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Unicorn's Revenge - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 108
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: KFBR392 on 03-01-2013

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.
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Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by OneBeertoRTA:
Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Zach for the bottle. Really fresh

Color- nice zesty dark orange

Smell- not overpowering with fruit, hops or malt but smell of a good amount of stuff going on

Taste- first sip was like, damn! Then again... This is just a terrific DIPA, I simply cant stop drinkingt it. No lingering malt or overpowering pine, just hoppy goodness that made the glass impossible to put down. I mowed through the bomber in minutes, and definitely felt it. Upon checking the bottle I noticed a double digit ABV. PW truly has mastered the art of masking abv. Well done!

Overall- another impressive brew by PW, keep it up!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of timc100
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of Vonerichs
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saturated dark orange color, copious foam and lace coating the opposite side of the glass. Clusters of bubbles raft on over to the sides of the glass.

Fruity aroma, candied orange peel and dried mango, some leafy green resin and pale malt under the surface.

Flavors follow suit, orange/mango/cantaloupe fruitiness, resiny green hop undercurrent, hint of pale malt again. A little bit of earthy mango in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and drinkable as all Pipeworks DIPA's have been, this one seems to be a variation on a theme, though not straying far into unique territory. Solid and flavorful, really enjoyed and would drink it again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #174 poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy medium amber/orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Fresh pine and grapefruit with a hint of tangerine and a sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Sharp bitterness with grapefruit, orange zest and pine and a big caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

Photo of yamar68
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mnphish for opening this one up with me! Bottled 5 days ago? I can dig it.

Murky amber gold body stuffed with beading and capped off with a finger of off-white cream that produces a good bit of lace.

The first thing I notice on the nose is an inviting caramel malt backbone, layered with soft citrus flesh, spruce, floral qualities... it's a really diverse smelling beer I think.

Bittersweet goodness on the palate - it's got that classic citric hop thing going on with the support of an English-like malt profile. Floral notes show themselves again and a brush of alcohol on the tail end of things.

Tasty shit!

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Batch 169 7.16.13

A - This beer is opaque with an orange center surrounded by sunset highlights. It was topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

S - When I popped the bottle I got some good citrus aromas. Once I poured it I smelled a sweet caramel, piney mess. The sweetness and pine were not complimentary.

T - I unfortunately get some bready malt. I was hoping for a glorious hop check to my 'buds. I get some pine in the aftertaste.

M - This is a thick IPA. That is good.

O - I can't believe this beer would fall off this much in just under two months. I had the Citra Ninja much fresher and got some of the same sweetness. I would like to try it fresher. I loved the Ninja vs. Unicorn. The other two mentioned were a disappointment.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hot dog Raul got himself some Pipeworks and it happened to be a Unicorn's Revenge. After staring at the label for an hour like I was on acid, Raul indulged into this thang only like Raul could know how. Perfect balance between the West Coast and the East Coast. If Angelina and Brad produced a lil hottie, it would be this.

Don't get this, my children. Don't get it because Raul wants more!

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #551-552 printed on the label. Finally getting around to trying this member of the Pipeworks unicorn family. Expectations are excellent considering the source.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a murky burnt orange colored body with hues of red thrown in there. Two fingers of frothy khaki head that leaves behind lots of fat scattered spotty lacing. Looks nice for what it is, but a bit dark for a DIPA.

S - The aroma is of mild alcohol fumes, and some tropical citrus fruits - mango, banana, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges. Hoppy & piney, but it's missing that fresh juicy citrus qualities that I've come to love about Pipeworks' DIPA's.

T - Tastes more along the lines of what many Pipeworks imperial red ales have tasted like. Semi-boozy / hot, with some tropical fruit presence - mango, pineapple, banana, orange, white grapes.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, and lightly boozy. Fruity, herbal, & bitter with some earthy red maltiness lingering.

Overall, it is not my favorite of the Ninja vs. Unicorn offerings from these guys, but I am glad to have tried it.

Pipeworks Unicorn's Revenge -----4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, nice carbonation two finger head with some lacing.

S-Floral, some citrus, tad bit of spice, some wheat as well.

T-Floral notes, nice citrus, good hop presences, mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, some hop resins.

O-Another yummy DIPA from Pipeworks.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Fischmann Liquors in Chicago, IL; unknown brewing/bottling date but Batch #: 551-552, poured into my FFF Telu glass, drank over 30 minutes

Photo of MCain04
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 92, $10.99, poured into a Half Acre snifter.

A: Orange/amber, opaque, 2 finger off-white head with great head and retention.

S: Some citrus and pine, but not terribly aromatic.

T: Nice balance with good bitterness throughout, moderate bitterness, well-balanced. Not a great hop flavor, but incredibly drinkable, especially at 10% ABV.

M: Verrrry smooth and full bodied. Close to Heady or PtE's mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: Incredibly drinkable and balanced. Not the tastiest or best smelling brew, but certainly quite well enjoyed. Pipeworks is solid in all their offerings, and this is one of their better ones.

Photo of csparace
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - one finger head that fades incredibly fast. dark gold with brown and amber look.

S - really strong sweet chocolaty orange. literally mouthwatering. slight grain hints.

T - no real hops grab and not nearly as bitter as the Ninja v Unicorn. slight sweetness. also has a slight alcohol experience on the fade out. like NvU it has a better aftertaste than original. hints of caramel

M - very very smooth. leaves a bit of stickiness as expected .

O - I have to say I'm a little disappointed. After having the NvU I was really "hopping" to be blown away. its very smooth and does smell great. the overall sweetness is interesting.

I had a super fresh batch 92, bottled two Mondays ago.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Smells heavenly. Lots of pineapple juice on the smell and taste. Sweet tropical hop flavor. Bitterness balanced with the malt bill. Doesn't look the prettiest but the taste is great.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked batch #92 into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours an orange-accented glimmering copper topped by a bright off white head. Average retention with hints of lacing. Tons of tropical and floral notes on the nose, pineapple, mango, and hints of caramel and some clean alcohol. Opens with passionfruit and lots of it, my favorite contribution of some New Zealand hop varieties. Blood orange, pineapple, papaya, and mango as well with a touch of caramel. Finishes with really intense citrus rind bitterness quickly rounded out by some more caramel accented sweet fruit notes. Big, full bodied, smooth and silky. Moderate carbonation. Unicorn's Revenge is an excellent DIPA/IIPA. This offering will satisfy the biggest hophead's craving, however it also displays much more balance than the previous release, Galaxy Unicorn. The New Zealand hop profile used here is wonderful. An excellent addition to Pipeworks library of excellent DIPA/IIPA's, however this one is among the heads of the class.

Photo of davey101
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a teku glass. Batch #96. Huge thanks to bstyle!

A - Pours a hazy dark brown color, appears more of a burnt amber under light but god damn is it a dark IPA. Two fingers of white foam with some orange edging. Sticky lacing.

S - Whole lotta pine initially but cut through by some ripe tropical fruit and bitter grapefruit. The finish is candy like with honey drenched caramel malts. Kind of a musky earthy thing working through the whole nose, really unique. Does smell a bit boozy.

T - Quite bitter with a mixture of pine, tropical fruit, and some floral/grassy elements. Sweet honey and caramel malts on the finish. Like a hoppy caramel tropical fruit candy. A bit too boozy though. Creamy mouth feel.

O - Not sure how old this beer is now, but its damn good. A bit too boozy but the unique candy and floral aspects totally make up for it.

Photo of woooobeer
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just got this bottle from a friend that went to chicago. Thanks Anil !! What a great beer. i popped the cap and smelled straight from the bottle and i knew this was going to be an awesome brew! i poured into my Lawson's finest liquid tulip. appearence is a cloudy amber/golden color. Smell is terrific, tons of juicy hops reminds me alot of port brewing style dipa. The taste is exactly what i smelled. Huge juicy hops, Alcohol is present but not over powering. the body and carbanation is perfect. This is my first brew from pipeworks and i will be on the lookout for more from them!

Photo of AirZombie
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not as good as ninja vs unicorn but great. best brewing company there is

Photo of brewskis
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 169. Pours a hazy copper orange color with half finger head that immediately dissipated to a thick ring of lacing. Smells interesting. Lots of melon, grapefruit, pine resin, floral notes, and some carmel and bready notes. Taste pretty much mimics the smell. Starts with hefty doses of grapefruit and melon. Get a nice addition of dough and toffee from the malts in the middle. The finish is pretty resinous and brings notes of melon, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, and grass. Get a little malt character too to balance it a little, but the finish still leaves a lingering abrasive bitter taste. Also get some booze on the finish and definitely warms you up. Full body with a sticky and oily feel to it that could be improved. This is a big and hoppy brew that showcases the New Zealand hops nicely.

Photo of KFBR392
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A wonderful copper color. Really looks like a powerful IPA. I would like some more carbonation out of this brew though. Decent head on the pour which died down and was not a major player while drinking.

Smell: Wow this is as good as it gets. The hops are wonderfully bright with accents of hoppy and syrup. Balance is amazing. Everything plays along perfectly here. The New Zealand hops in this brew are as advertised, fruity and floral. The high alcohol content is no where to be found.

Taste: The floral sweetness found in the aroma is very prevalent here. Different from the aroma though, the high alcohol content provides and spicy undertone to this beer. Provides more of an edge then a alcohol burn. The hops do not leave an offensive dryness on the palette, the sweetness brings itself back at the end of this brew. Awesomeness.

Mouthfeel: A syrup sticky feeling over an offensive hop dryness. The hops in this brew are perfect.

Overall: Pipeworks is the shit. Go out of your way for their products. These guys will be huge soon.

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Unicorn's Revenge from Pipeworks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.