Galaxy Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 322
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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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!

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22 oz. bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL over Christmas week, unknown bottling date but Batch #"255 56 57 62"; poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank over 1-2 hours

A: 2/3 - golden-orange coloration; low clarity (cannot read or see through) likely 2/2 20% wheat malts; initial frothy/soapy white head subdued into glass lacing with good retention

S: 7/12 - strange experience here - on first pour, I found the aroma to be pungent and catty with lesser pineapple, mango and passion fruit; however, as I continued drinking, these qualities subdued (? warming, my acclimating); slight toasty aroma and no alcohol on the nose

T: 16/20 - highlight of this beer for me - on the anterior tongue, there is a cornucopia of tropical and citrus fruits - again, pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit, Meyer lemon; in the middle of the palate, these flavors evolve and are accompanied by wheat and some alcohol; finishes dry with little aftertaste or alcohol burn

M: 4/5 - moderate body - thick hop oil coating with alcohol; low carbonation

O: 8/10 - albeit I enjoyed this beer much more over time, the initially overpowering Galaxy aroma was too much - like it's Pacific Northwest relative Citra, it can be overdone, and, when so, a pungent catty profile predominates; as a result, I don't agree with many other reviews on this website that this is a world-class DIPA; instead, it's an enjoyable beer but I probably won't be purchasing again and clicking my heels that I bought 2 bottles of Citra Ninja instead of this one on our recent Midwest holiday tour

TOTAL - 38/50

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Galaxy Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.