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Reaper Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 20
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KFBR392 on 10-10-2013)
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Reviews by CuriousMonk:
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

warnerry, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

thaghost, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of timc100
4.08/5  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.

timc100, Oct 11, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

joeseppy, Nov 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

schmidtmattsays, Nov 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

qcbrewer, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

StoutItOutLoud, Oct 11, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Vonerichs, Oct 13, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev -19%
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.

KTCamm, Mar 08, 2014
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HereforBeer, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

PatB1987, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

wesside89, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #221/222/223 printed on the label. The newest addition to the Pipeworks family of Unicorn beers. Excited to have this in my grasp; I love Pipeworks and all that they do.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of creamy tan head on top of a luscious caramel-mahogany colored body. Some ruby highlights when held to the light. Thin bubbly lace. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of big resinous pine hops, caramel malt, red / amber malt, some earthy wood character, dark candied raisins, & peppery rye spice.

T - Taste follows the nose: resinous pine hops in the front, caramel malt in the middle, and a spicy peppery rye finish. Any actual alcohol heat from the beer's 10.00% abv is hardly noticeable.

M - Feel is creamy, clean, peppery, and dry. Lots of resinous pine clinging to the palate. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, another winner from Pipeworks. There isn't a whole lot of complexity to this beer, but the layering and balance is excellent, and highly drinkable for such a high abv. Definitely worth seeking out.

Pipeworks Reaper Vs. Unicorn ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Oct 18, 2013
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Reaper Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.