Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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:
#3,964
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
737
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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80
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Photo of sparx1100
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuentinDishaw
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chilmer
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 3/30/18 to a nonic.
Dark brown with large beige/brown head.
Aroma is sweet malt with a hint of mustiness.
Taste has sweet front to malty to musty to dry finish.
Overall, okay.

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

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber, good head.

Smell: Citrus-grapefruit, old school IPA.

Taste: Solid grapefruit punch, backed with a big hit of caramel and pine. Bready finish.

Overall: Another good hoppy beer from Pipeworks. Reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard, old school bitterness with caramel body and pine.

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Photo of Egotist
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of CreedeSon
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Amber-red color. Very present, quality malt back bone. Also got a bit of orange citrus as it warmed. Sweet tasting.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giangio
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love American Red Ales, and when one deliberately puts "Hoppy" before this naming, you can be sure that this is a magical combination!
Ninja vs Unicorn was a great WIPA too but this Blood tops it even a bit more - it is maybe even more intensive and hoppy, especially in the nose and in its taste. Full of hops with hop bitterness along with the flavor with plenty of body that balances the bitterness out.
If you wanted to sum it all up in one word, you would say pleasant, it is pleasing and typical American Amber. I am glad that I tried this from Pipeworks, along with the Ninja. Definitely a brewery worth paying attention to.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Turn a great IPA red, brown or black and it tastes better.
a) purrs in as a hazed dark copper-brown, with red highlights, tan head, the splashes a perfect tide line of lace.
s) Smells earthy, fruity, caramel, orange tea, on top of brown bread malt.
t) Adds and gets bigger to aroma. Large caramel and crytal malt flavors, brown sweet bread, tempered by bitter piney hops. Spice, tea, herbs and incense.
f) Big beer feel without the ABV. Satisfying. Slick. Drying bitterness. Great finish.
o) One of the best red-IPAs ever.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Canned on 2/8/2018

Appearance - cloudy/murky crimson body with khaki head

Smell - grapefruit, pine, caramel

Taste - grapefruit, caramel, pine, biscuit, tea

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, pine and grapefruit upfront, hop bitterness on the back end

Overall - nice hoppy amber ale here, worth a try

price Point - $10.99/4 pk 16 oz cans

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smell is surprisngly hoppy, but with some caramel, biscuity malt coming through as well. Notes of red berries and citrus fruit, with just a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, being pre-dominantly hoppy, but with a good amount of caramel, biscuity malt coming through as well. Strong notes of red berries, redcurrant being most dominant, and medium notes of citrus, with a light pineyness as well. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some more pine coming through. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Even before cracking this open, I was wondering how it would fare compared to Arrogant Bastard. Not great, to be honest, but it's a tough challenge. It lacks both the malt complexity and piney bitterness, being a bit more light and fruity, but still perfectly nice in its own way.

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 737 ratings