Unicorn Galaxy - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.24/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Excited to try this one. Pipeworks has a ton of great offerings, and this one has a lot of hype around it. 22oz bomber, batch 81, poured carefully into a Hopleaf Tulip glass. $10.99/bottle.
Appearance: light orange to golden. 2 fingers of pure white head. After careful decanting, no yeast in the glass and good clarity. Modest lacing, modest retention.
Smell: Over the top with citrus. Lemon, orange, floral, grass, some pine. Doesn't smell overly sweet, malty, or overly alcoholic.
Taste: Follows along the hop profile in the nose pretty well. Lots of orange. 20% wheat beer, tastes like even more. Lots of bittering hops added. A little touch of alcohol is noticeable.
Feel: Crisp, moderately carbonated, smooth, then sticky, and finally dry.
Overall: A really solid wheat-based DIPA. I would enjoy having this again. I probably won't buy it again anytime soon though, price point is pretty high. I had really high expectations, and was hoping this would compare to DIPA hall of fame beers like Pliny and Heady, but it's not at that tier. Still quite good though.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2013 05:01:40 | More by MCain04
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4.59/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to edmaher, picked this up in a trade.
Pours an opaque straw color with a decent head.
Smells of citrus and pine, like a glass of grapefruit juice with a pinecone to stir it up.
Taste, bitter citrus, grapefruit, blood orange and pine needles at the finish.
Mouthfeel, almost creamy but thick and malty enough to not make it a one note experience.
Love me some Galaxy hops, I'm a huge fan of this beer and would go out of my way for more
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 05:30:13 | More by tikk
3.43/5 rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and branded red/silver pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given its current 97 rating and the brewery's reputation. Reviewed as an imperial IPA; the label's description calls it a double IPA. Batch # 255 56 57 62. 2013 vintage. 9.5% ABV confirmed per the label.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Has a nice (if subdued) creaminess. Nice thickness. Head retention is good for the 9.5% ABV; this easily holds up for 7 minutes, and leaves even consistent lacing as it slowly recedes. This beer has "legs."
The body is less impressive than the head. It's a murky hazy dull peach-orange. The lack if filtration isn't doing it any favors in the appearance department. I don't find any sediment or yeasty particles. Appears adequately carbonated.
I'm pleased with the head and a bit underwhelmed by the body. This isn't a great overall appearance for an imperial IPA, but it's not deeply flawed either. I like the idea of not filtering an imperial IPA, but one downside is the effect that has on the how the beer looks.
Sm: A kiss of onion. Nectary character. A brief hint of soap suggests this may have spent a hair too long in primary. I get some tropical fruit character, which rarely does it for me in an imperial IPA. Mango, pineapple (ugh), and overripe oranges/clementines. I have a personal distaste for pineapple in beer. It leans towards the sweet side, with no obvious naked hop bitterness. Unfortunately, it also has some boozy warmth. I'm hoping that doesn't carry into the flavour profile. There's also your run-of-the-mill floral hop notes and a heavy dose of pale malts, but luckily no obvious caramalt. I'm a bit concerned about the sweetness/bitterness balance, but otherwise nothing jumps out at me as off.
It's a clean aroma; there're no yeasty notes or any off notes. An inoffensive aroma of medium strength. I'm not all that excited based solely on the aroma, but the brewery's reputation has me optimistic.
T: It has some nice touches of nectary hop notes accompanied by some oniony character - which I happen to like. There's some pretty standard floral character in there too. It's pretty much just what I mentioned above for the aroma, with less pineapple and more hop bitterness. Also, the booziness is less pronounced here than it was on the aroma. The fruity character is interesting - mostly tangerine, actually.
I don't get any yeast character or alcohol.
Overall, the overt hop bitterness renders it a bit imbalanced, but it's pretty cohesive throughout and the bitterness is nowhere near as pronounced as it is in most imperial IPAs. There's plenty of flavour here, but I don't know that it's complex for the style. Not the most intricate, subtle, or nuanced imperial IPA, but it does use galaxy hops to good effect.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Has some nice creaminess and softness - especially on the open. It is a bit rough and scratchy on the palate though. It has a coating thick feel. It's also a bit warm from the alcohol. It's full bodied and filling. Overall, the mouthfeel suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't seem custom-built just for it. Overcarbonated.
Not oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.
Dr: More of a sipper than anticipated. I'll kill this alone with ease, but it wasn't the mind-blowing imperial IPA I hoped for. Maybe I'm just not that big on the galaxy hop taste. I'm really glad I got to try this, but it's far from a world class imperial IPA. Pretty good - but not great - work from Pipeworks. Worth trying if you come across it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.
I think the fruity notes were what turned me off to the flavour profile; I just can't stand pineapple notes in my beer, and tropical fruit rarely works well for me in an (imperial) IPA. I'm going to chalk this one up to personal tastes; I'm really looking forward to trying Pipeworks' other brews.
Thanks again, Duff27!
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2014 04:23:04 | More by kojevergas
Unicorn Galaxy from Pipeworks Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.