Blood Of The Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 366
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 63
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-29-2012

One of our original hop beasts of burden makes its whimsically triumphant return. Blood of the Unicorn is Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn's hot redheaded sister. Loaded with fruity and piney American hops this rouge equine always delivers.
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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, no apparent freshness date, but super fresh on the store shelves. I've not had much from these guys due to their high price point on their bombers, but I am very excited to see some fairly priced cans!
A - creamy ivory head holds good retention atop a reddish-copper colored ale
S - big piny and fruity aroma fills the nose; grapefruit, orange, caramel, and some tropical notes present as well
T - unmistakably hop forward: grapefruit, orange, pine, mango; faint pineapple and passion fruit; bread crust, grain, and caramel provide some malt, but the hops dominate the palate
M - medium body, feels a touch thin, moderate carbonation, finishing quite dry and very bitter with a prickle on the tongue
O - a hop bomb with plenty of juicy, fruity, pungent flavor; it's good! (781 characters)

Photo of pagriley
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can into tulip

L - clear mid Amber with a good 1 inch head. Recedes to thin lacing
S - pine and not much else.
T - harshly bitter with a lack of sweetness to balance. Some tropical notes to finish with a touch of malt but a savage bite
F - medium to full.

Overall an okay beer, but not a patch on ninja v unicorn (317 characters)

Photo of mmahanna41
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much darker in color than expected, with a slight red tint. However pretty light feel, tastes pretty amazing. I'm not sure who to thank for this amazing beer.... The Unicorn who's blood I'm drinking or did the Ninja draw the blood to allow the consumption of this beer? The world may never know. (298 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really like this one- starts out really bright and floral/citrusy and as it warms becomes like a dry as bones barleywine. Dark mahogany in color with plenty of tan head and lacing. Moderately well carbonated and a great medium full bodied feel. I'd definitely recommend this one. (281 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: predictably dark amber and relatively opaque... into a pint I center-poured and got a big fat head - so let's just say you'll get as big a head as ya want... some lace trailed behind

S: sweet potato and pine resin - caramelly malts and red grains - allusions to fruits, probably moldering, and hearty grains in syrup

T: rich and fruity and piney at the same time - resins and dark fruits register at the same time; bittering and woody favors persist

F: solid medium-weights fits just right on the tongue; ample carbonation creates soft fuzz as the bitterness registers on the palate

O: I was delighted by this brew - an infrequent drinker of American amber/reds, my favorite has always been Nugget Nectar - but this Imperial red is just so solid that I know I would chose it over NN if I had to - really top-notch Imperial amber/red action (846 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and hazy rusty amber orange with a fair bit of bubbly carbonation.

Big tropical fruit aroma with a noticeable caramel sweetness, some melon and citrus to note as well.

Toasted caramel malt, melon, guava, pineapple, citrus, and resiny pine.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, tropical sweetness, big and chewy.

Overall, the flavor could use a bit more oomph, but the big sweet aroma and chewy mouthfeel are an excellent take on this style. Very good. (472 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks @Kevinpitts
This one didn't grab me as much as some of the other hoppy offerings from Pipeworks. Poured very leathery brown swirling cloud with a hint of ruby. Tan head, not too densely packed. Aroma is a bit earthy bitter and and piney. Taste is a very earthy bitterness. Pine barely peaks through. Malt is there but doesn't quite find a balance with the bitterness. Finish is much the same.
Overall, I liked the aroma best, the piney came through more there than it did in the flavor. Pretty good, but I won't trade anything big for this one to get a repeat. (569 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into Can Glass

A: darkest amber color I've ever seen on an amber beer looks almost ruby red and absolute perfect clarity

S: some toffee and burnt sugar smell with some piney hops

T: lots of maltiness and some hops very bitter on the finish a touch sweet

M: it's not bad nothing extraordinary

O: It's a pretty good amber surprising amount of bitterness (370 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber tow finger off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Earthy dirt, good hop profile, some citrus that goes well with the caramel from the red ale base.

T-Starts with caramel and toffee. Then earthy notes with dirt and grass, mild citrus and bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with hop resins.

O-A decent hoppy red ale. Pipeworks hoppy beers are always worth a try. (389 characters)

Photo of MarkLikesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper/brown with 2 fingers of light tan head that faded to a small ring

S: Citrus and tangerine in the nose. Very fruity with great hop aroma

T: Maltier than I expected, alcohol taste very well hidden in a strong malt profile. Great hop finish with just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste

M: Very heavy liquid, fitting for the imperial style. Surprisingly sweet with little carbonization.

O: Fantastic beer. Surprisingly sessionable , I didn't want to put it down between sips because every taste left me wanting more. Beautiful lacing down the entire glass. Well done, Pipeworks I love this brew (630 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #540 printed on the label. Finally getting around to trying this one from Pipeworks, this one an imperial red ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark murky brownish-red with some slow carbonation streaming topside. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Leaves behind some good scattered spotty strands of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant and fresh - creamy, with earthy red malt presence, and some bitter piney resinous hop presence.

T - Taste is pretty nicely balanced - malty, herbal, lightly bitter / resinous.

M - The feel is extremely smooth, creamy, and easy-drinking, especially considering the 9.00% abv. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, another excellent beer from the masters at Pipeworks; this one might be my favorite red ale of theirs that I've yet tried. Extremely smooth, and very well-balanced. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks Blood Of The Unicorn -----4/5. (950 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice hopped up red brew! The beer poured a clear amber with white head that left a nice lace. I poured the beer carefully out of the bottle as to avoid any sediment. The scent was hoppy with a pine/citrus flare. The taste was a great amber/malt base with adornments of pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was full body with decent carbonation. Overall this was an absolute solid offering and I would highly recommend it to those that enjoy hopped up reds!!! (467 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: crimson/dark brn body, finger khaki head,
splendid lacing

S: big fresh forest of pine, grapefruit, sugary candy
sweet biscuit/honey.

T: same as nose, solid firm malt flavor
long pine bitter finish

M: med body, smooth + oily
balanced mouth feel

O: Pipeworks continues to create phenomenal beer.
This is treat that must be revisited. Hopheads and
malt fans will agree this is a winner.

AMAZING; SEEK IT OUT! (415 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deep amber almost brown in color with 2 fingers of frothy off white head. Smells deliciously sweet like caramel and very floral and piney hop notes. The flavor is arable up front, slight toastyness, then a nice grapefruit/pine hop subtle ness. A very delicious sweet amber with medium body and medium carbonation. Definitely worth getting again. (347 characters)

Photo of sully11277
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark red with a nice white head that stays around

S- you get a nice malt sweetness too it, you can smell a great hop aroma coming off this one with piney and citrus notes coming out.

T/M- it has a great sweet malt front that is followed with a nice piney hop notes that ends with a nice citrus hop flavor. Very light with nice carbonation.

O- A great red by pipeworks, I wish I would of bought more of this one. (422 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:deep orange color tending towards red. Very hazy and opaque. A finger of a tannish head that fades to just about nothing

Smell:toasty and caramel malts. Not too sweet and pretty toasty. Citrus and resiny hops. Hop aroma is pretty strong. Good balance between strong malts and strong hops.

Taste: mirrors the nose exactly. A bit more citrus and resin though. This pushes the balance to hoppy.

Mouthfeel: fairly bitter but in a good hoppiness. Fairly sticky. Good thick body.

Overall: a well brewed imperial red. Nothing too special but it is tasty. Another well done pipeworks beer. (599 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - For a red, this is not exactly red. I supposed it could be the blood of a unicorn that has started to dry. Enough with the semantics!

Smell - The grassy hops get my attention most immediately. I do not really detect the malt in the aroma.

Taste - The beer itself is very hop forward. There is some sweet citrus to the hops, but the sweetness from the malt stays masked. There is some biscuit texture and even a note or two of dark fruit. Mildly resiny hops are present in the aftertaste and actually linger quite nicely. This red does not really fit the style, even for an imperial.

Mouthfeel - The beer is thick enough to linger, which allows the hops to tickle the tongue a little longer. Modest carbonation is present.

Overall - I have had better imperial reds than this one. After waiting patiently to try this one, I am mildly disappointed. (863 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A : Beautifully clear and reddish brown color with a nice white head with a lingering head.

S: Faint smells of citrus with some toffee and pine with some caramel toasty bready notes on the backend. Smell doesn't blow you away in intensity but what I can get smells great.

T: You get some citrus upfront with some piney notes, but for the most part it has a dark caramel raisin flavor with some sweetness.

M: Nice mouthfeel, however pretty sweet.

O: Overall, I like it. With amber ales they can be overly sweet and way too caramel forward but with this one you a nice balance with it and a slight hoppy flavor upfront. (622 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown in color with some faint mahogany and light red hues. Head is off white and has decent retention

Smell is great rich butterscotch, brown sugar and caramel aromas are forward and balanced very nicely with a fair amount of juicy tropical mango and light stonefruit hops and a very mild herbal finish.

Taste follows the nose with a good sticky malt presence that has flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Mild herbal earthy hop presence balances nicely with more stoned riot and a very light amount if bitterness but a good amount of crisp hoppy oils.

Mouthfeel is good. Big sticky body from the combination of medium bodied stick malt and a good amount of sticky hoppy resin and oil. Medium carbonation balances (728 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 16
A- This beer pours a dense clear glowing red body with a wall of microbubbles sliding up the side of the glass. There is a thick light beige head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The full vibrant woody green citrus hops have some pineapple weed aromas that linger with a slight minty hue coming through as it warms.

T- The full green hops have a green citrus flavor with some green spice notes to it. There is a soft toasted malt sweetness underneath with some alcohol taste coming through on the exhale.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz that boost the hop flavor in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a big deep hop flavor that has good malt hints but the fizz starts to get a bit too big as it opens. This is a nice hop monster but no hop bitterness makes this very drinkable. (866 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very cloudy copper with a very light tan head and okay lacing.

S - Malts at first, hoppy, grapefruit, caramel and pine.

T - A big helping of malts followed by a good dose of pine bitterness. It's really a good mesh of the two.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - Enjoyable and easy to drink. (318 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a brown bomber bottle into a 32 oz glass mug.

A= This ale poured a super cloudy reddish brown color with about 1" of off white head. Seriously, the clarity of this beer, or lack thereof, is a tagedy. The head retention was excellent.

S= Smelled like rich malts, toffee, alcohol, and a nice mix of piney and citrusy American hops.

T= Started off with a nice rich malt base, fairly sweet but with nice complexity, followed by a big pop of alcohol and a firm bitterness. Hop character was all American in nature, with the pine staying just in front of the citrus. Finished boozy and dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a fairly dry feel.

D= The overall drinkability of this beer is ok, but the look is pretty mediocre. (764 characters)

Photo of csparace
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell (4.00) – Super hoppy. Light hop smell – citrus and pines. Something sweet hidden in there.

Appearance (4.00) – Pours a hazy brown with a large caramel tinted head. Super even color throughout. No real carbonation rising to the top. No clarity through the glass.

Taste (3.75) – Lots of roasted malts up front. A real dark bitterness that lasts through the finish. Super dry bitterness that commands the entire taste. Seems like a really dark or roasted pine flavor. Something lemony faintly going on too.

Mouthfeel (3.75) – The tons of bitterness doesn't really translate into a super refreshing feel. Good carbonation levels.

Overall (4.00) – interesting flavor. I think this is quite successful as an imperial red but I may just not like the style. I heard that this was like an IPA but I can't really agree with that. The hop character is completely different. What I don't really like about it is the bitterness and how it corresponds with the mouthfeel.

Batch 141 in the new red bottle! (1,018 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 70.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors. (554 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a nice, clear, rusty red-orange hue. Assertive head leaves no lacing.

It has a pleasant aroma of ruby red grapefruit covered with sugar, caramel, and brown sugar.

I'll be honest, most hoppy reds are indistinguishable to me. This is no different. It has a nice grapefruit hop bite backed by a strong caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean.

Overall, a fine hoppy red but nothing that separates it from the pack of this style. (465 characters)

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.