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Unicorn's RevengeUnicorn's Revenge

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This epic battle is exhausting The Unicorn. He's been at it fighting all sorts of creatures, spirits, beings from other worlds and other dimensions. If there's one thing The Unicorn hates, it's sadness. If there's another one thing The Unicorn hates, it's exhaustion. It is time The Unicorn made all others regret the day, they began this epic battle! With an intense and unexpected juicy and floral combination that can only come with generous amounts of New Zealand hops.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, nice carbonation two finger head with some lacing.

S-Floral, some citrus, tad bit of spice, some wheat as well.

T-Floral notes, nice citrus, good hop presences, mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, some hop resins.

O-Another yummy DIPA from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Smells heavenly. Lots of pineapple juice on the smell and taste. Sweet tropical hop flavor. Bitterness balanced with the malt bill. Doesn't look the prettiest but the taste is great.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Big disappointment- I want revenge now!

It smells wonderful. Hoppy, with great tropical/citrus and floral aromas.

But the taste that stands out the most is a metal bitterness...and it lingers - not good! Especially when compared to the other Unicorns & Ninjas of this type.

I'm sure it's better when it's fresher, but I can't imagine one month would degrade this IIPA to any huge extent.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Fischmann Liquors in Chicago, IL; unknown brewing/bottling date but Batch #: 551-552, poured into my FFF Telu glass, drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, red-orange with frothy tan foam about a finger thick.

Heavy whiffs of cantaloupe and other melon aromas backed by some pine and spice.

Tons of melon and tropical flavors on the front with a spicy herbalness on the backend.

Mouthfeel is rather hot and boozy, but the sweetness helps balance that.

Overall, another primo imperial IPA from Pipeworks, they're doin' it right.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #551-552 printed on the label. Finally getting around to trying this member of the Pipeworks unicorn family. Expectations are excellent considering the source.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a murky burnt orange colored body with hues of red thrown in there. Two fingers of frothy khaki head that leaves behind lots of fat scattered spotty lacing. Looks nice for what it is, but a bit dark for a DIPA.

S - The aroma is of mild alcohol fumes, and some tropical citrus fruits - mango, banana, pineapple, grapefruit, oranges. Hoppy & piney, but it's missing that fresh juicy citrus qualities that I've come to love about Pipeworks' DIPA's.

T - Tastes more along the lines of what many Pipeworks imperial red ales have tasted like. Semi-boozy / hot, with some tropical fruit presence - mango, pineapple, banana, orange, white grapes.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, and lightly boozy. Fruity, herbal, & bitter with some earthy red maltiness lingering.

Overall, it is not my favorite of the Ninja vs. Unicorn offerings from these guys, but I am glad to have tried it.

Pipeworks Unicorn's Revenge -----4/5.

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber Orange color with a thick head with short retention, but leaving laces.
Nice aroma of sweet oranges, caramel and pine.
Caramel malty flavor with hoppy pine notes and bold on spices.
Full body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 10% abv is well hidden.
Good DIPA, a bit too sweet, but this is the original sin of several representants of the style. It has a hop profile that is relatively not aggressive for a DIPA. Past maturity date, though.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a FW tulip. Batch 169 hand written on side.

Pours a dark cloudy copper color with a nice inch thick white head. The smell is very intense with tropical fruit and new zealand hops. The taste is also very sweet and fruity, bordering on too sweet but not quite there (something hoppy this way comes would be an example of just too sweet of a beer for my liking.) Tad of bitterness on the end but the tropical fruit really dominates the palate here. Sweetness is a bit high so the drinkability isnt huge for me, but its still quite good. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a pretty good IPA from pipeworks. Fans of sweet IPAs will dig this one more.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My one complaint about this beer was when I took it out of the box, the cap was loose. Of course, this caused the bottle to de-pressurize. For that, I give Pipeworks a frowny face.

Appearance - The beer was a handsome copper color with a white head. Lacing was noted on the sides of the glass and sediment was present in the glass.

Smell - A definite pine aroma was dominate. On closer review, one may detect the citrus.

Taste - On the initial taste, one detects the pine and the citrus. Spicy grapefruit and orange were noted. As the beer wanes into the aftertaste, one notes the piney resin that continues to a sustained assault on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - A nice level of thickness allows the taste to linger. The citrus notes are downright abrasive on the sides of the tongue.

Overall - Unicorn's Revenge was enjoyed in a bottle share with Stone's Enjoy by. Unicorn was the consensus winner. This is a tasty beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Batch 169 7.16.13

A - This beer is opaque with an orange center surrounded by sunset highlights. It was topped with a couple inches of off-white head.

S - When I popped the bottle I got some good citrus aromas. Once I poured it I smelled a sweet caramel, piney mess. The sweetness and pine were not complimentary.

T - I unfortunately get some bready malt. I was hoping for a glorious hop check to my 'buds. I get some pine in the aftertaste.

M - This is a thick IPA. That is good.

O - I can't believe this beer would fall off this much in just under two months. I had the Citra Ninja much fresher and got some of the same sweetness. I would like to try it fresher. I loved the Ninja vs. Unicorn. The other two mentioned were a disappointment.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #174 poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy medium amber/orange colour with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Fresh pine and grapefruit with a hint of tangerine and a sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Sharp bitterness with grapefruit, orange zest and pine and a big caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rainblows for this one! Thick, thick pour... wow, this beer looks nearly as thick as some stouts out there. Opaque copper; dingy and sludgy and murky and kind of swampy looking, topped with a soft, off-white head that doesn't waste any time shaving itself away, layer by layer, until only a meek, little film is left, stretched across the mucky brew.

The aroma's got plenty of hops - piney, citric, and coming out strong with a lot of grapefruit pungency. However, I am also sensing an equal, if not, *larger*, presence from the malt. Big-time malty sweetness, caramely and toffee-like with some residual, underlying sugars. It's relatively fresh, so this isn't necessarily hop fade; that's just how it is.

There are certainly more vibrant fruits present from the hops on the palate, including more grapefruit, grapes, and a mild tropical essence. However, the malt is just as amplified - this thing is quite malty. Caramel... sweet, sweet caramel. Normally, I love caramel. But I don't know how I feel about it in this capacity for a double IPA. I'm not totally vibing with it.

Despite the sweet, sticky, and eminently heavy malt attack, Unicorn's Revenge is substantially bitter on the back-end. Once the sweetness fades, it really comes out; staunch, robust, and heavy enough to rip your taste buds away. Sticky, bitter, malty sweet, and lightly fruity. Huge mouth feel... larger than life; thick, swampy, and maybe I can even use the word "chewy" here.

Not bad, but I don't feel the same love for this one as most others. I'm just not a huge fan of malt heavy IPAs or DIPAs, so this one wasn't quite a home run for me. I was hoping for more present flavor from the hops, too, rather than just the contributed bitterness. Glad I had the chance to try it, but I probably wont be trading for it again.

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Photo of brewskis
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 169. Pours a hazy copper orange color with half finger head that immediately dissipated to a thick ring of lacing. Smells interesting. Lots of melon, grapefruit, pine resin, floral notes, and some carmel and bready notes. Taste pretty much mimics the smell. Starts with hefty doses of grapefruit and melon. Get a nice addition of dough and toffee from the malts in the middle. The finish is pretty resinous and brings notes of melon, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, and grass. Get a little malt character too to balance it a little, but the finish still leaves a lingering abrasive bitter taste. Also get some booze on the finish and definitely warms you up. Full body with a sticky and oily feel to it that could be improved. This is a big and hoppy brew that showcases the New Zealand hops nicely.

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Photo of woooobeer
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just got this bottle from a friend that went to chicago. Thanks Anil !! What a great beer. i popped the cap and smelled straight from the bottle and i knew this was going to be an awesome brew! i poured into my Lawson's finest liquid tulip. appearence is a cloudy amber/golden color. Smell is terrific, tons of juicy hops reminds me alot of port brewing style dipa. The taste is exactly what i smelled. Huge juicy hops, Alcohol is present but not over powering. the body and carbanation is perfect. This is my first brew from pipeworks and i will be on the lookout for more from them!

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Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Zach for the bottle. Really fresh

Color- nice zesty dark orange

Smell- not overpowering with fruit, hops or malt but smell of a good amount of stuff going on

Taste- first sip was like, damn! Then again... This is just a terrific DIPA, I simply cant stop drinkingt it. No lingering malt or overpowering pine, just hoppy goodness that made the glass impossible to put down. I mowed through the bomber in minutes, and definitely felt it. Upon checking the bottle I noticed a double digit ABV. PW truly has mastered the art of masking abv. Well done!

Overall- another impressive brew by PW, keep it up!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Hugonaut13!

Hazed copper with a creamy off-white head. Sticky, lined lacing down the glass.

Lots of melon (combination of honeydew and cantaloupe) in the aroma, along with some sweet citrus components. Enough sweet, bready malt backbone to balance things out. Quite nice.

Bitter and juicy grapefruit flavors combine with the melon found in the aroma. Some bread and sweetness as well. Very well balanced. A touch of an alcohol presence is there on the finish, but it's mild and not distracting.

Medium to near full in body for the style. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Fantastic Midwest DIPA.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 174 poured into Founders snifter. This is the fourth bomber I've had of Unicorn's Revenge (the first 3 were from previous batches).

Appearance - 1 cm head which dissipates rather quickly. Light golden orange similar to the other Pipeworks Imperial IPAs. Nice lacing on the glass. Mostly clear.

Smell - Citrusy spicy hops shine through the nose. The New Zealand hops are dominating this. Definitely getting the Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin in the nose. Some buttery creamy sweet smell. Possibly a dash of honey malt? I'm not sure how to describe the smell that I call "buttery" (definitely not the buttery smell associated with infection) but it is present in all Pipeworks DIPAs.

Taste - Very hopy, grassy, lemongrass, light sweetness, a lot of hop flavor withouth the hop bitterness. This beer doesn't use the bittering hops at the start of the boil. Hops are the showcase and there is a slight malt backbone but not much malt flavor comes through unless it is providing that sweetness. As the beer warms a mango flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body. Light carbonation that helps hide some alcohol. The alcohol is there but it blends with the spicy hops so that you aren't put off by it.

Overall - At 10% this is an easy drinker just like the rest of the Pipeworks DIPAs. I need to do a side by side with this and Ninja vs Unicorn. This probably isn't in the top 3 out of the Ninja and Unicorn series but it is one I will purchase every time I see it on the shelf. I wish every sip was like the first sip, total hop assault.

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Photo of Matt_B
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from 22oz Bottle into a snifter.

A- Beer pours a dark amber/copper with a light 1 inch head that dissipates quickly.

S- Big tropical fruits a present. Oranges, peaches, slight pineapple. Also, some garlic as well as resiny type qualities. Some malt in the nose as well, very carmel like. Getting a slight bit of alcohol on the nose. Great smelling beer!

T- The front has a sweet candy like sugar quality which is followed by an immediate bitterness with some of that caramel malt detected in the nose. Finish is a bitterness that clings to the mouth and leaves you wanting to take another sip.

M- Mouthfeel is great, smooth and silky, the bitterness coats the tongue and clings.

O- Aroma delivers what it promises in the taste. The balance of sugar, hops, and bitterness is great. The bitter bite from the hops leaves you wanting another drink which can be dangerous because the 10% alcohol is not fully apparent. Some alcohol heat but masked well IMO. Overall great tasting beer!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 174

Pours a hazy amber, a little on the darker side with a light tan 1 finger head, really nice looking beer.

Smell is great, lots of tropical fruit hops, smells like candy. Very clean scent, very faint grassy notes can also be detected. Malt adds a Carmel like sweetness in the nose.

Taste is great. Hops are forward and dominate in the brew. Floral grassy hops hit the palate first and followed a fair amout of bitterness. Tropical candy like fruits are on the exhale and persist a few seconds into the aftertaste. Great hop complexity and the yeast give this a Rich buttery character that accentuates the candy like flavors.

Mouthfeel has a nice body with alot of hoppy oils. Very crisp and clean. Carbonation is not overdone.

Awesome double ipa. This batch wasn't even listed on their site yet so it doesn't get much fresher then this.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 130
(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy deep copper body with a thick pale white head that is thick and supported by a sluggish carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The rich jammy green fruit cocktail aroma during the pour turns a spicy hop in the finish the aroma is rather fleeting.

T- The big pungent hop bite in the finish clings to the tongue in the after taste. There is some toasted malt hints that blend into the background and offer some support of the big hop flavor.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a warm alcohol heat that kicks up the bitterness level as it opens.

O- Nice hop aroma that fades pretty quickly and the taste is a full spicy pungent hops and alcohol heat blended together. There doesn’t seem to be much depth or hop flavor in the taste and it lessens as the beer opens.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in trade from brewnstrong, thanks for the opportunity Justin!
Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with a smallish creamy head that dissipates quickly. smells of citrus earth and pine with a fair amount of garlic and onions. Bready caramel and a hint of alcohol round out the aroma nicely. The flavor is more onion and garlic from the hops than pine and citrus. Moderate amount of caramel malt to back it up with a distinct hit of ethanol and a solid shot of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice beer, I'm glad I got to try it, but I feel its a bit hot malty and at times harsh. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again, but if it were a few points lower abv, and a hint less malty it would be world class.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from batch #129, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today, 6/5/2013.

Aroma: Citrus and mango along with honey, caramel and toffee sweetness. I'm chasing a little bit of pine as well, so there might be a little bit floating around there. Strong nose, very dank. (4.5)

Colour: Pours a hazy dark amber colour with a small 1cm white head. Lacing is very sticky and the beer is otherwise sweet looking, like a sap or resin something like that. (4)

Flavour: Not bad, follows the nose but somehow it doesn't all seem to mesh together quite as well. So I get a good bit of grapefruit and ripe mango for sure, and the malt backbone is predominantly caramel and toffee. Seems to be a somewhat piney bitterness at the end, with a little bit of floral hop flavour in there. Lots of stuff going on, a complex DIPA but these actors don't seem to blend together quite so well. Still very delicious with a lot of things going on. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very well carbonated. Very resinous and sticky in the mouth, coating my palate in heavy bitter pine and floral hoppiness that sticks around for a good while. Its a bit boozy even when served chilled. (4)

Overall: Not my favorite DIPA from Pipeworks; I think I'm definitely a Ninja drinker. Perhaps I dislike complexity in my DIPAs, but even compared to other DIPAs I've had that use a ton of hops like Ephraim, it simply just does not come together all that well. Still, it's deliciously bitter and sweet altogether, so I can't really hate on this beer too much. Pipeworks DIPAs continue to rock my world. (4.25)

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade. Batch 130. Pours hazy orange with very small white head. Huge floral mango and citrus aroma wafts off this one. Big mango flavor with some lingering grapefruit bitterness. Bitterness grows as I get through this one. As with the other Pipeworks I had, the hops fall a little flat (maybe I'm not a New Zealand guy?). In any case, still a very yummy beer. Slick resiny mouthfeel with lower carbonation for the style.

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Photo of kevanb
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a Pipeworks Snifter.

The beer pours a honey, copper color, light amber with a slight chill haze with just under a finger of soapy white head that has decent retention and leaves some spotted lace behind. The aroma is of juicy pineapple and mango, bitter piney hops, light grapefruit before a serious caramel malt backbone and boozy alcohol takes over. Lots of juicy tropical fruit on the tongue, with lots of bitter pine trailing and the huge malt presence quickly takes over, very sweet and sticky, almost cloyingly so with an aggressive rush of alcohol at the finish. The body is sticky, juicy, coats the mouth well and finishes with a creamy touch.

Verdict: A pretty sloppy DIPA from Pipeworks, and having had plenty of their of their IPAs, this is a theme. There is a constant battle for attention between the hops and malts and a total lack of balance between the flavors. The fruit character and juicy body work well, but the alcohol is quite punishing and really hurts this beer. They are steadily improving the Ninja line of IPAs, but as of now, the Unicorn line is pretty far from successful.

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Photo of vic21234
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number 130. Every DIPA I've had so far from Pipeworks does not disappoint, so I'm looking forward to this one.

A- Pours a hazy and brilliant orange/ copper color. A small amount of head quickly fades to some froth along the sides of the glass.

S- Great citrus notes in the smell, including orange and grapefruit. Nice floral notes as well along with a sweet maltiness.

T- Great beer. Pine and citrus dominate the taste, balanced with some malts too. A very nice DIPA.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, hoppy and bitter. The alcohol is apparent in this one with each sip at 10% ABV, which I like.

Another fantastic DIPA from Pipeworks, this one might be my favorite of the unicorns I've had.

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