Santa Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Santa Vs. UnicornSanta Vs. Unicorn
BA SCORE
84.6%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 254 ratings
Santa Vs. UnicornSanta Vs. Unicorn
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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...

Added by emerge077 on 12-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,593
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
254
Liked:
215
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
10.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
48
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Kaveman
1.75/5  rDev -56.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper body. A bit of haze. Nice collar and surface foam.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit and lemon hops. A little bit of chemical. Strong malt. Strong caramel malt presence.

Taste - Hoppy. Grapefruit. A ton of malt. Kinda tastes like an old double IPA. Eh. Bitter finish with lingering citrus hop.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Bitter finish.

Overall - I'm so unenthused by this. Old IPA is a snifter an apt description.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, I think it was $8.99. I have enjoyed the pipeworks beers I've had thus far and this was the first to disappoint. Dark red, not much head. Aroma was malty, hoppy, ok. Flavor had a slight tinge of buttered popcorn that bothered me enough that it distracted me from the rest of the beer. I would nto buy this one again.

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Photo of acurtis
2.87/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Jhfinn
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fargrow
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vande
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My 4th from Pipeworks. I still don't get what they are about or want to focus on. But their labels are unusual. This one finishes too hoppy and dry.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brzezniak88
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brians52
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sisky
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thebrianeffect
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of SCZ
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of KAP72
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mocar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.6% out of 100 with 254 ratings
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