Electric Unicorn White IPA | Phillips Brewing Company

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Electric Unicorn White IPAElectric Unicorn White IPA
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3.81/5
Very Good
98 Ratings
Electric Unicorn White IPAElectric Unicorn White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
phillipsbeer.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Rutager on 09-13-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,204
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
98
pDev:
8.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
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Photo of Molson2000
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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 BeerQuebec
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atsir
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 Jaisell
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irishkyle21
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcCraft710
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 KrisDLSmith
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt_L
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Idrankthat
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Beervana
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Electric Unicorn White IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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