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

Brewed by:
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.

Added by jtg5678 on 01-02-2014

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Photo of mszpara
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KFBR392
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Florida9
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sully11277
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of bootdown21
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of alexm1309
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of carltondevil
4.65/5  rDev +23%
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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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zombiemusk
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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