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Blood Of The Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Blood Of The UnicornBlood Of The Unicorn

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 455
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 67
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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 lbj12s
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of BStalf21
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is Ruby red and pours a thick head that gives some nice lacing. You can smell the hops on this one and you will taste them too. very nice hop flavor that is balanced nicely with malts. It was a pretty full bodied amber with a thicker look and feel then most. Overall my first pipeworks beer but wont be my last props to them on this great beer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from badass labeled 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre

A- pours a dirty amber with a 2 finger off-white head. Small bubbles and blotches remain on the glass..

S- spicy, amber malts. Lots of pine and citrus. Smell is amazing!

T- sweet amber malt, nice amount of citrus, spicy and pine hops finish this beer.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice smoothness throughout this beer.

O- wow! This might be my favorite Pipeworks beer to date. Smell is amazing and the and the taste isn't far behind.

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Photo of MarkLikesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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Photo of kodt
4.47/5  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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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

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Photo of timc100
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.43/5  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.


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Photo of Fcolle2
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of Treebs
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16. 22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve Series tulip.

A: Pours a deep, deep dark cherry red color with some brown hues mixed in. A thick, light khaki head forms on the pour and sticks around for quite sometime. It recedes very slowly to a thick cap and collar that leaves some sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Big juicy and piney hops are up front on the first whiff. Big dried biscuit malts with a nice sugar sweetness and berry fruitiness is on the end.

T: Nice fruity flesh and citrus grapefruit bursts are up front, but it gets really down and dirty with some earthy grass and subtle pine. The malt bill comes on strong at the finish with some nice caramel notes, dark spiced bread and a slight toasted bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a slight bit of oily slickness. The finish is sweet and creamy with a nice medium carbonation level.

O: I'm sort of a amber/red ale fan boy and this one really hit it out of the park. Great creamy sweetness from the malts with a nice balance of fruity and piney hops. I hope this isn't a one off and sees some semi regular production like NvU.

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Photo of stompilator
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a snifter.

A - Pours blood red, one-finger beige head.

S - Mango, apricot, cherry, caramel, toffee.

T - A wonderful, cirtus character blooms out from the front-palate, notes of mango, apricot, and pineapple. A piney, resiny flavor evolves out of that, but never eclipses it. Sweet, caramelly malt flavor hangs just in the background, with the malt sweetness giving the tropical hops a juicy character.Ultimately, the dank and fruity hops settle into the aftertaste in equal form.

M - Medium body, appropriately lively carbonation. Mild residual bitterness.

O - A hop-dominated beer, but benefits wonderfully from the malt profile. A perfect example of what the "Red IPA" should be.

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant, darker, hazy, dark-red with a two-finger white head with some creamyness to it. As head dissipates, I can already see lacing and it continues heavy lacing throughout. Smells of citrus, piney hops with some maltiness. Piney resin is stronger than the citrus, though it comes through. Maltiness does come through, but the bitter hops is allowed to win the battle. This tastes great! It's my first Pipeworks, and its usually an afterthought when I run through Chicago. I need to visit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of sully11277
4.35/5  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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, batch #16, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark, murky ruby color and produces a finger of creamy tan head, good retention, leaves very good lacing.

S- Lots of dank, herbal hops, spicy black pepper, peat, and also some sweet caramel.

T- Follows the nose with loads of herbal hops, a bit of pine resin, followed by sweet, grainy caramel malt and some earthy peat. A bit of booziness is detectable but is generally well-hidden. Finish has lingering bitterness with dank hops and spicy black pepper.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth feel, semi-dry finish.

O- A really nice, hop-forward red ale, I drank a bomber on my own pretty easily, really great stuff.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can. Pours deep amber with some fuzzy soapy bubbles that leave a bubbly coating on the top. Smells super tropical and piney atop rich caramelized grainy malts, brown sugar. Taste is caramelly with a nice fruity hop bitter at the finish. Awesome canned brew. Pipeworks knows how to do it with hops.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red-tinted brown in color. Forms a fairly sizable tan head that has some decent sticking power. Leaves some moderate lacing on the way down.

S: The aroma is a strong blend of citrus and pine hops with a good dose of caramel malt.

T: The flavor is really nice. Not nearly as malty as either the color or the style would suggest, but it's certainly plenty hoppy. Starts off with a moderate sweetness with some moderate notes of caramel and some mild brown bread before turning aggressively hoppy with lots of citrus and pine and grapefruit to a lesser extent. Finishes is long and malty.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation and a moderate-to-strong bitterness.

O: Another successful beer from the Pipeworks gang, though I've got to admit I'm a bit biased as this beer certainly plays to my love of the hops.

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Photo of Agold
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice dark amber color with a couple fingers of head which recede to a nice collar. Pretty nice retention. Aroma is very citrus forward with some caramel and earthiness, along with a bit of alcohol. Taste is great. Extraordinarily well balanced, with a log of caramel, biscuit, and some yeasty frutiness combined with a nice pine, citrus, herbal thing coming from the hops. Body is medium and carbonation is nice. Pipeworks has done it again. This beer is frighteningly drinkable for its ABV and very enjoyable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 16 poured into duvel Tulip.

Thanks to kawilliams81 for pickn this beer up for me! Thanks kent!

Appearance: a medium amber almost crimson red bodied beer with easy 2 fingers of head. The head has some great staying power. Leaving some nice curtians behind on the glass.

Smell: This is a big & robust red ale. Malts smell of sweet carmel and are fairly bready. Lots of pine and citrus hops that smell like that balance and might even overpower the malts. Also getting pineapple and hints of other tropical fruits in the nose!

Taste: This beer has a really a dank hoppiness. I would say its on the high end of moderately bitter. The hops taste of mostly of pine and grass with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. Almost on the edge of being too bitter for my liking. The malt profile tastes like it smells a touch of sweet caramel and the breadiness is a bit heavier, but it is overtaken by the hops with its carrying bitterness. The malts seem to resurface in the middle of the beer and adds a touch of malty sweetness that helps balance those big dank hops! The beer finishes with a lingering bitterness that tastes like citrus and grapefruit that has a touch of astrigency to it. The beer also seems to be better balance as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is well carbonated and I am enjoying the way this drinks. It just a tad heavier than a summer beer that you would slam on a really hot day, but you could still call it pretty drinkable. Just a touch of alcohol is found in the beer.

Overall: Another wonderful offering by pipeworks! I prefer the Ninja vs. Unicorn, but this one is a really solid beer too. After trying my third beer from pipeworks, I am willing to say that this brewery is easily able to hold its own in a crowded chicago craft beer market. Pipeworks is legit! Save a few more bottles for me!

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Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz (batch 16), shared with my brother.

A: Pours a brownish-red reminiscent of molasses. Small off-white head with ok retention.

S: Giant nose of tropical and citric hops. Big grapefruit, orange, bitterish pith, bready and sweet caramel malts behind.

T: Alcohol-laced bitterness, grass, pine, moderately sweet caramel, citric hop and bitter leaf in the finish.

M: Pretty thick mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

O: The aroma is fantastic, better than the taste, which is a little too raw and grassy. A little too much alcohol but still really nice.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: coppery red with a fluffy, off-white head that trails nice lacing
S: pine, stone fruit hop notes dominate the nose
T: assertive resinous hops with a nice citrus and melon finish. Biscuity malt is present as well.
M: a medium-light body with asomewhat light carbonation
O: this is an aggressively hoppy red, but its not a one-trick...unicorn. The malt flavor is noticeable, and the melon finish keeps it interesting. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 22

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a three fingered head that leaves quite a few shards behind; terrific retention, too (other reviewers have noted a ruby red color which may have been true in the earlier batch but not in this one)

Smell: Crusty brown bread and caramel, with a very unusual hop profile that includes pine, raspberry and pomegranate (another reviewer noted the pomegranate flavor and that hit the nail on the head)

Taste: Brown bread and caramel, up front, but the hops quickly take over, bringing pine, tart raspberry and pomegranate elements; the flavors balance each other out after the swallow and there is also a distinct earthy character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was fully prepared to rate this beer's taste below a 4.0 until midway through the bottle; while I am still not an enthusiast, it is different enough and, appealing in its own right, to merit a higher score; definitely work a look for those who are intrigued with the flavors a brewer can coax out of the ingredient mix

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.