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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
outstanding

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 36
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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)
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Kaveman

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

01-06-2014 02:49:51 | More by Kaveman
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

05-28-2013 01:50:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-04-2014 15:47:40 | More by HumanParaquat
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.7%

12-16-2013 22:38:18 | More by smartassboiler
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MrsBeerGut

Indiana

3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-07-2014 01:17:59 | More by MrsBeerGut
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.7%

09-12-2013 03:15:36 | More by CityofBals
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Sisky

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-27-2013 01:11:50 | More by Sisky
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sgoro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-01-2013 01:37:07 | More by sgoro
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Thebrianeffect

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-15-2014 14:30:25 | More by Thebrianeffect
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SCZ

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-14-2013 00:23:03 | More by SCZ
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-28-2013 03:21:33 | More by DonFrap
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Stillmakingnoise

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-17-2014 06:46:43 | More by Stillmakingnoise
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mocar

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-29-2013 00:16:31 | More by mocar
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-19-2013 00:58:27 | More by thegerm87
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-26-2013 01:34:24 | More by TonyTalon
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

Overall, this is a visually appealing, bold, hopcentric brew. The bitterness is too one-sided for my tastes, but it's not a bad offering if that's your cup of tea.

01-26-2014 01:07:21 | More by MaximalC
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vic21234

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

12-16-2013 01:15:03 | More by vic21234
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-06-2014 00:54:55 | More by DerekQXQX
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teledeluxe

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-20-2014 15:38:53 | More by teledeluxe
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Drucifer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-07-2013 18:54:04 | More by Drucifer
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IronTom

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

10-09-2013 17:16:03 | More by IronTom
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-09-2014 22:14:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-19-2013 05:55:22 | More by CuriousMonk
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-19-2014 18:14:40 | More by mklisz
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-14-2014 18:50:40 | More by mikeincharleston
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Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.