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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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84
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Rutager on 09-13-2012)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 19/9/12

A bright yellow with lots of tiny suspended particles, I don't see many bubbles but there's a thumbs width of foam that leaves some random lace

S pop the top and I get orange and coriander, I read the bottle and sure enough its a White IPA, more Phillips house notes that I just can't shake after I caught on. some peppery spice and cereals with some hoppy notes but IPA levels? you decide

T not as nice as the smell, tastes like a basic Wit with Phillips flavoring, lemon and a little more hops and booze then I associate with the style. I could take it or leave it

M not quite medium bodied and its airy too my surprise as I couldn't see much carbonation in the liquid but there's to much in the mouth

O its OK but I'm not sold on it, it would get nearly perfect scores for labeling however

its unfortunate really that I can't replicate the ideal serving conditions of "riding a mystical mono-horned laser beast racing through the galaxy to the sonic backdrop of screaming metal guitars" this one might get straight 5's if that was the case

wordemupg, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +6.7%

andrenaline, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev 0%

oldp0rt, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

IronDjinn, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Rutager, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev 0%

schopenhauerale, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jrenihan, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bumchilly25, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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

joemcgrath27, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +6.7%

schnarr84, May 25, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Kmat10, May 21, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw coloured liquid with minimal head.

S: Muted yeast, grassy hops and citrus.

T: Lemon, yeast, wheat, coriander and grassy hops.

M: Medium level of carbonation and a medium viscosity.

O: I expected more after Pandamonium, but this wasn't particularly my thing.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of ZachT
3.75/5  rDev 0%

ZachT, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Erik-P, May 11, 2014
Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +6.7%

kelvarnsen, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of ericj551
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I'm still pretty skeptical about. There have only been a couple that have really wowed me. That being said, I enjoyed this beer a lot more this year than last. Don't know if it's different or if its me. It pours a cloudy yellow gold with a nice fluffy white head. The aroma is hoppy, with a nice mix of citrusy hops and a yeasty, bready character. Fruity citrus, light sweet malt and estery yeastiness fill up the flavor. Hard to tell if any of the citrus is from actual citrus or from the hops, and the same goes for spices.

ericj551, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into an English pint glass. Very light gold with a gorgeous creamy white head that retains its form well. Wonderful hop aroma, lychees, pineapple, muscat grapes, and tangerine with just a hint of spicy Belgian yeast. Hops lead the way on the nose. Taste features more of the yeast components, shortbread cookie, pears, coriander, and light clove, soda crackers, and reasonably bold hops that evoke tropical musky guava and perfumed lychees, pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, lemon tea and just a whiff of spruce. Light bodied yet quite sweet, with a rather wet fruity hop finish that recalls grapefruit and orange smoothies. The Belgian character is certainly detectable but decidedly downplayed in favor of the American hops, and one can pick out quite a few flavors here. Rather brilliant summer IPA selection with more alcohol than a session brew (this might be rather deceptive ... ABV seems much lower, subjectively). Different flavor for Phillips in that the house yeast character is missing (different strain obviously) and the hops are tasty but not pungent. Not a criticism, as much as I do love Phillips IPAs.

CalgaryFMC, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +6.7%

IanSpindler, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

rogerdandy, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Boozecamel
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Boozecamel, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Mack, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

smekermann, May 08, 2014
Photo of mattsander
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

mattsander, Sep 14, 2012
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Electric Unicorn White IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.