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Unified Theory - River North Brewery

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Unified TheoryUnified Theory

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

47 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 05-27-2012)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

06-08-2013 00:47:08 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

07-19-2013 05:29:53 | More by Beaver13
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-02-2013 17:15:07 | More by Prospero
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

11-29-2012 23:39:44 | More by GilGarp
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

08-25-2013 04:24:39 | More by Gonzoillini
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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

06-19-2012 21:24:46 | More by hiphopj5
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-18-2013 07:20:04 | More by blindpiggie
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Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

07-13-2014 01:40:17 | More by drone
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-24-2013 15:24:53 | More by GRG1313
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melster

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2013 23:50:29 | More by melster
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G-Hawk

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-10-2013 22:49:57 | More by G-Hawk
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-15-2012 01:19:59 | More by ucsbmullet
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crobinso

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-25-2013 00:54:54 | More by crobinso
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carteravebrew

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.2%

06-15-2012 21:58:28 | More by carteravebrew
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InfragilisBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-09-2013 01:34:23 | More by InfragilisBrew
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

huge thanks to daniloknezic for trading me this bottle! Thanks Don!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 8/14/12.

Appearance: clear yellow bodied beer with a 1 finger white head.

Smell: Its got an interesting stink to it. never smelled anything like that before. Hay, grass, spicy, earthy.

Taste: This is a really busy beer with nice complexity! Hay, lemons, oak, grassy, herbal, spicy yeast, clove, honey, and mushrooms. Has a menthol finish that really makes this beer different.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A touch of syrup in the mouthfeel. No ABV is even hinted at; even when this beer clock in at 8.5%!

Overall: River North brewery is really doing some inventive and creative beers. A fairly new brewery that not many people have heard of or know about. I like what they are doing and how brave they are tring some really advanced beer right out of the gates. I cant say I that I have ever heard of an oaked witbier before, much less tried one until now. Really cool beer, its worth a try! BA's give this new brewery a shot. They make good beer!

08-16-2012 16:40:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +10%

06-18-2014 20:24:57 | More by anoldhope
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-15-2013 16:41:19 | More by nmann08
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SFC21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-22-2014 01:33:51 | More by SFC21
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-08-2013 01:25:08 | More by vermilcj
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bfields4

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10%

10-03-2013 21:18:52 | More by bfields4
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mactrail

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

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BDeibs

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Duff27

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Short white head on a golden body. Collar plus some lacing left.

Stanky! Lemongrassy.

Funk up front. I get a methol/mint At the tail end, oaky. Loving that finish. Very complex, unusual.

Medium mouthfeel, mid-low carbonation.

I get some methol in the smell after I taste it for the first time. Enjoyed more as I drank. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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DJMonroe

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.2%

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Unified Theory from River North Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.