Galaxy Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 616
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 2.81%
Wants: 371
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-11-2012

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +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. (640 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
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- (4,347 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (1,496 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TheFugitive. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/26/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of smooth pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome single hopped DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,575 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a small white head on top that sticks around as a small cap of foam on top. Thin lacing forms randomly down the sides of the glass. Lots of bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Tons of citrus fruit right away. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some citrus zest. Very melony as well and fresh smelling. Fantastic.

T: More citrus upfront with some grapefruit, mango, and orange but there is a lot more piney bitterness in the flavor profile than the aroma. A bit soapy, but in the good way that some DIPAs get.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, rather dry with a slightly bitter finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA. The first beer from Pipeworks I have had, and hopefully not the last. Really good. (777 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber. batch 262 into a snifter.

dark yellow in color, nice looking head. lighter than i expected from a DIPA though. the smell has a lot of grapefruit and apricots..very sweet. the taste is quite sweet from the apricots but the grapefruits do tone it down a bit. im not a fan of overly sweet IPAs but this one isnt too bad. Galaxy hops are prevalent and that is definitely a sweet hop in itself. Extremely hoppy for sure. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall a quite good DIPA that is a just a tad too sweet for me. but still, very good. (545 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from buzze40, 650ml bottle into a tulip. Batch 65.

Clear orange, white head with decent lacing and retention. Nose has huge pineapple juice character, piney, citrus and general fruit juice notes. Sweet candy-ish malt character. Taste has more pineapple juice, piney bitterness, gummy bears and candy malt. Medium sweetness cut by a nice sharp but not too intense bitterness. Some alcohol and lower medium carbonation. Crazy nice hop profile, huge hit. (459 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken 1/6/2014

poured into snifter glass.

batch # 255 56 57 62

Appearance: Pale golden with a tinge orange bodied beer with 1 full finger of white head. The head has good staying power and leaves a thick lacing all over the side of the glass. Head eventually drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: Sweet oranges and tropical fruits. Mild pine notes. Bready malts. Smells a little soapy and "catty". Slightly floral and "perfumey".

Taste: mild almost moderate bitterness level in this DIPA. Starts off with flavors of chalk and resinous pine. Then the citrus and tropical fruits show up. Loads of pineapple flavor. Sweetness from the malts taste like bread and a hint of honey. Grapefruit and lemon zest in the finish that linger for a short time; it got light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beer drinks lower than its listed 9.5% abv.

Overall: This is another fantastic DIPA by Pipeworks! It is in my top 3 favorite pipeworks DIPA's. In the same company with Citra and Simcoe. I like that Pipeworks can make DIPA's that arent brutally bitter, but are still really full of those hop flavors. Very nice representation of galaxy hops! (1,219 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1744th Review on BA
Bottle to GI Chalice
22oz

Batch 81
Thanks to KevanB for the gift

App- A very traditional looking DIPA to me. A lot of blending of oranges and yellows with a huge 3 finger head. A wonderful amount of cling. I mean even in a GI chalice this thing was a thing of beauty. Cling and lace for days with a slightly deeper hazy color behind it.

Smell- A nice aromatic beer. A bit of a deeper citrusy hops. A bit tropical with more guava and mango than grapefruit and orange. A good amount of hops and then balanced by just a touch of grassy and herbal malts.

Taste- This was a good DIPA. I liked the balance of the citrus and the bitter hops with a bit of caramel and lime juice. A unique grassy flavor with a bit of butterscotch. A little bit all over the place but it works.

Mouth- A nice a medium bubbly body with a medium and dense citrus laden carbonation. Big amounts of tropical fruits with a nice hoppy bitter balance behind it.

Drink- Damn this was good! 3rd coast is creeping on my WC. Oh wait I am from Chicago. I should love this and I did. (1,070 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy deep orange one finger head with great lacing.

S-Hoppy goodness. Citrus, lemon, slight grass, tropical just plain yummy.

T-Amazing balance. Citrus and tropical notes all over the place. Good bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, some hop resins.

O-Wow. One of the best DIPAs out there. The Galaxy hops are outstanding. This beer is phenomenal. Why did I only buy one? (397 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, batch #s 255 56 57 62, indicating that this is probably two weeks old now. Poured into a wine glass today, 12/6/2013.

Pours a nice caramel-toffee brown body, nice white 1cm head that fades into a thin collar quickly, leaving lots of bubbly lacing on the glass. Same as the beverage goes down.

Smells great. Strong citrus and some intense floral notes abound. There is a nice sweet sharpness as well, possibly from the wheat and malt sweetness. Very strong nose, not necessarily juicy but very hop forward.

Very flavorful beer that has a nice malt backbone that evokes biscuits with a dab of honey and a little caramel. The hoppiness consists of a nice floral flavor along with a nice tropical fruitiness- passion fruit, mango- and a small bit of bitter pine. It's very hoppy and quite bitter.

Medium to full bodied, good carbonation. Feels very thick and resinous on the palate, yet very dry. Quite bitter and full, like drinking a thick bitter syrup, which takes quite a bit away from the beer in my opinion. Bitter floral and pine notes linger.

Very good DIPA that showcases galaxy very well. The balance here is quite good and I especially enjoy the tropical fruit notes, though it is a bit heavy bodied. Recommended if you enjoy strong and heavy bodied DIPAs. (1,281 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light golden color. Forms a moderate-sized white head that collapses rather quickly, though does still manage to leave a moderate amount of lacing on the way down.

S: There is a bit of a dual nature to the aroma. On the one side, there is orange, mango, clementine, and passion fruit. On the other, the aroma is fairly catty, with something that isn't quite onion, but sort of resembles onion. There is a sweet maltiness in the back ground. That said, the orange/tangerine aroma does dominate over the others.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but highlights the fruit much more so than the onion. Very mild sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, candied kumquats, and fruit salad on the front end before turning rather bitter, dry, and earthy. Long, bitter finish with just a faint touch of fusel spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body. Aggressive bitterness. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: Coming off of Citra Ninja, I had very high expectations for this beer. Unfortunately, they were too high, because even though this beer was not the great one I was expecting, it is still a very good beer. Far better than most. That said, I enjoyed the restrained sweetness and the aggressive bitterness on this one. (1,251 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Glowing golden color with a fluffy two finger white head. Tons of lace and awesome retention.

S: Super juicy smell. Candied pink grapefruit, mango, pineapple and some guava.

T: Honey malt, tons of tropical fruit and a lingering grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Caramel, light piney hops and some pineapple. Slick moughfeel with some prickly carbonation that really complements the bitterness on the finish well. (420 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well to start, the label art on this beer is ridiculously awesome. Unicorns and rainbows... what more could one want? This pours a slightly cloudy orange with white head. Heavy lacing is left with good head retention. The aroma has a huge ripe melon and mango character with a bit of pine and syrup to back it up. Evidence of strong malt backbone present beneath the strong hop profile. This smells insanely hoppy with a rich malt backbone. The taste starts with waves of citrus, primarily orange. This is followed by more tropical fruits. bits of melon, peach and mango shine through. Then things take a turn for the more bitter side of things. It is at this time that the strong malt backbone shines through. The finish has a heavy hop bitterness which seems to be diffused by the malt. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy for style with moderate carbonation. Overall, a delicious DIPA from Pipeworks.! (913 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%

4.46

Hazed golden orange, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose, grapefruit, orange and pineapple, juicy fruit, well hopped, dank with a honey-malty presence throughout as well. Taste is a mix of sticky hop, fruity citrus, pineapple, orange with a bit of a sweet malt closer, quite bitter throughout. Oily medium body, lightly carbonated. Truly great stuff, i'm surprised you don't see tons of ISO's for this, a fantastic DIPA. (463 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: deep cloudy orange, finger fluffy pillow
heavenly lacing web

S: grapefruit, papaya, guava, fresh grass pine
intoxicating nose!

T: same as nose with refreshing quality to
this complex hop adventure, long bitter pucker

M: med/heavy body, big sticky/oily mouth

O: GALACTIC GREATNESS!! No wonder
this flies off the shelves. If you want a
cosmic hop journey, sip this beast.

WORLD CLASS; MUST HAVE FOR HOP HEADS!! (419 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #255 56 57 62 printed on the label. Another new DIPA to me from the masters at Pipeworks; I'm not sure why this beer is listed under Unicorn Galaxy when the label clearly reads as Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn, but whatever.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful bright citrusy yellow-orange colored body with one finger of soapy white suds. Much lighter in color than I expected, but it looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is of fresh bitter grapefruit hops, pine, white pepper / rye presence, some kind of dark licorice / clove like spiciness, and a touch of creamy soapiness.

T - Taste is of dry bready caramel malts, bitter earthy leafy hops, grapefruit / orange / pine bitterness, clove spiciness & some alcohol warmth. Imbalanced in favor the dry bready malt. I find myself wishing for more citrus. The clove spice is throwing me off a bit also, but it disappears as the beer warms.

M - Goes down smooth and creamy, like most Pipeworks beers. Finish is dry, bready, and bitter. Some alcohol heat lingering.

Overall, it's not bad, but something about this beer is not doing it for me. Too dry and bitter, and not enough fruity citrus for my liking, although that doesn't make it a bad beer. I would gladly take the Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper over this beer. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't want it again.

Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn ---4/5. (1,440 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Batch #81
DFH IPA glass

A: Murky pale orange color. Good carbonation. Good two fingers of slightly off white fluffy head. Sticks around a whole.

S: Lots of grapefruit on the nose. That bitter rind. Big citrus along with it. Very fruity and sweet. Really buries the malt bill. Maybe pull a little wheat sweetness.

T: The cloudy look reminded me of HF or Heady Topper like brews. Up front you get that rush of hop bitterness up front in the tongue. It's that nice bitter grapefruit rind flavor that I smelled. Big fruity hops in this one. Drifts into the mid palate where the sweet wheat malt and caramel meld nicely. The finish is dry and linger hop reisinous flavors.

M: Medium bodied. The wheat definitely adds. (722 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass immediately after pulling it from the fridge. The first pour looked extremely flat with the bubbles struggling to break the surface. I let the bomber sit on the counter and poured the rest about an hour later and it had a 1/4" of nice, dense head. It was a considerable turnaround as it warmed. Both times, the color was a murky orange-green hue.

Hops are grassy, apricot, grapefruit. Faint toasted crackers.

Apricot and grapefruit are the dominant notes with some dank. Slightly soapy aftertaste.

Body is slick and full. Carbonation is on the lower side of the spectrum but thankfully not flat like I anticipated from the first pour.

Overall, a very good beer but with some noticeable flaws on the appearance and mouthfeel. I can't help but think I got an exception and will definitely give it another shot and review. (860 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a bright caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Big clumps and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Perfect! Big caramel, honey, huge citrus aromas (orange, lemon, pineapple), some pine and light spice notes.

T- Sweet caramel, pineapple, oranges, bitter pine, some onion and spice and more grassy bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Starts off a little slick but a nice creaminess comes in after.

O- Pipeworks can do no wrong with their Ninja vs Unicorn series (variants)! Take away a little of the onion spice from the Galactic hops and this would be one of the best DIPA's I have ever had I think. (692 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Option 12/14/12, served in the Pipeworks Berliner glass.

Pour: Most clear pale orange with a finger and a half of soapy white head. Head hangs around for a litte bit, and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Huge burst of grapefruits and pineapple up front, with some nice floral aspects and light grassiness. Honestly, little to no malt found on the nose with the exception of a light breadyness. Really juicy and nice.

Taste: Follows the nose with big juicy grapefruit up front, pineapple, and some passion fruits. A nice light bready sweetness balances. Hope have a nice bitterness to them that is not overpowering in the least. Finishes juicy with citrus.

Mouthfeel: Super light and drinkable... almost off style, but still awesome. Drinks like a single IPA. Some booze come out as it warms, but only just.

Overall: Pipeworks best beer yet hands down. I hope they add this to the lineup. (902 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks tulip. Batch # 65.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring that leaves some soapy looking lace down the glass.

S: Huge waves of tropical and citrus fruits. Pineapple, mango and some cantaloupe. Tangerine, clementine and some honey notes. Caramel malt sweetness as well.

T: Pineapple and mango notes initially with a ton of underlying piney bitterness. Some light lemon peal, orange and some honey notes to it. Sweet bread malt body with a touch of caramel to it. A touch of booze on the back end.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Slightly boozy and sweet, but very drinkable for 9.5%.

O: I still liked the initial flavor profile of Citra Ninja more, but this is an extremely close second for me. This is a little more sweet than CN, but the hops shine a little more. Overall I'm splitting hairs, both are delicious. Well done guys! (964 characters)

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Galaxy Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.