Galaxy Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

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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Photo of FBarber
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of Karnivool1
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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 smell....mango 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!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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%

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Photo of McSmack
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 442/443.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice fruit forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Bomber in trade
Slightly hazy, light peach color, thick foamy head
Aroma leads heavily toward citrus
Taste is upfront sweetness, more mild citrus flavors, some dried herbs, a lot of malty notes, and a moderate to strong bitter finish.
Overall, an enjoyable beer that I wouldn't go out of my way to drink again.

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Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%

4.46

Hazed golden orange, 1.5 fingers of white head, some lace. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose, grapefruit, orange and pineapple, juicy fruit, well hopped, dank with a honey-malty presence throughout as well. Taste is a mix of sticky hop, fruity citrus, pineapple, orange with a bit of a sweet malt closer, quite bitter throughout. Oily medium body, lightly carbonated. Truly great stuff, i'm surprised you don't see tons of ISO's for this, a fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light hazy orange color. Not a lot in the nose to be honest: vaguely fruity - Am I coming down with a cold? Taste is tropical fruit. I get mango and pineapple with bit of a hop bite in the finish. As the beer warms, there's a slight sweetness that adds to the complexity. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with good carbonation.

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Photo of Skordi13
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Pipeworks has been getting ridiculous with the amount of beers they've been producing over the past 6 months. Honestly, even as a Chicagoan, I can't keep up with all the new pipeworks out however this is the gem of all the new brews released. I LOVE NINJA VS. UNICORN, however this barely beat it. Very wheaty, which I don't usually like, and hoppy but not too bitter because it had some ridiculous tangerine/pineapple taste in it as well. Pipeworks is on the rise people!

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing

Double IPA
9.5% ABV

APPEARANCE: Pours a murky, hazy orange with golden peach hues. Unfiltered but not finding any sediment in the initial pour. Big sudsy off white head that stuck around for the long haul. Leaving nice lacing all around the glass as it slowly dissipated.

AROMA: Big burst of over ripe oranges, grapefruit rind. Followed by a tropical cereal like aroma. Almost like that Special K with the dried fruit in it. Tons of hoppy, floral notes with a slight spicy earthiness. Backend grassy, slightly catty. Very interesting and inventing bouquet on this beer.

TASTE: Wow I new the nose had fruit on it but the taste it's a tropical fruit bomb! Fresh, juicy, ripe tangerines, pineapples even a bit of berry flavor. Toasted warm bread with honey butter on it. For sure getting some heat from the ABV but I actually enjoy that especially when it's balanced out with the big bitterness from all those hops.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium creamy body with a nice medium carbonation. Nice lingering oily finish. Super drinkable for a 9.5%.

OVERALL: This was my first pipeworks beer I thought it was outstanding I really enjoyed the galaxy hops flavor profile. The addition of wheat was very interesting as well. I found that all the sweet fruits where balanced nicely and not over powering at all.

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TheFugitive. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/26/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of smooth pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel/rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome single hopped DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on July 23, 2014. Look is hazy orange with an off-white head and nice lingering lacing. Smell and taste is tropical, citrus and grass with wheat and barley malt notes. Feel is medium in body and bitter sweet in the finish.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is golden yellow, with a slight rust/orange hue about it.

Smells fun, if that makes sense. Galaxy hops are a "fun" hop to me and this beer's got it. I don't care if you think that's weird. Citrus, wheat, and cereal.

Uhm, wow, this leaves a nasty medicinal aftertaste, not good.

Mouthfeel, pretty terribad.

Overall, I was immediately shocked at how appalling this beer was to my tastebuds, horribly let down.

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Photo of tikk
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to edmaher, picked this up in a trade.

Pours an opaque straw color with a decent head.

Smells of citrus and pine, like a glass of grapefruit juice with a pinecone to stir it up.

Taste, bitter citrus, grapefruit, blood orange and pine needles at the finish.

Mouthfeel, almost creamy but thick and malty enough to not make it a one note experience.

Love me some Galaxy hops, I'm a huge fan of this beer and would go out of my way for more

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and branded red/silver pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given its current 97 rating and the brewery's reputation. Reviewed as an imperial IPA; the label's description calls it a double IPA. Batch # 255 56 57 62. 2013 vintage. 9.5% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Has a nice (if subdued) creaminess. Nice thickness. Head retention is good for the 9.5% ABV; this easily holds up for 7 minutes, and leaves even consistent lacing as it slowly recedes. This beer has "legs."

The body is less impressive than the head. It's a murky hazy dull peach-orange. The lack if filtration isn't doing it any favors in the appearance department. I don't find any sediment or yeasty particles. Appears adequately carbonated.

I'm pleased with the head and a bit underwhelmed by the body. This isn't a great overall appearance for an imperial IPA, but it's not deeply flawed either. I like the idea of not filtering an imperial IPA, but one downside is the effect that has on the how the beer looks.

Sm: A kiss of onion. Nectary character. A brief hint of soap suggests this may have spent a hair too long in primary. I get some tropical fruit character, which rarely does it for me in an imperial IPA. Mango, pineapple (ugh), and overripe oranges/clementines. I have a personal distaste for pineapple in beer. It leans towards the sweet side, with no obvious naked hop bitterness. Unfortunately, it also has some boozy warmth. I'm hoping that doesn't carry into the flavour profile. There's also your run-of-the-mill floral hop notes and a heavy dose of pale malts, but luckily no obvious caramalt. I'm a bit concerned about the sweetness/bitterness balance, but otherwise nothing jumps out at me as off.

It's a clean aroma; there're no yeasty notes or any off notes. An inoffensive aroma of medium strength. I'm not all that excited based solely on the aroma, but the brewery's reputation has me optimistic.

T: It has some nice touches of nectary hop notes accompanied by some oniony character - which I happen to like. There's some pretty standard floral character in there too. It's pretty much just what I mentioned above for the aroma, with less pineapple and more hop bitterness. Also, the booziness is less pronounced here than it was on the aroma. The fruity character is interesting - mostly tangerine, actually.

I don't get any yeast character or alcohol.

Overall, the overt hop bitterness renders it a bit imbalanced, but it's pretty cohesive throughout and the bitterness is nowhere near as pronounced as it is in most imperial IPAs. There's plenty of flavour here, but I don't know that it's complex for the style. Not the most intricate, subtle, or nuanced imperial IPA, but it does use galaxy hops to good effect.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Has some nice creaminess and softness - especially on the open. It is a bit rough and scratchy on the palate though. It has a coating thick feel. It's also a bit warm from the alcohol. It's full bodied and filling. Overall, the mouthfeel suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't seem custom-built just for it. Overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: More of a sipper than anticipated. I'll kill this alone with ease, but it wasn't the mind-blowing imperial IPA I hoped for. Maybe I'm just not that big on the galaxy hop taste. I'm really glad I got to try this, but it's far from a world class imperial IPA. Pretty good - but not great - work from Pipeworks. Worth trying if you come across it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

I think the fruity notes were what turned me off to the flavour profile; I just can't stand pineapple notes in my beer, and tropical fruit rarely works well for me in an (imperial) IPA. I'm going to chalk this one up to personal tastes; I'm really looking forward to trying Pipeworks' other brews.

Thanks again, Duff27!

High B-

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of MNishCT77
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of jeonseh
4.73/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of ScotNH
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 255 56 57 62, shared by MikeyPNH, from a 22oz bomber.

A - A deep honey orange color, with minimal head. Quickly fades to a light foam lacing.

S - Citrus. Bitter orange, and mellow grapefruit rind.

T - Starts off with citrus that matches the nose, and finishes extremely bitter with hints of grass.

M - Medium body with a very fine, but robust carbonation that briefly coats the tongue.

O - I wasn't able to detect the wheat in this beer, but this is a delicious Imperial IPA. It is extremely bitter, but very enjoyable. A great first experience with Pipeworks Brewing.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange. Soapy white head. Some lacing left.

Aroma is awesome. Tropical and fruity. Passion fruit. Mango. Not catty at all.

Taste is big on fruits as well. Tropical, juicy and jammy notes abound. Alcohol well hidden with just a touch on the finish.

Coating mouthfeel but not syrupy. Medium carb.

Really enjoy the Pipeworks IPAs I have had. The galaxy hops provide a nice change of pace.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber. batch 262 into a snifter.

dark yellow in color, nice looking head. lighter than i expected from a DIPA though. the smell has a lot of grapefruit and apricots..very sweet. the taste is quite sweet from the apricots but the grapefruits do tone it down a bit. im not a fan of overly sweet IPAs but this one isnt too bad. Galaxy hops are prevalent and that is definitely a sweet hop in itself. Extremely hoppy for sure. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall a quite good DIPA that is a just a tad too sweet for me. but still, very good.

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Galaxy Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 666 ratings.
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