Galaxy Pale Ale
New England Brewing Co.

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #32
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,248
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 8.18%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
325
From:
New England Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  66
Gots
  40
SCORE
94
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Reef from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at brewery

Murky hay color, three fingers white bubbles of varying size, spotty curtaining, full cap
Grapefruit, pine, hay aromas
Slight hop bite, and sweetness with citrus and light pine flavors
Medium mouthfeel, plentious carbonation, full hop flavors out of this low ABV brew
Nice

Aug 02, 2019
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JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I reviewed this in the past, since I've had it several times. Nice, low-alcohol beer with a full flavor. Flavor changes slightly from first taste to after taste.

Sep 01, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery today.

Look is a cloudy yellow gold with a thick white head.
Smells great, lots of big fresh hops. Grapefruit rind, tropical, dank hop resin.
Taste is more of the same pungent hop character, with a grainy malt base.
Feels pretty good, smooth dry malt and lively carbonation and bitterness. The back end leaves a moderately clinging bitter finish, like grapefruit rind and hop oils.

Overall a nice pale ale, great flavors and a good bite. Glad I could get it so fresh! Happy to have it from the growler tap, would love to see it in cans someday...

Feb 04, 2018
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MrRB from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic APA that sets an extremely high standard for the style. The exclusive use of Galaxy works brilliantly here – every delicious nuance, including a distinct note of bubblegum/taffy, is clear. The palate is expansive and full of citrusy flavor, leading to a pristine, slightly minty finish. The more I drink from this brewery, the more convinced I am that it's one of the absolute best, not only in Connecticut, but in New England. [on tap at brewery]

Jan 28, 2018
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jhavs from New York

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery in a Willi Becher.

Golden, active carbonation, foamy white head.

Aroma is full of galaxy, earthy, resinous, a bit herbal, grassy with some fresh tropical fruit and citrus zest.

Clean and crisp flavor, light, refreshing, easy going brew. Citrus zest, herbal, resinous earth, some pine and a light doughy malt in the background.

Moderate carbonation and lighter than medium body.

Nice brew, good flavor at approachable ABV.

Dec 05, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very thankful to a loyal and reliable trade partner for keeping me up to my eyeballs in NEBCO offerings! This one was no different..Super smooth and refreshing!! Loved it!!!

Jun 27, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a pure white head. Not a lot of retention or lacing.

The aroma is a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with the piney notes coming forward at first, followed by some nice tropical fruit aromas. Lots of citrus here as well. On the back end there's some floral notes I can't quite put my finger on, but they are very pleasant. Very surprised at how much aroma is packed into this beer.

The flavor is incredibly well-balanced. I get lots of citrus notes up front; orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Then come the grassy notes to add some bitterness. The taste ends with more citrus and just the slightest hint of bready malt.

The feel is medium-light bodied with relatively low carbonation. Very crisp and a bit dry.

Overall, a fantastic pale ale that caught me by surprise. When I sampled it at the brewery I was nearly blown away and I just had to get a growler. It's such a well-balanced beer that hits all the right notes that I want in a pale ale. The malt character could be a bit more prominent but everything else is extremely well done. Could drink this all day.

Mar 03, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at the brewery on 8/6/15, also picked up a 64oz growler of it since I was so impressed. Pours a little darker than expected, a cloudy gold with hints of amber. Smell is potent, a dense hop forest with ripe oranges ready for picking. The taste just blows me away. So far it's the best pale ale I've had. Really strong, bitter hops with tons of juice. Strong citrus such as blood orange poke out. Malt sweetness in the middle can never really get ahead of the hops. Some piney and mint notes in the back. Feels a little heavy and sticky for 4.8%, but all in all just an awesome beer.

Aug 07, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler, not many hours after taken from NEBCO into a NEBCO tulip glass.

Foamy solid white, with some tinged brown edges for the head, about two fingers, making a good bowled puck as it settles. Body color is a real simple peach orange and solid orb glowing throughout. Solid looking brew, with minimal carbonation.

The nose is quite solid as well. A real airy biscuit dry malt which really brings out some nice tropical notes of the hops nicely. Cookie and earth like thick melon aromas, with sharp cinnamon almost clove like qualities matching. Some herbal tea gets in there as well, and a touch of dare I say bile.

Palate is quite impressive. VEry light but also in the pale realm, with biscuit sharp tones of powdered toast and a real sneaky hop character. A pine and earth bent with tropics in the mid palate, then with an aftertaste that really goes to grapefruit and a big huge sneaking growing mint and almost pepper like finish. A real sneaky one too, which is quite interesting and fascinating.

Real neat take on a pale ale, very nice job with this one.

Aug 07, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

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

Smell - Bright juicy orange, then musty and dank grassy hops behind it. Barely any malt.

Taste - It's all orange hops. Very nice. Cracker malt. Light grassiness and bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Low carbonation is probably a function of the growler, but even without it, it's drinkable and delicious.

May 26, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a white head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of light citrus and floral notes from the hops, very crisp scent. The taste was a wonderful melding of different kinds of hops giving a bright and flavorful beginning and a complex middle and crisp finish. A wonderful interpretation of the style.

May 12, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a treat when you can find this on tap. NEBCo would kill it with a packaged version of this beer. Galaxy hops lend a super clean citrus and floral note, very attractive in the glass with a finger of creamy off white head. Visibly carbonated in the glass and easy to take down by the gulp as a result. Hop bitterness is perfect for a pale ale, you get the clean expression that some malt heavy IPAs lose. Agitation is necessary to rejuvenate the aromas. You get a bit more of the malt character as it warms up, both in flavor and aroma.

Oct 26, 2014
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Growler poured into glass

Hazy golden yellow, thin layer of white bubbles. No visible carbonation.

Aroma of pine, grassy

Slight bitter bite on the front of the tongue, pine hops in the middle, bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Smooth, little carbonation.

Good iPa , fresh and worthy of a growler refill

Aug 29, 2014
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Hazy (probs from Galaxy dry hopping) medium golden with brighter yellow straw highlights. 2 finger, loose, pillowy and light, starchy white head.

S: Herbaceous, woody, green smelling beer. Sarsparilla, grapefruit, orange,

M: Meringue like. Creamy, smooth and light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Soft and lasting astringency.

T: As expected large grassy notes combine with solid pale malts to give the tropical passion fruit and leafy lime citrus flavor give a pie like finish. Lots of bready and toasted. crust. notes. Bitter and light spice notes, blood orange. Has a low-moderate medicinal quality. Clean tasting and an excellent hop profiling beer, which is also it's limiting factor.

Aug 17, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy; gold with an orange tint; 1 finger white head that reduced quickly to a thin film;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, and orange; juicy;

T: same as the nose with some malt background for balance; some bitterness on the finish, but not a lot; citrus flavor stays to the end;

M: medium bodied, maybe a little lighter; carbonation was on the light side; crisp, dry finish;

O: a lot of really good flavor for a 4.8% ABV. easy and enjoyable to drink;

Jun 11, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt yellow orange hue. Dank. Pine, grassy, lime and grapefruit pith. Clean finish and light bodied. Building bitterness. Some fruitiness, dry and semi sweet. Really good.

Jun 05, 2014
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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick Review: Pours a soapy one finger head. Golden amber color and slightly cloudy. Nose is all hops being on grapefruit and floral aromas. Taste consists of grapefruit, orange, and grass with a bone dry cracker malt finish. Bitterness is enhanced from the dryness, but it subsides quickly leaving a clean aftertaste and feel. The 4.8% abv shows in the body at times, but its mostly well hidden. Overall, a great tasting and easy to drink pale ale which nicely showcases galaxy hops. Not exactly the beer I remember it from two years ago, which was very hazy and little less dry. Not in love with version as much as the past, but a great beer nonetheless.

Old score: 4.41
New Score: 4

Apr 07, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is golden with a mild haze and a thin white head. The aroma offers dank citrus, grapefruit, oranges. Citrus up front with some delicate bitterness in the back. Dry and clean finish. Tangy with a mild tartness. Very tasty.

Nov 01, 2013
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost a light amber. Small head, very visible and active carbonation.

The aroma is pine needles and orange juice.

The taste is pretty similar, with a crackly bitterness that is very nice. The bitterness lingers a decent amount of time, and complements the juicy fruity hop flavors very well.

Well carbonated, light body. Very drinkable pale ale.

This is a great hoppy draft-only offering from NEBCO- if you ever see it on tap, grab it!

Jul 20, 2013
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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: soft yellow with clear, crisp bubble spirals driving up through the beer

S: citrus punch in the face -- i thought this was a session beer! very enticing

T: unbelievable citrus punch in the mouth and flavors, carbonation and experience for such a "light" beer -- on par with much heavier abv beers

M: Carbonation was almost dead-on...not too much or little

O: Unbelievable brew considering the abv -- never had anything comparable given the weight, size/focus of the brewery (which I picked "in-between" their day jobs of brewing great beers)

Jul 18, 2013
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Wolfpack2005 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Martin for hooking me up with this one. Poured from a 32 oz growler into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

A-Cloudy golden orange with small head and minimal lacing.

S-Pineapple, orange, and pine hops.

T- A subtle sweet malt flavor with notes of ripe pineapple and dank pine. Catching a little funky flavor towards the end.

M-Smooth with moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Excellent sessionable pale ale with a lot of flavor and great balance.

Jul 13, 2013
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Amalak from New York

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at ginger man in south Norwalk, Connecticut.

A. It has a yellow/orange color, hazy, with a foamy head with some good lacing. Totally cloudy.

S. it has a good double hop scent.

T/M. It has a beautiful floral hop taste. Orange peel in there. There's a balanced hoppiness. Very tasty.

O. It has a perfect balance, flavorful but tamed.

Jul 13, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz. growler into a Pizza Boy pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a semi-clear pale orange. Lacing is layered and thick with good stick. A good looking beer considering the container format.

Nose is citrus, pine, cane sugar and a grapefruit hop bitterness. A touch of soapiness too. Moderately aromatic.

Opens papaya, citrus and grapefruit. Some pine hop bitterness with a light malt backbone for balance. End is hoppy and citrussy with a bitter finish and a lingering, sticky hop aftertaste. Pretty much what I want from the style.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and quenching in the mouth and goes down smooth with some light bubbles. Clean finish with a slightly filmy aftertaste. Appropriate for the style.

NEBCO is slowly starting to be recognized for the pale ales and this one doesn't disappoint. Nothing really stands out here but that's a good thing. Very drinkable with a nicely balanced flavor profile and appetizing nose. Worth trying.

Jul 01, 2013
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at coalhouse in Stamford and at cask repubic in new haven...this review is from cask republic.
Pours a fantastic hazey orange golden into tulip pint. Amazing citrus lemony and a bit of melon or pineapple hop aroma. The aroma is just powerful and enticing.
Amazing lemony citrus and fruity melon with slight hop bitterness. ..so much intense flavor for such a low abv brew. The balance is perfect. Amazing refreshing and my favorite session brew of all time...just wish I can get in cans all the time!

Jul 01, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at NEBCO

Hazy orange-amber pour, with a nice puff of white head that retained well and laced the glass. Obviously showcasing Galaxy hops, with a nice dose of citrus zest in the nose. More citrus in the taste, lemon and orange pith/zest, piney bitterness, with a somewhat muted malt base, a tad grainy. Medium body, crisp and enjoyable. A pretty basic APA, but solid and tasty nonetheless.

May 15, 2013
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