Electric Unicorn White IPA
Phillips Brewing Company

Electric Unicorn White IPAElectric Unicorn White IPA
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Belgian IPA
Ranked #151
Ranked #23,013
3.82 | pDev: 8.38%
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Very Good
Electric Unicorn White IPAElectric Unicorn White IPA
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 110
Photo of pootz
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can - pours a lightly hazed pale straw color with a puffy white cap that lasts.....aroma is lightly sweet with some grassyness and some yeast funk.....flavor is lightly malt sweet with soft hopping and spices...well rounded and a silken mouth feel....wet long finish where the malt sweetness is balanced....satisfying, hides alcohol well....I've never understood exactly what the "white IPA" style is all about but this seems like a well matured soft double witbeer without the coriander...Just MHO

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Photo of altstadt
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden color. Small number of small and medium sized bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Poured a white head that dropped back to a thin skiff across the top after a minute. Left very fine lacing on the glass at about half the height of the head.
Has a sweet scent like a marshmallow blended with some slightly floral hops. Swirling the glass kicked up a mild barnyard scent.
A mix of sweet and bitter flavor. The hops come across as a mild mix of vegetative and floral flavors, with an undercurrent of the barnyard.
Light tingling on the tongue as it foams up into fine bubbles. Has a medium-light body.
This has a promising base scent and flavor profile, but is marred by the barnyard that has showed up recently across multiple breweries in the region.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy straw with a wispy shortlived head. Fruity hops, generous maltiness and wheat notes in the nose. The taste is balanced of citrusy hops and fruity wheat malt notes. Solid maltiness provides plenty of balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sparse, languid carbonation. Moderate hop bitterness and lingering fruitiness in the finish.

This is a nice, balanced IPA. The wheat flavors are in abundance and malts are also solidly present. Worth a try.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.5% abv, 75 ibu, 341ml bottle.
A - cloudy lemon yellow with one n half finger white head.
S - citrusy, wheat, banana, little tart, yeast, coriander, grassy. fruity, peach, maltose, cherry bubblegum.
T - mild carbonation, smooth, puffy mouth feel. medium light body. classic beglium white ipa taste, banana, bubblegum. orange peel, sugary sweetness, somehow lack of bitterness, but some wheat malt base. dry out fast.
O - i was expecting more about this, it was ok at the beginning, oddly you enjoy it more n more as it gets warmer. glad to see them in six pack tho.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with one finger of white head that leaves cartoon snowdrift lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus rind, stone fruit, white bread, spicy yeast and mild resiny hops.

Tastes of more bready pale malt, pithy tart citrus, mild peppery yeast and more piney hops.

Feels soft and frothy. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Pleasant and relaxing.

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Photo of SSS
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden yellow, with a pure white head
S-Dank pine and Citrus with a spice lingering in the background, also a floral aroma with bread notes
T-The dankness of the hops used pedomijoate this beer, I get the 'white' by the absence of malt character.
M-Medium mouthfeel with a high carbonation, reminiscent of a Belgium style beer. Dry, crisp finish
O-This was a pretty good beer, not sure why the ratings are so low. Perhaps the expectation of a white IPA is up for debate

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Photo of DaveBar
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $6.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts forever. Rather light gold color and filtered clear. Foam looks creamy

S- Lemon, herb, orange peel.

T- Light and mild for 6.5%. No heat, not a trace. Sweet and bitter. Nice combination. Nothing too powerful but a mild blend of coriander and various citrus flavors. Hops open up over time and warmth

M- Creamy head. Nice overall brew

O- Nice brew overall. Just a colorful brew at a reasonable price. The hops come alive as it warms so go slow Danielson.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with........ Lasagna. This one was high on meat and low on noodles to give a gummy cheesy pan of delicious goodness. This brew opens up with time and the combo just grows better and better


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Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bright golden ale, poured in an IPA glass, clear with a good head and retention, lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is pronounced with floral aromas, light coriander and spice, a little yeasty and with a creamy lactic character. Good.

Taste has a gentle floral hopiness, retained malt sweetness, clean breadiness with some light spice, cherry and florals, little bitterness and a smooth refreshing hop character. Lot of citrusy floral hops.

I found the feel to be light and refreshing. 6.5% was certainly not in your face, this was quite refreshing with some sweetness, and a creamy character.

A good IPA, quite refreshing and light, some interesting spice and floral character, a bit sweet and not as yeasty or spicy as I moght like for a BIPA, but I dont know thats what they were targetting.Quite nice beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can't even count the ways in which "White IPA" should be considered a misnomer. Regardless, Electric Unicorn does, at least visually, straddle both worlds; it has the pale yellow colour of a Witbier but doesn't look remotely like one given that its clear, sunny disposition is polar opposite to the style's characteristically clouded complexion. It does, however, share the moussy head and solid retention.

An aroma heavy in orange peel is no surprise given that flavour is typical of both IPAs and witbiers; this perfumy, potpourri-like air is exactly the kind of thing I was anticipating. Other tropical fruits can be found in there too, pineapple and grapefruit being the most obvious two.

It's not hard to tell this beer hails from the Pacific Northwest - the prominent weedy hoppiness in the flavour totally gives it away. While that pungency does factor into the taste it doesn't have the final word; an especially bright, almost candied citrus note buzzes around the finish like a relentless mosquito.

Not that I expect the brewer to follow the instructions manual on a recipe like this, but a texture this creamy would suggest that unmalted wheat and/or oats, frequently used in witbiers, made the final cut. Good call. That creaminess helps recalibrate the mouthfeel given all that pithy, fruit peel bitterness.

I've had so-called "White Stouts" (that, by the way, like this, were technically yellow) which made me roll my eyes. A "White IPA", however, which combines zesty orange peel and pungent, fruity hops is actually a hybrid that makes sense. Electric Unicorn is a pretty good beer. In fact, the only criticism I have is of the term "White IPA" which, let's be honest, is silly but doesn't really matter anyhow.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrusy hops with lightly sweet wheat malt notes is quite refreshing. Taste is a nice mix between some lightly sweet wheat malt notes with some citrusy hops notes which are well balanced against the malt bill. Body is pretty full for style with good carbonation. Doesn't’ re-write the rule book but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is categorized as a Belgian IPA when the label clearly says White IPA which would make it a wit with hops, not an IPA with Belgian yeast which seems to be what some people are expecting.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 27 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy, pale golden-yellow colour, capped off by nearly one inch of creamy, frothy, sparkling-white head. Decent retention; the head remains in place for five minutes or so, steadily seeping away until only a bubbly, filmy cap and wide, foamy collar remain - along with a nice swath of delicate lacing. The nose is comprised of an eclectic mixture of individual aromas - lemon pith and zesty orange peel, floral/spicy hops, apricot, pine needles, grainy wheat malts and mild phenolics. Smells appropriate, but not particularly aromatic, for the style.

The flavour profile is quite approachable, with the white ale/witbier influences factoring in noticeably. Crackery, grainy malts and plenty of juicy orange citrus flavour get things started on the right foot, with some fruity, sugary background sweetness reminiscent of apricot and red apples. The citrus flavours take more of a lemony, pithy bent as you approach the finish, with floral, grassy bitterness dominating over all by the end. A touch spicy and yeasty in the aftertaste, with a suggestion of coriander. Medium-light in body, with assertive carbonation levels that aggressively agitate the palate, giving this beer a smooth, almost frothy feel in the mouth. I am not in love with this beer, but it has the thirst-quenching, refreshing quality of your typical witbier down pat, that's for sure.

Final Grade: 3.77, a B+ grade. Phillips' Electric Unicorn White IPA is a perplexing hybrid. Though it leans toward the hoppy side, this one largely lacks the profoundly bitter punch that hopheads will be hoping for - and likewise, the witbier vibe that this one has may not immediately appeal to fans of more orthodox Belgian IPAs. Electric Unicorn is undeniably refreshing and pleasurable to drink, but this one simply lacks the authoritative gravitas of the best examples of this style. Worth a try, I suppose - but at $6+ per bomber, it's not something I'd buy multiples of.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle purchased for $6.25 CDN from the LCBO. Good to see another offering from this BC brewer in Ontario stores. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - slightly hazy with a rich golden color. Two and a half fingers of dense white head and a plethora of lace left behind in the glass. Tons of rising bubbles circulate towards the surface too.

Smell - fragrant aroma of floral notes, some candi sugar and yeasty. Leafy hops overtop of everything give this a balanced if not terribly distinguishable aroma.

Taste - pretty much like the nose some coriander and spice with wheat aspects followed by leafy hops. Candi sugar and yeast flavor doesn't shine through quite as much as the nose.

Mouthfeel - smooth with soft carbonation, light body and easy to drink. Not a dry finish.

Overall - a good if not great Belgian IPA, easy to enjoy and relatively drinkable for the style, however the combination isn't overwhelming. Sort of a pseudo Belgian wit / IPA crossbreed.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Phillips Brewing 'Electric Unicorn White IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.25
A-pour is a light pale gold from the bottle to a light gold in the glass with a big white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hoppy , Belgian yeast
T-somewhat smooth & crisp Belgian IPA
MF-ok/lots of carbonation , feels like a medium body
Ov-ok beer , decent Belgian IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh yeah... Break out the hair metal, concert shirts, and blaze a fatty. This beer is "out there", in a really good way. I've enjoyed this in a growler and from a 650 mL bomber. The bottled version poured with an incredibly interesting head - it almost resembled a unicorn. The smell and taste have plenty going on - malt, citrus, spice, pine, and a very agreeable hop finish. Overall, definitely one of the more unique beers I've had the chance to sample.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a thick, creamy, rocky head that retains well.
smells of hops with light citrus, tangerine, mild spice (all spice or clove)
tastes starts off with the hoppy pine followed by a clove and citrus ending with a biscuit malt.
I really enjoyed this beer, very refreshing and light. leaves the tangerine lingering in your mouth.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50 plus deposit at the BC Liquor Store.

A: Slightly cloudy and straw-coloured, with an inch or a little less of white head.
S: Slightly sweet, floral and citrus hints.
T: I'm not a fan. It's by no stretch of the imagination the worst beer I've ever had, but I wouldn't drink it again.
F: Could be thicker.

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Photo of Niceroad77
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can't really tell if there's been any attempt at balancing the flavours in this beer. Maybe mixing an average wheat ale like a Hoegarden and an average IPA together would taste better? Doesn't get much for yeasts flavor, neither for hops. A little piny. It's not bad, just not balanced. Like the flavours are annihilating each others while a great white IPA can be such a magical experience.

The best thing about this beer is the label notes that inspired me to listen to Ozzy's first solo album. Randy Rhoads was a pretty awesome guitar player!

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Photo of ericj551
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Electric Unicorn White IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 110 ratings