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Electric Unicorn White IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

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Electric Unicorn White IPAElectric Unicorn White IPA

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Reviews: 21
Hads: 88
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rutager on 09-13-2012

Electric Unicorn is a hop-infused White ale; best enjoyed while riding a mystical mono-horned laser beast, racing through the galaxy to the sonic backdrop of screaming metal guitars. Time to ditch reality and take this India pale fairy tale for a ride.
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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 88
Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed straw hue, with a short creamy white head that retains to a thin cap.

Sweet soft wheat and coriander are most present on the nose, mild floral and citrus hops.

Wheat and spicy Belgian yeast appear first in the flavour, with faint fruity esters in the middle, finishing with lemon and grapefruit rind, some grassy hops, then soft phenols that linger in the aftertaste.

Light-bodied, with a soft smooth texture and fairly brisk carbonation.

An excellent easy-drinker, quenching and flavourful without being intense or overwhelming. This would be excellent as a summer sipper.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - what's with the laser-eyed beast theme on the labels of the more recent Phillips offerings? And were that I could accompany this with some bitchin', shreddin' metal tunes, but my better half happens to be watching Real Housewives reunions while I do this. Compromises, me auld sons.

This beer pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow straw hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy off-white head, which settles rather slowly, eventually leaving some random sharp wave crest lace around the glass.

It smells of somewhat tart orange rind, mild pale grainy malt, earthy Belgian yeast, softly spicy coriander, and a slowly growing bitter pine hoppiness. The taste is moderately sweet wheat grain, a subtle lemon citrus fruitiness, some weak earthy spiciness, throttled Low Countries yeast, and nicely even piney, leafy hops.

The carbonation is soft, and generally quite yielding, the body a near full flag medium weight, and quite adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the wheat and barley malt bravely pushing through the now staid yeast and still weirdly IPA-worthy hops.

I know that this is different from the majority of the previous Belgian IPAs that I have come across, in mostly one simple area - it isn't astringent, either via yeast, hop, or whatever. It's actually quite pleasant - soft and approachable, alluring in its deft balance. A stellar intro for the style, and equally appropriate for those who might deem themselves old hands at such.

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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear straw golden with plenty of small suspended sediment, thumb of white head dissipated to a thin covering leaving plenty of sticky lacing
S - very yeasty and wheaty aromas, sour citrus, peppermint, and a mineral/vitamin aroma, very busy
T - peppery and grainy up front, a bubble gum thing going on, not much of the yeasty flavour here, a faint hint of plastic or rubber late in the finish, does not live up to the nose
M - fairly light and well carbonated, slightly thin, just a touch of dry
O - very busy to the detriment of the beer overall, it doesn't seem to add up to something significant, nice try but not my bag

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Photo of souvenirs
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50 plus deposit at the BC Liquor Store.

A: Slightly cloudy and straw-coloured, with an inch or a little less of white head.
S: Slightly sweet, floral and citrus hints.
T: I'm not a fan. It's by no stretch of the imagination the worst beer I've ever had, but I wouldn't drink it again.
F: Could be thicker.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $6.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts forever. Rather light gold color and filtered clear. Foam looks creamy

S- Lemon, herb, orange peel.

T- Light and mild for 6.5%. No heat, not a trace. Sweet and bitter. Nice combination. Nothing too powerful but a mild blend of coriander and various citrus flavors. Hops open up over time and warmth

M- Creamy head. Nice overall brew

O- Nice brew overall. Just a colorful brew at a reasonable price. The hops come alive as it warms so go slow Danielson.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with........ Lasagna. This one was high on meat and low on noodles to give a gummy cheesy pan of delicious goodness. This brew opens up with time and the combo just grows better and better


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Photo of Boozecamel
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome label and name. Unicorn, cliff, space, lightning, eagle head logo, psychedelic font. Could there be any more awesomeness packed into a single label?

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear straw-gold with almost a finger of white head.

Smell. Spicy hops and yeast, some lightly toasted wheat, a little citrus and a bit of onion.

Taste. Sweat roasted wheat, spicy and lightly floral hops, a little bit of fruity yeast, and a little bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ lively carbonation.

Overall. Interesting style. Lots going on and still quite drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrusy hops with lightly sweet wheat malt notes is quite refreshing. Taste is a nice mix between some lightly sweet wheat malt notes with some citrusy hops notes which are well balanced against the malt bill. Body is pretty full for style with good carbonation. Doesn't’ re-write the rule book but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DamageCase76
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy yellow, nice long-lasting white head and tiny bubbles. Nice looking beer.

S: Sweet wheat vibes all over this thing. Citrusy coriander, spicy/earthy noble type hops. Kinda strange but I can get into it.

T: Very sweet. Almost cloying... I have to say Im not a fan of this beer. Grainy aftertaste. It reminds me more of a very sweet strong wheat beer than an IPA of any kind. Not much bitterness.

M: Full and creamy. I couldn't finish the bomber, its just too sweet and one noted.

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Photo of kirbytall
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Phillips Brewing 'Electric Unicorn White IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.25
A-pour is a light pale gold from the bottle to a light gold in the glass with a big white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hoppy , Belgian yeast
T-somewhat smooth & crisp Belgian IPA
MF-ok/lots of carbonation , feels like a medium body
Ov-ok beer , decent Belgian IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 27 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden-yellow colour, capped off by nearly one inch of creamy, frothy, sparkling-white head. Decent retention; the head remains in place for five minutes or so, steadily seeping away until only a bubbly, filmy cap and wide, foamy collar remain - along with a nice swath of delicate lacing. The nose is comprised of an eclectic mixture of individual aromas - lemon pith and zesty orange peel, floral/spicy hops, apricot, pine needles, grainy wheat malts and mild phenolics. Smells appropriate, but not particularly aromatic, for the style.

The flavour profile is quite approachable, with the white ale/witbier influences factoring in noticeably. Crackery, grainy malts and plenty of juicy orange citrus flavour get things started on the right foot, with some fruity, sugary background sweetness reminiscent of apricot and red apples. The citrus flavours take more of a lemony, pithy bent as you approach the finish, with floral, grassy bitterness dominating over all by the end. A touch spicy and yeasty in the aftertaste, with a suggestion of coriander. Medium-light in body, with assertive carbonation levels that aggressively agitate the palate, giving this beer a smooth, almost frothy feel in the mouth. I am not in love with this beer, but it has the thirst-quenching, refreshing quality of your typical witbier down pat, that's for sure.

Final Grade: 3.77, a B+ grade. Phillips' Electric Unicorn White IPA is a perplexing hybrid. Though it leans toward the hoppy side, this one largely lacks the profoundly bitter punch that hopheads will be hoping for - and likewise, the witbier vibe that this one has may not immediately appeal to fans of more orthodox Belgian IPAs. Electric Unicorn is undeniably refreshing and pleasurable to drink, but this one simply lacks the authoritative gravitas of the best examples of this style. Worth a try, I suppose - but at $6+ per bomber, it's not something I'd buy multiples of.

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Photo of Aggro
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BcCraft710
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Idrankthat
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Electric Unicorn White IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
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