Galaxy Unicorn
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #41
Ranked #464
4.39 | pDev: 7.52%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Galaxy UnicornGalaxy Unicorn
Notes: Also known as Unicorn Galaxy

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 bring 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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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, date stamped 11/20/19. Thanks to Derek for giving me a can to try! Hazy peach colored body is capped with a foamy ivory colored head. Huge hop aroma of mango, citrus, and pine. Flavors equally huge with more piney mango, orangey citrus, lemon-lime, and passion fruit along with a light caramel malt base with a touch of honey. Full resinous body, ample carbonation, alcohol is warming, assertive bitterness with a lingering piney bitterness. Wow - awesome beer!

Jan 10, 2020
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: gold with a light haze under a 2" white cap with good retention.

S: dank smell blending melon, onion, garlic, citrus and topical fruit

T: fruit, melon, citrus and alcohol with a trace of caramel and a hint of onion and ditch-weed

F: exceptionally creamy texture, a medium body and very soft and luscious carbonation

O: The rich creamy texture really makes this beer stand out. As an added bonus it is big, flavorful, bitter and alcoholic.

Sep 22, 2018
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mpipe from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nothing special on the look and smell. The taste an feel is amazing. The description is accurate; citrus, fruit, and other stuff, but the galaxy hops power through and make it unique. This is well beyond average.

Aug 02, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Epic head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, a little pineapple

T: Cakeyness, pineapple, mango up front, along with dryess & pine up front. Grapefruit & dried pineapple mingle with cakey dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with with pineapple, and grapefruit

MF: Chewy, fairly firm carbonation. Carbonation smooths as this warms, lovely balance

Drinks easy for the heft & complexity, well put together DIPA

Jul 21, 2018
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Not sure on the bottle date.

Perfect look for an IPA / DIPA. Vibrant yellow orange with less than a finger head that lingers really nicely. Not much carbonation and solid lacing.

Aromas of cantaloupe, citrus zest, pineapple.

Bitter hops, apple, grassy notes, pine, tangerine, creamsicle are the main flavors.

Feel is nice! Drinks like a hoppy milkshake.

Overall a really nice offering. I expected a bit more seeing as I absolutely loved their Ninja vs Unicorn beer. Still well done and glad to have tried it!

Oct 30, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Moderately hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Great Galaxy aromas with big pineapple and tropical fruit. Some dank resin as well. Very bitter on the first sip with the tropical notes as expected. A good mix of resin and bready malt. Old school DIPA clean bitterness. Medium bodied. This was a bit more boozy and hot on the finish than I expected.

Oct 11, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 1/17/17, had 1/30/17.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow, with a small head and some loose, soapy lacing. The smell is mostly citrus hops, bursting with orange, mango, tangerine, pineapple, some lime. A little floral and dank, also some yeast. The taste is also strong with citrus- tangerine, orange, mango, lime, some lemon and grapefruit. A very nice malt backbone. There's a good amount of dankness on the finish, with a hint of green onion, and a sweet note midway. A mild to medium hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, refreshing, a great medium body, well carbonated.

This one is a real favorite, have had it before. Bursting with bright tropical citrus flavors and aromas, balanced by a solid malt base and some dank and earthy smells and tastes. A great sipper. Well worth a purchase any time it comes around.

Jun 22, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light yellow with a big foamy head.
S - Aroma is primarily grapefruit.
T - Flavor is softer, maybe apricot. Only a hint of bitterness.
M - Mouth feel is average and so is carbonation. Very light feeling.
O - Very good but not better than Nina vs Unicorn.

Mar 15, 2017
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MurphDog14 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours golden and cloudy with a good head and lacing. The head dissipates quickly. The smell of the beer is hoppy and orange. The taste is light orange and full hoppy. The feel is smooth and strong, and it lingers. Great beer!

Feb 27, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy yellow with an inch and a half head.

Intense galaxy hop aroma. Bitter is so intense it's almost cheesy (like in actual cheese). The actual aroma is intense tropical fruit. Lots of skin aromas from the bitterness.

Taste carries over that bitter tropical. So good. You don't taste the alcohol at all.

One word: delicious.

Feb 18, 2017
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a mostly clear golden color with minimal white head. The smell is a lot of tropical fruit with a slight spiciness. The flavor follows the nose with a fruity sweetness and mild spiciness ending with a good bitter bite. The feel is medium with good carbonation. Pipeworks hits it out of the park with another IIPA. Galaxy hops are one of my favorites and they are showcased very well in this beer.

Feb 18, 2017
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BababooeyHTJ from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best ipas that I've had in a long while. Very original brew. It looks like an unfiltered iipa, no sediment.

This is no typical new england style ipa nor is it some typical west coast style ipa. The galaxy is on full display and I'm a sucker for galaxy hops. I've also never had a beer balanced around galaxy hops that tasted anything like it. Its clearly not a single hop brew and thats not a bad thing. What they did complements the brew very well. Its also very sweet which I love about green and found lacking with very green. I do love very green for a different reason but would take green over the two for a regular beer. I only bring that up since green is probably my favorite brew. The balance of this matches it imo. Pipeworks yeast is apparently also very neutral which I enjoy. I would never guess that this was 9.5% abv. Thats normally past what I would consider ideal for a iipa. The heat is present but balanced out very well, the sweetness more than makes up for it. Its also bitter enough to scratch the itch. Just a very well rounded brew. Its juicy, malty, a little resinous. It hits every note that I would look for in a iipa and not in a way that I've had from any other brew that I've tried. This is at least worth trying. And if you don't like it, don't rate ipas. I don't want your opinion.

Feb 15, 2017
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curtis6290 from New York

4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Brownish, almond, orange with a nice foamy head that lingers. (7/10)
Smell: Yeast, ear wax, vaseline, plastic, faint hint of tropical fruit. (6/10)
Taste: Much better than the smell. More bitter than sweet, but interesting. Ocean water and malt. Cut grass and earth. Pepper, Oregano, Lemon peel. Peach as it gets warm. (8/10)
Feel: Harsh bite, but not too bad. (7/10)
Overall: Not a bad brew, but doesn't touch NE IPAs. This is a manly beer, definitely more bitter than sweet/fruity. I'm not getting a big hop hit, but it's very drinkable as it opens up. Must try. (8/10)

Feb 14, 2017
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cfalls from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - dark shady of orange, moderate haze, lots of lacing

S - pungent, typical southern hemisphere hops, grassy, muscadine, funky tropical, a little honeyed biscuit

T - follows the nose, slight sweetness (less than NE average), less malt than Crimson Snapper (more like NvU in this regard), strong grassy/piney bitterness on the end

F - syrupy, medium plus carbonation, ABV and bitterness merge into a somewhat bracing finish

O - huge beer, good showcase of galaxy hops

Feb 12, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy is quietly a great hop that I don't encounter often in the beers I drink - least not that I'm aware of - and I always dig it when I have it. Featured here with Columbus and Cascade hops in a 9.5% DIPA from Pipeworks. Fair golden body , mostly clear, with a white head a few fingers high that leaves some lace sheeting down the glass. Aromas of clean, crisp citrus and white wine-like impressions are followed by much of the same on the sip. Has a fruity and grassy character, with a taut bitterness and a clean finish offering a bit of drying on the close. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and only mildly sweet. Doesn't present heavy or filling, abv discreet, supremely drinkable... A great entry into the style.

Feb 09, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pipeworks NvU snifter. Maybe I'm spoiled after a PseudoSue DDH and a Hopslam over the last two days, because while this is an excellent beer, it feels like it's missing something. Cloudy gold with constant lacing. Pungent and mildly bitter hop scent. Bittersweet hop taste with slight tang in the background. Very smooth and easy drinking for an imperial IPA.

Feb 02, 2017
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novamat from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dear Pipeworks,

This is an excellent beer. Dank and juicy, just the right amount of bitterness. Great balance on the carbonation. Thank you for brining it back and keep knocking them out of the park.

Jan 29, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color. Clear and crisp with an stream of carbonation bubbles coursing upwards. Frothy soapy white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of foam thicker on the ring around the outside of the beer.

Smell is a nice tropical aroma - whigs of mango, peach, papaya, tangerine, and tons of pineapple come through. Very fruity with almost no hoppy bitterness coming through on the nose.

Tate follows the nose with some mango, peach, papaya, pineapple and tangerine up front. Gives way to a dried grass bitterness. Finish is slightly bitter. Not much sweetness for a DIPA. Remarkably balanced flavor profile while yet letting the galaxy hops shine.

Feel is very light and incredibly drinkable - you would never guess this was a 9.5% DIPA until after you've finished the bomber in one sitting. Medium carbonation. Super smooth.

Overall a lovely DIPA form pipeworks - definitely top 3 from them. A must try if you get the chance.

Jan 26, 2017
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Opaque straw color. White head that lingers, decent lacing.

S- Tropical, hoppy aroma. Mango, pineapple, a little grapefruit.

T- Slightly less balanced than some of their fish beers, but not in a bad way. Not as much malty sweetness as some of their fish beers. It let's the hops come through well. Just enough sweetness.

F- A little lighter than I'm used to, but still a decent body. Smooth.

O- Shocker, Pipeworks made a really tasty IPA. I like that it's slightly different than some of their other options.

Jan 26, 2017
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Karnivool1 from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another outstanding IIPA from Pipeworks. Smell is an abundance of galaxy hops! Also tropical fruit and passion fruit are the predominant ones. Taste is glorious, smooth as silk up front, with a slight bite at the end. Please don't wait 2.5 years to brew this again!

Jan 22, 2017
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow and golden in color, mostly clear. One finger of white head with good retention. Aroma is pineapple, tropical fruit, grass. Herbal and dank notes as well. The taste hits the notes but more powerfully. Tropical fruit, guava, pineapple, grass. A sweet malt body balances it well. The mouthfeel is damn near perfect - medium-full body, moderate carbonation, creamy and silky with a bitter, slightly dry finish. A definite winner from PDubs.

Jan 22, 2017
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ClePaul from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 92/100

A big and well rounded #DIPA sweet and equally earthy. Like a Stone 'Enjoy By' with a natural sweetness. Exceptionally balanced, bruising, clean and refreshing at 9.5%

Nov 08, 2014
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McSmack from California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

I have tried Ninja vs Unicorn, Unicorn Hits Rock Bottom, and now this Galaxy Unicorn. Galaxy if my favorite of the three. Light in color but no short of tropical citrusy hops. So yummy.

Sep 23, 2014
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notchucknorris from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Aug 30, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Aug 28, 2014
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