Galaxy Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Galaxy UnicornGalaxy Unicorn

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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 brig 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Local Option 12/14/12, served in the Pipeworks Berliner glass.

Pour: Most clear pale orange with a finger and a half of soapy white head. Head hangs around for a litte bit, and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Huge burst of grapefruits and pineapple up front, with some nice floral aspects and light grassiness. Honestly, little to no malt found on the nose with the exception of a light breadyness. Really juicy and nice.

Taste: Follows the nose with big juicy grapefruit up front, pineapple, and some passion fruits. A nice light bready sweetness balances. Hope have a nice bitterness to them that is not overpowering in the least. Finishes juicy with citrus.

Mouthfeel: Super light and drinkable... almost off style, but still awesome. Drinks like a single IPA. Some booze come out as it warms, but only just.

Overall: Pipeworks best beer yet hands down. I hope they add this to the lineup.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a bright caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Big clumps and bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Perfect! Big caramel, honey, huge citrus aromas (orange, lemon, pineapple), some pine and light spice notes.

T- Sweet caramel, pineapple, oranges, bitter pine, some onion and spice and more grassy bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Starts off a little slick but a nice creaminess comes in after.

O- Pipeworks can do no wrong with their Ninja vs Unicorn series (variants)! Take away a little of the onion spice from the Galactic hops and this would be one of the best DIPA's I have ever had I think.

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

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Bottled yesterday. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of late-rising white foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and stray fingers of lacing. Light hazed peach skin-colored body with a few slow-moving bubbles visible.

S - Unsurprisingly the Galaxy hops are front and center, with notes of passion fruit, guava, tangerine, cat pee and onion. Even though this is a 9.5% DIPA, the malt bill is a more complementary than balanced, with a a touch of sugar and dough that combined with with tropical mélange gives this a fruit punch-esque vibe. The sugary note increases as the beer warms up.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tropical fruits dominating mid-palate before yielding to palate-bruising herbal and dank notes. Malt imparts some candied citrus and lightly browned sugar. There's sufficient balance to keep the bitterness from getting totally out of hand, an issue that tends to plague other Galaxy-based beers, but this is very much a hop showcase.

M - Active and pleasant moderate carbonation, hefty medium-full body, with creamy and chewy texture. A tiny bit of alcohol warming but nothing excessive for 9.5%; the bigger body hides the alcohol well.

D - An excellent beer. I had no problem working through the bomber and I'll definitely be buying more of this one. The bitterness gets a tad fatiguing after a glass, but not excessively so. Every release like this makes me happier I chipped in for Friends with Benefits - kudos guys!

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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

And the unicorn parade marches steadily on... bottled today, and mere hours old. Allowed to settle in the fridge for a couple hours, it was actually still cold on the shelf from delivery.

Yellowish orange body, lightly hazed with a sizable head of white foam that leaves behind a flurry of spindly lacing in the glass. Retention is good, and lasts for the duration of the glass.

Bursting with tropical Galaxy hops in the aroma, big mango, orange, passionfruit, a light fruity sweetness with catty dank botanicals, sandalwood plus a hint of the wheat in the background.

Juicy mango and bitter orange peel flavors right away, with a resiny bitter orange zest that lingers into the finish. Caramel hints in the aftertaste, some greenery and grass clippings towards the end. Creamy feel, damn near perfect in that respect. Not overly sweet or boozy, it just glides across the palate. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better than Citra Ninja or NvU, Galaxy Unicorn hits it out of the park. Well done gentlemen.

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Galaxy Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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