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Unicorn Killer - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

hilgart1, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Kevin_Young, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

atone315, Oct 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

trebud, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Drk93TT, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

PaulyB83, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Supergenious, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Giggy, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

pirmannt1, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

drbenderdo, Sep 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerOps, Sep 28, 2013
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2.41/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My favorite part of having a session with this beer was it's high ABV for this style went down smooth. The 7.3 or .4 was well hidden.
I guess they didn't want to copy Southern Tier's great take on the Pumpkin Ale because this one was a watery mess.
Mixing and matching pumpkins and spice levels could of made this much better instead I think the added only a sprinkle of ingredients to this brew sadly.
Greenbush is an excellent brewery with many other worthwhile beers to try though imo.
My Eddie Munster avi is sad after imbibing this seasonal.

71CrazyOtto, Sep 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

HardyA, Sep 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

sbxx, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

HoneyLamb, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Jas45678, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

vande, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Slay40, Sep 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

enelson, Sep 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Greenjump, Sep 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

TastyIsBeer, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

HarmonMW, May 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Zaphog, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Do pumpkins or a particular blend of spices kill a unicorn? Just wondering... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a darker toasting to the biscuit and a strong spicy bitterness pervading (though it definitely reeks of clove-y and peppery bitterness, I will admit that this could be a by-product of pumpkin shell or something). Unfortunately, this bitterness not only runs counter to the smell's promise, but it also violently clashes with the sweetness of the malts and some of the spices. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, this is by no means my favorite pumpkin ale, but it's also not quite the worst out there. I will say, though, that its inherent bitterness places it nearer the bottom of the pile than the top.

TMoney2591, Dec 15, 2012
Unicorn Killer from Greenbush Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.