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Galaxy Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 293
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our friends south of the equator really have this hop growing thing figured out and we are ecstatic they do. Without them we couldn't brig you Unicorn Galaxy. We built a platform of malted barley and wheat then atop that we constructed our ode to Galaxy hops. The hop character really shines through with aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, tangerine, citrus, passion fruit and fresh cut grass. Drink early, drink often.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-11-2012)
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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 442/443.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice fruit forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

zestar, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

acurtis, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

With the "Galaxy" hop on full display, the trick is to provide a base flavor that supports the full range of the hop's flavor but without competing for attention. The smooth, creamy and semi-rich character of imperial pale ale underneath gives the cones the kiss that they deserve.

Its translucent golden globe casts peach and orange amidst the edges as the nose gains steam, projecting mouthwatering aromas of tropical and citrus with all their juicy vibrancy. Early flavors of sun-kissed ripeness invites the underpinnings of light caramel, shortbread, honey and tangy fructose to give the hops a sweet, tart, bready-sweet but all all-natural taste.

The middle palate is bursting with tangy sweetness and vibrant fruit brilliance as red grapefruit, tangerine pineapple, mango, apricot, passionfruit, lemon and kiwi pop off the tongue with nearly teeth-grinding tang and lightly bracing acidity. With the sweetness receding, the fruity hop flavors stand out even more with the finish coming on fast.

And with the sweetness waning, the smooth hop bitterness sets in and saturates the tongue with drying fruit, herbal grasses and a mildly resinous pine note. The mild warmth of alcohol penetrates its medium bodied texture and assists the hops and fleeting malt in a dry finish, equipped with a clean and crisp, bready after palate.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

GRG1313, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a nice foamy white head on top. The retention was nice and the lacing was decent too. The smell of the beer is fruity and sweet with an interesting hop aroma in there too. The taste of the beer is pretty good, nicely balanced malt and hop profiles. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice drinkable carbonation level. Overall it's a pretty good brew. Wouldn't mind having it again one day.

Knapp85, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

And the unicorn parade marches steadily on... bottled today, and mere hours old. Allowed to settle in the fridge for a couple hours, it was actually still cold on the shelf from delivery.

Yellowish orange body, lightly hazed with a sizable head of white foam that leaves behind a flurry of spindly lacing in the glass. Retention is good, and lasts for the duration of the glass.

Bursting with tropical Galaxy hops in the aroma, big mango, orange, passionfruit, a light fruity sweetness with catty dank botanicals, sandalwood plus a hint of the wheat in the background.

Juicy mango and bitter orange peel flavors right away, with a resiny bitter orange zest that lingers into the finish. Caramel hints in the aftertaste, some greenery and grass clippings towards the end. Creamy feel, damn near perfect in that respect. Not overly sweet or boozy, it just glides across the palate. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better than Citra Ninja or NvU, Galaxy Unicorn hits it out of the park. Well done gentlemen.

emerge077, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

SocalKicks, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled yesterday. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of late-rising white foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and stray fingers of lacing. Light hazed peach skin-colored body with a few slow-moving bubbles visible.

S - Unsurprisingly the Galaxy hops are front and center, with notes of passion fruit, guava, tangerine, cat pee and onion. Even though this is a 9.5% DIPA, the malt bill is a more complementary than balanced, with a a touch of sugar and dough that combined with with tropical mélange gives this a fruit punch-esque vibe. The sugary note increases as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tropical fruits dominating mid-palate before yielding to palate-bruising herbal and dank notes. Malt imparts some candied citrus and lightly browned sugar. There's sufficient balance to keep the bitterness from getting totally out of hand, an issue that tends to plague other Galaxy-based beers, but this is very much a hop showcase.

M - Active and pleasant moderate carbonation, hefty medium-full body, with creamy and chewy texture. A tiny bit of alcohol warming but nothing excessive for 9.5%; the bigger body hides the alcohol well.

D - An excellent beer. I had no problem working through the bomber and I'll definitely be buying more of this one. The bitterness gets a tad fatiguing after a glass, but not excessively so. Every release like this makes me happier I chipped in for Friends with Benefits - kudos guys!

MasterSki, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

oline73, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

mendvicdog, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkyMOD, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -21.7%
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!

High B-

kojevergas, Feb 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

imperialking, Mar 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

yourefragile, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

orangesol, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

drewone, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

duceswild, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BARFLYB, Mar 03, 2013
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Galaxy Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.