Unicorn Killer | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by SkeeterBoganski on 11-11-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
129
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
44.38%
 
 
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1
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17
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 129
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We’re doing a pumpkin line up tonight…Happy Halloween all!! We pour a brew of deep golden auburn into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a cakey three finger head of sandpaper colored bubbles, showing great retention. Honeycomb lacing is left around the glasses. Swirls of galactic sediment sit throughout a mildly hazy beer, but no outright chunks are noted. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives off sweet and souring brown malts, caramel roastiness, dried apples, spice of black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, curry, and hot cayenne, lemon rind twang, tinny metallics, vanilla cream, chilled pumpkin pie filling and spiciness, croissant pastry flakiness, and butterscotch caramels. With warmth comes a bright plastic note. Our first impression is that the flavoring hangs heavy with spice, which play nicely against the base malts which show a very English brown ale sort of twist. As we sip, the flavoring opens with souring brown malts, huge vinyl plastics, phenolic clove, overly browned bananas, black breakfast tea, dark spice of black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, pumpkin pie spiciness, freshly split pecans, lemon juiciness, bitter cereal grain, hints of grassy hops, and confectioner’s sugar. The middle comes to a peak with light diacetyls, soured brown malts, echoes of fusel booziness, green twig resins that don’t quite reach what we would call “hops”, playground mulch, raw bread doughiness, white flour, continued nutmeg, black pepper, and poppy seeds. The finale offers continued phenols, light banana bread ester sweetness, wet coffee grounds, biting soapy hoppiness, caramel and cereal maltiness, stale toffee, maple candies, wheat table crackers, sea salt, soft alcohols, general autumn pumpkin spice, and buttery crumb cake sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of brown malt sourness, earth and mineral, old carnation petals, dried thyme and oregano, sticky and oily resins, inkiness, glassy metallics, green grassiness, pumpkin and cinnamon spice, white sugar, apple fruitiness, plum skins, alcohol, plastics, buttercream, snickerdoodle cookies, and those aromatic butterscotch caramels. The body is disappointingly thin, and carbonation is light. Each sip affords little slurp or smack, and equally as flat cream, froth, or pop. The head remains nicely, but it adds nothing to the sip, as it slides off the liquid’s surface with every movement of the glass. The mouth is left with stark astringency, and light warming pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how it began. Unfortunately thereafter, things became a bit hard to digest. When fresh from the fridge and chilly, the aroma was bright, spicy, and inviting, as was the general flavoring. With warmth came bitterness, huge booziness, and disarray, where the initial nicety of the spice on that darker grain became lost in the ether. Really, our biggest qualm with this one was its feel. It was way, way too thin for the style and for how much spice it was attempting to boast and support. You want to know your glugging back on it, not feel like each component is separate. By the end of the tasting we started realizing that the feel was so displeasing to us that it diminished our feelings about the other general qualities of the beer. Taking a step back, this is a spicy yet drinkable seasonal offering, but you might want to look further if you want a one-stop-shop of a pumpkin ale.

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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, dated 8/17/15. Pours slightly hazy orange with a large off-white head. Smells of booze, nutmeg, and light hops. The taste follows with more nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon and sweet malt. Lots of alcohol comes through but it has a pretty good malt presence. Medium body and above average carbonation. Overall, hope you like drinking liquor because this needs way more smell/favor to match the alcohol.

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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unicorn Killer is a gleaming, clear orange-red with much the color and clarity of a garnet. An off-white head recedes to foam, which in turn leaves a thin ring where the beer settles and follows with some light spottiness.
Spices are strong on the nose, not overdone, sort of a mixed bouquet with some sweet and some more of the savory kitchen variety, but definitely featuring cinnamon on the forefront. There's a bit of flesh as well, with some maltiness holding up and giving some breads, caramel and brown sugar notes.
The flavor has more of a tang, and the spiciness hits harder. Some fleshy, leafy pith brings out a surprising bitterness.
The medium body holds together well. There's plenty of crispness and a good smoothness, though a bit of aspiring bites the back of the throat just into the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange/beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, spices, balanced. Taste is the same, except the spices are more pronounced. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Tony_Giangiulio
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the back of the fridge and didn't even know it was there. It's a pumpkin ale and this is already April, so I'm sure it was supposed to be drunk last fall, but here goes anyway. 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 9/30/14. Hope that's the day it was brewed and not the day it expired.

The beer poured a slightly hazed caramel gold color with a nice 2-finger off white head that lasted a few minutes and left some decent lacing.

It had a sweet caramel smell with traces of fall spices.

Good sweet caramel base with just a hint of bitterness. Under the caramel is some sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice. It has all the right ingredients for a pumpkin ale but it didn't wow me over.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed it, but it wan't an over the top pumpkin ale. Good job of hiding the 7.3% abv.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Greenbush Brewing Co., expectations are fairly high since I've enjoyed what I've tried from them so far. Nice bottle art, and my bottle claims a 7.30% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy tan head that leaves some nice scattered lacing. Body is a thick, creamy, dark caramel orange with some dark sediment in the glass. Looks pretty nice for the style.

S - Smell is different than most other pumpkin beers I've come across. Fresh earthy pumpkin / gourds, buttered popcorn, brisk cola, and some dusty yeast funk. Slightly strange smelling for a pumpkin beer, but I'm liking it.

T - Taste follows the nose - earthy pumpkin / gourd, buttered popcorn, mild alcohol heat, some indistinct herbal qualities, and some cream.

M - Feel is full, smooth, and creamy, with some herbal bitterness lingering on the palate. More full-bodied than your average pumpkin ale, which makes for a nice sipper. Good carbonation.

Overall, a solid pumpkin ale from Greenbush. Definitely one of the more unique and memorable takes on the style that I've tried this year. Slightly higher than normal abv, and a fuller thicker body makes this one a nice sipper. Recommended.

Greenbush Unicorn Killer ---4/5.

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Photo of bob_d_j
3.75/5  rDev +14%

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