Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Blood Of The UnicornBlood Of The Unicorn
BA SCORE
87.5%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 673 ratings
Blood Of The UnicornBlood Of The Unicorn
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
Ranking:
#3,201
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
673
Liked:
589
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
8.44%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
112
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 673 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of dsa7783
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jockey Hollow in Morristown. Pours a ruby red mahogany hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of biscuits and caramel. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Mattymystique
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/24/17 canning date

A: Pours a nice blood red with a tall fizzy light brown head. Decent head retention, so-so lacing.

S: Citrus and herbal hops. Caramel sweetness.

T: More of the same. Nice sharp grapefruit up front. A touch of herbal hops and then mostly a spicy, resinous pine. Caramel malt, with a sugary candy type sweetness. Candied grapefruit in the aftertaste (is that even a thing?)

M: Medium bodied, sharp and bitter.

O: Nice hoppy red. Nothing stands out as being amazing but it's got a nice bitter hop profile and the sweetness backing it up like you'd expect in any good red ale.

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Photo of Holderness
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned ~5 weeks ago.

L -- Pours a mildly hazy medium amber body with a two-finger off-white head produced with aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing
S -- Combination of a mild tropical fruitiness, pine, and a caramel maltiness. Hint of dishwater in the background
T -- Largely follows the nose. The malts (saltine cracker-like) obscure some of the hop nuance that I enjoyed in Ninja vs Unicorn. Still quite drinkable
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium- carb. Semi-dry, with a lasting, astringent finish. The heavy malting makes for a fairly wholesome drink
O -- While not too shabby in its own right, the awesomeness of Ninja v Unicorn (and Lizard King) overshadow this brew

80/100

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Photo of BAsbill
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrsqc7
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can; deep red but more of orange brown when held to the light. Head is off white and plentiful reducing to a film with good lacing.

Flavors are burnt malts and pine hops and moderate carbonation. Definitely not a gulper; this is substantial.

Pretty good.

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Photo of Phineasco
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adam36
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, reddish gold color with a tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of pine, resin, grapefruit and toasted caramel. This beer hits with some bitter piney hops and has just enough caramel sweetness.

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Photo of mafrick17
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celtics76
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grizzarky
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DEdesings57
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +5.7%
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 -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 673 ratings
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