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

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

dcloeren, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of scottwurst
2.5/5  rDev -34%

scottwurst, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of chanokokoro
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
Photo of foretheloveofbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

foretheloveofbeer, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
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
Photo of JackOC85
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JackOC85, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Capt_kirk
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Capt_kirk, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Cholansky1
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Cholansky1, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of coz
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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

pstam87, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of maxcoinage
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - 22oz bottle (batch 318/319) into DFH signature glass. small head dissipated quickly, sunburst orange / yellowish color

s - just as the first whif of hops hits your nostrils you are thinking typical IPA then the peppers swiftly hit and dominate. A little bit of fruit undertones

t -resinous hops, sweet peppers, peach. peppers definitely linger on the finish

m - light carb, medium body, goes down easy

o - I'll just come out and say that I love peppers, I eat them in every which way- hot, sweet, raw, cooked, pickled--you name it. I can't say that I am a big fan of how they work with beer though. I would say this was worth trying, but not sure I'd pick this up again.

maxcoinage, Mar 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

cnbrown313, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

beersdmf17, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of koutkid41
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange and copper in color. Light head, and fairly hazy.

S: The Chile's hit you right in the nose at the start, you can smell the heat. There's some sweetness in there but can't really pick anything out. A nice change of pace, nothing I have smelled in a beer yet.

T: At the first taste you get that huge nice sweetness from the passion fruit, then fades into the nice taste of the chili without any detection of heat. Pleasantly surprised after smelling it. Love it.

M: Light, and sweet. Really easy to drink beer.

O: I was worried with the smell that it would have a bite of heat but ended up being really nice and fruity with the flavor of the pepper. I'm a big fan of heat and all and quite sensitive of heat but love the flavor of peppers, which I got in this beer. Love this beer.

koutkid41, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

tjdemon, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bcm75, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of 77apm
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

77apm, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Ncpogs, Mar 13, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

jffrson729, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jlee185, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +5.5%

thinwhiteduke, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

carmike813, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mszpara, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch #318/319

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color with some orange accents. Light head on the pour and only present on the edges of the glass. Hazy body makes it tough to see any active carbonation.

Smell: Chile peppers jumped out of the bottle. The peppers have a perfect balance of spice, earthiness, and heat. After the peppers though its tough to get make of a hop presence or anything else. Some of the passion fruit peaks its way through but no doubt this is a chile pepper dominated aroma.

Taste: Front is filled with the zesty tang of the peppers with no heat. The flavors of banana peppers stand out the most to me. Again like the aroma the peppers dominate, allowing only a tiny amount of fruitiness to poke through. The peppers linger through into the finish and slowly just die off.

Mouthfeel: really light, nothing much left on the palate.

Overall: I'm not really sure what to make of this brew. I love the pepper presence but was surprised by the lack of heat on the flavor. After the peppers there isn't much here. Is this a pale ale with peppers added or a chile beer? Either way it is very tasty but is off balanced.

KFBR392, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

DangleBerries, Mar 02, 2014
The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno from Pipeworks Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.