Unicorn Killer | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Unicorn KillerUnicorn Killer

Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by SkeeterBoganski on 11-11-2012

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Photo of 98green
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. I'm hit or miss on pumpkin spice beers. This one is very light bodied, spice is more in the cinamon area than clove allspice for me. Not one I intend to revisit. The abv is decently hidden, but some esters sneak in at the end

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Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 8/19/16.

Pours a deep orange color, mostly clear, with a one inch, quickly dissipating head, some soapy lacing. Lots of streaming bubbles. The nose leads with spices- clove, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, a little white pepper, some malt, light yeast, an earthy aroma. The taste also begins with the spices, which are potent, but not overwhelming, pumpkin, light malt, some brown sugar, light malt and caramel. A light hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, a lighter but decent body, well carbonated.

I'm not a big pumpkin beer fan, but I'm surprised at how low the ratings are for this. This is a lot better than many of the big names of this style. Ths spices are prominent, but are blended and proportioned well, good aroma and flavor, nice balance. Worth grabbing a few bottles and seeing for yourself.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev +9%
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 alarmclock314
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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 jubblernut
2/5  rDev -39.8%

The aftertaste was just pure iron. Like carbonated blood. (Dead unicorn maybe?)

No one else has mentioned it though, so maybe I picked up a bad six pack.

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.28/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Amber colored beer with an orangeish head. Has a smell of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ripe banana. Taste is bitter and the combination of of spices is pretty harsh. Textbook example of what happens when too many spices are used. Too bad the beer isn’t as good as its name.

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Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours moderately cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, gingerbread, brown sugar, caramel, pear, toast, and herbal earthiness. Ok aromas with solid complexity and balance of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of pumpkin, sourdough bread, ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, toast, floral, and herbal earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, sourdough bread, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, caramel, toast, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Decent flavor balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with a solid malt/spice balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a decent pumpkin ale. Flavor profile is weird at first; but smooths out a bit after the first sip. A bit of flavor astringency as well, but I had no problem finishing the glass.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to Another6Pack. Thanks, Trent!

A hazy red looking brew, the pour brought about an inch of foam and has lots of lacing.

The nose is as good as any pumpkin beer I've tried. Pumpkin with the spices...nutmeg and cinnamon up front with a touch of alcohol.

The taste doesn't live up to the smell but that's pretty typical for a PA. Cinnamon is tops to my palate, nutmeg follows but the whole pumpkin thingy doesn't quite mesh out. Some alcohol is in the taste as well. I also get more than hints of black cherry that's more of a bitterish flavour than a sour one.

Nice mouthfeel, it's kind of a slow drinker for me. Interesting brew that doesn't quite hit the mark.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of sweemzander
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazed deep auburn amber color. Some white froth.

(S)- Quite spicy up front with nutmeg and clove. Very subtle pumpkin to it; very spicy up front.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Very strong spice notes; very little pumpkin though.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Overall, its a spice box with nutmeg and clove with subtle cinnamon. A touch bitter.

(O)- Overall, not bad, but wishing the pumpkin came through more to help balance it out.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a coppery orange color. pretty good clarity and a brownish head that fades pretty quickly

Smell: pumpkin and pumpkin spice. nutmeg and cinnamon. pretty spicy smell

Taste: pumpkin is there but weaker. the spices also come on pretty weak. tasty just needs more punch. also has some astringency to it

Mouthfeel: fairly light for what it is.

Overall: a decent beer that kinda dulls out as you drink more.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle
no date
oversized wine glass

A- A very coppery orange with a slight haze, thin off white head. spotty lacing.

S- A mild pumpkin pie, marshmellos, faint brown sugars, has a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon
that makes it noticeable but not strong. Smells nifty

T- Diluted pumpkin sweetness up front, some breadyness and spice in the middle and finishes off with a very odd bitterness that isn't quite hoppy, but bitter and not really to my liking.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation, has a slight creaminess to it.

O- Started off with a light sweet pumpkin smell which held promise. The first drink let me down as it was not even close to the nose and had that really not very good bitterness, almost metallic, which I thought wrecked it for me. Some may like it, I don't and wont be getting more.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Unicorn Killer around a couple weeks ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill, I'm always down to try new beers from Greenbush and I'm interested to see what they can do with this style, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I'm sure it's fresh, 2013 release. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little weird looking and not the most eye catching, but the name does stick out. It poured a slightly clear amber orange color that took on more of an amber/copper color when held to the light with one and half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a light brown sugar like aroma to it followed by some malts that impart a toffee and a lightly roasted malt aroma. Up next comes the spices that impart a cinnamon and nutmeg like aroma with a lighter pumpkin like aroma. This beer had a nice aroma that's fairly true to style.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light brown sugar like flavor to it followed by a some malts that impart a toasted malt, grainy, and light toffee like flavor. Up next comes the spices which imparts some cinnamon and nutmeg like flavors with a very light pumpkin flavor that's hardly noticeable. On the finish comes a a slightly lower amount of high bitterness with a malty and spicy aftertaste with some lingering bitterness. I wasn't a big fan of the taste of this beer, it was way too bitter for the style.

M- Not that smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't that great, it could be much smoother.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I didn't think it was a good example of the style, it lacked that good authentic pumpkin aspect and it was substituted with spices and the bitterness was way too dominating and lingering. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the taste didn't really hold my attention, one is more than enough for me, there's no way I would want another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty nice and worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they weren't that great and they had some off aspects that need to be worked on. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's pretty easy to find a Pumpkin Ale that's much better than this one and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was let down with this beer, Greenbush is a pretty good brewery but this beer just didn't do it for me, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My favorite part of having a session with this beer was it's high ABV for this style went down smooth. The 7.3 or .4 was well hidden.
I guess they didn't want to copy Southern Tier's great take on the Pumpkin Ale because this one was a watery mess.
Mixing and matching pumpkins and spice levels could of made this much better instead I think the added only a sprinkle of ingredients to this brew sadly.
Greenbush is an excellent brewery with many other worthwhile beers to try though imo.
My Eddie Munster avi is sad after imbibing this seasonal.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic pint glass at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Do pumpkins or a particular blend of spices kill a unicorn? Just wondering... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises toffee, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, and clove. The taste brings in more of the same, with a darker toasting to the biscuit and a strong spicy bitterness pervading (though it definitely reeks of clove-y and peppery bitterness, I will admit that this could be a by-product of pumpkin shell or something). Unfortunately, this bitterness not only runs counter to the smell's promise, but it also violently clashes with the sweetness of the malts and some of the spices. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, this is by no means my favorite pumpkin ale, but it's also not quite the worst out there. I will say, though, that its inherent bitterness places it nearer the bottom of the pile than the top.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange with a thin collar of head, poor retention. Nose has familiar pumpkin spices , cinnamon being the most prominent. Sweet notes come through with a bit of pumpkin flesh and brown sugar. Taste is very mild up front with a slight grain presence. A bit of toasted malts and cinnamon come next, but nothing like the aroma. The taste is bland for what the aroma suggested. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this one is pretty uninspiring (except for the cool name). Would not try again.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery on 10/9

Copper color; great frothy head; slightly sweet on the nose; consistent lacing down the glass; well-balanced up front; malt-forward; good, soft and subtle pumpkin flavor; sessionable fall beer; a little 'bitey' on the back end.

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Unicorn Killer from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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