Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
577
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
22.14%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
95
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 577
Photo of lbj12s
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolutely delicious hoppy red ale. Think a very hoppy version of great lakes Nosferatu. If you like imperial red's, and ipa's, this is a wonderful marriage of the two. If you happen to be lucky enough to see this beer on the shelf at your liquor store, do yourself a favor and pick one up.

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Photo of BStalf21
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is Ruby red and pours a thick head that gives some nice lacing. You can smell the hops on this one and you will taste them too. very nice hop flavor that is balanced nicely with malts. It was a pretty full bodied amber with a thicker look and feel then most. Overall my first pipeworks beer but wont be my last props to them on this great beer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from badass labeled 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre
Tulip.

A- pours a dirty amber with a 2 finger off-white head. Small bubbles and blotches remain on the glass..

S- spicy, amber malts. Lots of pine and citrus. Smell is amazing!

T- sweet amber malt, nice amount of citrus, spicy and pine hops finish this beer.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice smoothness throughout this beer.

O- wow! This might be my favorite Pipeworks beer to date. Smell is amazing and the and the taste isn't far behind.

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Photo of MarkLikesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper/brown with 2 fingers of light tan head that faded to a small ring

S: Citrus and tangerine in the nose. Very fruity with great hop aroma

T: Maltier than I expected, alcohol taste very well hidden in a strong malt profile. Great hop finish with just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste

M: Very heavy liquid, fitting for the imperial style. Surprisingly sweet with little carbonization.

O: Fantastic beer. Surprisingly sessionable , I didn't want to put it down between sips because every taste left me wanting more. Beautiful lacing down the entire glass. Well done, Pipeworks I love this brew

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 2/8/16

Pours a very nice dark amber color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some very nice malt notes, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty Amber Ale, surprised me. Recommended!

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Photo of kodt
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #70 poured into Snifter from 22oz bomber.

A - Deep amber / brown, a little cloudy, good sized foamy head.

S - Pine and Citrus hops, like a DIPA.

T - Great balance of hops and malty red ale. Not as hoppy as it smells initially, but enough to give it a good bite. Great balance of a red ale and DIPA.

M - Smooth, medium carbonation, not too light.

O - A very solid beer. The balance of styles is great here.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: predictably dark amber and relatively opaque... into a pint I center-poured and got a big fat head - so let's just say you'll get as big a head as ya want... some lace trailed behind

S: sweet potato and pine resin - caramelly malts and red grains - allusions to fruits, probably moldering, and hearty grains in syrup

T: rich and fruity and piney at the same time - resins and dark fruits register at the same time; bittering and woody favors persist

F: solid medium-weights fits just right on the tongue; ample carbonation creates soft fuzz as the bitterness registers on the palate

O: I was delighted by this brew - an infrequent drinker of American amber/reds, my favorite has always been Nugget Nectar - but this Imperial red is just so solid that I know I would chose it over NN if I had to - really top-notch Imperial amber/red action

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Photo of timc100
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 102

A: Blood of unicorn bro - ruby red blended with blood orange. Great american strong ale-looking head - orange tinged beige with sticky big bubble lacing.

S: Not incredibly complex, but great. Big sticky, resinous pine and sugared grapefruit peel. A slight bubble-gum sweetness. Orange peel and mango follow. Not incredibly malty, but sticky caramel and toffee are definitely the backbone. Enticing

T: Tastes like a really hoppy american strong ale. Big slap of bitterness hits first, then malty and fruity hop sweetness on the middle of the mouth, the resinous pine cones and caramel coat the mouth. Very sticky and fresh

P: Sticky, chewy, very solid medium body pushing to full. Carbonation does not get in the way.

O: I had a previous batch of this and can tell they are improving. Much fuller and more vibrant. Great stuff

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: crimson/dark brn body, finger khaki head,
splendid lacing

S: big fresh forest of pine, grapefruit, sugary candy
sweet biscuit/honey.

T: same as nose, solid firm malt flavor
long pine bitter finish

M: med body, smooth + oily
balanced mouth feel

O: Pipeworks continues to create phenomenal beer.
This is treat that must be revisited. Hopheads and
malt fans will agree this is a winner.

AMAZING; SEEK IT OUT!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown in color with some faint mahogany and light red hues. Head is off white and has decent retention

Smell is great rich butterscotch, brown sugar and caramel aromas are forward and balanced very nicely with a fair amount of juicy tropical mango and light stonefruit hops and a very mild herbal finish.

Taste follows the nose with a good sticky malt presence that has flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Mild herbal earthy hop presence balances nicely with more stoned riot and a very light amount if bitterness but a good amount of crisp hoppy oils.

Mouthfeel is good. Big sticky body from the combination of medium bodied stick malt and a good amount of sticky hoppy resin and oil. Medium carbonation balances

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Photo of Treebs
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16. 22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve Series tulip.

A: Pours a deep, deep dark cherry red color with some brown hues mixed in. A thick, light khaki head forms on the pour and sticks around for quite sometime. It recedes very slowly to a thick cap and collar that leaves some sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Big juicy and piney hops are up front on the first whiff. Big dried biscuit malts with a nice sugar sweetness and berry fruitiness is on the end.

T: Nice fruity flesh and citrus grapefruit bursts are up front, but it gets really down and dirty with some earthy grass and subtle pine. The malt bill comes on strong at the finish with some nice caramel notes, dark spiced bread and a slight toasted bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a slight bit of oily slickness. The finish is sweet and creamy with a nice medium carbonation level.

O: I'm sort of a amber/red ale fan boy and this one really hit it out of the park. Great creamy sweetness from the malts with a nice balance of fruity and piney hops. I hope this isn't a one off and sees some semi regular production like NvU.

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Photo of stompilator
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a snifter.

A - Pours blood red, one-finger beige head.

S - Mango, apricot, cherry, caramel, toffee.

T - A wonderful, cirtus character blooms out from the front-palate, notes of mango, apricot, and pineapple. A piney, resiny flavor evolves out of that, but never eclipses it. Sweet, caramelly malt flavor hangs just in the background, with the malt sweetness giving the tropical hops a juicy character.Ultimately, the dank and fruity hops settle into the aftertaste in equal form.

M - Medium body, appropriately lively carbonation. Mild residual bitterness.

O - A hop-dominated beer, but benefits wonderfully from the malt profile. A perfect example of what the "Red IPA" should be.

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much darker in color than expected, with a slight red tint. However pretty light feel, tastes pretty amazing. I'm not sure who to thank for this amazing beer.... The Unicorn who's blood I'm drinking or did the Ninja draw the blood to allow the consumption of this beer? The world may never know.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a vibrant, darker, hazy, dark-red with a two-finger white head with some creamyness to it. As head dissipates, I can already see lacing and it continues heavy lacing throughout. Smells of citrus, piney hops with some maltiness. Piney resin is stronger than the citrus, though it comes through. Maltiness does come through, but the bitter hops is allowed to win the battle. This tastes great! It's my first Pipeworks, and its usually an afterthought when I run through Chicago. I need to visit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deep amber almost brown in color with 2 fingers of frothy off white head. Smells deliciously sweet like caramel and very floral and piney hop notes. The flavor is arable up front, slight toastyness, then a nice grapefruit/pine hop subtle ness. A very delicious sweet amber with medium body and medium carbonation. Definitely worth getting again.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft.

Look is a dark brown red.

Aroma is a slight molasses herbal hoppy.

Taste is roasted malt and bitter earthy hops. Really nice balance.

Delicious beer.

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Photo of sully11277
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very dark red with a nice white head that stays around

S- you get a nice malt sweetness too it, you can smell a great hop aroma coming off this one with piney and citrus notes coming out.

T/M- it has a great sweet malt front that is followed with a nice piney hop notes that ends with a nice citrus hop flavor. Very light with nice carbonation.

O- A great red by pipeworks, I wish I would of bought more of this one.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, batch #16, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark, murky ruby color and produces a finger of creamy tan head, good retention, leaves very good lacing.

S- Lots of dank, herbal hops, spicy black pepper, peat, and also some sweet caramel.

T- Follows the nose with loads of herbal hops, a bit of pine resin, followed by sweet, grainy caramel malt and some earthy peat. A bit of booziness is detectable but is generally well-hidden. Finish has lingering bitterness with dank hops and spicy black pepper.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth feel, semi-dry finish.

O- A really nice, hop-forward red ale, I drank a bomber on my own pretty easily, really great stuff.

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Photo of brewskis
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a finger of a tan head.

Aroma is what I expected given Pipeworks' love of hops. Big amounts of dank, fruity hops. Get grapefruit juice and zest, orange, mango, peach, pine, and lots of dankness. Get a slight amount of carmel sweetness, but that's about it from the malt. Smells like a red IPA.

Taste starts with light carmel sweetness along with grapefruit juice and dankness. Middle brings more of the aforementioned flavors, as well as peach and mango from the hops. Finish brings a wonderful dryness to wipe out some of the carmel sweetness. A decent pine resin bitterness sets in, along with grapefruit peel and more peach and dank. I'm sure there are other malt flavors going on from the amber malts, but the hops are too fresh and vibrant to decipher.

Medium body. Smooth carbonation and creamy. A very slight oily and sticky finish. Too smooth.

This beer sort of blurs the boundaries between a "red IPA" and an american amber, but I like it. This beer stays hop forward throughout, but the light carmel sweetness (and other malt qualities that are overshadowed by the hops) are there just enough to keep everything in check. Nicely done and more enjoyable than it's earlier, imperialized version.

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

Poured from a can. Pours deep amber with some fuzzy soapy bubbles that leave a bubbly coating on the top. Smells super tropical and piney atop rich caramelized grainy malts, brown sugar. Taste is caramelly with a nice fruity hop bitter at the finish. Awesome canned brew. Pipeworks knows how to do it with hops.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red-tinted brown in color. Forms a fairly sizable tan head that has some decent sticking power. Leaves some moderate lacing on the way down.

S: The aroma is a strong blend of citrus and pine hops with a good dose of caramel malt.

T: The flavor is really nice. Not nearly as malty as either the color or the style would suggest, but it's certainly plenty hoppy. Starts off with a moderate sweetness with some moderate notes of caramel and some mild brown bread before turning aggressively hoppy with lots of citrus and pine and grapefruit to a lesser extent. Finishes is long and malty.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation and a moderate-to-strong bitterness.

O: Another successful beer from the Pipeworks gang, though I've got to admit I'm a bit biased as this beer certainly plays to my love of the hops.

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

This beer is a nice dark amber color with a couple fingers of head which recede to a nice collar. Pretty nice retention. Aroma is very citrus forward with some caramel and earthiness, along with a bit of alcohol. Taste is great. Extraordinarily well balanced, with a log of caramel, biscuit, and some yeasty frutiness combined with a nice pine, citrus, herbal thing coming from the hops. Body is medium and carbonation is nice. Pipeworks has done it again. This beer is frighteningly drinkable for its ABV and very enjoyable.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, dank hops and slightly sweet citrus/fruit. The flavor is tropical fruit, hops/mild hop resin, malts, slightly sweet citrus/fruit and a bitter/slightly tart finish.

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

Served 38F from the 16 ounce can into 16 ounce tumbler. No canning date.

Dark red, hazy with an off white head. Looks great in the glass and very unique.

Malty, grassy, piney with very slight notes of citrus.

Hop forward ale. Well crafted. Resin, bread malts and some bitter orange rinds. Not too much a fan of the bittering hop used here, or perhaps the bittering hop was used in over abundance. It is very piney and abrasive and overpowers the other subtle flavors (biscuit malts, blood oranges) lingering in the background. Still, the fermentation tastes very clean as does the sanitization. Very solid for an amber ale, although it's nothing like a top tier amber such as Nugget Nectar.

Carbonation is heavier for a crafted ale, but not out of proportion. Mouthfeel is very smooth, which seems to be a trademark of Pipeworks.

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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.

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