Unified Theory - River North Brewery
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Reviews by GilGarp:
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served cold on tap at the brewery.
Unified Theory is a slightly hazy pale golden ale with thin white head.
Aroma is sweet and slightly spicy.
Flavor has that now familiar oaked vanilla character. It still seems a little under-attenuated with a lingering sweetness but I think it works better in an oaked beer. Sweet, floral, herbal, and spicy, in that order.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.
Overall a solid strong wit but a little too sweet for my tastes.
Serving type: on-tap
11-29-2012 23:39:44 | More by GilGarp
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
APPEARANCE: A finger and a half of stark white foam sits gently on top of a crystal clear, pale, bright, yellow beer. A few champagne bubbles slowly work their way from the bottom of the glass to the bottom of the foam as the head slowly recedes. This is a very good looking beer.
SMELL: Quite a unique, complex smell here; grass, some fruit aromas (lemon is big), plenty of spice and just a very faint hint of barnyard funk lurking beneath it all.
TASTE: Like the nose, there is a LOT going on in here. A ton of sweet fruit flavors attack the palate right off the bat, but a strong black pepper spiciness tames that sweetness a touch. A little oak and vanilla flirt with the palate as well before a slight grassy and citrusy hop flavor washes the sip down.
MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium bodies, the carbonation in Unified Theory is very lively with an excellent, champagne-like sparkle. While it is sweet to start, the finish dries out quite nicely, paving the way for the next sip.
OVERALL: This is a far more interesting beer than any other Wit I’ve had. Big enough to hold up during these winter months, but will be a nice summer sipper as well.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 08:08:33 | More by StoneTSR
3.55/5 rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Aroma is my favorite feature-- passion fruit, hints of honey, and tangerine. Instead of the typical cloudy pale yellow, this is clear yellow gold. The first sip is shocking, it's just so sweet as to make me woozy. Even Pink Champale is dry compared to this.
I can see why TheBrewo noted every fruit flavor known to man in his review. Maybe there really is a hint of parsnips here. And is that lemon verbena? It is truly swarming with strange and mainly fruity flavors. And the wood. I guess this is faintly like a Witbier, but mostly it's a mad scientist's version of a Belgian strong golden ale. A little bit of pencil shavings is the only spice I taste.
This is not something to drink more than a short glass of, but it's quite fascinating. I was hoping for less sugar and a cleaner taste, but I keep sipping and being amazed by the sheer craziness. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 05:25:53 | More by mactrail
2.55/5 rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is bready malt, lots of spices (floral, corriander, and pepper) with some lemon zest.
The flavor is sweet bready malts, some tropical fruit and a lot of spice with a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, interesting, but too over the top with spices and sweetness.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2013 05:29:53 | More by Beaver13
4.06/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Big, big thanks to StonedTrippin for supplying this wildly unique offering. We crack the top and pour a brew of glowing pale straw coloring into our Founders snifters, per the bottle’s suggestion. It holds a one and half finger tall head of foamy off white bubbles, showing decent retention. Specks of lacing are left around the glass as it goes. A mild haze is noted, with no sediment to be found. Both come out fully with the dregs of the bottle. Carbonation appears to be light. The nose is very much to style, with big wheaty malts, bright coriander and black pepper spiciness, orange rind bitterness, and light plastic and medicinal phenols. Mixing in are notes of white wine grape, chardonnay woodiness, coconut husk, lemon juiciness, golden delicious apples, licorice, drying muskiness, and sweaty saltiness. With warmth comes a light smoky ham quality, with wood more like chicory rather than oak. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much more hearty than would be suggested by the nose, great depth to the aging, and welcomed balancing sweetness. As we sip, the taste opens with surprisingly warm woodiness, biting soapy hoppiness, spicy booze, fresh orange and lemon flesh, soured lactics, white grape, red apple sugars, and sweet vegetal and mossy greens. Pushing to the peak is bittered wheat, spicy clove, coriander, parsnip rind, lemon zest, light toasty pales, strawberry fruitiness, and straight orange fruitiness. The finishing wash comes with bright vanilla woodiness, warming ethanol, light grassy hoppiness, black peppercorn spiciness, dirty wheat, clay-heavy water, white grape sugars, chalked walnut, faint soapy hops, and continued citric juiciness. The aftertaste breathes of grassy hops, brass, drying wheat, spicy black pepper, green grassiness, soft smokiness, booziness, sweat, dust, and old oakiness. The body is light to medium, but with a good syrupy quality, while carbonation is on the lighter side. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, and pop, with decent cream and frothiness. The mouth is thickly coated at first, but gives way to a quick and pervasive astringent chalkiness across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips slowly, but drinks well.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Compared to the nose, the buds got a much better dose of the oak-agedness, adding warmth, smoothness, robustness, depth, and general drinkability. The aroma did come out more with warmth, giving more sweetness than expected for the style, with more punch all around. The feel was equally contributory, giving a nice syrupy smack to an otherwise light and fluffy sip. This beer represents an interesting, new idea, and we believe that they executed it well, leaving the drinker both happy and contemplative. Hopefully StoneTrippin will be able to grace us with more beers from River North in the future.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2013 00:47:08 | More by TheBrewo
Unified Theory from River North Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.