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:
#3,969
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
738
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
128
Trade:
5
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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to HIGHPA for this 16 oz. can that arrived a couple of days ago as an extra. Pipeworks is always welcome in this house.

The pour is redder Vladek Sheybal. Smells like caramel & rusted VW Beetle. Eh.

Blood of the Unicorn is my least favorite kind of redhead. Something about less than excellent reds always reminds me of red rust, with that metallic taste leeching into the folds of my mouth & fouling the entire experience, & I get just enough of a whiff here that it yucks up the beer for me. Aside from the fender rust (which does fade some as the beer warms) there is caramel, moderate bitterness, & the hops show as earthy & slightly piney. Far thicker than a lowish ABV red ale ought to be, which isn’t helping.

Really mediocre, which is not what I expect from such a fine brewery.

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3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: on the brighter side of a red amber imperial ale. Thin head with some very light lacing throughout. Slightly below average carbonation.

Smell: smoked malt and a thick caramel aroma. A crispy hop presence.

Taste: the front is a smooth thickness of caramel and molasses. Some sweet sugar accents really kiss well on the front end. The body get overridden by very bitter hops which stand out too much. Not as much of a dry finish as I expected aftertaste after the body.

Mouthfeel:I the freshness of this beer creates a very clean mouthfeel.

Overall: a little disappointed by this brew. I thought the red ale aspects of this beer got a little lost overall.

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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B- (3.43) / WORTHY

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3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

POUR: Poured out of a pint can into an nonic pint glass. APPEARANCE: Deep brown with hints of ruby red. dark enough to not be able to see through. No real bubbles or effervescence to report. Poured out with a real thin off white head. Small amounts of glass lacing present. AROMA: Nice balance of hoppy notes and more malty and caramel like aromas. Somewhat earthy qualities show up as well. TASTE: Hoppy at first with some nice citrus qualities. Good base of malt and caramel. Interesting to note that there is some dark berry characteristics as well. Somewhat cherry-like in flavor. AFTERTASTE: The malty character follows through to the end with the dark cherry and caramel as well. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a bit of bitterness. NOTES: Nice balanced style. Could have been better without the bitter qualities towards the end. Result/Rating: Good/ 3.49 out of 5.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 738 ratings