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Reaper Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reaper Vs. UnicornReaper Vs. Unicorn

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BA SCORE
90
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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KFBR392 on 10-10-2013

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ridiculous brewinc for this bottle. I mean, really? Guy does me a favor by dropping an ’11 BCS on me to fill out a vertical, doesn’t want anything in return, then brings an extra. OFF MY WANTS. WHILE DOING ME A FAVOR. Some people’s children. 22 oz. bottle with Monster Manual artwork split with my wife, batch 525/526.

The pour looks like the picture of an Oud Bruin that I keep stored in my head, a murky reddish paint mix . Middling carbonation that deflates faster than a Patriot’s football. Nose is a nice/odd mix of piney hops, peppery rye, & gooey caramel sweetness. Each time I think of one, that’s what I smell. OK, now thinking of smelling a Powerball win.

Reaper vs. Unicorn is a style I like: anything mixed with rye. This is a fundamentally balanced beer, just like the nose. Caramel, spicy rye, mountain pine hops all come at the throat in roughly equal increments. In the mid-section there’s a bit of citrus & stone fruit, neither of which made their way up my nose. Alcohol shows in the end, along with a growing dose of pine that slowly morphs into palate-frying bitterness. Bigfootesque, but better tasting. Blood thick, I think I’ve cranked down most of my glass in the last six plus minutes; perhaps this is finally the session barleywine to answer my prayers.

This is my fourth Pipeworks beer & only behind Ninja vs. Unicorn (which was fantastic) on the spray graph. That does it. Only Pipeworks brews with mythical horned mammals from now on. The rye & hops & big malts really work here. Very good & trying to ease a nose into excellent territory.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little sweet, but overall excellent barleywine

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, rusty amber red with a thin layer of beige foam.

Lots of rye, tobacco, dark fruit, citrus, and pine.

Candied and caramel malt forward with some citrus, spice, and pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very carbonated.

Overall, I wouldn't consider myself a fan of American barleywines, but this one I dug.

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Reaper Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.