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Galaxy Pale Ale | New England Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jimmy82063 on 09-10-2011

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited for this.

A-Pours an incredibly hazed honey/marmalade color. Head is a loose cluster of bubbles that actually retains very well. The loose sudsy head leaves nice lacing too. Great looker.

S-Very aromatic. Deep, dank, herbal marijuana happiness. Clementine juice, and other more tropical fruits derived from the Galaxy. The hops smell very pleasing. Lightly bitter scent. Sweet bread malt adds to the smoothness of the aroma. Grapefruit custard smeared of lightly crisped toast.

T-The flavor is as good as the nose and then some. Super-smooth juicy citrus. Long notes of grass and herbal cannibus. Malt balances out the hops only slightly. Moderate bitterness. The hops flavors are ever-present and incredibly unique. Great flavor.

M-At under 5% this beer has great body. Smooth but noticeable carbonation. Lasting bitterness. A bit resinous.

O/D-This lived up to my own created hype. I love the unique hop flavors. The lower ABV is unite refreshing. NEBCO always makes me happy. This is one of my favorites. Would kill to have this one canned regularly.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
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)

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Photo of Pete27lax
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler on 10/4/12. Have had this beer a few times before but just reviewing it now.

Really good looking beer! Hazy light orange color with a one finger, off white head. Retention is pretty good but the lacing on this beer is all the way down the glass. Just awesome!

Fresh citrusy hops in the smell. Not a particularly strong smell but refreshing.

Taste is nothing short of awesome! Blast of citrusy hops up front with some piney notes on the back end. Orange and grapefruit come through beautifully here. Excellent amount of bitterness that hits the palate perfectly.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Good amount of bitterness, not too harsh. A little high on the carbonation.

Overall this is an insanely drinkable beer. Splitting a 64 oz growler with a friend but could easily take this by myself.

One of my favorite offerings from nebco, hope the decided to bottle or can this soon!

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Photo of audioserf
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had Galaxy several times recently - a growler fill a few weeks ago, and at some local tap rooms as kegs have been getting around.

A: This beer pours a delicious and enticing honey-amber with just enough cloudiness to let you know it's fresh and floral. Nice creamy white head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Super citrusy and floral.

T: This is my favorite pale ale by far and I can't say enough good about the taste. Citrusy, hoppy taste that, for me, brings to mind orange juice on the back end.

M: Not teriffically substantial, not thin - perfect for a low ABV session beer.

O: I love every beer NEBCO makes, but I'd kill to have this canned and put in sixpacks. Canning this would immediately make it my new daily "go-to" brew. This is a delicious sessionable pale ale. The 4.8% ABV is surprisingly low for the amount of flavor available here.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of Adrianized
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a day-old growler.

Pours a pale, hazy orange.  Full, white head that is foam-like, but leaves behind little lacing.

Big floral and citrus nose.  Lots of grapefruit and dank pine.  Maybe a touch of caramel malt in the background, but it's hard to get anything over the hops.

Immediately I get a piney resin that doesn't wait to leave a film of hop oil behind.  Tastes incredibly organic, like I'm chewing on hops.  Finishes with grapefruit and even more pine hops.  You know the cooling current over the tongue when you breathe after having a mint?  I feel like I'm getting hops vapors when I breathe.  Hop heads will love this.  .

Mouthfeel is light-medium with somewhat low carbonation.  As noted before, leaves behind a wicked resin of hops oil.

Overall, I wasn't too sure what to expect for a 4.8% ABV pale ale, but holy crap does this punch some flavor and a nose to match.  As we were joking at NEBCO as my growler was being filled, this brew is somewhat of a Gandhi-lite... In a very good way.  It may be somewhat one-dimensional in terms of hops overload, but considering the alcohol content I'm throughly impressed, which scored major kudos from me.  Make sure to try this is you see it on tap!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at NEBCO's Friday night event for New Haven Craft Beer Week. Poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy light orange body with a finger of frothy white head. Ok retention and lacing for the serving method, but no better than average overall.

S: Intense and amazing: to borrow a vivid description from BA Hopstoopid120, it smells like weed soaked in OJ. And I'm talking seriously dank green drenched in fresh-squeezed goodness. Totally different from the way it smelled on tap, and distinctly more memorable. Wow.

T: Opens with huge citrus fruitiness, followed by some dank herbal notes, a touch of faint maltiness, and a supremely clean, dry, bitter finish. Delicious.

M: Eminently smooth and expectedly low on carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This was like an entirely different beer, and was amazing in an entirely different way. While the tap version was terrifically fresh, floral, and herbal in a purely hoppy way, the cask version provides gigantically juicy fruitiness as well as a distinct cannabis overtone that was missing before. The juiciness also helps take the edge off of the super-bitter finish that was my only complaint about the regular version. This was the undisputed high point of the cask offerings. Terrific stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery.

Hazy chilly looking yellow gold body. Level snow white head. Good lacing.

Big enticing, inviting fresh citrus aroma. Oranges, lemons, and more.

Hint of sweet malt slips by fleetingly, quickly overwhelmed by fresh juicy sunny citrus. Nice lemon accents. Hop love nip at the swallow that lingers long into the afterglow.

Beer dances along the tongue like Fred Astaire.

A terrific light and fresh tasting pale ale which would be a great spring/summer seasonal.

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Photo of erosier
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice cloudy orange-amber color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts with a nice mix of piney, citrus-y, earthy, and dank hop aromas. It is a pretty interesting and very hoppy smelling beer.
T: Tastes of sweet malts then a nice mix of grapefruit, citrus-y hops, piney and earthy hops to finish off all the hoppy flavors. It has a very big but manageable hop flavor that is really interesting and tasty.
M: Crisp, fresh, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a really interesting and very tasty beer with a lot of hops, not for those who don't like hoppy beers.

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Photo of davey101
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler of the second batch. I believe this was tapped on 9/21/12. Pour into a NEBCO pint glass.

A - Like most hoppy beers from NEBCO, this is unfiltered. Hazy orange body that resembles juice. One finger high white head forms with large bubbling. Settles into a thin white cap with loads of sticky lacing and retention.

S - Orange juice hops, pine, light grass, and some crackery malts. The finish is very faint, but its certainly of dank weed. Smell is excellent.

T - Orange and grapefruit juice, a touch of pine and grass, light and crackery malts then BAM...a huge wall of bitterness. Its just so pleasantly bitter with clean and fresh notes of citrus. There is a little danky and spicy bite to round things out as well.

M - Light to medium bodied with great carbonation. Very crisp with a lasting bitterness.

O - Another amazing hoppy hit from NEBCO. This beer drinks like an IPA, but has the alcohol of one of those new-fangled session beers. This is extraordinary stuff!

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Photo of Hautacam
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright golden , slightly hazed from the cask. Small head, like you would expect froma cask ale.
Smell is great..sharp piney hops. I have never had Galaxy before this, but I'm loving the smell of it.
Just enough malt background to soften the hop slap....and I mean that in the best way. The hops are bright, pine, grapefruit, lemon. The malt soft bordering on doughy, but just a slight hint of it.
I could drink this all day. A great APA with a lot of flavor for a beer under 5%....a nice addition to the NEB lineup.But I would expect no less from them. They are rollin' !

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

brought home a growler from the brewery at the new haven craft beer week event.
Pours cold into a pint glass with cloudy orange color and minimal eggshell white head.
Aroma is pine sap and citrus, with a bit of roasted malt buried in the background.
First sip reveals a lighter body but with sticky texture and mild carbonation that tingles across my palate.
Flavor is just a bit of roasted malt then rolls to grapefruit rind and some other citrus qualities and again a bit of pine or plant notes. Finishes with a little drying and some lingering astringency. Very easy to drink and enjoyable throughout the growler. A nice addition to the lineup and a great beer made for a great event in New Haven.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 45 minute old growler...

A: Pours extremely hazy golden, hues of orange. Large, cloudy white head.

S: Stern floral and citrus aromas, some dank cannabis.

T: Comes off a lot like a "lighter" Gandhi Bot. Im having a hard time calling this an APA, especially with such a robust hop bill. Whats funny is that I understand NEB does not use galaxy hops in Gandhi Bot, yet the flavor profile is so similar. Maybe its the yeast? I guess there is a NEB "house flavor".

Still, this is not as bitter as Gandhi Bot, and the malt profile is slightly also less sweet. Hops are the star here...fat, juicy, citric. Really, an amazing beer especially at less than 5%.

O: This should be canned and put into regular rotation.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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!!!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler poured into Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely clear golden orange with three fingers of eggshell colored, puffy head. Solid lacing throughout the glass, and the head retains well.

Smell: Lots of bright grapefruit, citrus, and resin up front. A touch of honey malt. Really powerful nose given only being 4.8%.

Taste: Follows through with more citrus and pine. The pine is in no way too strong, just a nice resinous dankness - this is a citrus bomb first and foremost. More of the biscuity, honey maltiness from the nose, but just enough to provide a light balance. Finishes bitter with citrus.

Mouthfeel: Packs a heavier punch than I expected... a really nice bitterness throughout, that lingers well. Rather refreshing, with a nice body thanks to the doughiness.

Overall: Really nice, clean drinking IPA. Drinks similar to Zombie Dust (clichéd, yes), but a touch less aggressive, and with familiar galaxy flavors instead of citra.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler fresh from the brewery; poured into a pint

A cloudy orange body with a thick, creamy off-white cap that rose two fingers. Solid retention with chunky lace inside the glass.

I am so impressed with the depth of the galaxy hop. The nose and flavor profile are all over the place.

The nose is of perfumey soap, flowers, herbs, white grapefruit, orange pulp, and pine sap. Just an insanely deep and broad aroma.

Up front, the citrus fruit hits you first, unleashing a mild bitterness through the middle that mingles with perfume and flowers. The finish is a sweep of bitter pine and ganja. Not knee buckling bitter, but just a right amount. Clean malt lays low, hops are the focal point here.

Medium body, rich and creamy. The carbonation was right on point. Good drinking pale ale.

This is a well crafted beer, no question, but I am just in awe of the complexity and depth of this hop strain. This is a fantastic APA that I cannot wait to get my hands on again.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh on tap at prime 16 on thurdays night new haven of beer week.

Nice color with a bit of cloudy haze. not much of a head as it was busy and sat on bar but what was left was thick. Lacing was nice through out the beer.

The nose jumped out at me with seriously fresh floral and citrus notes. Definitely got the passion fruit from the galaxy. Also some fresh dank as mentioned in previous review.

Taste followed suit with all the main players for a good hoppy pale. grapefruit rind, passion fruit and a considerable grassy hop freshness that really made it special. Must have fresh hopped the shit out of this one.

Mouthfeel was just right for this beer and with this below 5% abv very sessionable.

I love Sea Hag but this one might just top it for me. Can this fucker ASAP!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/30/12 notes. Big thanks to Brett for sharing this growler, through way of Joey and Adam; thanks guys! 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and some lemon. Ton of fresh citrus and hops to it; really awesome nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, pine hops, floral hops, earthy notes. Nice citrus again, more grapefruit than the nose. Still hoppy but not quite as much as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Little more carbonation woudl be great, but guessing that is due to the growler. No bitterness and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really great, hoppy pale ale. The nose has a ton of citrus and fresh fruit/hops, and it is very easy to drink. Would love to have this one again sometime, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Galaxy Pale Ale from New England Brewing Co.
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