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Unicorn Killer - Greenbush Brewing Company

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SkeeterBoganski on 11-11-2012)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We’re doing a pumpkin line up tonight…Happy Halloween all!! We pour a brew of deep golden auburn into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a cakey three finger head of sandpaper colored bubbles, showing great retention. Honeycomb lacing is left around the glasses. Swirls of galactic sediment sit throughout a mildly hazy beer, but no outright chunks are noted. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives off sweet and souring brown malts, caramel roastiness, dried apples, spice of black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, curry, and hot cayenne, lemon rind twang, tinny metallics, vanilla cream, chilled pumpkin pie filling and spiciness, croissant pastry flakiness, and butterscotch caramels. With warmth comes a bright plastic note. Our first impression is that the flavoring hangs heavy with spice, which play nicely against the base malts which show a very English brown ale sort of twist. As we sip, the flavoring opens with souring brown malts, huge vinyl plastics, phenolic clove, overly browned bananas, black breakfast tea, dark spice of black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, pumpkin pie spiciness, freshly split pecans, lemon juiciness, bitter cereal grain, hints of grassy hops, and confectioner’s sugar. The middle comes to a peak with light diacetyls, soured brown malts, echoes of fusel booziness, green twig resins that don’t quite reach what we would call “hops”, playground mulch, raw bread doughiness, white flour, continued nutmeg, black pepper, and poppy seeds. The finale offers continued phenols, light banana bread ester sweetness, wet coffee grounds, biting soapy hoppiness, caramel and cereal maltiness, stale toffee, maple candies, wheat table crackers, sea salt, soft alcohols, general autumn pumpkin spice, and buttery crumb cake sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of brown malt sourness, earth and mineral, old carnation petals, dried thyme and oregano, sticky and oily resins, inkiness, glassy metallics, green grassiness, pumpkin and cinnamon spice, white sugar, apple fruitiness, plum skins, alcohol, plastics, buttercream, snickerdoodle cookies, and those aromatic butterscotch caramels. The body is disappointingly thin, and carbonation is light. Each sip affords little slurp or smack, and equally as flat cream, froth, or pop. The head remains nicely, but it adds nothing to the sip, as it slides off the liquid’s surface with every movement of the glass. The mouth is left with stark astringency, and light warming pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how it began. Unfortunately thereafter, things became a bit hard to digest. When fresh from the fridge and chilly, the aroma was bright, spicy, and inviting, as was the general flavoring. With warmth came bitterness, huge booziness, and disarray, where the initial nicety of the spice on that darker grain became lost in the ether. Really, our biggest qualm with this one was its feel. It was way, way too thin for the style and for how much spice it was attempting to boast and support. You want to know your glugging back on it, not feel like each component is separate. By the end of the tasting we started realizing that the feel was so displeasing to us that it diminished our feelings about the other general qualities of the beer. Taking a step back, this is a spicy yet drinkable seasonal offering, but you might want to look further if you want a one-stop-shop of a pumpkin ale.

TheBrewo, Oct 31, 2013
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Unicorn Killer is a gleaming, clear orange-red with much the color and clarity of a garnet. An off-white head recedes to foam, which in turn leaves a thin ring where the beer settles and follows with some light spottiness.
Spices are strong on the nose, not overdone, sort of a mixed bouquet with some sweet and some more of the savory kitchen variety, but definitely featuring cinnamon on the forefront. There's a bit of flesh as well, with some maltiness holding up and giving some breads, caramel and brown sugar notes.
The flavor has more of a tang, and the spiciness hits harder. Some fleshy, leafy pith brings out a surprising bitterness.
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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Greenbush Brewing Co., expectations are fairly high since I've enjoyed what I've tried from them so far. Nice bottle art, and my bottle claims a 7.30% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy tan head that leaves some nice scattered lacing. Body is a thick, creamy, dark caramel orange with some dark sediment in the glass. Looks pretty nice for the style.

S - Smell is different than most other pumpkin beers I've come across. Fresh earthy pumpkin / gourds, buttered popcorn, brisk cola, and some dusty yeast funk. Slightly strange smelling for a pumpkin beer, but I'm liking it.

T - Taste follows the nose - earthy pumpkin / gourd, buttered popcorn, mild alcohol heat, some indistinct herbal qualities, and some cream.

M - Feel is full, smooth, and creamy, with some herbal bitterness lingering on the palate. More full-bodied than your average pumpkin ale, which makes for a nice sipper. Good carbonation.

Overall, a solid pumpkin ale from Greenbush. Definitely one of the more unique and memorable takes on the style that I've tried this year. Slightly higher than normal abv, and a fuller thicker body makes this one a nice sipper. Recommended.

Greenbush Unicorn Killer ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Unicorn Killer around a couple weeks ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill, I'm always down to try new beers from Greenbush and I'm interested to see what they can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I'm sure it's fresh, 2013 release. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little weird looking and not the most eye catching, but the name does stick out. It poured a slightly clear amber orange color that took on more of an amber/copper color when held to the light with one and half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a light brown sugar like aroma to it followed by some malts that impart a toffee and a lightly roasted malt aroma. Up next comes the spices that impart a cinnamon and nutmeg like aroma with a lighter pumpkin like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that's fairly true to style.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light brown sugar like flavor to it followed by a some malts that impart a toasted malt, grainy, and light toffee like flavor. Up next comes the spices which imparts some cinnamon and nutmeg like flavors with a very light pumpkin flavor that's hardly noticeable. On the finish comes a a slightly lower amount of high bitterness with a malty and spicy aftertaste with some lingering bitterness. I wasn't a big fan of the taste of this beer, it was way too bitter for the style.

M- Not that smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't that great, it could be much smoother.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I didn't think it was a good example of the style, it lacked that good authentic pumpkin aspect and it was substituted with spices and the bitterness was way too dominating and lingering. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the taste didn't really hold my attention, one is more than enough for me, there's no way I would want another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty nice and worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they weren't that great and they had some off aspects that need to be worked on. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's pretty easy to find a Pumpkin Ale that's much better than this one and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was let down with this beer, Greenbush is a pretty good brewery but this beer just didn't do it for me, better luck next time guys.

StoutHunter, Oct 04, 2013
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3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle
no date
oversized wine glass

A- A very coppery orange with a slight haze, thin off white head. spotty lacing.

S- A mild pumpkin pie, marshmellos, faint brown sugars, has a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon
that makes it noticeable but not strong. Smells nifty

T- Diluted pumpkin sweetness up front, some breadyness and spice in the middle and finishes off with a very odd bitterness that isn't quite hoppy, but bitter and not really to my liking.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation, has a slight creaminess to it.

O- Started off with a light sweet pumpkin smell which held promise. The first drink let me down as it was not even close to the nose and had that really not very good bitterness, almost metallic, which I thought wrecked it for me. Some may like it, I don't and wont be getting more.

Gryphon69, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Unicorn Killer from Greenbush Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.