Galaxy Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Galaxy UnicornGalaxy Unicorn

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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Photo of dextermcgurk
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BababooeyHTJ
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of curtis6290
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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)

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfalls
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of ZEB89
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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

Photo of novamat
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 joshdaut
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 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 Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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