Like all Bridge Road beers, the bottle is a bold and colourful statement. Galaxy is no exception with a stary swirl of a galaxy on the front. Well, not really a galaxy, but more like a stellar nebula and they have it on the wrong bottle, but the thought is there. On this bottle they have a scale for the hops and the malt, with this one having 4 out of 4 hops and 1.5 out of 3 malts. So even for an IPA it should pack quite a punch.
Mmm, cloudy! This is a change from the other beers I have been trying lately. It is a very solid-looking beer with a rather nice smooth head, and looks quite fine. I like them to look slightly cloudy as it shows character and the brewery is more focused on taste rather than looks.
There is a monster hop hit when you smell this beer, it comes at you like a snake. Light and slippery. There is a sweetness and a lightness in the hop aroma, but also something a bit more stodgy that reminded me of an omlette. They are going for hops here, and if the bottle is right then there is only one type of hops. It’s not subtle.
This is a very smooth beer, as shown by its head and the cloudy body. The initial heavy hop aroma does not initially hit you when you drink this beer, and the tastes are more of a subtle sweetness with the smooth rich body. This is a very fine beer to drink. You can feel the hops rather than taste them at first. When the beer has been drunk, then the light sweetness changes into a bitter, oily resin aftertaste. As Rob would say – “too much resin, instead of boiling the buggery out of the hops, they should just put in more hops.” This is sort of my feeling with this beer, and a lot of the breweries are trying this in general. At the recent Melbourne beer festival, the strongly hopped beers all had a high resin flavour and this got boring and lacked subtlety. The flavour of this beer is so strong, it can get oily at the end and needs a different hop flavour or some lighter tastes. Much like an omlette, some people may like them, but if you have too much then it would be stodgy and greasy. A good meal like a good beer needs balancing of flavours and textures. This beer has an excellent texture, but a bit too much of just one flavour.
Summary. A really hoppy beer, with an excellent body. Needs more depth and not just the one hop taste.