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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

170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 42
Gots: 24 | 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)
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4/5  rDev -1%

Docrock, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.27.14
Batch # 266 67 68 69

A - Pours a very dark amber red with a pretty bubble tan head that just sits atop.

S - Hoppy pine and citrus.

T - Hoppy pine and citrus, then a bitter sweet malt backbone.

D - Good carbonation with a nice medium body.

O - Hop forward with a big barley wine background. Decent.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Dryer
4/5  rDev -1%

Dryer, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of MaximalC
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

MaximalC, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

bdelonj13, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

jimmy13, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

batfireman, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

thinwhiteduke, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

mychalg9, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

mhksuccess, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Rau71, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

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

ystazi, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

PopnLoads, Jan 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

jscheuf, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

CRJMellor, Jan 06, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -56.7%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ShanePB, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Fcolle2
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown in color with a thin deep tan head that retains nicely.

Smell is good there is a big amount of sweet toffee and rich malt aroma on the front end along with some dark fruit aromas of dates and fig. Butterscotch yeast aroma works well to blend the super sweet malt and fruit aroma.

Taste is good. There is a big malty sweetness accompanied by a semi sharp husky flavor and moderate bitterness. More faint flavors of dark fruit are near the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick, sticky , sweet, slightly dry and bitter. Big feel for a big beer

Fcolle2, Dec 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

McHenry, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mocar, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ralerwen, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BigJim5021, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Norseman, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

brn9000, Dec 27, 2013
Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.