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
Ratings:
663
Reviews:
115
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
109
For Trade:
5
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3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 70.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of djrn2
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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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3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B- (3.43) / WORTHY

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 22

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a three fingered head that leaves quite a few shards behind; terrific retention, too (other reviewers have noted a ruby red color which may have been true in the earlier batch but not in this one)

Smell: Crusty brown bread and caramel, with a very unusual hop profile that includes pine, raspberry and pomegranate (another reviewer noted the pomegranate flavor and that hit the nail on the head)

Taste: Brown bread and caramel, up front, but the hops quickly take over, bringing pine, tart raspberry and pomegranate elements; the flavors balance each other out after the swallow and there is also a distinct earthy character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was fully prepared to rate this beer's taste below a 4.0 until midway through the bottle; while I am still not an enthusiast, it is different enough and, appealing in its own right, to merit a higher score; definitely work a look for those who are intrigued with the flavors a brewer can coax out of the ingredient mix

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper brown, when backlit it has a reddish glint. Pouring in the last bit it becomes even darker. Lasting light tan foam, heavy on

Earthy and lightly fruity aroma, bready malt figures largely.
Tea leaves, eucalyptus, and sandalwood.

Big caramel and crystal malt flavors, bready with plenty of spicy, bitter hops to back up the malt bill. Resiny, full bodied, packed with intense flavor. Pine needles, caramel, herbal tea. Slick, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall pretty burly and solid, as if Alpha King and Bigfoot had a love child.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red/brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops is dominant with medium sweet caramelized malt notes. Taste is also dominated by earthy and citrus hops notes with some semi-sweet caramelized malt notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Nicely done with good hops punch and a solid malt bill.

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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, reddish gold color with a tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of pine, resin, grapefruit and toasted caramel. This beer hits with some bitter piney hops and has just enough caramel sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange red with a decent head and adquate lacing. Smell is sweetly malty, touch of caramel, slightly woody hop note, a bit of citrus, an undertone of alcohol. Taste follows. It's solid, but ultimately undynamic and indistinct. From an amber I'd love something interesting going on with the malt. Not really happening here. Nor is the hop bill really distinct. Lagunitas still several superior options. But, hey, the can is dope.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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