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The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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85
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This may be the craziest idea we've had yet but who better to collaborate with when doing something crazy than world renown cocktail lounge The Aviary? We brewed a double IPA with Citra and Simcoe hops then we added passionfruit puree and rotary evaporated fresno chiles. (Rotary evaporation leaves behind all the capsaicin normally found in chiles. So, the resultant liquid has the essence of a fresno chile and none of the heat.) The finished product is a sensory experience unlike any beer we've ever had. There is a wonderful hop aroma and slight bitterness that plays wonderfully with the tartness of the passionfruit and the distinct characteristics of the chiles. Drink as fresh as possible. Look for The One Horned Wonder on the bottle list at The Aviary as well as paired with a dish on the upcoming menu at Next.

(Beer added by: jtg5678 on 01-02-2014)
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Karl_M, Apr 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

inspektor, May 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

clewis901, Jan 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

KevinGordon, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

ahbithwabm, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of carltondevil
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer for several reasons.

Appearance: a beautiful orange hazy beer. Somehow combines the best parts of pale ale and almost a wheat beer type cloud. With a little shake of the wrist you can get an amazing head on this beer (fades quickly). Pour aggressively and let it settle to get a better head. The bottle also has amazing artwork which is standard with Pipeworks brews.

Smell: Probably the most amazing thing is how the peppers and the passion fruit come together to create the aroma of an amazing cocktail.

Taste: Hops hit your right off the bat with the fresno chile's coming right after and lingering. Passion fruit slowly builds into the taste while not overpowering the hops or the chile. Has an almost sweet taste like a wheat beer. Chile's linger on the palate but only the taste, no spicyness at all.

Mouthfeel: If only all beer could be so amazingly flavorful and yet somehow almost like velvet in the mouth. Drinks like a yeasty beer but without the viscosity of a stout. More substantial than any ale I've ever had. Has a nice body which allows you to work it over all parts of the mouth and tongue which helps unlock the flavors.

Overall: Really an impressive beer, the kind of thing where I would go back to the store and by 10 bottles so I can just have a store of it because who knows when they'll brew it again. If you like wheat beers, chile's, and fruit, this is the beer you have been waiting for. Although Pipeworks is known for powerful pale ales and stouts, I'm a wheat beer fan and this is as good as anything else they've done including the amazing Pineapple Bling and Peppercorn Saison. Way more flavorful than the saizon and way more body and mouthfeel than the pineapple bling.

carltondevil, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of zombiemusk
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed with this beer. What the Aviary helped them do (I assume because this kind of thing is more in their wheelhouse) with the chiles makes for a really unique and enjoyable experience. It allows for the chilies to dominant the aromatics but get out of the way of the hops in the taste while still adding complexity to the mouthfeel. It's one of those beers that is almost as fun to sniff as it is to drink but not for the usual reasons. It seems to be a nod to the Aviary's philosophy of creating unique/unexpected sensory experiences with their drinks. I think they do this here in a non-gimmicky way. The discripency between the expectation of how it will taste on the tongue based on the aromatics to how it actually tastes is momentarily shocking…in the best possible way. The passionfruit puree is well integrated and, combined with a nice level of carbonation, makes for a really refreshing drink. It's a complex and well executed beer…maybe the most "refined" thing I've seen from Pipeworks and I've always been a fan.

zombiemusk, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

xdtfx, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

pstam87, Mar 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JackOC85, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jrhottle, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jermy, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of sully11277
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- a murky orange with little to no head on it.

S- It smell just like a pepper with a little bit of a sour to it.

T/M- This is were this beer shines. you get a nice sweet taste upfront then it moves into a nice citrus blast then finishes with a nice pepper taste with a little heat just to let you know that they did use pepper. You get a slight sour taste that comes through as will.

O- Pipeworks did it again with this amazing beer. It has so many flavors going on but yet they are so balanced and you get to have them all in one sip. Too many times you buy something like this and you get something different on every sip but never all in one.

sully11277, Feb 22, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours incredibly hazy pale orange with little light making it through and a one fingered head that retains nicely.

Smell has huge passion fruit aromas as well as citrusy hoppy aromas and a butterscotch candy like yeast aromas. Green pepper aromas come out much more as it warms.

Taste follows the nose, big passion fruit flavor with a mild dry tartness. Piney citrus hops follow along with a moderate green chili flavor that has very mild heat.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation a balances the big body and bold flavors.

Fcolle2, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber batch 276. tulip.
murky orange color, nice head. smell is huge on jalapenos..ooh. taste is damn amazing. hops huge up front followed by sweet fruit and ends with a tad of heat that really pulls it all together. great!

overall by far my favorite chile beer. so impressed.

Axnjxn, Jan 20, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #318 319 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from Pipeworks, this one with an interesting premise - brewed with Fresno chiles and passion fruit. My first chile beer from Pipeworks; not entirely sure what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright juicy fiery orange colored body with about a finger of sudsy off-white head. Soapy and bubbly, with big scattered sheets of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - It smells like a lot of Pipeworks' regular IPA's and pale ales up front with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange, creaminess / soapiness, hint of bready malt, but the fresh vegetal chiles are more than apparent on the nose. Not hot at all, but you can definitely tell there are chiles in this. Not pulling any distinct "passion fruit" on the aroma, but it is definitely fruity.

T - Ah yes, the passion fruit arrives in full swing on the taste. Fresh, juicy, and citric. Passion fruit, grapefruit, oranges, and vegetal chile pepper presence. Again, no heat is detectable at all. This pairing of passion fruit and chiles seems pretty legit. Delicious.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, fruity and juicy, medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty damn fine chile beer. One of the best, if not the best of the style I have yet had. The rotary evaporation technique to remove the heat was also probably a nice idea. This puts crap like Stone Crime to shame. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Mar 25, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a hazy golden with heavy amber accents capped by a one and half slightly off-white head. Above average retention, some splotchy lacing. Chiles, passionfruit, and mixed citrus on the nose. Passionfruit, papaya, mango, mandarin orange upfront, sweet citrus-tinged malt midpalate. Finishes with chilies with little to no heat complemented by more mixed citrus. Heavier side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slick and somewhat silky with hint of creaminess. A very unique and enjoyable beer. I've never had anything like this. The chile pepper essence and signature "zing" is there, but little to no heat. Recommended.

chanokokoro, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

DangleBerries, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

RussBeercier, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

savagepanda, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

dcloeren, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jgunther71, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

vermilcj, May 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

carmike813, Mar 06, 2014
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The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno from Pipeworks Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.