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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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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Added by MasterSki on 05-29-2012

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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 532
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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

how fantastically delicious is this?! so glad pint cans and some draft have hit the state here. its one of the better red india pales i can think of, and it reminds me a lot of the alesmith bloody valentine, dank and resinous hoppy, bitter enough to more than cover up for the sweeter red malt base, and rather layered and attitudinal for the style. frothy and awesome looking, all of their beer seems to have the appearance aspect dialed in. its mellow but creamy, an interesting look and feel for a hop driven beer to have, but it flatters it too. the malt base is interesting. at times it reminds me of a german winter bock, at times a vienna lager, at other times a california amber ale, but the sweetness is flavorful and then tamed right down. brown sugar and baked pie crust give way to pine hops and resin, and you almost forget its a red beer. fuller bodied too, but not too strong on the booze. i think they really have this one dialed, and while its a style that wont appeal to everyone, it certainly works for me. affordable pint cans is pretty rad too!!!

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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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red/brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops is dominant with medium sweet caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by earthy and citrus hops notes with some semi-sweet caramelized malt notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nicely done with good hops punch and a solid malt bill.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown, when backlit it has a reddish glint. Pouring in the last bit it becomes even darker. Lasting light tan foam, heavy on

Earthy and lightly fruity aroma, bready malt figures largely.
Tea leaves, eucalyptus, and sandalwood.

Big caramel and crystal malt flavors, bready with plenty of spicy, bitter hops to back up the malt bill. Resiny, full bodied, packed with intense flavor. Pine needles, caramel, herbal tea. Slick, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall pretty burly and solid, as if Alpha King and Bigfoot had a love child.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Okay, this is a damn badass label... Anyway, the beer behind it pours a dark, somewhat hazy ruby topped by over a finger of dirty, pale khaki foam. So this is what unicorn blood looks like... The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, sweet caramel, pine resin, and a tiny touch of leek. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, pine resin, cilantro, and light biscuit. A strong bitterness pervades, though it's not enough to detract too far from good thoughts. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice red, easily one of the best I've had in a long time. Good times.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange red with a decent head and adquate lacing. Smell is sweetly malty, touch of caramel, slightly woody hop note, a bit of citrus, an undertone of alcohol. Taste follows. It's solid, but ultimately undynamic and indistinct. From an amber I'd love something interesting going on with the malt. Not really happening here. Nor is the hop bill really distinct. Lagunitas still several superior options. But, hey, the can is dope.

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

Can shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

Amber body with a frothy off-white cap. Hop, pine, bread. Robust malt body with piney hop character. Solid.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in the matching Pipeworks snifter.

A - Two fingers of orange-tinged tan foam that settles to a thick, creamy cap, leaving behind sheets of lace. Dark, lightly hazed, ruby-brown body - really dark for the style.

S - Tons of piney and earthy hops here, with a touch of grapefruit rind and dankness. Very hop-forward, with only some mild bready and sugary cookie malts popping up in the periphery.

T - Malt shows up a little heavier here, with crystalline sugar, toasted grains, and red fruits supporting the earthy and spicy hop flavors. There's a vaguely European vibe to the hop bill, but with restrained bitterness.

M - Slightly grainy, medium-full body, pleasant medium-low carbonation, and an oily and resinous finish. Alcohol is quite well-hidden - I get a touch of warmth after most of a glass, but that's about it.

D - A really nice Imperial Red. The Pipeworks guys said they were going for an 'Imperial' 5 AM Saint, but I think this is much superior (although it's really tough to get fresh Brewdog here). I prefer Ninja vs. Unicorn by a small margin, but this is also quite enjoyable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!!!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 2/8/16

Pours a very nice dark amber color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice malt notes, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty Amber Ale, surprised me. Recommended!

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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 Dave_Treat
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blood of the unicorn! Awesome name. Awesome artwork. Had in a 16 oz can.

Pours a nice red ale with medium head. Hit right away with the pine hop notes, with a slight citrus. Taste follows. Bitter hop up front and in follow through, maybe a bit much as it over powers the rest. Very a tiny bit of citrus, maybe melon at the end. Nicely carbonated. Overall a decent, very hop forward red ale.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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!

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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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from a four pack that I think cost me $10. Dark and cloudy red color, lost of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sort of bready with some pine cones thrown in there. Flavor is more pine, good maltiness, pretty nice red ale but I sort of wish I'd only bought one can.

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Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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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Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, dank hops and slightly sweet citrus/fruit. The flavor is tropical fruit, hops/mild hop resin, malts, slightly sweet citrus/fruit and a bitter/slightly tart finish.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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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 Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-03-11 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can.

A - Partially clear mahogany with a 1-finger light tan head and mild lace.

S - Regular and blood orange flesh. Pungent hop oils on the dank side. Cinnamon toast.

T - Red grapefruit flesh, brown sugar, pine, toast. Plenty of spicy bitterness in the finish, complimented with some citrus tartness. An appealing blend of flavors that is somewhat like a Deschutes Red Chair.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. There's some resin and prickle but it also comes across as creamy. Fairly dry.

O - A fine example of a Red Ale that I quite enjoyed.

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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.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours reddish amber with a big off white meringue head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with lots of fruity resiny piney dank hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malt with lots of fruity resiny piney hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice hoppy red.

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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.

AMAZING; SEEK IT OUT!

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.