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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
91
outstanding

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KFBR392 on 10-10-2013)
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Reviews by offthelevel_bytheplumb:
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offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with a finger of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Really juicy aroma that smacks you in the face. It reminded me of Fruit Gushers. Grapes and cherries pop out with some molasses, wheat, and resin in the background. Taste is very resiny and juicy at first, but gets more sweet and chewy as it warms up. The aftertaste was a mix of tropical fruits and toffee. This bad boy was a very big, slow sipper.

Overall: Another winner from Pipeworks. The boatload of hops were aromatic and fruity, but it still had a toffee like sweetness and these flavors worked well together. I also want to point out that the rye doesn't make much of an appearance to me.

12-18-2013 20:15:26 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-19-2014 00:35:00 | More by warnerry
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thaghost

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-03-2013 00:38:56 | More by thaghost
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timc100

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

10-11-2013 03:05:50 | More by timc100
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

11-02-2013 04:05:52 | More by joeseppy
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

11-08-2013 05:15:29 | More by schmidtmattsays
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

12-07-2013 16:35:10 | More by qcbrewer
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-13-2013 01:38:40 | More by Vonerichs
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

03-08-2014 18:33:22 | More by KTCamm
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HereforBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-04-2013 01:14:16 | More by HereforBeer
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Virginia

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2014 22:52:10 | More by enelson
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Texas

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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

10-17-2013 23:40:03 | More by mfnmbvp
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New York

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Reaper Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.