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Blood Of The Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-19-2012 17:32:40 | More by Cobrakaikid
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-17-2012 04:49:58 | More by BeerBucks
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

11-14-2012 05:39:05 | More by JaysusJr
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-12-2012 03:53:56 | More by funkyaudio
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-08-2012 03:50:59 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-07-2012 00:55:38 | More by kjkinsey
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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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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4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-29-2012 21:46:55 | More by gtermi
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-27-2012 01:21:58 | More by eawolff99
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

10-25-2012 17:24:58 | More by brystmar
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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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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 42

a: very dark caramel. insane khaki frothy head.

s: caramel and bready. piney hops.

t: combination of caramel maltiness crossed with piney hops. The malts quickly fade leaving the piney hops to remain. finishes with some good bitterness which seems to last as long as sound emitting from a cymbal does after being hit with a drum stick.

m: thickish mouthfeel. carbonation seems spot on. finishes very dry.

o: a good functional brew from Pipeworks. Alcohol does not hide itself. In their unicorn series, I definitely prefer Ninja vs Unicorn but glad I had a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:13:19 | More by Jaycase
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-16-2012 05:25:00 | More by mkennedy119
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is great with a nice copper/amber color

Smell- biscuit and Suttble pine/citrus hops

Taste-biscut and strong pine bitter hops

Mouthfeel- nice medium body good slightly stronger carbonation.

Overall- nice overall red ale. Lots of hops and great malt body


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:25:54 | More by Keyportnick
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-02-2012 17:18:58 | More by ystazi
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-22-2012 21:54:56 | More by PopnLoads
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-16-2012 18:08:13 | More by valdieu2
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-15-2012 03:12:36 | More by vande
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-09-2012 23:50:22 | More by thinwhiteduke
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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-24-2012 19:01:42 | More by MarkFy
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Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-19-2012 18:22:46 | More by jaminjohnson
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-18-2012 23:35:36 | More by ControlledBurn
Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.