Unicorn's Revenge | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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.

Added by KFBR392 on 03-01-2013

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2.23/5  rDev -46.3%

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2.55/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
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 OldRickSputin
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazy orange with a short ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - relatively subtle aroma. It's very fresh too. Not much going on in the aroma besides malt, faint ambiguous fruit and faint hops. Sub par for the style, but what little is there smells fine.

T - much better than the aroma. Fruity, but still ambiguous. I'm guessing white grape from Nelson and maybe some passionfruit from Galaxy with a subtle maltyness. The finish was weird and sort of dirt like in a semi-pleasing way.

M - medium-full body. Oily. Low-medium carbonation. Lower than usual bitterness for the style with a medium sustain.

O - flawless fermentation. Boozy, smooth, ambiguously fruity flavor and aromatically sub par bipolar beer that I almost want to buy again, but won't : /

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.15 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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