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Blood Of The Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Blood Of The UnicornBlood Of The Unicorn

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%


Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-29-2012)
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 19:46:21 | More by BeerLover99
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:20:31 | More by facundoCNB
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sully11277

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:54:33 | More by sully11277
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 19:10:13 | More by SportsandJorts
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:09:26 | More by JohnnyHopps
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 02:02:38 | More by koutkid41
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:06:21 | More by Fcolle2
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 15:25:49 | More by rhoadsrage
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:51:41 | More by cvm4
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spointon

Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 05:33:38 | More by spointon
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csparace

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:36:59 | More by csparace
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 05:43:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:29:11 | More by Vonerichs
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Appears a nice dark red color with small, one finger, bright white head.

S - Very hoppy, piney, good malt background.

T - Hoppiness takes a backseat to a full malt character. Malt is a tad fruity, but also bitter and bready.

M - Full mouthfeel, smooth.

Overall - I was a tad disappointed in what I thought was going to be a highly hoppy beer from the smell.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 23:52:46 | More by BeerBuckeye
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timc100

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 102

A: Blood of unicorn bro - ruby red blended with blood orange. Great american strong ale-looking head - orange tinged beige with sticky big bubble lacing.

S: Not incredibly complex, but great. Big sticky, resinous pine and sugared grapefruit peel. A slight bubble-gum sweetness. Orange peel and mango follow. Not incredibly malty, but sticky caramel and toffee are definitely the backbone. Enticing

T: Tastes like a really hoppy american strong ale. Big slap of bitterness hits first, then malty and fruity hop sweetness on the middle of the mouth, the resinous pine cones and caramel coat the mouth. Very sticky and fresh

P: Sticky, chewy, very solid medium body pushing to full. Carbonation does not get in the way.

O: I had a previous batch of this and can tell they are improving. Much fuller and more vibrant. Great stuff

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 18:58:32 | More by timc100
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 102. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my 7venth Sun tulip glass.

A - Pours a deep ruby red, topped off with a two-finger head of creamy foam. Lots of visible carbonation. Great head retention and impressive lacing.

S - Right away, I get a lot of hop character of the pine / grass variety with a smoothed bitterness. A good caramelized malt presence as well here.

T - Loads and loads of hops at the front, with actually less of a staunch malt backbone than I was expecting from something labeled as an "Imperial Red Ale." Nonetheless, the taste is unavoidably delicious. Very drinkable as well, despite the 8.5% ABV.

M - A little bit fuller bodied, with a high carbonation level that I was expecting from the appearance. A bit dry, but not prohibitively so.

O - Great beer, although not exactly what I was expecting. Despite the color, instead of an imperial red, I would consider this more of a maltier DIPA. Whatever the heck you want to call it though, give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:02:29 | More by wyatt13
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 3/12/13
Batch 102
HF wine glass

A: Pours a hazy orange, reddish amber color. Initially about a finger of off white head. Leaves some sticky lacing sheets as it fades into bubbles on the top of brew.

S: Earthy and piney hops for sure. Getting a really spicy aroma too. East coast/Mid-west IPA like nose. Some breadiness from the malts, but not as much caramel or nuttiness.

T: Bitterness on tip of tongue. Those crisp earthy piney hops are right there. Really delicious meshing of the malt bill mid-mouth. Works well with those spicy hops. The finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

M: Big medium bodied brew. Drinks more like IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 14:26:21 | More by inlimbo77
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: on the brighter side of a red amber imperial ale. Thin head with some very light lacing throughout. Slightly below average carbonation.

Smell: smoked malt and a thick caramel aroma. A crispy hop presence.

Taste: the front is a smooth thickness of caramel and molasses. Some sweet sugar accents really kiss well on the front end. The body get overridden by very bitter hops which stand out too much. Not as much of a dry finish as I expected aftertaste after the body.

Mouthfeel:I the freshness of this beer creates a very clean mouthfeel.

Overall: a little disappointed by this brew. I thought the red ale aspects of this beer got a little lost overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:42:47 | More by KFBR392
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - hazy dark amber with a short white head.

S - prominent pine, citrus, soft malt with a hint of roast.

T - juicy citrus dominates upfront with a piney and soft roasty finish.

M - medium body, low-medium carbonation. Oily. Medium and pleasant bitterness with a short-medium sustain.

O - enjoyable, smooth and flawless.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:53:40 | More by GuzzLah
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kodt

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #70 poured into Snifter from 22oz bomber.

A - Deep amber / brown, a little cloudy, good sized foamy head.

S - Pine and Citrus hops, like a DIPA.

T - Great balance of hops and malty red ale. Not as hoppy as it smells initially, but enough to give it a good bite. Great balance of a red ale and DIPA.

M - Smooth, medium carbonation, not too light.

O - A very solid beer. The balance of styles is great here.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 17:17:38 | More by kodt
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socon67

New York

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #22 cracked for the Superbowl.

A - Pours a dark amber with strong red hue. Lacing is nice as is the foam retention. Bubbly head pours high and settled slowly.

S - The initial smell from the glass is of earthy hops and similar to a DIPA. As it warmed there was more of a light malt and berry smell.

T - Some initial sweetness of light fruit that is balanced by a strong hop forward bitterness. This is very close to an IPA in an amber label. Very similar to Troegs Nugget Nectar in that the sugary flavors and malt profile is dominated by blended hops.

M - Feels lighter than it is and is lightly carbonated. I think one was enough however because of the strong hop forward body.

O - Fun beer and from an emerging brewery. If I lived in Chicagoland I'd take this fresh over Nugget Nectar.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 13:24:11 | More by socon67
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lbj12s

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolutely delicious hoppy red ale. Think a very hoppy version of great lakes Nosferatu. If you like imperial red's, and ipa's, this is a wonderful marriage of the two. If you happen to be lucky enough to see this beer on the shelf at your liquor store, do yourself a favor and pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 03:31:14 | More by lbj12s
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vic21234

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter, Batch #42.

A- Pours a hazy mahogany color with a half to full finger of an off-white head. The head leaves a thin film along the top with some sticky lacing along the sides.

S- Great hop presence in the smell. The aroma is very fruity and citrusy, with grapefruit and mango notes dominant.

T- This one surprised me with the amount of hop kick to it. The hops overwhelm in this one. Tons of pine and citrus hops. The taste of sweet malts are there slightly, but drowned out by the hops.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, bitter, very dry finish.

This one drinks like a DIPA in my opinion. Good stuff, just more hoppy than I would have thought for a red.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:20:18 | More by vic21234
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Grohnke

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep copper. With the mix of browns and reds, it actually looks like a snifter full of blood. Persistent and creamy egg-nog colored head. Light lacing forms on the glass

Nose is bursting with pine and tropical fruit like citrus. Massively hopped. A sharp caramel note supports the hops. Light bready/biscuit malt is buried beneath. Light trace of alcohol.

The sharp caramel note that was in the nose comes out a bit stronger in taste and carried by an onslaught of bright, resiny citrus and pine hops. There is a surprisingly great balance of bready malt, caramel sweetness and hop resin that come together very well on the palate. Hop bitterness is strong, but not overbearing. The finish is moderately dry . The aftertaste is long and reverts back to the balance of the nose, where the hops are in the forefront with subtle caramel sweetness in the background.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Theres a residual stickiness that lingers on my lips that feels equal parts residual sugars and hop resin. Light trace of alcohol warmth.

Although on first sniff this beer seems like its going to be massively dry, and hop-centered, it turns, the malt profile was ample enough to level things out and make a wonderfully balanced imperial red.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:29:43 | More by Grohnke
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warnerry

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 42

A - Pours deep amber with some crimson and almost three fingers of tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Hops and malts battle for prevalence, but I think piney hops win out. Also a lot of caramel malt and a bit of biscuit. Some noticeable alcohol.

T - Similar to the smell there is a nice hop presence, mostly pine. Caramel malt provides some nice balance without becoming sweet. Also some biscuit taste. Very nice.

M - Very smooth medium mouthfeel with bitterness throughout and a lingering earthiness.

O - Another nice one from Pipeworks, and another example of how increasing the hop component can take a style I don't like and make it very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:17:09 | More by warnerry
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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.