Santa Vs. Unicorn
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Santa Vs. UnicornSanta Vs. Unicorn
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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #115
ABV:
10%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,978
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
261
From:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  43
Gots
  48
SCORE
89
Very Good
Santa Vs. UnicornSanta Vs. Unicorn
Notes: Father Christmas, Head Beardo, St. Nicholas Cage, a man of many names he may be, yet he has but one true foe... This Holiday Season, the Unicorn is back bearing his mantle of rainbowed chaos, and this time, it’s seasonal bitches. An Imperial Red Ale, American Style Barleywine or Red Double IPA call it what you will, grab one and get your Jollies while the holiday fight is on...
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 261 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Billolick:
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Billolick from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/vintage/bottling date info to be had...

Pours murky darker amber, limited cap, leaves a fine film, thin colar and minor fine lacing.

Caramel malted up nose

More caramel, toffee, malty goodness, some smoke and quite a dry hoppy finish....thick, richly flavorful and well worth a try. Quality winter night capper

Dec 21, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.59/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle into tulip:

HEAD: 3 inches wide. Off-white colour.

BODY: Glowing amber. Nontransparent. No yeast is visible within.

Looks decent for a barleywine.

AROMA: Heavily hopped. Amber malts, bready malts, grapefruit, bitter rind, and light pine.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

Suggests an overhopped barleywine with no unique or special features.

TASTE: Candi, caramel, amber malts, bitter melon rind, grapefruit bite, floral notes, and pale malts. Imbalanced. Subpar build.

Not gestalt, nor very cohesive.

Its low quality and relative simplicity renders it difficult to elaborate on.

TEXTURE: Irritatingly coarse, medium to full-bodied, thick, and unrefreshing. Poor execution. Overcarbonated.

OVERALL: A disappointment coming from the well regarded Pipeworks Brewing. Not strong work, nor is it noteworthy. I'd caution against buying it.

C-

Jan 02, 2016
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powz87 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

May 07, 2013
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jhillwastaken from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jul 21, 2013
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Docrock from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jan 31, 2014
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BeerBucks from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

May 08, 2013
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 26, 2014
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myuncle from Illinois

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

Jul 30, 2016
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TonyTalon from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Feb 26, 2013
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egrace84 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Apr 13, 2014
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maxcoinage from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Oct 21, 2013
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smartassboiler from Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.2%

Dec 16, 2013
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Drucifer from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jun 07, 2013
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mishtif from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Jan 21, 2013
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Sep 09, 2013
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jschott75 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nov 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Jan 13, 2013
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diehl07 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Jun 12, 2014
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cnbrown313 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jan 29, 2013
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PopnLoads from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jan 10, 2014
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NSK79 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Feb 05, 2013
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brewskis from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dec 23, 2013
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 30, 2016
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SCZ from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Mar 20, 2014
Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 261 ratings