throughout that mimics the nose. Somewhat aggressive hop bitterness is blanketed by the Galaxy dryhopping. Very well put together as far as the hopping goes, much preferred the 2nd bottle that was cold conditioned for a week rather than the 1st bottle that was freshly packaged.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I need to try this one again. I found hops a little more subtle than I like. It's an excellent pale ale, but I expected it to tease more of an IPA. Great with food.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to bilco for picking up the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow. Head is fluffy, clumpy, bright-white. Drops to a soapy thin collar. Sheets of sticky lacing,. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Carries the typical mild stone fruit expected from Fort Point. Galaxy adds a big resinous pine needle and lingering bitterness. Some peach skin. Pale malts. Slightly bready with some undercooked dough. Slightly dank with some mango and passion fruit layered in the back. Some woody elements and a touch of mint leaf. Small hint of alcohol on the back with some seriously floral hops.

Taste: Peach pits, flesh and skin. A decent amount of passion fruit with a touch of mango as well. Super light malt base. Pale malt sweetness with a solid biscuity undertone. Typical lingering bitterness of all Trillium pale ales. Deep floral hops. Some pine needle and oily resin. Pithy. Hints of mint leaf.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy initial sip with a mostly clean finish.

Overall: Blast off, blast off to nowhere.

The Galaxy adds a little something to it, but for all intents and purposes it's Fort Point.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bitter juice.

I was really expecting a great deal more, especially with Galaxy being one of my favorites. The beer really wasn't strong with the nose which was an issue and the flavor was fruit juice with some good added. Good, but way over-hyped.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow...mediocre bottle? Dated 10 May and never allowed to warm. Have had a couple of weeks of fantastic New England beers...Abner, Double Galaxy (HF), Swish, Juilus, and Trilium Artaic and was blown away by all so maybe taste buds are dead. Was really looking forward to this but it is not rising up to my expectations and other reviews. Beautiful color and pour. Nose is subdued -- expected big Galaxy bouquet. flavor mostly pith, very light hints of other expected tropicals. This is by no means a bad beer and is in fact very good...just not world class and in the league with the others mentioned earlier.

Have to believe It could be the bottle. Love the regular Fort Point so will try to pick this one up again next time I am in town and give it another try.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Bottled 08/02/14. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a strawish golden color with two fingers of soapy, off-white head. An extensive lattice of lacing and superb retention. (4.75)

S: Galaxy hops up front, with nice tropical and citrusy notes, twang of spiced honey (?), with a good amount of fresh bread and cracker malt in the background. (4.25)

T: The pale malt is in the forefront on this with kind of a toasty fresh bread character, though the Galaxy are still noticeable along with some honey, finishing mostly dry with a medium-light bitterness and a touch of sweetness. (4.25)

M: Medium-light body and soft carbonation. (4.25)

O: Tasty pale ale, fairly drinkable, with a decent but not super hoppy aroma/flavor. (4)

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4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trillium Galaxy Dry-Hopped Fort Point

A: This Trillium skates dangerously close to the pond water opacity that is Tree House, staying just on this side of murky. It is full of particulate reminiscent of its forefather Heady Topper. These particles are tossed about by the rather active carbonation, which also contributes to an impressive retention and a settling into thick, dense crust of the once two-finger cream-colored head. Lacing is also very good. As with most of these DDH beers, some will find the yeast and hop matter off-putting, but it is an otherwise brilliant example of the NE IPA substyle. 4.75/5

A: Strong peach and apricot notes dominate a juicy cuvée of grapefruit and orange juice. A resinous dankness lurks underneath, as expected of the sometimes heavily bitter Galaxy hop. Interesting notes of papaya and passionfruit lie partially hidden underneath the earthy grass and pine. Finally, a crackery malt serves as the canvas for the entire beer. This seems exceedingly well-balanced and reined in, despite the sometimes overbearing Galaxy. 4.5/5

T: Unfortunately, Galaxy refused to be tamed in the taste. Bitter grass, resinous pine, earthy dankness, and bitter grapefruit pith dominate the tongue initially and hardly let up. It is possible to pick out some juicy peach, melon, and passion fruit underneath the rampaging Galaxy (especially in the aftertaste), but overall this is heavily dominated by earthy, almost spicy bitterness. Orange juice comes out more each sip, but bitter citrus rind also builds in much the same way. Lemon and lightly bitter floral notes are present in the aftertaste as well. The malt is very dry and crackery, lending only a slight kiss of sweetness that is all but drowned out by the hops. As with many DDH beers, this one is too hoppy for its own good, covering up some of the great complexity, but it is still very tasty. 4.25/5

M: Again, the hops are just too much here. The bitterness puts a toe into unpleasant territory becoming almost medicinally astringent and chalky. The beer is very dry, yet the feel is typically medium full and creamy, astonishingly so for a pale ale. Carbonation is prickly yet soft, right where it should be. The sharp bitterness on the end just proves too much for the rest of the beer, and paradoxically a stickiness is left on the lips. 4/5

O: I know that I am in the minority with finding the DDH iterations of these beers less palatable than their regular counterparts, but the hoppiness is just too much sometimes. The well-crafted balance of the "normal" versions displays all the complexity with better drinkability in a more enjoyable package. High end hop heads and west-coast fans will definitely prefer the DDH beers, but give me the good, old-fashioned juicy NE IPA any day. Pair with Cattle Decapitation's "The Anthropocene Extinction," which was also grand in its own way at the expense of much of the nuance and personality that made "Monolith of Inhumanity" so compelling. 4/5

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out thick as a banana smoothie. Smells of dense, dark hops. Big punch of mango dulled out by aggressive yeast spiciness. Tastes good, but not much like I’ve heard it described elsewhere. Nice balance bewteen dry and fruity hop nodes, very clean finish with a wee bit of mango lingering on the back of my tongue.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-03-22 in Columbia, PA from 16-oz canned on 2017-02-21

A - Cloudy golden-orange with a 2-finger white head and great lace.

S - Peach, pineapple, mango, papaya, pine, orange, mild-moderately dank, nutmeg and floral. A juice bomb.

T - Overly-ripe pineapple and moderate dankness with some pepper and earthy spice. Then some biscuit, pine, mint, lime flesh and zest, and a mild-medium bitterness. Finish that is fruity, spicy and moderately bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous and soft going down and a little prickly in the finish.

O - The galaxy adds some nice notes to the base brew. Tropical, spicy, soft and some bitterness. Really good. Liked it a little more than regular Fort Point Pale Ale.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Top notch IPA from Trillium, great amazing nose and awesome upfront taste. Back end is not quite as smooth as I would like, but definitely leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head and a thin collar.

Smell - Orange and tropical fruit. A hint of toasty malts and what smells like rye?

Taste - More orange and grapefruit than tropical fruit. Exceptionally hoppy. Almost a bitter orange flavor. Light cracker malt. Low bitterness, but there's not much sweetness, so it stands out.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I felt that regular Fort Point smelled better than it tasted, but this seems to be the opposite. Huge citrus hop flavor.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from oline73. 16 ounce can into signature tulip glass, canned on 9/23/2016. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.6%. Overall this is an incredible pale ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. This is more bitter, resinous, and drying than their IPAs; but still very bright/juicy on hops and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Kevin for gifting me this bottle for my birthday. Bottled 07/02/15.

A- 750ml into three snifters with a milky and super hazy yellow orange body. Thick, tall and creamy head with good retention. Large quantities of lace.

S- Dank weed like herbal hops and massive fruits but less juicy sweet nectar and more bright zesty freshness. Some juicy stone fruits, mango, mint, melon, citrus and floral hops. Not much interrupting those hops.

T- Galaxy added to a classic Pale Ale base. Zesty and fresh mangoes, passionfruit, apricot, clementine, tangerine, weed, mint, melon, grapefruit and flowers. A tiny hint of light cereal grains, bread and yeast.

MF- Creamy and smooth medium overall body with some chewy feeling. High end carbonation and a clean bitter finish.

Distinctly different from the original and the Double Dry Hopped with a very dank herbal and different set of fruity tones really shining. Trillium contending for my favorite brewery of 2015 so far.

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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super hazy golden sunset orange.

This one is loaded with fruit. Mangoes, melons, blood orange all show. Very tropical and juicy. Herbal and earthy. Not bitterness or weedy flavors. The dry hopping adds a lot to the nose and some slight flavor variation from the base beer.

Really solid offering. Easy to drink a pint. Top notch.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks a cloudy yellow orange in the glass, almost like orange juice. Smell is orange citrus forward. Taste follows the smell but there is prevalent bitter bite at the end. Feel is rather thick for the style. Overall a beer with a great nose that just needs to tone down the bitterness a bit.

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Photo of tigg924
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color with minimal head. Taste is pineapple, mango, light cracker, and then grapefruit rind at the end. Super juicy, sweetish with a sharp bitter blast at the end, medium bodied and medium carbonation. A really enjoyable sipper of a beer. Well worth seeking out. After having tried all of the Fort Point variations to this point I would probably rank them Mosiac, Galaxy, Fort Point, Double Dry Hopped, and then Nelson.

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