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 wyatt13
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -1.6%
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 -6.3%
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 -1.4%
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%
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 +5.8%
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 -12.3%
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 +2.8%
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 -25.8%
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 -3%
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 +2.8%
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 +3.5%
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 -31.4%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light golden color. Forms a moderate-sized white head that collapses rather quickly, though does still manage to leave a moderate amount of lacing on the way down.

S: There is a bit of a dual nature to the aroma. On the one side, there is orange, mango, clementine, and passion fruit. On the other, the aroma is fairly catty, with something that isn't quite onion, but sort of resembles onion. There is a sweet maltiness in the back ground. That said, the orange/tangerine aroma does dominate over the others.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but highlights the fruit much more so than the onion. Very mild sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, candied kumquats, and fruit salad on the front end before turning rather bitter, dry, and earthy. Long, bitter finish with just a faint touch of fusel spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body. Aggressive bitterness. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: Coming off of Citra Ninja, I had very high expectations for this beer. Unfortunately, they were too high, because even though this beer was not the great one I was expecting, it is still a very good beer. Far better than most. That said, I enjoyed the restrained sweetness and the aggressive bitterness on this one.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +1.6%
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%
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%
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
4.3 out of 5 based on 666 ratings.
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