Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

very good
662 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 662 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer with a foamy white head and ruby body. Very easy drinker for a strong ale.

89 characters

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

Canned 2/6/17: Pours blood red color with active carbonation leading up to a solid 2 finger foamy khaki colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles, not moving for about a minute and then dissipating very, very slowly while leaving really good foamy lacing coating the sides and a foamy layer on top. Love it when an amber/red ale looks like a great DIPA.

Smells of grapefruit and fresh piney hops up front, followed by lemon zest, caramel, toffee, Ritz Crackers, toasted wheat bread, candy like Razzles and then more citrus notes. Smells more IPA than amber ale, but either way it's a fine nose.

Taste brings more malty sweetness and bready notes to counter the strong citrus from the nose. The hop flavor is dank and almost seems wet hopped with tobacco qualities, bringing out light spices like tea leaf, pepper and coriander. The piney notes are sharp and bitter, allowing the floral and earthy notes to almost balance the sweetness from the malts as the caramel and grains hold on to the lead position on center stage.

This is one of those beers I bought on a whim because I got a kick out of the can art and because Pipeworks makes some good stuff. I hoped it would be half as good as Lizard King APA, and it exceeded my expectations. This is complex, smooth and easy to drink. Any fan of Tröegs Nugget Nectar should give this a's not as hoppy, but tasty along those same lines.

 1,401 characters

Photo of h4ger
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antman27
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of jaxon53
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A dark amber with a thick finger of tan head. It lingers for a while and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Toasty caramel, some citrus.

T: Follows nose. A quality, classic amber with a little hop kick to it. Some pine bitterness on the finish.

F: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: A real nice amber. I'm glad I'm seeking more of these out.

 364 characters

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CayseyW
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours a clear ruby copper color with almost no head. Some lacing. The aroma is a blend of caramel malts, citrus and floral hops. Earthy and piney notes. The taste is caramel malts, piney hops and some citrus. Malty and a bit nutty but with a good amount of hops. Earthy, slightly floral finish. Creamy, dry mouthfeel. Drinkable with minimal alcohol heat. Overall, a very good hoppy Amber Ale I'd buy every so often.

 425 characters

Photo of tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml (US Pint) can into a Spiegleau IPA glass. Paid £6.00 for a single.

Pours a dark, opaque, reddish-copper coloured body, that when held to the light allows some brighter orange tinges and plenty of fine, streaming carbonation to be observed. A light, bubbly, two-finger in height, ivory coloured head with excellent retention slowly reduces to a thin resilient cap, leaving behind plenty of sticky, soapy lace.

Pithy citric hops initially comprise the bulk of the simple, semi-sweet nose. Oily grapefruit peels dominate, with lesser notes of blood orange and pine faintly perceptible above hints of a lightly toasted caramel and red malt backbone. Taste roughly follows suit, deviating slightly to deliver small amounts of additional fruity hop profiles mid-palate. Upfront, pithy grapefruit and resinous pine are sweetened by hints of toasted grains and caramel malt. Mid-palate, grapefruit and pine remain in firm control, but suggestions of sweeter orange, pomegranate and a red berry-like tartness become very faintly perceptible underneath. Hints of bready malt trail closely behind, peaking in restraint sweetness before hop-driven bitterness begins to build towards the finish. In the mouth, a medium body paired with lively but not aggressive carbonation gives a full feel that starts slick, smooth and slightly oily. Towards the back-end, faintly woody pomegranate seeds and pith-like impressions join white grapefruit and pine to provide modest earthy, citric and resinous bitterness. After the swallow hints of residual caramel malt are fractionally outlasted by drying and lightly astringent hops to finish clean, crisp and bittersweet.

Overall this is a good but slightly underwhelming beer. Well-balanced, well-crafted and easy-drinking, but just a little bland. Granted, Red Ales are not my favourite style, but even so I found the sweet toasty malt profiles and punchy hop bills I’ve enjoyed in other examples both somewhat lacking here.

 1,963 characters

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 beerguy04
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown with a fluffy white head. Strong piney hops smell. Taste is the same with a malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, a nice hopbomb.

 160 characters

Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottom of can info: BLOODIEST 12/27/16

Dark copper hued body; very thick, fluffy and sticky head; globs of foam along the glass. Low-key malt aroma; old fruit. Malt-forward flavor with a soothing hop bitterness riding atop things; nutty. Heavy body; sticky sponginess on the tongue.

Seems almost like a lightweight brown ale or perhaps an English mild ale but with more hop bitterness overall. Very satisfying...

A tip of the beer cap to @LongTaco15 for this beer...

 469 characters

Photo of Emersonio
3.49/5  rDev -13%
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.

 872 characters

Photo of Jsalz21
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rkarimi
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


3 characters

Photo of lemmy187
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkJP6
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 662 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.