Unicorn Galaxy | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Unicorn GalaxyUnicorn Galaxy

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of rlee1390
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy deep orange one finger head with great lacing.

S-Hoppy goodness. Citrus, lemon, slight grass, tropical just plain yummy.

T-Amazing balance. Citrus and tropical notes all over the place. Good bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, some hop resins.

O-Wow. One of the best DIPAs out there. The Galaxy hops are outstanding. This beer is phenomenal. Why did I only buy one?

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Photo of brewskis
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, hazy orange color with a finger lenth of a white head that goes away slowly and leaves a blanket of lacing. Smells of dank, juicy passionfruit, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, lemon, grass, and some carmel. Taste starts with lots of dank tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. Has a candied sweetness. The middle brings more of the perviously mentioned fruits, as well as passionfruit and a slight carmel sweetness from the malt. The finish is amazingly flavorful. More tropical fruits and passion fruit, accompanied by grapefruit rind, tangerine, blood orange, little grass, and a piney bitterness. The candied and carmel sweetness are there to just slightly balance the hop qualities. High medium body with a creamy and oily texture. Slight heat as it goes down, but that is expected for a 9.5% beer. No alcohol to taste or smell. This may be Pipeworks best double ipa offering. An outstandingly flavorful and drinkable double ipa that shows off the galaxy hop remarkably. Seek this out.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Photo of Fcolle2
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw yellow with some darker hues of orange. Head is about one finger white and retains nicely.

Smell is incredible. Tons of fruity hop note are forward. Sweet mandarin oranges and blood orange are the main players but it smells like a fruit bouquet, you could probably pick out any light fruit imaginable in the nose. Nice light caramel malt sweetness finishes.

Taste follows the nose lots of fresh citrus and tropical fruits forward followed by a very mild piney bitterness. Tropical hop flavors last throughout the entirety of taste. Bitterness fades into a mild caramel malt sweetness with a delicious candy like yeasty butterscotch flavor.

Mouthfeel is great. Tons of hoppy oils and mild bitterness work well with the mild carbonation and sweetness. Very drinkable and the alcohol is near undetectable.

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Photo of timc100
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Day fresh.

Holy shit - tropical fruits exploding out of the glass. Mango, peach and tangerine astringency with some strawberry sweetness - incredibly fresh pine and sweet grapefruit. Some honey and sweet caramel/toffee malt at the backbone as well. Taste follows suit - incredibly balanced and not very bitter - certainly intense tasting. Lots of tropical fruit astringency.

Just outstanding - one of the best of their line up next to something hoppy and citra.

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Photo of MattLatuchie
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of tropical fruit aromas here with very strong apple and pear notes too. Thought the palate was just what i was looking for. Big tropical flavors with a whole lot of citrus. I'm a fan of Galaxy hops and while this expression of them is certainly big and ballsy, I thought PW managed to put together an impressive beer. Glad they had another batch this year.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light orange color. Low carbonation on the pour and active in the glass while drinking. Light random lacing.

Smell: nice medium bodied bitterness brought by the galaxy hops jumps out. The wheat backbone provides a wonderful base for the tropical fruits of pineapple, mangos, tangerines, and kiwis. Wonderfully balanced.

Taste: wow just bright tropical fruits all over the place. The front is the fruits found in the aroma that flow on to the palate so easily yet seem to explode once there. The fruits just continue to dance on the palate long into the body an finish. Some light earthy bitterness pops up on the finish which adds a needed changeup in the taste.

Mouthfeel: juicy fruits explode on the palate and some hop bitterness but not as much as I expected after the aroma.

Overall: a simply wonderful brew. I love my tropical fruity big ipas so this one is no disappointment. Galaxy hops might be one of my favorites, a wonderful balanced of bitterness gets mixed in too.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, batch 81

A - Pours a hazy orange color with puffy 1.5 finger, white head.

S - Full citrus notes, grapefruit, orange, and lemon bursting out of the nose. Light floral in the background, bready malts, a little bit peppery.

T - Full mouth of hops here. Big on the floral hops, before changing to good, sweet citrusy hop bite. Finishes bitter and malty with a tinge of sting from the alcohol. Truly excellent

M - Incredibly full, yet smooth. Thick, even.

Overall - Blown away by this beer. Very, very good. A truly excellent DIPA

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Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1744th Review on BA
Bottle to GI Chalice

Batch 81
Thanks to KevanB for the gift

App- A very traditional looking DIPA to me. A lot of blending of oranges and yellows with a huge 3 finger head. A wonderful amount of cling. I mean even in a GI chalice this thing was a thing of beauty. Cling and lace for days with a slightly deeper hazy color behind it.

Smell- A nice aromatic beer. A bit of a deeper citrusy hops. A bit tropical with more guava and mango than grapefruit and orange. A good amount of hops and then balanced by just a touch of grassy and herbal malts.

Taste- This was a good DIPA. I liked the balance of the citrus and the bitter hops with a bit of caramel and lime juice. A unique grassy flavor with a bit of butterscotch. A little bit all over the place but it works.

Mouth- A nice a medium bubbly body with a medium and dense citrus laden carbonation. Big amounts of tropical fruits with a nice hoppy bitter balance behind it.

Drink- Damn this was good! 3rd coast is creeping on my WC. Oh wait I am from Chicago. I should love this and I did.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Batch #81
DFH IPA glass

A: Murky pale orange color. Good carbonation. Good two fingers of slightly off white fluffy head. Sticks around a whole.

S: Lots of grapefruit on the nose. That bitter rind. Big citrus along with it. Very fruity and sweet. Really buries the malt bill. Maybe pull a little wheat sweetness.

T: The cloudy look reminded me of HF or Heady Topper like brews. Up front you get that rush of hop bitterness up front in the tongue. It's that nice bitter grapefruit rind flavor that I smelled. Big fruity hops in this one. Drifts into the mid palate where the sweet wheat malt and caramel meld nicely. The finish is dry and linger hop reisinous flavors.

M: Medium bodied. The wheat definitely adds.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 81. Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a light goldenrod, with a small half finger of head. Immaculate lacing, like the garter of a seductive mistress.

S - Lots of orange & lemon & grapefruit, with a background of coconut & tropical fruitiness. Mango and guava pay a visit. Pineapple perhaps. Half of a fresh fruit basket.

T - Starts smooth and citrusy, before transitioning to a malted bread character. Booze is minimally present, but the front and back flavor profiles provide outstanding balance.

M - Nothing out of the ordinary here, medium bodied with some nice carbonation.

O - Damn fine beer. It's hard for me to believe that Pipeworks has only been brewing for a little over a year. I'm not sure what I've been doing with my life -- these are all must-buys. I'm loading up the next time I see them at the store.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well to start, the label art on this beer is ridiculously awesome. Unicorns and rainbows... what more could one want? This pours a slightly cloudy orange with white head. Heavy lacing is left with good head retention. The aroma has a huge ripe melon and mango character with a bit of pine and syrup to back it up. Evidence of strong malt backbone present beneath the strong hop profile. This smells insanely hoppy with a rich malt backbone. The taste starts with waves of citrus, primarily orange. This is followed by more tropical fruits. bits of melon, peach and mango shine through. Then things take a turn for the more bitter side of things. It is at this time that the strong malt backbone shines through. The finish has a heavy hop bitterness which seems to be diffused by the malt. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy for style with moderate carbonation. Overall, a delicious DIPA from Pipeworks.!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear golden yellow color with a nice foamy white head on top. The retention was nice and the lacing was decent too. The smell of the beer is fruity and sweet with an interesting hop aroma in there too. The taste of the beer is pretty good, nicely balanced malt and hop profiles. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice drinkable carbonation level. Overall it's a pretty good brew. Wouldn't mind having it again one day.

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Photo of MCain04
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try this one. Pipeworks has a ton of great offerings, and this one has a lot of hype around it. 22oz bomber, batch 81, poured carefully into a Hopleaf Tulip glass. $10.99/bottle.

Appearance: light orange to golden. 2 fingers of pure white head. After careful decanting, no yeast in the glass and good clarity. Modest lacing, modest retention.

Smell: Over the top with citrus. Lemon, orange, floral, grass, some pine. Doesn't smell overly sweet, malty, or overly alcoholic.

Taste: Follows along the hop profile in the nose pretty well. Lots of orange. 20% wheat beer, tastes like even more. Lots of bittering hops added. A little touch of alcohol is noticeable.

Feel: Crisp, moderately carbonated, smooth, then sticky, and finally dry.

Overall: A really solid wheat-based DIPA. I would enjoy having this again. I probably won't buy it again anytime soon though, price point is pretty high. I had really high expectations, and was hoping this would compare to DIPA hall of fame beers like Pliny and Heady, but it's not at that tier. Still quite good though.

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Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from buzze40, 650ml bottle into a tulip. Batch 65.

Clear orange, white head with decent lacing and retention. Nose has huge pineapple juice character, piney, citrus and general fruit juice notes. Sweet candy-ish malt character. Taste has more pineapple juice, piney bitterness, gummy bears and candy malt. Medium sweetness cut by a nice sharp but not too intense bitterness. Some alcohol and lower medium carbonation. Crazy nice hop profile, huge hit.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 67 poured from the bottle into a Teku glass

The beer pours light orange with a half inch of creamy, white head. The head sits atop the body like a fluffed pillow. It flattens rather quickly and leaves a solid white ring around the sides of the glass.

The aroma is tropical and grassy. Mango, grapefruit and orange are dominant. They all smell freshly cut up. Layers of pineapple in the middle is followed by malty sweetness. The bitterness is surprisingly muted in the nose.

The taste brings more of the same tropical and citrusy flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Here the bitterness makes itself known and helps to balance out the sweet malt body. This is superbly balanced.

The mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The carbonation is on the lower end, but doesn't hinder the final product. This is perfectly drinkable at 9.5%.

Overall, this is a gold medal type of DIPA and one of Pipework's best offerings. What really impresses me is the boundless tropical flavors and ease of drinkability. This is worth trying many times over.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 67

Intense hop aroma. Very grapefruity with slight pine scent. Delicious.

High hop flavor and bitterness that overwhelms any maltiness. Similar to a white grapefruit, if there is to be any fruitiness. Bitterness is lasting and a bit harsh at the end

Medium carbonation renders an overall dry sensation. Smooth alcohol warming.

Overall a decent DIPA. Would be interested in future batches.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy orange color with some nice 'sunset' tints in there. A slight glow in there that just reminds me of a color you'd see during a sunset.

S - wonderful fresh pine scents with hints of fruit such as some apple and pear. Just a very nice aroma here with this one.

T - nice crisp hoppy brew with some solid pine notes. Not much fruit on the taste which was a downer for me. But still good.

M - good caramel like coating but not sticking around like most DIPAs which was a nice change for me.

O - a solid dipa. I'd recommend this one.

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Photo of vic21234
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch number 65.

A- Pours a light and cloudy orange color. A half fingers worth of white head quickly fades to some froth along the sides of the glass.

S- This beer smells awesome. I get a huge hit of citrus as soon as the cap is popped. Grapefruit, mango, and orange dominate the smell.

T- Starts off hoppy with an astringent type aftertaste. The citrus hops from the smell carry over into the taste. I also get some piney resin hop notes. Slight bready malts in the backend also.

M- Light to medium bodied. Drinks much easier than one would think for 9.5%. Nicely hopped with a dry finish.

Pipeworks is really doing some good stuff, especially in the realm of DIPAs. I'd pick this one up again.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

batch #67

a: light golden hue, translucent. one finger frothy white head. thin, sticky lacing.

s: tropical, citrus hop explosion (grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple, tangerine).

t: following on from the nose, tropical/citrusy hops come through at the forefront (primarily pineapple. A malt presence in the background. Finishes with a definite peppery bitterness and this peppery bitterness lingers on into an off aftertaste.

m: medium body & carbonation. finishes slightly dry

o: I'm a big fan of NvU and Citra Ninja. I was looking forward to this one but the peppery bitterness described above is too overpowering in the taste. I see another review of batch 67 mentioning a similar thing regarding the bitterness. I haven't had one from batch #65 for comparison, unfortunately. This one is a bit disappointing, however.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from batch #65

Pour: A lightly hazy orange hue with a very moderate head of maybe a finger. Head that did form receded very quickly to a ring along edge of glass.

Smell: Tropical fruits of mango, papaya, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit overwhelm the nose. A noticeable malt comes from this beer and a sweet wheat aroma rises to my nose. Reminds me of a caramel coated sugar candy somewhat. Nice!

Taste: Sweet tropical fruits like in the nose with the pineapple, orange and grapefruit first. I am getting a lot of caramel, honey sweetness actually and quite surprised by this. After this the and on the finish some bitterness comes through in the form a grass hop but not overpowering at all. After sipping for a while I am getting some onion that does detract from it a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a fairly sticky feel that gives way to a creamy finish.

Overall: Pipeworks continues to impress me with each of their IPA's and DIPA's that I have had to date. I will try each of these offerings if I am lucky enough to get them.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a small white head on top that sticks around as a small cap of foam on top. Thin lacing forms randomly down the sides of the glass. Lots of bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Tons of citrus fruit right away. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some citrus zest. Very melony as well and fresh smelling. Fantastic.

T: More citrus upfront with some grapefruit, mango, and orange but there is a lot more piney bitterness in the flavor profile than the aroma. A bit soapy, but in the good way that some DIPAs get.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, rather dry with a slightly bitter finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA. The first beer from Pipeworks I have had, and hopefully not the last. Really good.

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Photo of emyers
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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 chanokokoro
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked as Batch #67 into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a very slightly hazy pale gold with very light orange accents here and there. Bright white two finger fluffy head. Average retention, splotchy lacing. Grapefruit rind, mixed tropical fruit notes, hint of sweet caramel mallt, and wiffs of fairly strong alcohol. Opens with pineapple and passionfruit, a touch of caramel malt midpalate, and then grapefruit rind bitterness that dominates everything else except medicinal alcohol closer to the dry finish. This brew is so intensely bitter that it caused me to wince before I swallowed and it was almost like I was actually chewing on a grapefruit rind. Full, slick body. Looking at the other reviews, I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle or if there is considerable variation between batches #65 and #67. The nearly unbearable bitterness made this brew unenjoyable and almost undrinkable. Certainly not what I was expecting from a Pipeworks IIPA.

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Photo of Treebs
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks tulip. Batch # 65.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring that leaves some soapy looking lace down the glass.

S: Huge waves of tropical and citrus fruits. Pineapple, mango and some cantaloupe. Tangerine, clementine and some honey notes. Caramel malt sweetness as well.

T: Pineapple and mango notes initially with a ton of underlying piney bitterness. Some light lemon peal, orange and some honey notes to it. Sweet bread malt body with a touch of caramel to it. A touch of booze on the back end.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Slightly boozy and sweet, but very drinkable for 9.5%.

O: I still liked the initial flavor profile of Citra Ninja more, but this is an extremely close second for me. This is a little more sweet than CN, but the hops shine a little more. Overall I'm splitting hairs, both are delicious. Well done guys!

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