Anchorage Brewing Company
Galaxy White IPA
Anchorage Brewing Company came out of nowhere about a year ago with a slate of insanely complex and equally as good beers. Founded by Gabe Fletcher, the former brewer of Alaskan-based Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage specializes in limited batches of barrel-aged beers brewed with Brettanomyces. But the barrel-aging process for each beer is insane.
Take, for example, Galaxy, the brewery’s newish attempt at the fledgling style of white IPAs. The beer is brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats and peppercorns. Then it’s then fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. THEN it’s dry-hopped with Galaxy again. THEN it’s bottle conditioned with Brett and wine yeast.
Like I said: Insane.
Brett is a tricky yeast to work with, so having the skill to not only work with it but barrel age AND make beers as damn good as these … well, it’s pretty impressive.
Anyway, on to the beer.
Galaxy has a hazy light yellow color to it. Being bottle conditioned, the huge five fingers of a fluffy head doesn’t surprise me. The head doesn’t last for long, though. There some good lacing and really no alcohol legs.
The first thing that hits your nose is that huge Brett funk. There’s a big hit of lemon peel, citrus and a slight sweetness from the kumquats, and a big pepper note too. The citrus works so well with the funkiness.
The mouthfeel is light and crisp, but there’s a huge explosion of flavors on the back. A big, big barnyard funk from the Brett mixes with massive lemon, orange and pineapple notes. The spices are very forward as well.
Galaxy, as with every Anchorage beer, is excellent. The intricacies and complexity of the brewing process are reflected in the price of each bottle, but anything and everything with the Anchorage label is worth the price.