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Santa Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 40
Gots: 26 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BeerThursdays, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of chitownfish
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pipeworks tulip glass

A:Dark amber with a thin head

S:Tons of hops with notes of toffee.Very good smell

T:Bitter hop taste,it hides the alcohol

M:A little thin in my opinion ,But fills your month with hops

O:Another great beer from Pipeworks! Taste more like a IPA

chitownfish, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of BreakingBrew
4/5  rDev -1%

BreakingBrew, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of BrewTasting
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BrewTasting, Jan 04, 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 JVan
4/5  rDev -1%

JVan, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle appropriately shared on Christmas Day. Served in a wine glass.

A - Ample tan foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lacework. Hazed brown body.

S - It's a hoppy barleywine! Big doses of citrus and caramel, as well as some pine and grapefruit zest as it warms up a bit. Perhaps a touch of floral hopping in the background as well. Hits the right balance for this style in my book, with well-concealed booze and not overly herbal hopping.

T - Taste is similar, with an onslaught of pine and citrus zest hops before yielding to a mix of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and citrus flesh mid-palate. Moderate bitterness and minimal alcohol presence.

M - Smooth medium-full body, with pleasant lower carbonation. Some burnt sugars give a mixed dry and sticky finish. Again, not much in the way of alcohol burn.

D - I really enjoyed this one, as it hits my desired balance for this style dead on. One of Pipeworks' strongest beers and something that should develop nicely between now and next Christmas. Hope they make this one more than once a year.

MasterSki, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

sgoro, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

C2H5, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #64

A: Pours a deep scarlett color with some off white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind sticky cobwebs of lace.

S: A ton of caramel malt, some pine and some resinous hop bite. Slight hints of citrus zest on the backend as well.

T: Solid bitterness throughout. This is balanced by a nice caramel sweetness from the malts. Light citrus zest like the nose with some underlying pine and resin.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Sligtly syrupy with a sticky mouthfeel and a medium low carbonation.

O: This was a nice drinking...something. Definitely a hybrid sort of beer. Part barleywine, part imperial red all, but all delicious.

Treebs, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

JALIEN, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a dark amber, near brown with a 1 finger tan head. Blotches and leopard spotting remains on the glass.

S- brown sugar, lots of citrus (oranges, grapefruit)

T- sweet amber malts, brown sugar, candied oranges and some bitter citrus rind.

M- medium body and carbonation. Drinks very well at 10%.

O- closer to a strong ale or imperial red. Reminds me of Brownshugga, but sweeter and with more citrus.

kawilliams81, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of emyers
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch # 64 served in a Founders tulip

Appearance: Dark amber with a very thin off-white head dissipating quickly. Leaves a very thin lacing.

Smell: Served cold, this once is dominated by the hops. Strong grapefruit and pine aroma with caramel malt barely coming through. As the beer warms, the malt takes over with smells of caramel and toffee, with some pine lingering in the background from the hops.

Taste: Caramel malt dominates here. Big toffee flavor up front. The hops are definitely there, with pine and a little bit of citrus, but not quite as prominent as in the nose. I really like the hop profile on this one. Nice punch of bittering hops on the finish, with a little bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy mouthfeel, with a very nice smoothness. Hops on the finish dry out the palate leaving you craving another sip.

Overall: This really should be labeled an imperial red as opposed to a barleywine, but hey, delicious beer is delicious beer. And this definitely qualifies as a delicious beer.

emyers, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kubrickx, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of jdhende
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #64 served in a Firestone walker Proprietors tulip

A: Pours a deep copper color with a one finger head. Very tiny bits of lacing sit on top of the head.

S:Tons of toffee and chewy caramel on the nose with dank hop notes on the end.

T: Alcohol is hidden pretty well by the sweetness of the toffee. Also has a nice hop profile. Leaves a nice sweet and slightly bitter taste on my tongue.

M:Heavier, but still quite smooth on the tongue. Just the right amount of thickness in my opinion

Overall: A nice offering from Pipeworks I am glad to have them on the scene in Chicago. To me though this beer strikes me more as strong ale.

jdhende, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red chestnut brown. Pours from the bottle with a visibly viscosity and obviously low carbonation. Forms a small, creamy, and fairly stable bit of off-white colored head that eventually reduces to a very thin surface coating. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly caramel malts. Earthy with a bit of citrus and fusel spice.

T: Caramel malts, orange rind, slight note of pine, some resin, and a hint of brown sugar. Mild malty sweetness. Turns earthy, with a distinct woody flavor on the back end. A bit of alcoholic heat on the surprisingly short finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Incredibly smooth and voluptuous in the mouth. Mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: I'll admit, this beer isn't much of a barleywine in the traditional sense, but the bottle describes it as a barleywine or an Imperial Red or whatever. And I've got to agree, it straddles the lines of many styles. But in the end, I still liked this beer for what it is. A hoppy strong ale with a very smooth body.

Florida9, Dec 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

mkennedy119, Dec 16, 2012
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
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Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.