Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

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:
657
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
108
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 657 |  Reviews: 113
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

Photo of Hendry
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WDJersey
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bnes09
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very deep amber color with a tan head. The smell is malty with bread and toffee before you get some very good hoppy pine notes. The flavor starts with toffee and dough before grapefruit and pine jump out at you balancing everything out. The feel is medium with decent carbonation. This is an outstanding amber ale, great interplay and complexity in the flavor.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Beaz18
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prost76
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Rammed96
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of Burkbom23
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jvillefan
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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 -7.5%
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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Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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