Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alexander Keith's Galaxy Hop Ale

I like the idea of this hop series by Keith's - it's the right thing to do for them to be a bit more relevant & keep up with current beer trends / culture / knowledgeable drinkers. I have had the Cascade and Hallertauer in the series already, with the Hallertauer being my favourite thus far, I think. I expect more from this one, as I like what Galaxy has to offer.

Unfortunately, this is my least favourite of the three, I think. First off, like many hoppy beers, this is better drunk from the can - don't follow the poor glass suggestion on the can (suggests some plain Keith's glass). The best glass for this is a goblet or the IPA glass - something with a narrow opening.

The aroma is fairly nice, albeit a little restrained. They definitely didn't go all in with this hop to really let it shine. Mostly pineapple and orange come out, but they don't whack you over the head like they could have. The flavour isn't that great. It's a bit too sweet. It comes across as a little peachy, and will probably give some tasters notions of corn or the use of adjuncts.

Kudos to Keith's for doing this series, and for selecting Galaxy, but to really succeed with this, they need to ramp things up just a bit more before many people will care. On the plus side, this series should help to entice, expose, and educate some folks on the broad topic of what's in their beer.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I actually like this one the best and the fact that the hops are a bit restrained - Not a big fan of hop bombs.

    I don't quite understand your comment about not pouring it into a glass. Unless it's a watery one like Coors Lite, beer should always be consumed from a glass.

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    1. Not so! The next time you have a hoppy brew, even one that's light like this, try pouring some into a glass and leaving some in the can. Smell both, and drink it both ways - tell me what you think!

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    2. Steve, I've been making and tasting beer for over 40 years from a variety of containers. I've never enjoyed drinking from a can more than from a glass (the right glass that is).

      Besides, wouldn't it be tough sniffing from a can?

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    3. Not being a fan of hop bombs could be the difference, perhaps. That's where cans seem to work best for drinking. The first time I ever had a Heady Topper, I didn't believe the wraparound instructions at the top of the can: "DRINK FROM THE CAN! DRINK FROM THE CAN! DRINK FROM THE CAN!" I thought it was just hip or gimmicky. So, I poured half into a nice glass, and left half in the can. The aromas from the can were surprisingly much more intense, and I enjoyed it from the can significantly more because of it. I do really like to look at my beer while drinking it, especially the first time, but, if I have had it before, and it's a hoppy brew, it's from the can for me. Even with this beer. I left some in the can, and it smelled much better from that rather than the straight mug with the wide opening, letting all aromas escape, and causing no turbulence on the way into my gullet!

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