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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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90
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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 51
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 23:36:15 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 19:43:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-30-2014 04:06:48 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-07-2012 00:55:38 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-08-2012 03:50:59 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-12-2013 02:02:59 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-15-2013 03:31:49 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:43:13 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:26:09 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:04:23 | More by MasterSki
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-11-2013 01:59:01 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-26-2013 22:21:41 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-21-2012 04:20:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-19-2014 14:34:57 | More by scruffwhor
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2013 20:31:55 | More by liamt07
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-25-2012 22:02:31 | More by Rhettroactive
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-07-2013 18:50:13 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 23:55:16 | More by WoodBrew
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-21-2014 19:20:10 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-27-2012 01:21:58 | More by eawolff99
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-12-2014 00:16:27 | More by smartassboiler
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-17-2013 23:41:31 | More by outoffocus
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Florida9

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:15:00 | More by Florida9
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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.