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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)
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3.88/5
Very Good
151 Ratings
Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released Spring 2011

Added by msubulldog25 on 03-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
78
Ratings:
151
pDev:
11.86%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
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3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes. L: Deep chestnut with ¼ - ½” foam collar that quickly dissipates S: Spicy hop aromas – maybe a little citrus and floral. T: Malty but the use of Belgian candi sugar lightens the body to keep it from tasting syrupy. The hops are bold and work well with the caramel and toffee from the malt and the big alcohol while the citrusy, tropical fruit notes from the hops provide interest. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A satisfying, American style barley wine.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spring 2011!!! I let this one age a while. Probably affected the hops presence but the beer is still very solid.

Initial pour was an opaque clear amber with a medium size light tan head, Head retention is good. Filmy lacing with some small spots of froth. Subsequent pours were a murky/ hazy/amber.

Smell was sweet caramel malt all the way. Fairly prominent.

Taste is sweet caramel malt up front with some hops bitterness in the finish. I wonder what 3 years of aging did to the hops presence but this is still a very enjoyable brew./

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat rich. A little lighter than some of the monster barleywines. There is always a little alcohol harshness in a good barleywine, but it is fairly muted and more smooth here. Aging makes a difference.

A very tasty baraleywine,

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark purplish brown with a mocha head.

S: Orange, cherry and those delicious galaxy hops in the nose.

T: Slightly sweet with citrus and cherry, as well as that delicious tropical fruit flavor that galaxy hops impart. Passionfruit, mango, papaya, deliciousness.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: This is my favorite Widmer beer, which isn't saying a ton, but it's amazing. Galaxy hops ftw!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/14/2011. Pours very hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, toast, toffee, candi sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, grass, candi sugar, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Slight pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, citrus, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, light pine, candi sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors; with a great hop/malt balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brewski
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of phishbfm
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Nobcefus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Before trying this, I'll reiterate that most of the Bros Reserve series look like awesome beers from the outside, btu seem to be sub-par or mediocre, or just meh overall beers. Hopefully this will break that mold. 2011 Vintage too.

Pours a small fizzy head that barely covers the beer before disappearing fairly quickly, dark murky mahogany cranberry reddish brown colored.

Nose pretty much brings a sweet candy barleywine, lots of toffee, caramel candies, a nice touch of Belgian candi sugar on top of that, smells quite sweet and a bit syrupy, a little nutty, with more reddish candy like even slightly toasty malts. Galaxy hops are there but lighter, probably due to the age on it, a little spicy, little grassy, touch of a passion fruit like tropical fruit, but very muted (probably due to age). The age does bring a hint of soft aged malt character.

Taste brings more sweet malt characters, lots of toffee again, candy, caramel, a bit nutty like candied nuts almost, and even a little molasses. Later on the taste as it warms, a bit of Belgian candi sugar even, which also brings some booze, mostly clean booze but warmth, slight tingle, and hint of ester like. Chewy malts lead into bitterness, a fair bitter hop character, hint of tropical fruit like, bit spicy and fruity, but the hops again seem subdued to do age. The malts get quite soft and chewy like, aged malt feel that melds well with the booze. Finish brings more booze, warming tingly booze, with more sweet malts, toffee, nutty, caramel, etc, with more spicy slightly fruity hops that linger for quite a while.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent fluffy carb, and plenty of carbonation.

Overall much better than I expected, nice aged malts, lots of sweet characters that meld well with the booze which comes on hot even for 2+ year old beer, the hops seemed like they would have been great except it's a bit too much age for them, but the booze also seems like it would have been way too hot for the fresh beer.

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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 151 ratings
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