Blood Of The Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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662 Ratings
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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:
662
Reviews:
114
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
109
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 662 |  Reviews: 114
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

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