Galaxy Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by emerge077 on 12-11-2012

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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #65. Served in a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Crystal clear gold with a fairly thin white head. Not much head retention.

Smell: Wow. I got a big blast of citrus hops almost instantly after cracking the cap, and my nose wasn't particularly close to the bottle. Bursting with waves of pineapple, passionfruit, and grapefruit, with just a hint of caramel peeking through here and there. Truly phenomenal. Packs that nice resinous punch that great DIPA's have. This is one of those beers that keeps your nose buried in the glass long after it's gone.

Taste: Same great tropical/citrus combo as the smell. Really, really powerful. Malt backbone is perfect - just enough to keep the hop explosion in check, but you don't really taste it at all. This is all about the hops, and the hops are spot on. The finish brings a perfect bitterness wrapped in another layer of pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp, just like all DIPA's should be. Medium carbonation. Once again, spot on.

Overall: Pipeworks kills it when it comes to IPA's. Actually, Pipeworks kills it, period. But this is definitely one of their best to date. Essentially flawless. Packs an obscene amount of flavor and aroma and yet has the drinkability of a pale ale. It's almost too drinkable. Gone far too fast...

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark hazy orange with a gold undertone. Light white head

S - Tropical fruit nose loaded with pineapple, mango, passion fruit and strawberry. There is light hop bitterness near the backend. Absolutely an amazing nose

T - Up front, there is passion fruit and strawberry. Next comes juicy fresh pineapple. The finish is slight bitter hops that adds some slight bitter zest. Quite the balance between the sweet galaxy hops and light bittering hops

M - Lighter body for a DIPA with low carbonation and a light syrupiness to it. Finish leaves resin on the tongue and a slight astringency from the hops 4.25

O - This is the best PW IPA I've had as it shows the galaxy hops just perfectly. There is so much fresh passion fruit, pineapple and strawberries yet it isn't too sweet as it has some slight hop bitterness.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed orange color that's slightly murky with an off white head. Lots of hops in this one, you can smell them as soon as you crack the cap. Awesome hop oils kill the longevity of the head. Not the prettiest beer but still a nice looker.

The nose is pumped up juicy citrus and pine hops. A solid punch of hop aroma with a sweet malt spine holding things together. I can't wait to try this hop bomb.

Flavors of the nose come through and are high octane hops. I do find the citrus notes and pine to conflict with each other but that is hardly a deal breaker. Other notables are juicy fruit, toast and lightly roasted sugars.

A nice tart mouthfeel that has a nice prickly hop bite. A warm finish that also has a toasted sweetness. A great beer and one that I'm happy to have tried. I'll have to keep my eyes out for more pipeworks.

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Galaxy Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 673 ratings
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