Galaxy Slayer | 18th Street Brewery

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Brewed by:
18th Street Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The stars have aligned, and once again the Slayer of Galaxies has come amongst the living, with this hoppy galactic Double IPA that lays waste to all who oppose his reign of destruction.

Added by Fetching on 06-29-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 107
Photo of tbryan5
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A more citrusy and tropical IPA. Pours a nice bright gold with a head that dissipates quickly. The alcohol is pretty well hidden under the hops. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tropical, dank and drinkable. Mangoes, peach, grapefruit juice and some pine. Has a lightness to it. Really refreshing, clean taste. Balanced bitterness with virtually no malt backbone. Short finish. Real good.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid balanced DIPA. Alocohol hidden by the malt. Roughly 10 days old. Tropical melon and citrus smell and initial taste. Fruity and bitter throughout. Solid.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is like bubblegum hops to me. There's enough booze in it to make me feel like it's a bad decision to drink it on a weeknight, but you barely taste it.

In my opinion it is an excellent brew, and one that I wish more GA brewers emulated or take notes from to brew something similar.

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Photo of Mattygross44
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a great drinable double ipa for those who say its to hoppy or boozy man your taste buds need a wake up call. Really smooth creamy like at first followed by a dry hop citra flavor. Did i mention really creamy doesnt hit ya with dank right off the start like majority of ipas got it as a extra in a trade loved it

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Photo of hardysf
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours cloudy. Thick Head and good lacing. I was surprised by the lack of aroma. The flavor is sweet and juicy, but some sips are boozy. Decent dipa.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aasher for the hookup!

Pours a medium orange color, good clarity, and an appropriate amount of white foam. Nose was very fruit-forward with passion fruit and apricot. Noticeable alcohol though not harsh or solvent. On the flavor, mostly picked up the apricot. Balance is certainly towards the hops and bitterness, nice dry fish. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, not astringent. Certainly a treat to have tried this...thanks again, Al!

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Photo of core42
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Beautiful orange haze
S - Lots of citrusiness with some spicy on the back
T - Like the nose there is citrus but a bit more spice on the backend than is on the nose
F - Smooth with some fizz & a hint of alcohol
O - This is really well done & reminds me of an "east coast" dipa

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Photo of ChrisinRI
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I get that this is a relatively high ABV beer, but boy was it boozy. Too much for my taste--nice carbonation, body, and look--but that doesn't quite make up for the ETOH.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Hazy golden color. Very nice citrus and tropical aroma. Flavor is similar but has a little spiciness typical of Galaxy hops. Good malt balance with alcohol hidden well. Spiciness of Galaxy hops disrupts smoothness a little.

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Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark orange brew, a touch hazy. Aroma promises waves of hops, but it's tough to pick out profiles beyond vaguely tropical.

Flavor profile follows, with mostly tropical hops presenting, carrying a massive dose of bitterness to a fairly sweet pale malt profile.

Fairly lively feel, barely inching into slightly syrupy territory, but nothing egregious.

This was a very good DIPA, drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of scottedwin
4.96/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drew nails it again with this amazing DIPA. It gives DWTD a run for it's money. Never had the original version from a few years back so can't compare. One things for sure though this batch is fantastic!

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Photo of dwagner003
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ 18th Street. Apparently the new version is quite a bit better than the old one. It's one of the best DIPAs I've had in a long time. Smooth, hoppy as hell and wonderful.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours an uber-hazed, light gold color with an ample cap of creamy head. Nice retention.

Nose is quite citric and sweet....not unlike orange vodka mixed with 7-up. Interestingly big and alcoholic.

Taste is fruity, orange peel with maybe more than a few crushed pine needles. The bitterness is big atop a thin-ish body. The malt is a bit flabby and doesnt provide much body. Alcohol is not as smooth as it could be either. Its not bad, goes down pretty easy. I have had a few Galaxy single hop beers and I gotta say...Im not over-the-top in love with this varietal.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a clear golden yellow body with a lumpy snow white head and a slow gentle carbonation.

S- Green full pineapple weed with some woody hop notes. The finish has a sweaty malt aroma underneath that has a bit diacetyl quality.

T- The big green pungent bite has some Munich malt sweetness support with some grassy hops lingering. There is a slight spicy quality to the hops as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and so real alcohol heat noticed.

O- The big pungent bite is a monster and has a good unique hop profile, and some nice malt support. Nice sipper.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No freshness info apparent on the bottle.
Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent cloudy orange colour with a half finger of cream coloured head.

S - Fresh mango, pineapple, peach and tangerine. Slight caramel malt backbone is present.

T - Juicy mango, peach, pineapple and tangerine flavours with a moderate bitterness and a touch of honey/caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Nice tropical fruit melange, with some sweet sugar cookie and a touch of caramel from the malt character. Sweeter than I expected, and not much of the herbal character that I tend to get from Galaxy hops.

T - Sweet Jesus this is bitter. There's some tropical fruit hop and sweet malt, but it's overpowered by the aspirin-like finish. Rough and unpolished; not sure what happened here.

M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant carbonation. A bit of light alcohol warming but nothing excessive for 8.5%. Some lingering hop oils remain.

D - Other than the barbaric bitterness and terrible finish this is pretty good. Unfortunately that's a flaw that is too hard for me to overlook. I'm with beertooth on this one. My first disappointment from 18th Street; hopefully they tweak the recipe next time around, as I'm usually pretty resistant to high levels of bitterness. A lot of the bottle went unconsumed.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with about a finger of bubbly head. A burnt orange color to this brew. Probably below overage carbonation active throughout. Nice lacing left at each level after drinking.

Smell: The front of the aroma is a bright sugary straw smell greets the palate. Really solid caramel and molasses malt presence backbone. Airy light hop accents. Honey, prairie grass, and sour tangerines.

Taste: Wow these galaxy hops take you on a crazy ride. The front is the light and fruity hop flavor. Mango, oranges, and some biscuity flavor blasts through on the front. The finish and aftertaste is a sharp turn from the beginning of the beer. Pine, wintergreen, bitter hops, and outstandingly dry finish on the palate. Definitely one of the most dry and bitter finishes I have ever experienced. Did not expect this after the beginning of the beer. A real drinking experience.

Mouthfeel: From sweet to dry, this one is all over the place.

Overall: This sweet floral front seems to be a delicious running theme in these Chicago DIPAs and IIPAs. This one takes off on the back end and is as bitter it gets. Galaxy hops are crazy, not my favorite but a unique experience.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

There are too many good videos on YouTube, y'know? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy straw-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, mandarin orange, light honey, and a few twists of pineapple juice. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, sharp greens, orange rind, and some mild honey in the background. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid IPA, though the sweet fruits of the smell aren't duplicated in the instead-bitter-ish taste. It's good, but not great.

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Photo of powz87
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured this into my dry hop Chicago snifter. One of my first review's so bare with me.

A - crystal clear with a nice white head that quickly disappears within a minute or two.

S - it smells like galaxy hops and if your like me (a galaxy nut) then it's heavenly

T - It starts off very bitter. Then fades quickly into the crisp malt backbone.

O - I have a hard time not comparing this to Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn since they are both brewed on site at pipeworks. If you love Galaxy Unicorn this beer is for you. It starts out a little bit more bitter but in the end the malt takes over and quickly mellows the bitterness out.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange color, bright sharp clarity, visible trails of carbonation rising slowly. On the surface a thin finger of white foam sits with a creamy texture to it. As it falls after a minute or two, a drippy collar of lacing forms around the edges.

Pungent hop aroma, dank and almost cheesy at first (Columbus?). After it sits for awhile, the smell becomes green and piney, sticky and resinous, never losing its sharply bitter edge.

Taste is extremely bitter, almost to a fault, it leaves an impression of dry chalky aspirin mixed in with pine resin. Body is medium, and the beer is sticky on the lips. Bitterness is a bit overbearing with nothing to balance. Bitter citric orange peel, tastes like chewing them raw. Overall it's not bad, but not all that drinkable, and it obliterates the tastebuds. Harsh, in a word.

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Photo of beertooth
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Alright, I haven't done one of these in awhile.

I poured this beer into a tall tulip glass from a chilled 22oz bomber bottle. I love the label.

The nose is full of ripped lemon peel, cut pine, wet grass, and pineapple skin. I get a little alcohol burn and the malt bill is a ghost.

It's start off right with a ton of green, sharp notes of pine that fade to an aspirin like bitterness that lasts a bit too long. It's one to let warm as it does get easier to quaff, but holy fuck. I love bracingly bitter, dry IPAs, but this is a little much for me. It's a not a drain pour, but a bit too extreme for me.

The mouthfeel is full and quenching. It's quite pleasant.

Overall, everything about this beer is great except for the taste. I just wish it was a bit more balanced. I'll finish the bottle, but I won't pick up another one, maybe.

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Photo of Fetching
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Two hours in Chicago traffic to get this beer, I wish I gotten more.

At first taste you get hit with some good hop flavor followed by some nice citrus. It's exactly what I look for in a DIPA at the finish, it leaves my mouth dry and wanting more. I could drink this beer all day.

I should note I normally do not write reviews, let alone start them. I went out of my way to start this review because the masses must know about this killer, killer brew.

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Galaxy Slayer from 18th Street Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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