Reaper Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The unicorn may have finally met its match in Death Incarnate. But hold your horned horses, because the unicorn lives to rye another day! What a sickle joke! We aren't tricking you, this barleywine is a real treat, with a rich malt skeleton and a more than paranormal amount of hops. If you're going to harvest soul-y one beer this season, don't fear the Reaper...

Added by KFBR392 on 10-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
204
Reviews:
29
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
7.13%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
34
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With malt on one end of the flavor spectrum and hop on the opposite end, there's something missing; something to bring the unicorn and reaper together. The answer is rye- a grain that's hearty and earthen to marry up to the malt, but with a peppery zing to elevate hops. It's like unicorns and grand reapers living together.

Deep garnet and hazy like tigereye, the frothy beer simmers with a dense and caky foam that barricades the glass. A verbose fragrance of toffee and toast rests just underneath the floral, citrusy and sprucy hops for a nose of balance and strength. Malt sweetness takes the lead with the first sip as dense nuttiness, honey, toffee, toast and molasses slather the palate with reduced grain sugars.

But the malt balance doesn't live long. the hops roll across the middle palate and scrub half of the sweetness away to make way for the taste of grapefruit, orange peel and herbal teas for an eventual even keel balance. Rye grains provide a husken grit that's toasty and pepper while applying a toasted flavor that highlights bitterness and raw grain. The hops eventually win out with the taste of fresh pine shavings giving a fragrant and woodsy, bitter resins that grips the throat tightly.

Full in body, the beer's carbonation, alcohol and hops give the beer enough dryness as not not confuse with British barleywine. The beer lingers deeply with both barley and hops, keeping the balance in tow even long after the sip. Rich, creamy and somewhat starchy, its a beer that drinks like a meal.

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Photo of Dankacheese
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/23/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, raisin, berries, plum, cherry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, spicy rye, light nuttiness/pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. A bit of booze appears as it warms. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, raisin, berries, plum, cherry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, spicy rye, light nuttiness/pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, raisin, berries, plum, cherry, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, spicy rye, pine, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly slick/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a light warmth lingering after the finish, with minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding American barleywine! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, dark/bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Insane amounts of juicy hops and balancing malt sweetness; not overly bitter or drying like many in the style tend to be. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Thomas for sharing this one!
Dark saturated amber orange, spotty lace and thin wispy surface skim, bright clarity with a reddish highlight.

Aroma is fairly hoppy with a buttery note. Floral and fruity cantaloupe.

Resiny hop flavor, some cantaloupe and pine resin, bready malt and some peripheral buttery diacetyl. Burly and big bodied, rich and malty. Chewy texture, booze is noticeable. Along with the diacetyl, it's a little distracting. Best shared, likely not one i'd revisit.

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Photo of Treesmakewater
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coz
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrKarl
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzy
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Poloplaya
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustinCider
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz. tulip.

A: Reddish brown in color with a light tan head.

S: Aromas of dates, spicy rye, sweet malts, orange and earthy hops.

T: Stone fruit (dates and figs), sweet malt, dank hops, spicy rye and some boozy heat on the finish. Long lasting bitter, drying on the tongue.

F: Lightly carbonated with a somewhat thick mouthfeel.

Tastes even better as it warms slightly. A great balance of malt, rye and hops. Well done.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryannel24
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevindp9
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Reaper Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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