Company info:
Bridge Road Brewers
Beechworth, V.I.C.


Bottle size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 4.8%
Standard drinks: 1.3

Cap type: Non-Twist

Cost: I picked this up for $TBC AU

Label info: ‘Our single hop IPA highlights the character of a locally grown hop variety, Galaxy. We have added generous amounts of whole hop flowers to this brew, both in the kettle and the conditioning tank. Galaxy, it’s out of this world!

What the label really means: I love a good single-hop brew to showcase that variety, and I am particularly keen to see how the Galaxy rates.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I’ve commented before on the shirtless Ned Kelly on Bridge Road’s logo so I’ll overlook that this time. On first glance of this label I am a little concerned. There’s a red and white sparkly nebulae splashed across the label and it all just looks a little…well….new agey to me. I get the pun they are playing on, (galaxy hop, galaxy celestial body) but I don’t know that it works overly well. It’s a bit too sparkly perhaps…It’s strange.

I give it a label rating of 6.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  Big fruity melon aromas waft up from this. Smells delicious.

Taste: GLASS – One sip and you’ll immediately recognise this as a true IPA with it’s delicious flavours of earthy bitterness. It’s quite dry on the palate, not as overly carbonated as other Bridge Road brews, and sips with a certain zestiness. It’s a rather enjoyable drop.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 7.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Almost as good…all the elements are there to ensure this is truly a Galaxy IPA – the earthines, the spiced subtlety, and the drops of bitterness. Not bad at all.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this alongside The Beatle’s ‘Across the Universe’

Accompanying food:
Sounds weird, but trust me on this one – maple glazed ham.

Best season to appreciate: A definite Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? Yes I think so…or at least until the dryness took over and I yearned for something more refreshing.


  1. Radio Snivins says:

    Do you take review requests, ‘Kazoo? Hmm? Because I have one. Unless your ‘Kazoonauts have been living in decommissioned Brotherhood Bins, they will be aware that VB has been re-jonked, or rather, de-jonked, and is now occupying beershelves everywhere. Oddly, the new VB, which is actually the old VB, and vice-versa, are being sold alongside each other, which is as common as a kabana casserole. The point is, Radio is dubious. The whole campaign smells like wet cardboard to Radio, so he proposes a blind guzz-off between old ‘n’ new. Also, Radio wants somewhere to use his line – I did my foozling apprenticeship on 4.9% VB. We lost touch long ago. It’s good to see you again old friend.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      I definitely take requests, Snivelly! But, having already reviewed VB (be it old style, new style, or other) I don’t feel it appropriate to revisit it in the main review pages on the basis that they’ve simply tweaked the recipe. While I am keen to try it again to taste the difference, I’ll save it for a rainy day.


  2. Diddlysquat says:

    By the happiness that Radio had at my distant doorstep last night I can only think he enjoyed his Galaxy. I certainly know he travelled greater Melbourne to find it.

    He also introduced me to his new missus. In the style of Radio, stop me if I’ve already told this story (sorry the pun as a happily married man radio) but Radio always introduces me to a new women with a a new beer.

    I’d like to try Galaxy, which he promised and never delivered and as no longer a neighbour and with his Facebook updates I can only assume Radio is a male gigolo.

    But one that enjoys the odd Galaxy which so far he has not shared.

    Sorry to make public Radio but its the only way you’ll acknowledge that I’m still awaiting my promised galaxy.


  3. Radio Snivins says:

    I can’t wait to get on the outside of this stuff. I’d never heard of it until I just heard of it, but, then, I’d never heard of beer glasses until two years ago either. I used to use an old rollmops jar that I found in a neighbour’s bin. I digress though. Murphett’s don’t sell Galaxy. Murphett’s are more interested in 4.9% VB. I’m gunna hafta put my best travelling trousers on and do the independent foozer circuit. I loathe that circuit. With few exceptions, independent foozers are a shoddy lot. They’re the carnies of the liquor industry. Unless a fantastic fellow speaks fluent Pig Latin he’s got uggerbay-all chance of understanding them. I’m not looking forward to it. Fortunately, I’m used to difficult people. Stop me if I’ve told this story before, but being of Irish heritage, the day I reached rooting age, my folks gave me an ultimatum – ‘Bring a girl home that doesn’t know her potato varieties, Radio, and you’re out of the will.’ I’ve lived by that advice, which is why they never met my first wife, Li. She didn’t know a Désirée from a Dutch Cream, but the things she could do with a Kipfler were onion boggling.


    • Radio Snivins says:

      I popped into my 17ᵗʰ indy foozer this arvo, in search of Galaxy, and not only did they have it – they also had the whole Bridge Road range – but an old chum was behind the counter. Stop me if I’ve told this story before, but ten years ago, whilst in rehab for my addiction to placeboes, I was billeted a room with a beer magician named The Great Boozini. Apparently, the fellow could make sixers disappear, which is why he was there. Alas, at dinner on the first night, which turned out to be a dry affair, he vanished in a poof of froth, and I never saw him again, until today.

      So, in conclusion, my Galaxy’s are on the chill, and I shall test guzzelate them at the first poss.


      • Radio Snivins says:

        ‘Kazoo strikes again! Galaxy is a superdooper brew. It’s a chocolatey IPA. It’s like Big Eye and Winter Ale got jiggy wid it, and two weeks later, a sixer of this stuff popped out. It may be the most perfect beer ever made, apart from its prohibitive expense – $30/sixer, $109/slab. I look forward to my local Murphettorium one day stocking it at a reasonable price. Nine out of ten.


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