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Alexander Keith's Galaxy Hop AleAlexander Keith's Galaxy Hop Ale
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Alexander Keith's Galaxy Hop AleAlexander Keith's Galaxy Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wordemupg on 12-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged Jan. 8 2014 and served well-chilled. It's nice to see that this Single Hop Series apparently sold well enough to warrant continued additions to the lineup. I wasn't blown away by either the Hallertauer or Cascade Hop Ale, but by macro standards they are still serviceable pale ales.

Pours a bright, clear orange-amber colour, topped with a little over one finger's worth of frothy, soapy white head. It recedes relatively rapidly, eventually settling into a thin cap and leaving behind a delicate doily pattern of lacing on the glass. Looks good to me - and for the first time with a Keith's product, the aroma is actually pretty enticing to me. It's very fruity, which should not be a shock to anyone familiar with this hop (or anyone who has read the side of the label). Tangerine and passion fruit really stick out for me, with a touch of peaches and the overall bouquet leaning toward the sweet side. Some grapefruit as well, but not much to report in the malt department.

This is actually a pretty tasty little ale, though it still lacks the blunt force hop trauma required to satisfy most hop heads. That being said, the nicely-balanced notes of orange, grapefruit and passionfruit still result in a rather yummy flavour profile. My only complaint is the malt backbone, which I'm pretty sure is the exact same one they used in the Hallertauer/Cascade ales, and is just as uninteresting as ever. It finishes on a somewhat pithy, slightly metallic note that doesn't linger. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that offers an acceptable amount of bite. This is an easy-drinking, balanced pale ale that I could see myself drinking in larger quantities, which is something I rarely say concerning these 'crafty' ales.

Final Grade: 3.62, a B. Alexander Keith's Galaxy Hop Ale isn't a mind-blower, but it's still a well-crafted pale ale that was clearly designed with newbie craft drinkers in mind. The hop notes are a little more interesting and in-your-face than in the first two entries in this series, making this a nice introductory pale ale for the uninitiated - and a simple, non-challenging, enjoyable session beer for the more experienced palate. Give this one a shot, it's the best brew to ever come out of Keith's IMO.

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Tilly
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing to get too excited about, but not a bad ale from a commercial brewery.

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, a single from the nearby Liquor Stores Int'l Emporium Inc location. Hah - nowhere on this offering do they refer to an 'IPA', which, given their main product, is fucking gut-wrenchingly ironic.

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent layered stone arch lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells straight away of meaty, somewhat funky cat-piss informed citrus hops, with a further mixed tropical fruitiness, bready pale malt, a fake sugary candy character, like old Pez inserts, and a bit of wet cardboard. The taste is more rather streamlined orange, white grapefruit, and still muddled tropical fruitiness, thankfully having shed the neighbour's alley cat essence, a mildly crackery pale grainy maltiness, a burgeoning metallic flintiness, and some soft earthy herbal notes.

The bubbles are fairly light in their basic frizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit stoney in its otherwise plain smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the lingering musty orange bitterness still rather heady, with an ably supportive pale malt sweetness. Swuh?

So, as already alluded to, Alexander Keith's spends years trying to convince the Canadian beer-drinking public that their pale lager is really an IPA. Now, they actually have one, and a single-hopped, craft-beer geek orgasmitron-wannabe instance at that, and they don't even call a spade a spade, as such. Anyways, the Galaxy hop, in all its south-seas splendour, does well by this otherwise run of the mill pale ale - I have my biases, yes I do, but if you were to jam this into my hand at a party, origin well enough obfuscated, I'm not sure that I could differentiate this from yer (maybe below) average Canadian craft IPA.

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Photo of ImJared
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Galaxy Hop Ale
473 ml can

Notes: Mainly clear yellow gold body beneath a short head of frothy white. Aroma is limited but some general citrus / tropical fruit comes through. The flavor follows suit but without the hop character there wouldn't be much to this beer. Tangerine and pineapple give it some life. Balanced. Clean. Free of defect. Keeping in mind that it's just an ale and not an IPA, it pretty much hits the target.

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Photo of jcubz
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of beerluvr
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Danielr26
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store approx. $2.45/473ml can. Served at 3deg C in a water glass

A- Very good. Above average deep golden colour. Opens well with a solid 2" head settling down to a film within a minute

S- Very good. Citrus scents.

T- Very good. Light, carbonated highly, long finish. Have had Galaxy hops blended with other hops in the past but on it's own, first time... enjoyable.

M- Light on the tongue!

O- Very good. Definitely will buy again. Won't win awards or anything but pretty nice none the less.

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA paired well with... mild cheeses. Nice gouda or creamy Havarti.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a bright clear copper/amber color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet caramel malt with some light tropical fruit notes. Taste is also a mxi between some lightly sweet caramel malt with light tropical fruit. Body is thin and aftertaste is quite watery with good carbonation. I was quite excited to try the Galaxy version but this is quite a miss with almost no hops punch.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.24/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of papat444
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date code is G11H410055 which means it was canned July 11, 2014.

Light orange hazy body. Full head rests at 2 fingers. Tropical fruit in the nose but sadly this does not carry through in the flavor as a malty cardboard taste is present. I do catch glimpses of tropical fruit but it`s a fail for me though it`s miles better than their ``IPA``.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper with an orange tinge, clear filtered, little carbonation, 2 fingers of off white head like dirty snow.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus and floral like Hawaiian punch. Bitterness comes in on the nose rather like chili peppers. Fruity and sweet.

T: Tropical fruit punch, papayas, mango, pineapple, light sweetness, little bitterness on the end. Light maltiness.

M: Medium body, little carbonation.

O: Great scents and good flavours. Not overdoing it for an IPA, i.e., kind of light but fragrant and fruity. Quite pleasant and I wouldn’t mind having it again.

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Photo of EOrnstein
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473ml can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, metallic, peach?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some light grapefruit and something sweet along the lines of peach.

Overall – Seems just like the other in the hop series of beers.. passable but boring and far from the great american IPA's on the market today. I think their cascade version is the best of the bunch.

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