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Unicorn's Revenge - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 109
Gots: 29 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This epic battle is exhausting The Unicorn. He's been at it fighting all sorts of creatures, spirits, beings from other worlds and other dimensions. If there's one thing The Unicorn hates, it's sadness. If there's another one thing The Unicorn hates, it's exhaustion. It is time The Unicorn made all others regret the day, they began this epic battle! With an intense and unexpected juicy and floral combination that can only come with generous amounts of New Zealand hops.

(Beer added by: KFBR392 on 03-01-2013)
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Photo of tectactoe
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rainblows for this one! Thick, thick pour... wow, this beer looks nearly as thick as some stouts out there. Opaque copper; dingy and sludgy and murky and kind of swampy looking, topped with a soft, off-white head that doesn't waste any time shaving itself away, layer by layer, until only a meek, little film is left, stretched across the mucky brew.

The aroma's got plenty of hops - piney, citric, and coming out strong with a lot of grapefruit pungency. However, I am also sensing an equal, if not, *larger*, presence from the malt. Big-time malty sweetness, caramely and toffee-like with some residual, underlying sugars. It's relatively fresh, so this isn't necessarily hop fade; that's just how it is.

There are certainly more vibrant fruits present from the hops on the palate, including more grapefruit, grapes, and a mild tropical essence. However, the malt is just as amplified - this thing is quite malty. Caramel... sweet, sweet caramel. Normally, I love caramel. But I don't know how I feel about it in this capacity for a double IPA. I'm not totally vibing with it.

Despite the sweet, sticky, and eminently heavy malt attack, Unicorn's Revenge is substantially bitter on the back-end. Once the sweetness fades, it really comes out; staunch, robust, and heavy enough to rip your taste buds away. Sticky, bitter, malty sweet, and lightly fruity. Huge mouth feel... larger than life; thick, swampy, and maybe I can even use the word "chewy" here.

Not bad, but I don't feel the same love for this one as most others. I'm just not a huge fan of malt heavy IPAs or DIPAs, so this one wasn't quite a home run for me. I was hoping for more present flavor from the hops, too, rather than just the contributed bitterness. Glad I had the chance to try it, but I probably wont be trading for it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Hugonaut13!

Hazed copper with a creamy off-white head. Sticky, lined lacing down the glass.

Lots of melon (combination of honeydew and cantaloupe) in the aroma, along with some sweet citrus components. Enough sweet, bready malt backbone to balance things out. Quite nice.

Bitter and juicy grapefruit flavors combine with the melon found in the aroma. Some bread and sweetness as well. Very well balanced. A touch of an alcohol presence is there on the finish, but it's mild and not distracting.

Medium to near full in body for the style. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Fantastic Midwest DIPA.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jeonseh
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by nasty31

A - Dark orange color with a hazy, thick beer with a small white head

S - Orange, slight floral, pineapple, and pine to it. Great IPA nose on this one

T - Upfront, there is orange and pine with slight bitterness that lingers on the tongue in the finish. Light floral and earthy presence to it as well. Overall, I'd say the flavors are all soft as nothing is too big or standing out.

MF - Big carbonation in this as well with a creamy body with a slight thickness to it. It leaves a hop resin on the tongue in the finish

O - Solid beer that makes a good impression with the New Zealand hops. Has a good balance between citrus and pine to it. Good flavor throughout.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 130
(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep copper body with a thick pale white head that is thick and supported by a sluggish carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The rich jammy green fruit cocktail aroma during the pour turns a spicy hop in the finish the aroma is rather fleeting.

T- The big pungent hop bite in the finish clings to the tongue in the after taste. There is some toasted malt hints that blend into the background and offer some support of the big hop flavor.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a warm alcohol heat that kicks up the bitterness level as it opens.

O- Nice hop aroma that fades pretty quickly and the taste is a full spicy pungent hops and alcohol heat blended together. There doesn’t seem to be much depth or hop flavor in the taste and it lessens as the beer opens.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of timc100
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 96

A: Hazy bright gold with a yellow-stained cream head. Great pillowy dense foam head.

S: Started off pungently aromatic and has died down quite a bit, sadly. A lot of vivid, ripe tropical fruits- musty mango and pineapple, sweet grapefruit. Big caramel sweetness - butterscotch/toffee.
Decent pine mintiness and resin to round it out.

T: First hit with a crisp bite of citrus and tropical fruit hop bitterness, then a wash of the resin and pine. The caramel increases with time. Very sticky, pungent fruits - mango and pineapple and tangy orange juice.

P: Big, perfect for a DIPA - medium to full body, sticky and slightly chewy.

O: Fantastic addition to the series, right up there with galaxy and citra

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.44/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright rusty orange, translucent, and an appreciable white head to it.

It smells fruity as hell with sweet but not bitter tropical fruits, specifically mango and papaya. Light floral notes and a whiff of baby powder. Hmm.

Sweet tropical fruits and lilac flavors with a sugary sweetness. Bubble gum, too. It's boozy as fuck.

Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit oily, but good carbonation.

Pipeworks just keeps cranking out solid beer after solid beer. This one isn't as clean as some of the other "ninja/unicorn" series, but it packs a much more boozy punch.

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3.84/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of larryarms847
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, red-orange with frothy tan foam about a finger thick.

Heavy whiffs of cantaloupe and other melon aromas backed by some pine and spice.

Tons of melon and tropical flavors on the front with a spicy herbalness on the backend.

Mouthfeel is rather hot and boozy, but the sweetness helps balance that.

Overall, another primo imperial IPA from Pipeworks, they're doin' it right.

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Unicorn's Revenge from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.