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The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying FresnoThe One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This may be the craziest idea we've had yet but who better to collaborate with when doing something crazy than world renown cocktail lounge The Aviary? We brewed a double IPA with Citra and Simcoe hops then we added passionfruit puree and rotary evaporated fresno chiles. (Rotary evaporation leaves behind all the capsaicin normally found in chiles. So, the resultant liquid has the essence of a fresno chile and none of the heat.) The finished product is a sensory experience unlike any beer we've ever had. There is a wonderful hop aroma and slight bitterness that plays wonderfully with the tartness of the passionfruit and the distinct characteristics of the chiles. Drink as fresh as possible. Look for The One Horned Wonder on the bottle list at The Aviary as well as paired with a dish on the upcoming menu at Next.

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Photo of carltondevil
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer for several reasons.

Appearance: a beautiful orange hazy beer. Somehow combines the best parts of pale ale and almost a wheat beer type cloud. With a little shake of the wrist you can get an amazing head on this beer (fades quickly). Pour aggressively and let it settle to get a better head. The bottle also has amazing artwork which is standard with Pipeworks brews.

Smell: Probably the most amazing thing is how the peppers and the passion fruit come together to create the aroma of an amazing cocktail.

Taste: Hops hit your right off the bat with the fresno chile's coming right after and lingering. Passion fruit slowly builds into the taste while not overpowering the hops or the chile. Has an almost sweet taste like a wheat beer. Chile's linger on the palate but only the taste, no spicyness at all.

Mouthfeel: If only all beer could be so amazingly flavorful and yet somehow almost like velvet in the mouth. Drinks like a yeasty beer but without the viscosity of a stout. More substantial than any ale I've ever had. Has a nice body which allows you to work it over all parts of the mouth and tongue which helps unlock the flavors.

Overall: Really an impressive beer, the kind of thing where I would go back to the store and by 10 bottles so I can just have a store of it because who knows when they'll brew it again. If you like wheat beers, chile's, and fruit, this is the beer you have been waiting for. Although Pipeworks is known for powerful pale ales and stouts, I'm a wheat beer fan and this is as good as anything else they've done including the amazing Pineapple Bling and Peppercorn Saison. Way more flavorful than the saizon and way more body and mouthfeel than the pineapple bling.

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Photo of zombiemusk
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed with this beer. What the Aviary helped them do (I assume because this kind of thing is more in their wheelhouse) with the chiles makes for a really unique and enjoyable experience. It allows for the chilies to dominant the aromatics but get out of the way of the hops in the taste while still adding complexity to the mouthfeel. It's one of those beers that is almost as fun to sniff as it is to drink but not for the usual reasons. It seems to be a nod to the Aviary's philosophy of creating unique/unexpected sensory experiences with their drinks. I think they do this here in a non-gimmicky way. The discripency between the expectation of how it will taste on the tongue based on the aromatics to how it actually tastes is momentarily shocking…in the best possible way. The passionfruit puree is well integrated and, combined with a nice level of carbonation, makes for a really refreshing drink. It's a complex and well executed beer…maybe the most "refined" thing I've seen from Pipeworks and I've always been a fan.

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Photo of sully11277
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- a murky orange with little to no head on it.

S- It smell just like a pepper with a little bit of a sour to it.

T/M- This is were this beer shines. you get a nice sweet taste upfront then it moves into a nice citrus blast then finishes with a nice pepper taste with a little heat just to let you know that they did use pepper. You get a slight sour taste that comes through as will.

O- Pipeworks did it again with this amazing beer. It has so many flavors going on but yet they are so balanced and you get to have them all in one sip. Too many times you buy something like this and you get something different on every sip but never all in one.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours incredibly hazy pale orange with little light making it through and a one fingered head that retains nicely.

Smell has huge passion fruit aromas as well as citrusy hoppy aromas and a butterscotch candy like yeast aromas. Green pepper aromas come out much more as it warms.

Taste follows the nose, big passion fruit flavor with a mild dry tartness. Piney citrus hops follow along with a moderate green chili flavor that has very mild heat.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation a balances the big body and bold flavors.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #318 319 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from Pipeworks, this one with an interesting premise - brewed with Fresno chiles and passion fruit. My first chile beer from Pipeworks; not entirely sure what to expect.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright juicy fiery orange colored body with about a finger of sudsy off-white head. Soapy and bubbly, with big scattered sheets of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - It smells like a lot of Pipeworks' regular IPA's and pale ales up front with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange, creaminess / soapiness, hint of bready malt, but the fresh vegetal chiles are more than apparent on the nose. Not hot at all, but you can definitely tell there are chiles in this. Not pulling any distinct "passion fruit" on the aroma, but it is definitely fruity.

T - Ah yes, the passion fruit arrives in full swing on the taste. Fresh, juicy, and citric. Passion fruit, grapefruit, oranges, and vegetal chile pepper presence. Again, no heat is detectable at all. This pairing of passion fruit and chiles seems pretty legit. Delicious.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, fruity and juicy, medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty damn fine chile beer. One of the best, if not the best of the style I have yet had. The rotary evaporation technique to remove the heat was also probably a nice idea. This puts crap like Stone Crime to shame. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno ---4/5.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber batch 276. tulip.
murky orange color, nice head. smell is huge on jalapenos..ooh. taste is damn amazing. hops huge up front followed by sweet fruit and ends with a tad of heat that really pulls it all together. great!

overall by far my favorite chile beer. so impressed.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a hazy golden with heavy amber accents capped by a one and half slightly off-white head. Above average retention, some splotchy lacing. Chiles, passionfruit, and mixed citrus on the nose. Passionfruit, papaya, mango, mandarin orange upfront, sweet citrus-tinged malt midpalate. Finishes with chilies with little to no heat complemented by more mixed citrus. Heavier side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slick and somewhat silky with hint of creaminess. A very unique and enjoyable beer. I've never had anything like this. The chile pepper essence and signature "zing" is there, but little to no heat. Recommended.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange and copper in color. Light head, and fairly hazy.

S: The Chile's hit you right in the nose at the start, you can smell the heat. There's some sweetness in there but can't really pick anything out. A nice change of pace, nothing I have smelled in a beer yet.

T: At the first taste you get that huge nice sweetness from the passion fruit, then fades into the nice taste of the chili without any detection of heat. Pleasantly surprised after smelling it. Love it.

M: Light, and sweet. Really easy to drink beer.

O: I was worried with the smell that it would have a bite of heat but ended up being really nice and fruity with the flavor of the pepper. I'm a big fan of heat and all and quite sensitive of heat but love the flavor of peppers, which I got in this beer. Love this beer.

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

22 ounce bottle into a snifter, batch #705-706.

Pours a golden color, slightly hazy, with a small head and some soapy cling. Smell brings a blast of passion fruit at the open, chiles- more as it warms, malt, some dank hops. Maybe a hint of smoke. Taste brought out the chiles first, some citrusy hops, malt, passion fruit, still a little of the dank hops. Light bitterness up front, more at the back. Smooth, good feel, solid body.

This was a lot better than I was expecting. The no- heat chiles added a really great flavor. Passion fruit was mostly background after the open, but contributed to a flavorful, well balanced beer. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: solid orange color. A finger of a white head that fades quickly. Very hazy and opaque. Quite a bit of sediment.

Smell: strong chiles, tropical fruit and some citrus. Not much else to it, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

Taste: opens with a hint of citrus, quickly transitions to a pepper taste but not one I am familiar with (probably Fresno chiles) and ends with a nice kick of tart tropic fruits.

Mouthfeel: a nice balance mixture of bitter, peppers and tart. No heat but not quite refreshing.

Overall: a very good and unique beer. Lots of strong flavors, I wish I got to taste it fresher though. Definitely worth a try for pepper lovers and hop lovers.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch #318/319

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow color with some orange accents. Light head on the pour and only present on the edges of the glass. Hazy body makes it tough to see any active carbonation.

Smell: Chile peppers jumped out of the bottle. The peppers have a perfect balance of spice, earthiness, and heat. After the peppers though its tough to get make of a hop presence or anything else. Some of the passion fruit peaks its way through but no doubt this is a chile pepper dominated aroma.

Taste: Front is filled with the zesty tang of the peppers with no heat. The flavors of banana peppers stand out the most to me. Again like the aroma the peppers dominate, allowing only a tiny amount of fruitiness to poke through. The peppers linger through into the finish and slowly just die off.

Mouthfeel: really light, nothing much left on the palate.

Overall: I'm not really sure what to make of this brew. I love the pepper presence but was surprised by the lack of heat on the flavor. After the peppers there isn't much here. Is this a pale ale with peppers added or a chile beer? Either way it is very tasty but is off balanced.

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Photo of Florida9
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Somewhat hazy orange-tinted yellow in color. Forms a small sized bubbly, sticky head. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is all chiles right off the bat. Green chiles, like hatch chiles. There is a touch of citrusy sweetness in mix. Orange and passionfruit, but mostly green chiles.

T: The taste is interesting. It's very vegetal and quite savory. But it's also fucking with my head as the taste seems to fluctuate between the vegetal, green, flavor of the Fresno chiles and the sweet, tropical, and tart-fruitiness of the passionfruit. The two competing flavors seem to work well with one another while simultaneously competing against each other. There are some underlying sweet, orange-citrusy notes. Tart finish.

M: Light medium bodied. Fairly sweet if not boderline syrupy. Medium carbonation. Light bitterness.

O: I'm really conflicted on this beer. There are some aspects that are incredibly forward thinking, but at the same time I feel like the Fresno and the passionfruit are attempting to punch each other in the face. I will admit, it's a very interesting take on the DIPA style.

Fuck it, this beer should have been hit with a dose of Brett Lambicus on the back end to add a note of complexity. Get to it Garrett.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bit bright orange. It looks syrupy with minimal head. To cut to the chase, it looks more syrupy than it really is.

Green, vegetal Fresno chiles explode in the aroma. The description about the rotary process is interesting because the aroma (and flavor) are absent of any heat, not that Fresno are that hot to begin with. The passion fruit is also very noticeable.

The flavor is distinctly back and forth with vegetal chile and tropical passion fruit. Long, long finish that continues with the duel. The vegetal aspect is a but much for my taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lower carbonation, and leaves a dirty feeling tongue.

Strange brew, indeed. I love all the components of this beer individually, like the concept of how they can compliment each other, but felt it was a competition vs. collaboration of the ingredients.

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Photo of itsratso
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i am not drinking this as i write, i had it last night and today wanted to just add a small note about it. i live in chicago and for the last month i have been buying almost exclusively bombers from pipeworks to try. at this point i am actively trying to find a beer from them i don't like. i was pretty sure this would be it. and ... it isn't. this beer is great. bizarre but great. just the intense smell of peppers and heat along with the tropical sweetness makes you think that this will be a scorcher but somehow it isn't. you do get all the flavor of the hot peppers but an almost complete absence of heat, just a small tickle in the back of your throat. and it blends perfectly with the tropical fruit, both from the hops and the passionfruit. i am at the point that i can say if it's from pipeworks, buy it.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - 22oz bottle (batch 318/319) into DFH signature glass. small head dissipated quickly, sunburst orange / yellowish color

s - just as the first whif of hops hits your nostrils you are thinking typical IPA then the peppers swiftly hit and dominate. A little bit of fruit undertones

t -resinous hops, sweet peppers, peach. peppers definitely linger on the finish

m - light carb, medium body, goes down easy

o - I'll just come out and say that I love peppers, I eat them in every which way- hot, sweet, raw, cooked, pickled--you name it. I can't say that I am a big fan of how they work with beer though. I would say this was worth trying, but not sure I'd pick this up again.

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The One Horned Wonder And His Fanciful Flying Fresno from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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