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Reaper Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reaper Vs. UnicornReaper Vs. Unicorn

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very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 179
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 25
Gots: 36 | 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

The unicorn may have finally met its match in Death Incarnate. But hold your horned horses, because the unicorn lives to rye another day! What a sickle joke! We aren't tricking you, this barleywine is a real treat, with a rich malt skeleton and a more than paranormal amount of hops. If you're going to harvest soul-y one beer this season, don't fear the Reaper...
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Reviews by CuriousMonk:
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love every opportunity to try something new from its “Unicorn versus” series! Pours murky dark amber with a frothy head that lasts well with decent retention throughout. This brew has a pronounced hop aroma on the nose along with caramel malts, juicy citrus, tangerine, and earthy toffee. The palate is greeted by some bitterness which attempted to combat the massive rich malt and spicy rye undertones, and then finishes off with modest sweetness from the bready and caramel malts. This beer seems to fit the right profile for the rye barleywine style while giving off that classic Pipeworks flavor which is some of that sweet and delicious forward malt and hop profile.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thaghost
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of timc100
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer beneath the amazing label - dark, dank ruby with an orange tinged beige head. Super dank aroma of galaxy/sauvin hops - clean, fresh citrus fruits, lime zest, resin, sticky pine - just huge. Rye and sweet bready caramel malts come through - some toffee. The taste is less vibrant and aggressive - not very bitter, smooth. Clean fresh citrus fruits and some piney resin stickiness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and not very sticky, considering the aroma and flavor.

This is a great first-batch from PW. Not so much a barley wine, more a dank juice triple IPA - so good.

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Photo of brians52
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 221

Pours a caramel body (no, really it looked like pouring liquified caramel) with red hues and a decent mocha head.

Aroma is straight forward piney hop and sweet malt.

Now this is where the rubber meets the road. Hop heaven delight with resinous pine. Sweetened malt supports hop in spectacular fashion as the rye sparkles in this sipper. Picking up on dates and raisins.

Mouthfeel is, can I say light on the heavy side. Just enough alcohol lingering in the cranium. Some stickiness.

Pours like caramel and tastes like a hop heads dream. Signature Pipeworks on the hop profile. This takes me back to what an American Barleywine should be. I read a lot of people gripe about these big beers and the price, but you know what, for $10, I got more enjoyment from this than any six pack of BMC could ever deliver. Hometown brewery, fine ingredients and quality delivered-I'm in.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: rich caramel in color with a khaki colored head with a creamy appearance to it very good clarity for a Barleywine.

S: soft metallic smell with a little bit of orange

T: very soft with a nice deep orange taste with a lot of richness bordering on bitter but lets up in the end the malts are there and they are big but expertly balance by the hops without the tongue buckling bitterness

M: smooth insanely so with a medium creamy feel quite impressive

O: This is the softest barleywine I have ever drank. Most barkeywines are searingly hoppy or malty this beer is so smooth and light it is unreal. It is so balanced which is not something you associate with a barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish brine hue. Creamy looking head with a light pinkish tint. Generous spotting.

Pine, floral, and sugary candy date aroma. Hop aromas dominate but there's enough sweet malt to distinguish it as a barleywine.

Delicious. Pine and floral perfume hops. Sweet balance. I even pick up a distinct dark cherry.

Heavy and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very clean mouthfeel.

One of my favorites from PW to date. Hoppy as hell but still classifiable as a barrleywine.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -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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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bomber poured into a perfect pint glass. 2/5

Pours dark dirty brown, sediment rich and murky. Unfiltered. No foam, pours like syrup. Light malty nose, some rye flickers in. Taste opens with a strong rye, twists into an astringent bitter, then closes with an alcohol burn. Rougher pour generates more bubbles. Tough beerm the rye is nice, but really have to like the barleywine style,. Its not my favorite.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersdmf17
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeastLU
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reaper Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.