Easter Bunny Vs Unicorn
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Easter Bunny Vs UnicornEaster Bunny Vs Unicorn
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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #24
Ranked #9,069
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Easter Bunny Vs UnicornEaster Bunny Vs Unicorn
Notes: The unsuspecting unicorn was decorating eggs, when out of NO HARE, he heard "Your ass is artificial grass!". Before The Unicorn could get a peep, the Easter Bunny, in a ball of furry, attacked with kung (bunny fu) foo carrot-y chops. The Unicorn whipped the hare back and forth, fighting Bunny's intense hop kick with a wheat wine. Don't worry. The Easter Bunny was charged with Energizer battery. The Unicorn will live to dye another day!

All puns aside, we've changed up the recipe on this batch of Easter Bunny vs Unicorn. It's fuller in body, with more wheat. We've also added Hallerteau Blanc hops to the dry hop. It's delicious!
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled spring 2014; drank 5/30/14 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange rust.

Cream-colored head; a curtain of lace.

Honeyed grain, strawberry & slight booze nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

A sweet-but-not-cloying mix of honeyed grain, cognac, strawberry candy & grapefruit tartness; a sugar sweetness settles on the lips.

A bit hot on the finish, but this bold, unique & tasty.

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Photo of stortore
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 3/8/17, had 4/27/17.

Pours a caramel color with an orange tint, mostly clear, with a one and a half inch head of tight foam and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel, figs, brown sugar, toffee, some yeast, some bread, light white grapes. Some pine kind of floats in and out. Smells a bit sweet. The taste is malt, pine that hits up front and then fades, caramel, bread, figs, dates, some brown sugar, lightly sweet overall, some lingering hop bitterness. Smooth, creamy for the style, carbonated a little on the higher side, a good body.

Great flavor, very good aroma, and the Hallertau hops really add to both. Leans a little towards being a barleywine. Very enjoyable, worth a purchase.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is caramel, wheat and some creeping fruit. The flavor is caramel, wheat/malts, mild fruit and a mix of medium sweetness and alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not mind blowing, an excellent representation of the style and overall an enjoyable wheatwine. The flavor is there in balance, and not overly boozy considering the double digit abv

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Photo of darktronica
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Like so many other of Pipeworks dry-hopped-up, but still sweet and malty reddish beers. Don't be afraid to pour vigorously, as the aromatics are really appealing. More tropical fruit, papaya and passion fruit on this one. Bursting with flavor, and with their characteristic, almost-chalky full mouthfeel. Quite different from most wheatwines thanks to the hop character, but probably better off for standing out in that way.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a style that i still really havent found one i have loved, but this is about as close as any have come for me. it has a few cool points of distinction. one, is that under its lacy white head there is an awesome aroma and flavor of toasted marshmallows, perfectly golden brown and oozy, reminds me of being a kid, reminds me of summer, i really like it. it must come from a long boil and a partial caramelization of sugars from the wheat malt, a nice and unique feature. the other thing i like about this is how hoppy it is, it sorts of flirts with that big ipa mouthfeel, oily and sticky, but also packs enough bitterness to balance all the residual sugar in here. it makes it somewhat more american in style, and somewhat more interesting than the sugar water beverages these often are. its smooth in feel, hides its alcohol nicely, and represents yet another well executed and interesting beer from pipeworks. a small pour is plenty for me, this creeps up on you quick, but i liked it well enough for a style that usually doesnt turn me on very much. so glad to have these guys here in the market now!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a slightly hazy dark golden orangey/brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves a medium size island, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice hop note, kinda citrusy, kinda wheaty. The taste is very nice malty, hoppy, with some citrus/wheat notes, there's a nice sweetness to this brew. Full body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew, surprised me.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What other beer is more Easter appropriate (or inappropriate)? Wheatwine is an unusual style, but I found this tasted more like a DIPA than anything -- very reminiscent of Stone RuinTen, actually.

Pipeworks is becoming one of those breweries that I just assume any beer they make will be good.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Collins glass.

Look is a hazy Amber with a thin light head.

Lots of toasted caramel on the nose.

Aggressively hopped initially but giving way to a toasted caramel sweetness. The extreme contrast between the two really ends up with a balanced beer.


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Photo of Bartleby91
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really beautiful opaque amber/red appearance with good carbonation and a decent head on the pour. Some lacing as well. Aromas of white grapes, bready malt sweetness, tropical fruit and floral hop notes. Tastes follow with grape, citrus and sweet malt tastes. Good mix of hop and malt lingering on the palate. Yet another winner from pipework. My first wheat wine and hopefully I can find some more.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sap Suckers in Huntington - VG

Surprisingly hop-forward. Super silky. Loaded with honey, wheat, pine, and caramel. Really grows on you throughout the drink.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy boozy fruits in a creamy malt base, full of bitterness; herbal notes accent the hops, and counter the sugars from the malt. Pretty full on the body, relatively dense, but still smooth and caramel soft. Pipeworks keeps hitting them out of the park.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose resembles that of a barleywine as it presents a very malty aroma with some chocolate malt, dark fruit and a fruity hop tone.

The flavor is a wheat wine, literally wheat and wine. There's a light hop bitterness before it becomes malty with caramel. It finishes with honey and some fruity hop tones of grapefruit, tangerines and orange.

Certainly different and unusual but definitely tasty and worthwhile.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%

Bottle from trade but forget who. Big thanks! Big bottle with Batch #371-374 noted on the bottle. Pours dark orange colors with a beautiful off white and creamy looking head on top. Aroma is floral with lots if sweet orange peel, grapefruits, caramel, toffee. Lots of sweetness here. Flavor is spent hops, sweet biscuity malts, orange peels, grass, light booze, lemon zest. Reminds me a bit of Behemoth. Dank with plus body, medium low carbonation. Overall I am glad I got to try this but it's not really my thing. Very sweet, and confused between an old DIPA and a barleywine.

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Photo of emyers
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Batch 371-374.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber-red with a thin off-white head dissipating quickly into a light lacing.

Smell: A nice mix of pine/floral/grassy hops and rich caramel malt. It has a good amount of depth and stays nicely balanced - nether the hops nor the malt really take over.

Taste: Similar to the smell with the malt taking over a little more here. Excellent malt base on this one with layers of rich caramel and toffee balanced by a nice floral hop profile. Bittering hops kick in on the finish Little to no alcohol heat. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation. Nice kick from the bittering hops.

Overall: Another outstanding beer from Pipeworks.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep chestnut color. nice reddish and brown hues. a small half finger of a tannish head that fades pretty quickly and leaves behind a small lacing. hazy and dark but does have a brightness to it when held to the light

Smell: opens up with a strong whiff of hops. some tropical fruit to a pine and resiny hop. some peppery and spicy character to it. strong and slightly astringent alcohol, but it works well with the taste. strong malt backbone consisting of wheat and candy sweetness

Taste: opens up with a wheat taste that is quickly cut by alcohol, a good strong dose of it. tropical fruits, spicy and piney hops. a bit resiny, lots of sweetness near the end. caramel and toffee malts, some sweet and toasty malts to. everything is well balanced but very strong in flavor.

Mouthfeel: good light wispy wheat, lots of alcohol strength and heat. bitterness is strong and wins out in the end, but there is a strong sweetness to it.

Overall: a very well done wheatwine. great combo of strong and sweet malts along with very tasty and bitter hops. alcohol plays a large part and goes nicely with everything else in the beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/05/14 notes. 22 oz bottle shared by BeerLawyer85; thanks Ross! Batch # 371-374

a - Pours a murky, reddish brown color with one inch of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, maple syrup, fruity malts, caramel malts, tropical fruits and hops, and toasted malts. Nice and interesting nose, really nice mix of fresh hops and malts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, citrus hops, maple, sugar, fruity malts, toasted malts, toffee, light pine, alcohol, and bready malts. Taste has way more caramel and malts, and less hops than the nose, but is still very good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Light alcohol presence, nothing too bad.

o - Overall a very good beer; I really liked the nose as I thought the fruity and caramel malts worked really well with fresh citrus hops. Worth checking out, would like to have it again sometime.

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Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Darker shade of caramel brown in color, but still fairly translucent. Forms a smallish white head, but what does form doesn't go anywhere. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is juicy hops, citrus, orange zest, and alcohol.

T: Taste starts off with a mild sweetness. Lighter notes of toffee and caramel. Then the hops come in to play. Somewhat juicy citrus. Candied orange rind. Grapefruit pith. After the hops there is a distinct wheatiness to the beer, but it is fleeting, as there is a rather rough alcoholic quality on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Substantial alcoholic heat.

O: Well, this isn't what I think of when I think of Wheatwines. Really more of a wheat-centric DIPA. And a DIPA in the PW style at that. But as someone who enjoys DIPAs, I still found the beer to quite enjoyable. A bit hot for my liking, but not bad.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Soft small white head, goes fairly fast. A dark copper, mahogany color.

S: Sweet caramel upfront with some pineapple, kiwi and a little bubble gum. All but caramel aromas are pretty soft.

T: Again caramel upfront with, not alot after that. Alcohol present some minor fruitness I can't really tell. Could be better.

M: Little sweet, medium body. Noticeable alcohol, nice carbonation.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper clear pour. Cascading uprush of hop excitement. Neat to watch- for the moment.

Big hop rush and floral. Candied sweetness. A bit weedy and pithy grapefruit.

It's all hop and deep bready sweetness malt. It's like chewing on a hop cone. Alcohol boisterous on the back end, maybe too much booze sensual influence.

On the thicker side and deep rich malt and hop lingering.

An American strong for sure and a rich wheat malt make this the wine. Sitting on the fence tween Barleywine and DIPA. Expect richness and depth. Big on hop and 'Big' on booze to confound your session. You not cuuurushing this.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours mostly amber with some a bit of orangish accents here and there. Tropical fruit and citrus on the nose; hints of caramel as it warms. Opens with mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, and hints of mango. Caramel shows up midpalate with some soapiness and wheat cracker notes. Low level of carbonation, full body, smooth with a touch of silkiness. A hop bomb, for sure. This brew has just as much in common with most DIPA's as it does with other wheatwines.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a thin head that is not present while drinking. The color a ruby red color with some accents of brown. Low active carbonation but fits the style.

Smell: Sweet bubble gum, bright tropical fruits with accents of pineapple, kiwi, mangos, lemon, and fresh pears. There is a touch of grassy, wheat tones in the body but this is a hop dominated aroma.

Taste: The front is bright esters filled with tropical fruits, citrus, and some bubble gum sweetness. The body has light wheat tones with a significant boozy body. Alcohol burn continues into the finish but the sweet, bright hop tones drown it out for the most part. Lingering hop dryness left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bright hops everywhere. Tingle on the tongue throughout from noticeable ABV. Carbonation fits the style.

Overall: This one was a weird one to rate. According to style, this is not a very well executed beer. Just overall enjoyment though, this is a classic hop bomb from PW. Bright, fruity, boozy, this one will do the job for you.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Tanger112 (awesome extra, thanks man!). Bottled 4/10/14. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours an attractive, deep chestnut hue with two fingers of beige head. Very little retention other than a small halo and almost no lace.

A bounty of fruity hops dominate the nose. Peach, mango, tangerine and pineapple with some sweet toffee and caramel in the background. Smells great.

Those hoppy aromas weren't just a tease. Mandarins, mango, citrus zest and peach lead the way. Then the malt bill comes into focus, proving that there is in fact a wheat wine underneath. Sweet burnt caramel, toffee and a hint of cracker. A slight booze heat on the back end but it fits well. Quite an interesting two headed beast with some pleasing aspects of both imperial IPA and wheatwine.

Syrupy, oily, medium-full feel with moderate carbonation. Peaches, oranges and toffee linger in the finish.

This might not be what I'd reach for when I want a wheatwine but I think it's delicious. It's almost like a double/imperial Gumballhead. Two of my favorite styles in on bottlee- the sweet caramel, toffee, mild heat and body I enjoy in a wheatwine with an outstanding DIPA hop profile. Quite glad to have tried this while it's so freash. An excellent brew.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber in color with a very small amount of haze. Head is about half a finger off-white and retains nicely.

Smell is really nice. There are some great bright tropical fruit hop aromas of mangos melons and some sweet berries. This is overlaid with the sweet butterscotch candy like aroma from the yeast and big sweet caramel malt typical to the unicorn series.

Taste is awesome and follows the nose. Lots of caramel malt and juicy tropical fruit hop flavors and oils hit the palate first. Butterscotch candy like yeast flavor follows and ties it all together.

Mouthfeel is pretty big. Thick body and sticky feel are cut by crisp hop oils and a good amount of carbonation. There is a mild bitterness but it's not overly assertive.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #371-374 printed on the label. Yet another new holiday seasonal beer from Pipeworks. My first wheatwine from these guys, so I am not sure of what to expect at all.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a typical burnt sienna orange / ruby colored body with maybe the tiniest bit of sediment noticeable. A finger of creamy frothy khaki head. Thin spotty lacing. It doesn't look too much different than their regular DIPA / barleywine fare.

S - Smell has the aroma of a lot of the bigger Pipeworks' DIPAs - grapefruit, rinds, soapiness, mild alcohol fumes, bready malt presence.

T - Taste follows the nose - bitter grapefruit / orange hop presence takes the front seat, with some bready / caramel malts in the background. Mild alcohol fumes. Tastes more like a DIPA to me than some of the other wheatwines I've tried, but I'm all for switching things up.

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

Overall, another nice one from Pipeworks. Not entirely sure how authentic this remains to the style, but it suits me well enough, and fits in well with the rest of the 'Ninja vs. Unicorn' beer series. Recommended, but probably not one I would try again.

Pipeworks Easter Bunny Vs Unicorn ---4/5.

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