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Unicorn's Revenge - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 393
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of tectactoe
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (1,817 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Big disappointment- I want revenge now!

It smells wonderful. Hoppy, with great tropical/citrus and floral aromas.

But the taste that stands out the most is a metal bitterness...and it lingers - not good! Especially when compared to the other Unicorns & Ninjas of this type.

I'm sure it's better when it's fresher, but I can't imagine one month would degrade this IIPA to any huge extent. (393 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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 : / (781 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.52/5  rDev -15%
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 (165 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in trade from brewnstrong, thanks for the opportunity Justin!
Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with a smallish creamy head that dissipates quickly. smells of citrus earth and pine with a fair amount of garlic and onions. Bready caramel and a hint of alcohol round out the aroma nicely. The flavor is more onion and garlic from the hops than pine and citrus. Moderate amount of caramel malt to back it up with a distinct hit of ethanol and a solid shot of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice beer, I'm glad I got to try it, but I feel its a bit hot malty and at times harsh. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, but if it were a few points lower abv, and a hint less malty it would be world class. (780 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade. Batch 130. Pours hazy orange with very small white head. Huge floral mango and citrus aroma wafts off this one. Big mango flavor with some lingering grapefruit bitterness. Bitterness grows as I get through this one. As with the other Pipeworks I had, the hops fall a little flat (maybe I'm not a New Zealand guy?). In any case, still a very yummy beer. Slick resiny mouthfeel with lower carbonation for the style. (432 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Batch 92
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly hazy orange color. Full finger of off white head. Nice layer of creamy tight bubbles head. Lacing sheeting for days. Alcohol feet for sure.

S: Get some of those NZ hops, I awesome some Nelson? Do get some of that white wine like note. Other floral and earthy notes too. Some piney notes. Also, some sweetness from the malts. Almost a caramel nuttiness like an imperial red.

T: Nice big piney hops on the tip of the tongue. Tickles the tastebuds. Earthy hops dominate here. The is a big malt character as well. Nice caramel malt sweetness to balance that bitterness and bring up the body. Finish is dry but not bone dry due to body. Lingering hop flavors.

M: It's a big medium here. Lots of body for DIPA. (755 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and spotty lace. Transparent dark orange body.

S - Zesty hops, with a hefty dose of white grape, gooseberry, citrus, and light herbal notes. Bready malts, a bit of yeast, and mild sweetness in the periphery.

T - The taste is interesting, with loads of tropical fruits, grapes, citrus flesh, light browned sugars, and a dab of caramel. Virtually no bitterness, which I find somewhat odd and confusing; as a result I find this overly sweet after a glass or so.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, smooth texture, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - Usually I love New Zealand hopped beers, but for some reason the lack of bitterness and larger malt presence didn't work for me. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but one of my least favorite in this series. I'd try it again next time around, but I'd rather have more of the other variants. (929 characters)

Photo of csparace
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a FW tulip. Batch 169 hand written on side.

Pours a dark cloudy copper color with a nice inch thick white head. The smell is very intense with tropical fruit and new zealand hops. The taste is also very sweet and fruity, bordering on too sweet but not quite there (something hoppy this way comes would be an example of just too sweet of a beer for my liking.) Tad of bitterness on the end but the tropical fruit really dominates the palate here. Sweetness is a bit high so the drinkability isnt huge for me, but its still quite good. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a pretty good IPA from pipeworks. Fans of sweet IPAs will dig this one more. (670 characters)

Photo of Dad_of_Rad
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 96, poured into large snifter

A: Dark straw to light copper, slightly hazy. Med carbonation with minimal head retention. Lacing is spotty.

S: Sweet grapefruit, buttery caramel, floral at the end

T: Hop bitterness before it opened up in the glass. Lots of butterscotch/caramel but balanced well with the hops.

M: Medium body, finishes slightly dry, slightly sticky. Was hoping for a little more crispness. Of all the characteristics, I thought this was the weakest.

Overall a very strong product. Food pairing would be sweeter cheese, Ritz-type crackers with sweet-spicy pepper jelly, pork with fruit salsa. (617 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber Orange color with a thick head with short retention, but leaving laces.
Nice aroma of sweet oranges, caramel and pine.
Caramel malty flavor with hoppy pine notes and bold on spices.
Full body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 10% abv is well hidden.
Good DIPA, a bit too sweet, but this is the original sin of several representants of the style. It has a hop profile that is relatively not aggressive for a DIPA. Past maturity date, though. (471 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

giddy up giddy up giddy up wow!...sorry, just had to get that out. and now back to our regularly scheduled review of unicorn's revenge enjoyed from a pipeworks snifter. big cheers to my buddy eorwar for looking out on this one and sending it my way!

a - brew poured a transparent deep amber orange with a generous 2 fingers of foamy ipa head that hung out for a while. as it dissolved, a wall of lace was left on the glass. classic, looks mouthwatering!

s - really nice sticky and sweaty hops with a big earthy malty backbone. big whaff or soapiness followed by some tropical fruit.

t - very fruity and feels like it should slap you with bitterness, but the bitterness just sort of tickles you and then runs away. it is quite wild. grapefruit.

m - the ghost like bitterness gives this beer a bit of a watery feel...but still thick. the carbonation is light...kind of lacking bitterness. the booze is present in the sweetness.

o - overall a decent iipa, not something to go nuts for. pipeworks has really proven themselves as well rounded brewery and this is another solid ipa from them. usually a safe bet to give any of their beers a try. enjoyable. cheers. (1,163 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #92. I loved Ninja vs. Unicorn when I had it last week, so I'm excited to give this one a try. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a smooth honey-golden color, with a two finger creamy head with some big bubbles. Medium carbonation bubbles zoom around. Great lacing as I drink down.

S - Oh man, this smells tasty. Lots of tropical fruits, such as mango and guava. Some grapefruit citrus as well. Awesome smell.

T - Jeez, this is harsher than I was expecting. Prominent alcohol is layered on top of the hop bitterness. A nice complex fruitiness comes across, but the booziness runs rampant. As it warms, the citrus becomes more apparent and provides additional balance. More boozy than Hopslam in my opinion.

M - Sticky and smooth in the mouth, with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This is definitely an in your face brew, and the most bold and assertive of the beers I've tried from Pipeworks yet. In my opinion, they may have pushed it a level too far, and the drinkability suffers. Don't get me wrong, I still really like the brew, but I think Pipeworks was more on point when balance was the aim. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.1/5  rDev -1%

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. (182 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

660 mL bomber acquired via trade from boilermakerryan. Thanks for this hard to find (in Manitoba) beer! Poured fridge cold and warmed over the hour of drinking in a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish orange that is quite clear with a nice white head that retains exceedingly well and laces lightly.
S: Initially quite muted. Mandarin oranges. Later much more tropical fruit breaks out along with an earthy maltiness.
T: At first the beer exhibited minimal hop character but had a large bready malt character. OvAs the beer warms fruity hops come to the forefront with the bready malt and a light bitterness that builds. The fruitiness develops into a cornucopia of tropical fruit. Quite enjoyable, with the breadiness and bitterness being quite reminiscent of Furious' body...
M: Bitterness that builds and lingers. Creamy carbonation. Good for the style.
O: A solid DIPA. Not necessarily the best DIPA I've had, but a very nice one that didn't rely on a bone-dry finish to accentuate its hops. Well put together,m and I wish I could access this with regularity. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange or amber in color; slightly hazy. Forms a moderate sized creamy white head that quickly reduces to a rocky surface coating. Copious lacing.

S: Pleasant blend of citrus and pine. The aroma is very Northwestern, with notes of pine, grapefruit, and orange to a lesser extent.

T: Taste is similar. Moderate caramel malts. Mild sweetness. Hops are a blend of earthy, citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind and pith. Finish is quite alcoholic with a good dose of fusel spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body, appropriate carbonation, mild to moderate bitterness, alcoholic heat.

O: This is one of the more balanced Pipeworks DIPAs I've come across. And while it's a good beer, it's certainly not their best. Personally, I think the bitterness could have been increased to help offset the additional maltiness while the alcohol is just too dominate for this style of beer. (889 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (646 characters)

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. (292 characters)

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Unicorn's Revenge from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.