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Blood Of The Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 63
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Beergelden
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of wyatt13
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!

Photo of inlimbo77
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Sheva
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of KFBR392
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GuzzLah
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of kodt
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.