Unicorn's Revenge
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #297
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,850
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
426
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Illinois, United States
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Unicorn's RevengeUnicorn's Revenge
Notes: 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 Dope
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No sign of a bottling date, shame on you Pipeworks.

A: Pours a mostly-clear light orange. Very tall and frothy tan head. Head fades slowly, leaving fairly heavy chunks of lacing behind.

S: Citrusy with a side of tropical fruit. Light bready notes. It's been months since I've had a beer so I'm sure I'm rusty.

T: Hops are bristly and sharp but the flavor is surprisingly less bold. Again, citrus and tropical fruit. Beer may be old, who knows but it doesn't have that distinct stale hop flavor yet. I'd say 2-4 months old. Fairly sweet, this is 10% after all. Lots of breadiness and then some citrus and flowers on the back end.

M: Medium-heavy and slightly harsh from the hops.

O: Nice DIPA but I suspect a bit old, which definitely detracts from a beer like this. Quite good regardless.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy appearance, oranges and clover on the nose and tongue. A bit thin and not as drinkable as I was hoping for. Good, but I expected better from Pipeworks, especially considering Ninja vs Unicorn is always great.

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Mildly hazy amber color with a medium-sized white head. Nice lacing and retention. Great aroma out of the bottle on the pour, with candied oranges, pineapple, and tropical fruit. The tropical notes were there on the palate, featuring pineapple and tangerine. A sturdy malt backbone that was bready and dry but not harsh. I was impressed with the drinkability of this 10% DIPA compared to others (Hopslam). Well done.

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Photo of stortore
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/13/16, had 11/10/16.

Pours a medium amber/orange, lightly hazy, with a one inch head of thick foam, and a ring of foamy cling that increases as it warms. The smell is orange, grapefruit and pineapple citrus hops, yeast. A little pine, some dankness. The taste opens up a little more, with malt, pineapple, grapefruit and lighter orange citrus hops. Then malt, some caramel, pine- but it's not as dank as the nose, light alcohol. Smooth, well carbonated, refreshing. A little lighter bodied than the usual Pipeworks DIPA.

A great aroma and good flavor, lots of hops and enjoyable. Another big effort from Pipeworks.

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

a truly discerning ipa drinker would almost have to swear this beer is fruited. maybe some orange peel, some lime, some kumquat or abstract or niche citrus, not alas, its not! almost nowhere else in my beer experience (which now is quite expansive) has there been hop flavors this intensely fruity, almost beyond what seems genetically possible, i would love more than the vague product description. what kind of hops? how much of them? when? how long? all of that. this is so different from others on the hop front, new zealand on steroids, really brilliant. the beer is almost too big though, it benefits little from its strength, and its obvious alcohol potency is a distraction, not undesirable, but at least unnecessary. there is some residual sugar here too, which at first i think complements the hops, but by the time the beer is almost gone, i find it too much, not quite cloying, but a shade or two drier would help. all this is to say the beer isnt perfect but the distinctive and intense nature of the hops make it amazing and memorable, and very much a wonderful continuation of this unicorn thing pipeworks has going. unique and fantastic big boy ipa.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap out of a tulip glass.

Look: relatively clear medium amber with a 1/4 finger of head.

Smell: bready malts with some green resinous herbs(think rosemary) in the background.

Taste: much more spruce and rosemary on the palate along with a sweet malty quality that is pretty consistent of beers with this alcohol level.

Mouthfeel: medium plus mouthfeel. Is surprising drinkable for 10%!

Overall(style points): Definitely leans more west coast in style. More of a resin bomb than a juice bomb. A good beer but not my style. 88 points.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a amber copper color with a full white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is sweet malt, butter scotch, and bubble gum.

Bubble gum hops on the taste along with astringent alcohol. Gives way to a sticky malty sweetness.

Not my favorite high ABV pipeworks, but it is good.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, some vengeance for the horned one! Deep golden color with a head as big as ya want it, that'll leave plenty of lace drapes down the glass. Big aromas of juicy fruits and citrus, maybe edged with berry and pine-like suggestions. The brew is bursting with like flavors, sweet and lush - big mouthfeel, medium-weight, ample carbonation, and a fairly moderate bitterness. Glorious drinking with a big abv (10%).

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Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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 -2.4%

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 -22.6%

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 -16.2%
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 +2.6%
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 -8.8%
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 -5%
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 -5.5%
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 +6.2%
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 -14.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -25.5%
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 +0.2%
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 +8.6%
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 +12.1%
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 -1.2%
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 +1.7%
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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Unicorn's Revenge from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 426 ratings