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

Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)
BA SCORE
3.88/5
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:
-
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
151
pDev:
11.86%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
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Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy Hopped Barleywine (Spring 2011 bottle that has been aging in my cellar for over a year) opens with a bright, citrusy nose full of pine, pink grapefruit, and grapefruit rind, but this mixed with, and almost overshadowed by, a rich, malty aroma that boasts massive levels of sugar and fruit esters, including brown sugar, candy sugar, orange liqueur, lemon, cherry, watermelon Jolly Rancher, and touches of sweet pear and apple, as well as fig and date. In short, there are far more sugar-based aromas in here than should be expected of a 9.5% ABV Barleywine--even one made with Belgian candy sugar. Only slight alcoholic vapors, as well as bits of biscuit and toast crust, remind the nose that this is in fact beer. The only weakness is that it does come across as slightly oversweet, and needed slight tempering. But the overall effect is still splendid, the beer smelling more like exquisite candy than an alcoholic beverage: effervescent, complexly fruity, and begging to be sipped.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately fruity and complex, opening with a blast of orange liqueur, berry, and sweet pear, then quickly sliding into a blissful main mouthful where fig, date, plum, molasses, taffy, gooey caramel, vanilla, and nice touches of toast crust, biscuit, and toasted pecan add huge flavor and depth. Pink grapefruit and pine from the hops add further complexity. Sugars are obviously the focus here, coming across sweet and heavenly and finely nuanced, and while the beer isn’t quite as sugary as an ice wine, there are noted parallels, especially in the pronounced flavors and strengths. Later in the mouthful, as the sugars die off somewhat, a stronger toast crust and biscuit layer shines through. The aftertaste is heavier on hops than the main mouthful, slightly burning at the tongue, with enough sugars left over to still dance at the edges, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium-light to medium (likely lessened in my bottle due to aging).

Overall, this is amazing Barleywine, and a must-try for any serious fan of the style. The amount of craftsmanship that went into this beer is commendable, and the layers of flavor are intense and compelling. This is one of the few beers that truly rewards with subsequent sips, the flavors not at all diminishing with time and tastebud saturation. In fact, there are few weaknesses in here, the most noticeable one only occurring after the beer has been swallowed, when a strong alcoholic vapor remains and clogs the tastebuds. Still: this is a price I would gladly pay.

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Photo of colts9016
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the beer into a snifter at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A monster two finger head that is light tan and has good retention. The head is frothy and creamy, it left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a rusty brown and clarity is opaque.

Nose: A rich complex malt that is caramel and bready. The hop is slightly fruity esters, floral, and grapefruit. Other aromas raisins. earthy, hint of chocolate, resins, and alcohol.

Taste: A deep roasted complex malt that is bready, caramel, and biscuit. The hops is prevalent, with a fruity esters,floral and grapefruit. Other flavors in the beer is earth, resins, and alcohol.

The mouth feel is astringent, dry, carbonated, and warm.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium, and the finish is medium full. This beer is much different then what I expected. The hops are overwhelming verses the malt backbone. I have tried other barley-wines that were more sophisticated than this. Good barley-wine, sadly age would not have help this at all.

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Photo of WynnO
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent dark sunburst color. oranges and ambers fading up the glass. Thin cap.
Woody, spice, citrus, brown sugar.
Caramel and sweet toffee, a hint of pleasant alcohol, orange zest, brown sugar and rye bread like spice type of deal.
Mouthfeel is medium, same for carbonation.

Solid and average. If in a 4 or 6 pack i'd buy it now and then to have around, but in bomber it's too expensive to be worth it.

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Photo of BaconBandit
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hits me as about the easiest drinking barleywine that I can recall having in a very long time. The galaxy hops provide a nice accent, but don't seem to hijack too much of the experience, though they do grab a bit of it. Smooth malt presence with a hop spicyness that keeps it fairly interesting. The feel on this one is very smooth and pleasant. Overall, I like this beer a lot. I'd be happy to get several more of these and sit on them for a while and see how they turn out.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The attractive auburn colored body was topped with a two finger thick foamy head, which took a few minutes to dissipate. The smell was very sweet like treacle, with some spice backing it up. The taste was very sweet, almost like diluted honey. There was some sour cherry flavor in the mid palette, with bitterness in the finish. The beer felt a little runny in the mouth compared to others in the style. This is not truly a classic barleywine, as it lacks a significant level of fruitiness, or the hop punch. It drinks more like a cross between a Belgian quadrupel and a barleywine, but weaker than both.

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Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut brown, but clear and still very translucent. Forms a small off-white head that doesn't bother sticking around for too long. No lacing. This one looks like a glass of whiskey.

S: Fairly aromatic with lots of citrusy hops and alcoholic pungency.

T: Taste starts off with lots of caramel. Malty with a moderate sweetness. Notes of dark honey, caramel malt, and a bit of orangey citrus. Finish is rather quick for a BW coming through with a minty, piney flavor. But while the alcohol comes through quite strong on the nose, it is barely noticeable on the palate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, but feels a bit thin for the style. Lower carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: With the restrained (for a BW) alcohol and the thinner body, this beer is much more drinkable than most BWs. However, it still offers up that typical BW flavor while adding a bit more hops to the mix.

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Photo of BFro
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Element1290
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BostonHops
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep copper / borderline mahogany tone while yielding a finger of foamy beige head. very respectable retention and lacing. nice presentation.

interesting nose. pretty hoppy, a bit dank, and yet with a sturdy malt backbone... reminds me of a DIPA past its prime. secondary notes of caramel and some indistinct fruitiness. medium-full bodied on the palate with adequate carbonation.

flavor offers a nice balance between the bitter hoppiness and sweet malts. some toffee, maybe vanilla, candied sugar and floral / pine hops.

overall, very nice beer. decent amount going on. nothing extraordinary, but tasty and flavorful.

(originally reviewed: 08-08-2011)

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Photo of bentonquest
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, with a lot of pine and orange citrus notes, as well as quite a bit of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is similar, with the pine and orange citrus notes from the hops coming through nicely. There is also a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malt, and the bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a random food mart. When I pulled it out of the box the date on the bottle was March 14, 2011. I wondered how the hops have handled the nearly 13 months since bottling? When poured into my snifter it had a filtered looking mahogany color and a white head that was almost non existent. Still do not know why the brothers filter their beer (unlike their hef) The smell is interesting. Any sign of hops are not there. However I get a whiff of roasted grain mixed with the sweetness from the belgian candy sugar. The taste is where this beer is at. There is no way that this is a 9.5% beer. Its smooth. The hops have left more of a citusy flavor instead of bitterness and mixed with the sweet malts and the candy sugar, this is very nice. Sessionable for this style...yes its that dangerously smooth. Its mouthfeel is not to impressive. Dry but watery. The carbonation is low, due to the aging. It there but not a whole lot. Overall, I give this a 4. Its solid. A great barley wine that goes down smooth. Not one of those brews that leave you wondering why people like it. Spot on from the brothers and than god for that store with the beer cave that kept this in the box, cool and away from light.

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Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jpajpajeff
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass a chill hazed deep amber with a thin off white head atop with no lacing left behind as it settled quickly.Big juicy fruit malt and resiny hops in the nose,quite a contrast but they meld well.Alot like the aromas the flavors start out with deeply fruity malt and brown sugar notes that becomes a herbal/resiny hop lingering finish.It doesn't wow you but it's solid and is somewhat complex,I would drink again if offered.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saved this beer for my first all grain barley-wine brew day. It looks great, comes in a nice box and very sophisticated bottle. When i cracked it open it was apparent that it was a low carbonation type of beer. Not much head to speak of. Smell is a nice mix of oak and pineapple fruit. there is a little bit of hop bitterness on the tail end but balances well with the sweetness of the beer. It also gives a faint hint of vanilla throughout the sip.
Overall this beer is one of the better barley wines i have had and I'm quite a fan of the style. I'll try to pick another one of these up tonight after I get done brewing if they still have them in stock.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with some garnet highlights.
Aroma is caramel and biscuity malt, but also some pine and citrus hops. Do I actually smell pineapple? Appealing nose and fairly balanced and complex at the same time.
First sip reveals an average body and almost non-existant carbonation. Flavor is rich caramel malt and some toffee. I also get pine hops and citrus, again I keep thinking of pineapple as I drink the beer.
The 9.5% is only evident as the beer warms a little, otherwise very well hidden.
This is a nice complex barleywine, interesting and well balanced, and not overly hot from the booze. I would try it again.

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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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