Croucher Galaxy IPA
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Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Rotorua, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
With another ’world-wide’ shortage of American hops staring us in the face, we looked closer to home and experimented with an (unkown to us) Australian hop called Galaxy. The resulting IPA is BIG on hops, deliciously fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
Golden-tan w slight haze. Has a catty, gooseberry quality that tells me this is an accent hop not quite ready for a solo. Rich hoppy taste but harsh bitterness. For me, this isn’t a "single hop" type of hop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
I’m not familiar enough with Galaxy hops to know *exactly* what they are like, but this beer has a most foul aroma that seems hop-derived rather than the result of fermentation problems... still I hesitate to say the foul smell and flavor is due to Galaxy but I don’t know what else I can attribute it to. It smells and tastes like dryer sheets, rotten onions and cheese, good god. Fake freshy flower stuff and stinky brie, ugh. Soft body with silky carbonation and bright acids, that’s the high point. The low point is the rotting cheese, onion and peanut oil flavor. Yes, peanuts. Burnt peanuts. Ugh, this may be my new "least favorite hop" overtaking Mosaic. Clear pale amber. From 500ml bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (5228) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
500ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. The label warns about the hop smash in the face and they aren’t wrong. A big healthy dose of piney hop aromas assault your nose as the beer is poured and if you closed you’re eyes you would think you we’re walking through a pine forest. Strong golden honey colour with foam that laces the glass. This is a very chewy beer and has a big full flavour of hops that penetrate every part of your mouth. This beer is one to savour and not rush.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5076) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
keg@Brew, Rotorua
Light burnished gold with slightwhite head. Strong peaches, mango and passion fruitaroma. Smooth bodied with fruity passion fruit and a touch of chalky mature cheddar rind just in the long finish with pineapple notes. Best beer I’ve had using the Galaxy hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3544) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle, 10C. Clear orangish gold with a modest white head. Aroma of passionfruit, apricot, oranges and melons, light biscuit. Creamy mouthfeel. Lots of tropical fruit and kumquats in the taste, a little biscuit, moderate bitterness in a dryish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 9, 2013
The head is good, The body orange-red. It smells fruit, aromatic, bit malty. The taste is hoparomatic, less malty fruity, bit bitter, bit flowery, nice! 13/12/12/12/-/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2831) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours pale amber with a large, lasting head. Nose shows pine, resinous hops, pear and some soft sweet clean malt. Similar flavours. Pine, resin, spicy hops. Very little malt. Carbonation seems a little high. Not bad, although not what I’d expect from galaxy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle from K&G. Nice and hoppy. Aromas of mandarin, grass. Taste starts sweet, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Orange, with a thin head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2012
A lovely golden amber colour with a good finger of head that sat like frosty snow on top of the beer. Aromas of spruce and green herbaceous grasses. There is no shortage of hop there. This is the first thought when tasting. Just a massive hit of hops: tart, bitter, bitter, bitter and bitter. Orange peel, astringent pith, mango, coffee grinds and other odd fruitiness. This tastes like taking a bite out of a green pine cone. Australian hops you say? Seems very much like a Pacific NW IPA. A triumph.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maris (1394) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 16/5/2013. Pours a clear medium golden with a medium bright white head. Has a glorious floral, fruity aroma featuring lots passionfruit and lychee. There’s some moderate caramel and toffee malt notes up front, along with masses of sweet fruit, including more passionfruit, apricot, peach and mango. But this one is all about the hops. A sharp, lingering grapefruit bitterness is the backbone of this fabulous IPA. The body and carbonation are medium. A delicious, challenging full on brew.

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