Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Co. (Anchorage, AK, USA)

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Galaxy White IPA – Anchorage Brewing Company, 7% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Anchorage, Alaska, USA)

printed on the front-right of the bottle:

“Ale brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast. Drink fresh or age to bring out the funk.”

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printed on the back of the bottle:

“…One of the new trails being blazed on the frontier of beer is the style known as White India Pale Ales. Galaxy White IPA represents a significant new landmark on that trail. with its use of fresh kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns, Galaxy pays homage to the early explorers, who sailed unknown seas in search of rare spices and exotic fruits. Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, and so have the Galaxy hops used to create this adventurous brew.

Just as a true explorer never stands still, the presence of brettanomyces guarantees that Galaxy White IPA will keep evolving in the bottle for years to come…”

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  • Style: (french oak barrel aged, kumquat, coriander) White IPA
  • Taste: Refreshing kumquat citrusy mild funk coriander dry wheat malt light oak
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / Burnaby
  • How much: $16 CAD (after 7.5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Twisty wire cap and composite cork. Pours light straw yellow with huge slowly dissipating creamy bubbly head, torrents of fast activity, small bits of sediment.

Nose: kumquat banana wheat malt, traces of funk, quite bright. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-bubbly wholeness,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, sharp sour-tangy acidity, (MAIN) background funk, juicy kumquat citrus, banana wheat malt -> dry hoppy bitter

Finish: light oak, coriander, dry wheat, lingering bitter hops, kumquat exhale, background peppercorn spice, burpy.

Summary: Very refreshing with a boatload of flavours to discover all the while backed up by a very bubbly mouthfeel. Although only medium-bodied, it delivers in smooth transitions and enticing complexity.