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Santa Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Santa Vs. UnicornSanta Vs. Unicorn

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BA SCORE
90
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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 46
Gots: 33 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-15-2012

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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 27
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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.

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Pours the color of maple syrup with ruby highlights and a frothy cap of lemon meringue foam. The aroma is hop-forward, with plenty of grapefruit and pine and not much else.

The taste follows the nose, with IPA caliber hoppage including pine resin and grapefruit. Thankfully there is also a healthy dose of sweetness to balance, featuring maple syrup and brown sugar. Vague suggestions of milk chocolate emerge sporadically. The full depth of the malt isn't really appreciable until the finish, once the hop bombardment has subsided. The lingering, delicate, warming finish is the highlight of this beer for me. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and slick. Residual stickiness lingers on the lips after each sip.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number reads 266 67 68 69.

A- Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a half finger worth of khaki head which fades to some lacy froth along the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet malts and citrus hops on the aroma. Much more of a citrus aroma than any other barleywine I've ever had.

T- Sweet caramel malt up front before the strong hop hit. This beer has notes of citrus but mostly a piney resin in terms of the bittering hops.

M- Hoppy, bitter with a dry finish, medium bodied, alcohol is only slightly noticed at 10% ABV.

A nice beer, but I wouldn't really call it a barleywine. This one drinks much more like an imperial red or DIPA, as the blurb on the bottle suggests. It also says "cellar worthy," but I'd go for this one fresh due to the heavy hop character.

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Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.