Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of our original hop beasts of burden makes its whimsically triumphant return. Blood of the Unicorn is Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn's hot redheaded sister. Loaded with fruity and piney American hops this rouge equine always delivers.

Added by MasterSki on 05-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
662
Reviews:
114
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
109
For Trade:
5
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Photo of mafrick17
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pub glass. Burnt orange, one-finger of head with minimal lacing.
Smell - Malt and pine
Taste - Great mix of malt and hops. The malt profile does not overpower the hops which leads to a balanced flavor profile.
Feel - A bit heavy on a tongue with a somewhat overwhelming bitterness
Overall - I do not frequent the red ales, but this is a very enjoyable beer. Plus no one has better can art that Pipeworks.

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Photo of zombles222
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celtics76
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grizzarky
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DEdesings57
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

People need to embrace red ales more often on here.

They are are great example of how malts and Bright Juicy hops can work together to produce an amazing beer.

This beer is particularly a vibrant and bright example of the style even thought the beer pours so dark. It's still very grapefruit and citrus forward while still showcasing a Delicious malt bill that never comes across as cloying or sugary.

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Photo of sanitarium16
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first offering from Pipeworks. I had this on draught at Stirling Tavern in Morristown. 13 oz. pour served in a goblet. It pours a lovely, deep ruby color with a foamy, ecru-colored head and lacing. It smells of grapefruit, pine needles, floral hops, bready malt, and a whiff of cherry. There's not a lot of sweetness in the taste: lots of tart citrus, pine, and biting hops, with just a hint of sweet fruit notes at the finish. It has a nice, crisp mouth feel with lively carbonation, and the 6.5% ABV seems light compared to other red ales. Overall, its a pleasant drinking ale. It's not quite at the level of Nugget Nectar or Flipside but still quite good. I'd like to try this from a can to see how it compares.

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Photo of cbutova
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unicorn Blood must give me great strength.

A- Tallboy cascades into a becher with a deep amber almost ruby red body and a thick puffy off-white head. The head stops rising at about an inch high and has pretty good retention.

S- Makes good use of the piney and citrus hop varietals with those cones bursting out of the glass. The hop profile is mostly pine, grapefruit, pineapple and dank with some tropical mango, floral and tangerine further in the backdrop. The amber aspect of the beer is somewhat quiet here but hints of toast, sweet grain and bread are noticed.

T- The grains strengthen in comparison from the nose but are still at mercy to the powerful hop bill. The two forces play well together with toasty, bready, biscuit, cracker and raw barley notes (a key lack of sweet caramel) following up the hop barrage of pine resin, grapefruit, oranges, floral, herbal, mango and dank tropical notes. Contains all of that without being particularly juicy or nectar-like, well-balanced.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a smooth consistency that has a texture between foamy and creamy. Medium-high level of carbonation and a clean piney bitterness in the finish.

Not the most in your face brew but brewing prowess is displayed in the use of flavorful malts that do not interfere with the hops but actually accentuate them. Toast, biscuit and bready grains avoid being sweet and are in harmony with pine, dank and citrus hops.

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Photo of harsley
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice amber ale though it looks more like a brown ale. Hoppy Amber is one of my favorite styles and this is a good one. Reminds me of Stone Pataskala but not quite as hoppy or unique. Pine, sweet resin, toasty caramel malt, a pinch of spiciness. Everything you'd expect in great balance. yb

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Photo of themegamancave
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into snifter

One finger off white foam cap , settles to a layer of bubbles , reddish brown liquid

Aroma of berry fruits

Malt taste , pine hop bitterness

Nice beer

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Photo of Hootie159
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uncleotis
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpinSamzo
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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