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Unicorn's Revenge - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 99
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KFBR392 on 03-01-2013)
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

06-16-2013 02:34:27 | More by kbuzz
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

05-29-2013 16:45:00 | More by Thorpe429
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thlf84

California

3/5  rDev -29.1%

11-06-2013 15:30:50 | More by thlf84
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -29.1%

06-01-2013 03:24:11 | More by chippo33
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jokemon

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.1%

07-14-2013 02:27:47 | More by jokemon
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

08-27-2013 23:39:20 | More by jrallen34
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 11:21:53 | More by tectactoe
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GuzzLah

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazy orange with a short ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - relatively subtle aroma. It's very fresh too. Not much going on in the aroma besides malt, faint ambiguous fruit and faint hops. Sub par for the style, but what little is there smells fine.

T - much better than the aroma. Fruity, but still ambiguous. I'm guessing white grape from Nelson and maybe some passionfruit from Galaxy with a subtle maltyness. The finish was weird and sort of dirt like in a semi-pleasing way.

M - medium-full body. Oily. Low-medium carbonation. Lower than usual bitterness for the style with a medium sustain.

O - flawless fermentation. Boozy, smooth, ambiguously fruity flavor and aromatically sub par bipolar beer that I almost want to buy again, but won't : /

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 21:48:08 | More by GuzzLah
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LambicKing

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-31-2013 02:43:13 | More by LambicKing
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-11-2013 14:14:44 | More by ColForbinBC
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

08-25-2013 20:53:10 | More by Kaveman
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

07-03-2013 08:53:01 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

07-01-2013 02:30:09 | More by popery
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:50:06 | More by buschbeer
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kevanb

Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a Pipeworks Snifter.

The beer pours a honey, copper color, light amber with a slight chill haze with just under a finger of soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves some spotted lace behind. The aroma is of juicy pineapple and mango, bitter piney hops, light grapefruit before a serious caramel malt backbone and boozy alcohol takes over. Lots of juicy tropical fruit on the tongue, with lots of bitter pine trailing and the huge malt presence quickly takes over, very sweet and sticky, almost cloyingly so with an aggressive rush of alcohol at the finish. The body is sticky, juicy, coats the mouth well and finishes with a creamy touch.

Verdict: A pretty sloppy DIPA from Pipeworks, and having had plenty of their of their IPAs, this is a theme. There is a constant battle for attention between the hops and malts and a total lack of balance between the flavors. The fruit character and juicy body work well, but the alcohol is quite punishing and really hurts this beer. They are steadily improving the Ninja line of IPAs, but as of now, the Unicorn line is pretty far from successful.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:28:36 | More by kevanb
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-03-2013 18:20:48 | More by acurtis
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-20-2013 23:01:51 | More by Gonzoillini
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fishmich

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-24-2013 03:03:18 | More by fishmich
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sahd-1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-16-2013 12:58:28 | More by sahd-1
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Brewzma

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-07-2013 02:32:03 | More by Brewzma
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-10-2013 23:02:03 | More by Zaphog
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Hopbully

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-13-2013 02:37:48 | More by Hopbully
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JVan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-15-2013 14:08:49 | More by JVan
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Sekliw

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-15-2013 13:58:05 | More by Sekliw
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-29-2013 04:49:00 | More by AlexFields
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Unicorn's Revenge from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.