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:
667
Reviews:
116
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
110
For Trade:
5
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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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Photo of tobelerone
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a ruby Amber color with a creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves an inch on top, fingers of lacing all around the glass.

S: Orange and grapefruit mixed with lots of pine,sweet Bready malt underneath.

T: Grapefruit rind, orange and a little bit of berry, a strong Piney bitterness balanced out by a sweet malt.

F: Full body, and creamy carbonation

O: A very nice red ipa

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

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

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

Photo of ZEB89
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squidlyz
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Moderately hazy dark copper-red color with a 2-finger foamy off-white head. The foam reluctantly settled into a nice thick cap. I got the malt on the first whiff, slightly sweet like zucchini bread, followed by orange, pine needles, and earth tones. The taste was the reverse, with grapefruit rind leading to pine and resin, all with a balanced but prominent malty backbone. Not overly sweet and quite hoppy. Medium-bodied with a slightly sticky finish.

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Photo of Eugene1129
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spark3148857
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Served 38F from the 16 ounce can into 16 ounce tumbler. No canning date.

Dark red, hazy with an off white head. Looks great in the glass and very unique.

Malty, grassy, piney with very slight notes of citrus.

Hop forward ale. Well crafted. Resin, bread malts and some bitter orange rinds. Not too much a fan of the bittering hop used here, or perhaps the bittering hop was used in over abundance. It is very piney and abrasive and overpowers the other subtle flavors (biscuit malts, blood oranges) lingering in the background. Still, the fermentation tastes very clean as does the sanitization. Very solid for an amber ale, although it's nothing like a top tier amber such as Nugget Nectar.

Carbonation is heavier for a crafted ale, but not out of proportion. Mouthfeel is very smooth, which seems to be a trademark of Pipeworks.

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Photo of Vivs85
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blood Of The Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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