Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Blood Of The UnicornBlood Of The Unicorn
758 Ratings
Blood Of The UnicornBlood Of The Unicorn

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 134
Reviews by Hired_Goon:
Photo of Hired_Goon
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
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.

 633 characters

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

One more beer from Kevinpitts! Into my tulip out of ye olde bottle.
A – Hazy raspberry idea tea looking on the pour. Quick finger of frothy tan head that stuck around and left spotty lacing.
S – Nice hoppy smell. Citrus.
T – Piney and hoppy attack the palate right away. Grapefruit and lemon. Resinous. Malt punch. Finishes off with just a tiny touch of sweetness.
M – Lively on the palate with good carbonation. Touch of slickness. Medium bodied.
O – Right after imperial stouts, reds are my next favorite and this one is tasty. This is very easy to drink. Nice balanced red with a great hoppy flavor. Pipeworks strikes again and Kevin hooked me up again!

 672 characters

Photo of leantom
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well, decided to follow up Ninja vs. Unicorn, a DIPA, with this one. I really liked it. Here goes:

A: Rather beautiful. Pours a dark red that lets plenty of light permeate through. Minimum body carbonation, but the head is white, fluffy, big, and beautiful. Slightly more hazy that I prefer in red ales, but it still looks quite delicious.

S: Seems to have a similar hop profile to Ninja vs. Unicorn. Very dank and juicy - something that's in the mode of a tropical IPA. Can detect oranges, lemon, and some mango (maybe a hint of it). Unlike NvU, however, there appears to be a more substantial malt body. The malt sweetness is noticeable in the smell. Great.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of tropical flavors, in particular oranges. While many beers with both strong hop and malt profiles wind up imbalanced and odd-tasting, in the case of an overly bitter and sweet brew, this one balances malt and hops rather nicely. It is more like an IPA than an amber, though, IMHO.

F: Perfect.

O: A very good beer. Impeccably balanced and dangerously drinkable.

 1,072 characters

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

 205 characters

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 42

A - Pours deep amber with some crimson and almost three fingers of tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Hops and malts battle for prevalence, but I think piney hops win out. Also a lot of caramel malt and a bit of biscuit. Some noticeable alcohol.

T - Similar to the smell there is a nice hop presence, mostly pine. Caramel malt provides some nice balance without becoming sweet. Also some biscuit taste. Very nice.

M - Very smooth medium mouthfeel with bitterness throughout and a lingering earthiness.

O - Another nice one from Pipeworks, and another example of how increasing the hop component can take a style I don't like and make it very enjoyable.

 696 characters

Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours reddish amber with a big off white meringue head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts with lots of fruity resiny piney dank hops.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malt with lots of fruity resiny piney hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice hoppy red.

 363 characters

Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, "4/18/16 Drink Ur Blood" printed on the bottom

Pours hazed, glowing ruby reddish darker amber, lasting luxorious dark khaki cap, leaves low sheeting, strands and spots of lacing.

Malted up nose with piney hops

Big and bold, with more dense malt notes, pine and resiny hops mostly on the back end and in the finish. Balanced and flavorful. Sweet malts in charge here, but enough hops to lend character and build interest. Well worth a try.

 457 characters

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler. Pours clear amber in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, blood orange, rye, and nut flavor. Medium-light bodied, slightly sweet, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a delicious and complex red ale. Could do several of these.

 260 characters

Photo of Meyers1023
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very deep amber color with a tan head. The smell is malty with bread and toffee before you get some very good hoppy pine notes. The flavor starts with toffee and dough before grapefruit and pine jump out at you balancing everything out. The feel is medium with decent carbonation. This is an outstanding amber ale, great interplay and complexity in the flavor.

 369 characters

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16oz can with no visible freshness date into a pint glass last night. Comes out a light brown with ruby highlights, slight bit of floaties in the liquid. Small white head dies down to a ring and leaves some lacing.

Smell is somewhat malty and caramel but it's got a piney and herbal hop backbone in there, too. Flavor wise it starts off pretty malty and sweet. Caramel and fruit notes in the middle with a bit of grain. Finishes somewhat bitter but not in a crazy way, nice herbal notes here from the hops.

Overall it's a very drinkable beer, the malts are never too crazy to make a heavy body and the hops lay in the back to provide a little zing. Overall it's a very nice structured amber ale for the cooler months that border winter.

 754 characters

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CervezaNY
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of deuce9259
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

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

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 16
A- This beer pours a dense clear glowing red body with a wall of microbubbles sliding up the side of the glass. There is a thick light beige head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The full vibrant woody green citrus hops have some pineapple weed aromas that linger with a slight minty hue coming through as it warms.

T- The full green hops have a green citrus flavor with some green spice notes to it. There is a soft toasted malt sweetness underneath with some alcohol taste coming through on the exhale.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz that boost the hop flavor in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a big deep hop flavor that has good malt hints but the fizz starts to get a bit too big as it opens. This is a nice hop monster but no hop bitterness makes this very drinkable.

 866 characters

Photo of shadytony
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dohm179
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 758 ratings