1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Santa Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Santa Vs. UnicornSanta Vs. Unicorn

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

168 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 168
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 40
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-15-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 168 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Ncpogs:
Photo of Ncpogs
4/5  rDev -1%

Ncpogs, Mar 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -1%

Schlais, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of EvolutionAles
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

EvolutionAles, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jaminjohnson, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #64
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a deep dense brown body with a garnet red glow at the base. The sticky beige head last as a thin meniscus, sticking to the glass in sheets with each sip. There is a slow carbonation of bubbles working their way to the surface.

S- The big green slightly herbal pine hops is full from the time I pop the cap. There is some woody notes to the hops in the finish.

T- The dry toasted malt flavor has some toasted biscuit malt and pale malt flavors underneath. There is a green woody dry hops finish with a slightly spicy hops taste lingering after the finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and an alcohol warmth that grows as he beer opens.

O- This is a very dry beer to the point of almost making the malt a bit harsh, and the hops are very dry aswell. The redeeming quality is that everything is very fresh and that gives the malt and hops a great taste. I don’t think it has any of the luscious malt flavors of a barleywine but it is a very nice red ale hop bomb.

rhoadsrage, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DerekQXQX, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of ctronco
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ctronco, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BigJim5021, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper body. A bit of haze. Nice collar and surface foam.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and lemon hops. A little bit of chemical. Strong malt. Strong caramel malt presence.

Taste - Hoppy. Grapefruit. A ton of malt. Kinda tastes like an old double IPA. Eh. Bitter finish with lingering citrus hop.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Bitter finish.

Overall - I'm so unenthused by this. Old IPA is a snifter an apt description.

Alieniloquium, May 28, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazed and rusty reddish brown body with a sizable light tan-yellow head.

The aroma has a sharp pine hop bite, resin, and orange juice. Malt is sweet.

No doubt, it's a hoppy one. Primarily pine and to a lesser extent, citrus. The malt is brown sugar. It has a long, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly smooth and creamy with ample carbonation.

Another fantastic beer by Pipeworks. They're just cranking out good beer after good beer.

Vonerichs, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Sisky
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Sisky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -1%

dexterk1, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev -1%

bmurray10, May 19, 2014
Photo of Jaycase
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 79

a: darkcopper. thin head. lacing fades rather quicky

s: carmel malts, light booze, piney hops, toffee,

t: sweet caramel maltiness pervades. Some pine hops but definitely more muted here than as the aroma. Finishes with a bit of spiciness.

m: Heavy mouthfeel. sticky, low to medium carbonation. slightly dry

o: Overall a nice barleywine. Very drinkable. Not sure what some age would do here but I'm glad I chose fresh.

Jaycase, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of beersdmf17
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

beersdmf17, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish tawny brown color, nice reverse cascading head initially, a finger or so of foam settles after a few minutes. A ring of bubbles cling to the edges and spotty sea spray sticks to the walls of the glass.

Melon rind, pine needles, sandalwood spice in the aroma. Slight whiff of alcohol as it warms, but still fairly subtle.

Light crystal malt sweetness up front, resiny hop bitterness follows quickly after, lingering long into the aftertaste. More pine and bitter citrus peel, earthy and dry in the finish. Smooth feel with light carbonation.

Rating overall/mouthfeel more as drinkability, as this is a very smooth BW with an expertly hidden 10% abv. Would drink this fresh to enjoy the hop character, wouldn't bother cellaring personally.

emerge077, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of blue-dream
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

blue-dream, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -1%

CRJMellor, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev -1%

BuckTuckian, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of PatB1987
4/5  rDev -1%

PatB1987, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of wesside89
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

wesside89, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #266 67 68 69 printed on the label, this is the 2013 release of this beer. I had it last year, but this is the first time I've had the entire bomber to myself. Definitely glad to see that this seasonal release from Pipeworks is back.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark ruddy mahogany / caramel colored body with just over a finger of fluffy creamy tan foam for a head.

S - Smell is big, beautiful, and hoppy. Citrus, pine needles, amber malt, brown bread, and that creaminess that I seem to pick up on in a lot of Pipeworks beers.

T - Taste follows the nose: big juicy citric grapefruit hops, pine needles, lemon, green apples, and then comes the caramel malt, cream, mild peppery rye, dirty herbal earthiness, and some alcohol warmth.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with a dry bitter hoppy finish. Sticky grapefruit, pine, and green apple lingering all over the place with this beast. Full bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful winter seasonal from Pipeworks; I will definitely continue to look forward to this beer every year. Supremely drinkable for being a 10.00% abv beer. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks Santa Vs. Unicorn ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of 1424IpA
4/5  rDev -1%

1424IpA, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Kubrickx
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kubrickx, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of teledeluxe
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

teledeluxe, Mar 20, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.