Widmer Brothers Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale, the Spring 2011 Brothers’ Reserve offering from Widmer Brothers, poured a hazed copper topped by a dirty white head and mild carbonation. The nose carried forward toffee and candi sugar with a pine and mint hop presence.
Widmer Brothers Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale followed its nose on the palette, opening with toffee, caramel, and dried cherries. The hops were more pine-centric and less herby in taste, and the ale faded rather quickly, leaving an awkward heat in the fade.
Widmer Brothers Galaxy Hopped Barleywine walks the line between an Imperial IPA with too sweet a malt profile and a barleywine with aggressive, NW style hopping. It is lighter than many big beers, and other than being a bit too skewed to the front of the tongue is a well thought-out experiment.