I’ve written before about Wibblers brewery, they’re based just outside the village of Mayland, about ten miles from my home in Essex. They not only brew a range of interesting beers, but the’ve experimented with making a spirit – ‘Journeyman’ reviewed here – and their head brewer recently cured his own bacon, from his home raised pigs.
While their most popular brew is ‘Apprentice’ – from which the aforementioned ‘Journeyman’ is distilled – I know that at least one of my local bars sells out of ‘Galaxy’ within days of it appearing on the taps. I too have been known to make a special trip, when the jungle drums announce its arrival.
This is the bottled version, served in 500ml bottles, which is about an American Pint.
It’s very pale and very, very lively; I had to let the pint settle for a full five minutes before taking the photo. The head fades very slowly leaving extensive lacing down the glass.
The nose is bright and floral, those Tasmanian Galaxy hops to the fore.
The flavour is equally floral, but not excessively so; it’s dry, crisp and refreshing. Not a ‘hop bomb’ but still hoppy enough to satisfy, and at 4.2% ABV
I’m happy to award this three and a half Brewclub stars, and will keep my ear to the ground to hear when it’s next available locally on draught.