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Unicorn Killer | Greenbush Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
greenbushbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SkeeterBoganski on 11-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,504
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
133
pDev:
16.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
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16
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev -6%
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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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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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3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sweemzander
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
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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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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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2.25/5  rDev -33%

Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
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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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Unicorn Killer from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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