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Blood Of The Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 446
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 65
Gots: 58 | 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 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 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 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 draheim
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (batch 16) into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany w/ a monster khaki head, great retention, lots of sticky lacing, moderate carb.

Aroma is really unique & wonderful. Somehow, it smells red. Ruby grapefruit, pomegranate. Has a tart, refreshing quality. As it warms, more floral hop aroma takes over.

Taste is heavily malty with a sharp hoppy bite. Caramel malt, sweet fruit, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, luxurious but a little sticky.

Overall a solidly crafted imperial red.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To start, Pipeworks has some of my favorite bottle art, and this one was no exception. I wish there was a picture up, but there is a unicorn skull on a black label that looks very dark and ominous.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A - This was my favorite part of the beer. It pours almost like a blood red, with a straw colored 2 finger head and nice lacing. Looks beautiful in the glass.

S - Smells a little bready and hoppy. Maybe a little pine smell too.

T - This was not my favorite part of the beer. I am all about hoppy beers, but it was too bitter for me without enough sweetness to balance it out. You get that piney hop taste, but it kind of lingers on the palate for a long time, and not in a pleasant way.

M - The mouth feel was nice. As usual with Pipeworks, the carbonation was perfect.

O - Overall, I would definitely give this beer a try. But it wasn't my favorite from Pipeworks.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 shodrod
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(poured into a tulip glass)
This beer pours a deep, opulent amber color with a slight ivory head which dissipates fairly quickly. A nice hoppy aroma meets the nose with a hint of copper. The front of this beer is hoppy with notes of grass followed by a slight nuttiness. A solid dry, piny finish. Overall, one of the better red ales I've ever had.

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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 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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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.