Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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


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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

Photo of bootdown21
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown, with a great head.

The arome is malty, with a bit of sweetness and a got helping of blood orange.

The tast is also malty, with quite a bit of blood orange and a nice, balanced bitterness. I was excpecting more hops, to be honest.

The liquid is soft, slightly sticky, and with a nice level of carbonation.

Overall, this strikes me as a more mellow and rounded version of Alesmith's Winter Yulesmith. Nice red ale!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep red in color, great clarity. Two fingers of off white head with excellent retention. The aroma is hop forward with pine, dank, tropical fruit, slight citrus. Sweet malt and toastiness of the nose as well. The taste follows with pine and bitterness popping on the finish. Resinous. Medium body, moderate carbonation, silky. Balanced, bitter finish. Very nice red.

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Photo of Schrai
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gorgeously with a deep, murky red and an inch's worth of head that leaves a lacy trail as it recedes. I was almost content to just look at it as it sat in my glass. Smells immediately of fruit; particularly, red fruit, in the vein of strawberry and raspberry, twinged tastefully with hops. Hops and grapefruit on the tongue as you taste, and as it goes down, it leaves a subtle touch of malt and biscuit; characteristic of a red ale; it finishes quite dry, with a lingering bitterness that stays long after I drink. Although the more robust flavors aren't as emphasized as I would like them to be, it would be a lie if I said it didn't taste great. Feel is medium and coats the mouth quite nicely, with a carbonated bite that meshes well with the beer's hoppy bitterness.

All in all, not entirely what I was expecting, but I'm glad to have tasted it regardless.

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Photo of Tbone2131
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with an inch and a half beige head that left rings of lacing. Smells of bready malts, pine and a slight fruit sweetness. Tastes first of bready malts, caramel, and toffee followed by piney hops and sweet fruits and just a hint of orange pith. Very well carbonated, almost too much carbonation. Smooth mouth feel, medium bodied. Extremely drinkable, very complex flavors.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: I see why they refer to it as blood. This beer is very dark amber color. Only some light coming through the bottom of the glass. It poured a pretty thin, light brown head.

S: Candy sweetness and hops. Not too strong of an aroma. Maybe a bit of a cherry cough drop scent.

T: Very similar to how it smells. It's sweet and flavorful. Tastes like a standard red ale with some added hoppiness at the back end. I still get a bit of cherry cough drop in the taste, but it's not overwhelming.

M: Not too heavily carbonated and it's mid-range in terms of mouth feel. It's not too light and not too heavy. The sweetness hits first and is followed by some hoppiness at the back of the mouth.

O: I enjoy this beer. For a red ale, it's on par with most I've had and the added hops balance well with the sweetness.

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Photo of griffey123
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned summer 2015; drank 8/24/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

Murky red rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggnog head; frothy lace.

Orange citrus & dry rye notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild notes of orange citrus up front; caramel & dry grapefruit bite on the finish. Not a ton of flavor & pretty bitter; not a good combination for me.

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Photo of Damian74
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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