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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

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Added by SkeeterBoganski on 11-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,186
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
133
pDev:
16.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 20
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
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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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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Unicorn Killer from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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