GALAXY, PERHAPS THE MOST FLAVOURSOME VARIETY TO COME OUT OF AUSTRALIA, IS ALWAYS HIGH UP ON ANY CRAFT BREWERS FAVOURITE HOP LIST, AS WELL AS ALWAYS BEING ONE OF THE HARDEST TO GET HOLD OF.
After a bit of a wait (and plenty of pleading) we managed to get a small allocation of the 2019 harvest, enough to at least lead with it in a big DDH IPA. When Pennsylvania’s Dancing Gnome came to pour at our Dark & Wild festival, we roped them in to help us put our Galaxy allocation to good use.
This 7.4% DDH IPA is built over an extra pale grist featuring plenty of flaked oats, Fawcetts wheat malt and backed up with a dose of maltodextrin. Whirlpool hopped generously with Citra and a touch of dank Columbus to balance the sweet fruits, fermented with our favourite IPA yeast, and then double dry hopped with as much Galaxy as we could spare plus more Citra and some tangerine-like Amarillo to a total 28g/l. Expect lots of passion fruit and mango character up front, notes of lychee and peach and a lengthy citrus tang to finish.