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:
93
Ratings:
585
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
21.89%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
95
For Trade:
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Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the pint-sized can into a Duvel tulip. Body is an interesting color: mahogany-amber with a half-finger of light-tan head on top. When backlit it's more ruby/mahogany, while it's more brown when sitting without so much light nearby.

S: Good nose for the style, with caramel malt and toffee for foundation, followed by modest earthy, piney hops. Also something more fruity.

T: First impression is more about the mouthfeel than the taste - it's watery and the carbonation is too much. As for the taste. . . once I get past the detracting mouthfeel, I like. More so with each sip. Good foundation of caramel malt is followed by fruit (black cherries come to mind, though my mind may be thinking that because of the color) and modest citrusy hops with a touch of raspberry tartness. Some earthiness and pine is there too. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Different, that's for sure, and good - though I can't help thinking it could've (should've?) been better.

M: As noted above, not impressed with the feel here. Too thin in feel and the carbonation is a bit too much fizz.

O: I'd recommend this beer; it's good. . . just different.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a fan of the style but the can was too epic for me to not take it home.
As for the beer itself (poured into a pint glass) it's not as pretty as many examples of red ales, which I find is usually the strong suit of the style. Smells are hoppy and beery with citrus notes. The flavor profile is that of a strongly hopped red ale which has me enjoying it more than I tend to enjoy red ales. There's still some of that sweet and bitter medicinal cookie thing going on that I find with most amber and red ales but the top notes of the citrus hops serves to mask some of the characteristics I don't dig.
The image on the can remains epic.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a ruby Amber color with a creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves an inch on top, fingers of lacing all around the glass.

S: Orange and grapefruit mixed with lots of pine,sweet Bready malt underneath.

T: Grapefruit rind, orange and a little bit of berry, a strong Piney bitterness balanced out by a sweet malt.

F: Full body, and creamy carbonation

O: A very nice red ipa

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Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Moderately hazy dark copper-red color with a 2-finger foamy off-white head. The foam reluctantly settled into a nice thick cap. I got the malt on the first whiff, slightly sweet like zucchini bread, followed by orange, pine needles, and earth tones. The taste was the reverse, with grapefruit rind leading to pine and resin, all with a balanced but prominent malty backbone. Not overly sweet and quite hoppy. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky 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 SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is tree sap, resin, grass and bark. Like I've gone hiking in the forest and decided the lick the ground. Real fresh and aromatic. Beer opens with a surprisingly prominent malt body. Hints of citrus, grapefruit rind, cane sugar and grass. Big hop bite towards the end accents a brew that's mostly got great balance between citrus and resin. Real drinkable too. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Goes down easy with a dry, foamy finish.

Decent if not my favorite style.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving bits of lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast and citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of citrusy and tropical fruit hops and finishes with notes of piney hops, the latter of which lingers into the finish. Slight hints of underlying caramel malts are noticeable. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of "juicy" flavors from the hops.

Serving type: can

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Photo of thepenguin
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a very dark amber-brown with tinges of ruby around the edges – really quite dark for the style. Decent sized off-white head, and some fine lacing. Decidedly not very ‘blood-like’.

S: Intense ruby grapefruit and acidic citrusy hops dominate the aroma. There’s a bit of dark breadiness with hints of chocolate pralines and raisons.

T: More assertive grapefruit hoppyness with a good deal more malt than the aroma. Cracker/bread crust-like malt, reminiscent of pumpernickel, with hints of chocolate adds some complexity to this otherwise very hoppy beer. Finishes semi-dry with citrus-rind hops and medium bitterness.

F: Medium-plus body with slightly higher than average carbonation that comes off as a bit biting. Also a bit slick and chewy.

Thoughts: Pretty decent citrusy (very dark) red ale. Not the best in Pipeworks' lineup but far from a bad beer.

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Photo of huntley101888
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Poured from 16oz can into Spiegalau IPA glass. Two finger off-white head mounding above the top of the glass. Opaque red hue for the beer, as it should be.

S- Roasty with piney resin. Aroma does not knock your socks off, but it is there.

T - Before I taste this, I will say that my gold standard for this category is Lagunitas Imperial Red IPA and Troeg's Nugget Nectar. Both are delicious in their own way. I am anxious to see what this tastes like. Bitterness as it hits the front of the tongue that then lingers a while after. Sweetness is a close second on the tongue. The taste is underwhelming with no dominant flavors that I can pick out. As you breathe out after your sip, the roastiness travels out your nostrils. It's definitely not bad, but it's not in the realm of the two beers I mentioned.

F - Nice carbonation level. Somewhat slick mouthfeel with a dry, almost bitter chocolate finish that leaves you thirsty.

O - I constantly strive to find competitors to Lagunitas and Troegs, so I'm glad I found this beer. I'm not super excited about the cost for the one can, but that's not the beer's fault. That being said, I will likely not buy this again unless I forget that I've already had it. Overall it's a solid beer, but the price point puts it far down on the list as far as repeat purchases.

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Photo of akolb
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is hop-forward, with tropical fruits, caramel, and toffee.
Taste: the hops come out really nicely: piney and resinous. Caramel and bready flavors bring things down to earth, and there is surprising bitterness that lingers. Very dry.
An awesome beer. Looks like a red ale, drinks like an IPA. Showcases magnificent hops as well as malts.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red-orange with a beige-grey, foamy, moderate-sized head that recedes to spotty lily pads.

Smells wonderfully hoppy first, with caramel coming in second, as opposed to many other reds that are the other way around. I'm getting some grape aromas, and a little minty dankness too.

Tastes of spicy pine up front. There's a surprising roastiness here for a red, nearing porter territory in that regard. Some of that grape from the aroma creeps in to the flavor as well.

Toasty with a dry finish.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016-05-08
16oz can served in a pint glass. Date on the bottom is 4/15/16.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium sized tan head. Head fades slowly, supported by medium to high level of carbonation. Smell is very caramelly, a little toasty, some tropical juiciness. Maybe some pineapple.

Taste is very nice hoppy red, rich roasty caramels, slight hint of smoke or char, bright hoppy fruitiness, strong roast bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, moderately light, a little bit gritty. Overall, very tasty beer.

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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.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a mason jar.

Nice deep red color with a off white head that leaves some lacing around the glass as it diminishes.

Herbal hops and caramel malt. A bit weak in the nose.

Taste of herbal hops, a tad of spice and caramel malt. This has a really nice balance.

Easy drinking and smooth.

A nice offering here. Nothing mind blowing but this beer is balanced and approachable. Would have again and recommend trying if you run across it.

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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 NolaHopHead
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours dirty amber, deep red hues. Thick off white bubbly head, rings of lace. Taste is toasted malt with some piney hops that fade off. A little peppery spice in the finish which could be attributed to the high carbonation. Thin mouthfeel which was disappointing.

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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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-03-11 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz can.

A - Partially clear mahogany with a 1-finger light tan head and mild lace.

S - Regular and blood orange flesh. Pungent hop oils on the dank side. Cinnamon toast.

T - Red grapefruit flesh, brown sugar, pine, toast. Plenty of spicy bitterness in the finish, complimented with some citrus tartness. An appealing blend of flavors that is somewhat like a Deschutes Red Chair.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. There's some resin and prickle but it also comes across as creamy. Fairly dry.

O - A fine example of a Red Ale that I quite enjoyed.

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

how fantastically delicious is this?! so glad pint cans and some draft have hit the state here. its one of the better red india pales i can think of, and it reminds me a lot of the alesmith bloody valentine, dank and resinous hoppy, bitter enough to more than cover up for the sweeter red malt base, and rather layered and attitudinal for the style. frothy and awesome looking, all of their beer seems to have the appearance aspect dialed in. its mellow but creamy, an interesting look and feel for a hop driven beer to have, but it flatters it too. the malt base is interesting. at times it reminds me of a german winter bock, at times a vienna lager, at other times a california amber ale, but the sweetness is flavorful and then tamed right down. brown sugar and baked pie crust give way to pine hops and resin, and you almost forget its a red beer. fuller bodied too, but not too strong on the booze. i think they really have this one dialed, and while its a style that wont appeal to everyone, it certainly works for me. affordable pint cans is pretty rad too!!!

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Photo of zimm421
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head. The nose is pine and dank, with a good caramel malt base. The taste yields a good malt base with caramel sweetness up front, followed by a touch of fruitiness and then quickly overwhelmed by pine throughout the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and a touch light. Overall, a good hoppy red ale that goes down nicely.

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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.

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

16oz can from a four pack that I think cost me $10. Dark and cloudy red color, lost of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sort of bready with some pine cones thrown in there. Flavor is more pine, good maltiness, pretty nice red ale but I sort of wish I'd only bought one can.

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Photo of GregA135
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber/ brown red color with a finger of white head
Smelled fruit, citrus, almost a caramel sweetness and hops
Tasted the sweet fruit and caramel flavors, hops for the bite and definitely got malt character to it
A nice smooth red ale.

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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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