Unicorn's Revenge
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #305
Ranked #1,852
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 426
Photo of Matt_B
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +4%
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 -7.1%
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 -8.6%
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 +1.7%
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 -7.9%
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 -14.3%
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 +11.4%
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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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hot dog Raul got himself some Pipeworks and it happened to be a Unicorn's Revenge. After staring at the label for an hour like I was on acid, Raul indulged into this thang only like Raul could know how. Perfect balance between the West Coast and the East Coast. If Angelina and Brad produced a lil hottie, it would be this.

Don't get this, my children. Don't get it because Raul wants more!

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark golden color with a finger of white head. Sticky lacing. Looks about right.

The nose is full of pine and ripe tropical fruits offered by the hops. Very bitter smelling with a touch of sweet malt.

The taste is very similar to the nose. Loads of hoppy offerings going on here. Pineapple and citrus meets a bitter pine flavor. Very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, a very fine DIPA. 3 Floyds, look out

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Photo of Dad_of_Rad
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 96, poured into large snifter

A: Dark straw to light copper, slightly hazy. Med carbonation with minimal head retention. Lacing is spotty.

S: Sweet grapefruit, buttery caramel, floral at the end

T: Hop bitterness before it opened up in the glass. Lots of butterscotch/caramel but balanced well with the hops.

M: Medium body, finishes slightly dry, slightly sticky. Was hoping for a little more crispness. Of all the characteristics, I thought this was the weakest.

Overall a very strong product. Food pairing would be sweeter cheese, Ritz-type crackers with sweet-spicy pepper jelly, pork with fruit salsa.

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Photo of davey101
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a teku glass. Batch #96. Huge thanks to bstyle!

A - Pours a hazy dark brown color, appears more of a burnt amber under light but god damn is it a dark IPA. Two fingers of white foam with some orange edging. Sticky lacing.

S - Whole lotta pine initially but cut through by some ripe tropical fruit and bitter grapefruit. The finish is candy like with honey drenched caramel malts. Kind of a musky earthy thing working through the whole nose, really unique. Does smell a bit boozy.

T - Quite bitter with a mixture of pine, tropical fruit, and some floral/grassy elements. Sweet honey and caramel malts on the finish. Like a hoppy caramel tropical fruit candy. A bit too boozy though. Creamy mouth feel.

O - Not sure how old this beer is now, but its damn good. A bit too boozy but the unique candy and floral aspects totally make up for it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

giddy up giddy up giddy up wow!...sorry, just had to get that out. and now back to our regularly scheduled review of unicorn's revenge enjoyed from a pipeworks snifter. big cheers to my buddy eorwar for looking out on this one and sending it my way!

a - brew poured a transparent deep amber orange with a generous 2 fingers of foamy ipa head that hung out for a while. as it dissolved, a wall of lace was left on the glass. classic, looks mouthwatering!

s - really nice sticky and sweaty hops with a big earthy malty backbone. big whaff or soapiness followed by some tropical fruit.

t - very fruity and feels like it should slap you with bitterness, but the bitterness just sort of tickles you and then runs away. it is quite wild. grapefruit.

m - the ghost like bitterness gives this beer a bit of a watery feel...but still thick. the carbonation is light...kind of lacking bitterness. the booze is present in the sweetness.

o - overall a decent iipa, not something to go nuts for. pipeworks has really proven themselves as well rounded brewery and this is another solid ipa from them. usually a safe bet to give any of their beers a try. enjoyable. cheers.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and spotty lace. Transparent dark orange body.

S - Zesty hops, with a hefty dose of white grape, gooseberry, citrus, and light herbal notes. Bready malts, a bit of yeast, and mild sweetness in the periphery.

T - The taste is interesting, with loads of tropical fruits, grapes, citrus flesh, light browned sugars, and a dab of caramel. Virtually no bitterness, which I find somewhat odd and confusing; as a result I find this overly sweet after a glass or so.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, smooth texture, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - Usually I love New Zealand hopped beers, but for some reason the lack of bitterness and larger malt presence didn't work for me. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but one of my least favorite in this series. I'd try it again next time around, but I'd rather have more of the other variants.

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

Batch #92

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, glowing golden orange with an unfiltered haziness and two fingers of fluffy cream colored foam.

Smell: Big juicy notes of strawberry hit the nose first. Followed by tangerine, pineapple and mango. A very bold yet softly sweet aroma. I noticed that the prominent strawberry notes wore off after a few minutes but giving the glass an aggressive swirl brought them back at full force. This beer smells amazing.

Taste: Tart, tangy grapefruit with a little bit of toasted caramel malts in the background. Hints of pine and some white wine/white grape characteristics from the use of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. For a 10% beer this is insanely balanced. Surprisingly, no real hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, slightly chewy. Nice carbonation keeps things lively. There's a light lingering bitterness but the finish is smooth and dry.

Overall, this is another fantastic double IPA from Pipeworks. These guys are fast becoming masters of this style. I enjoyed this one a good deal more than Unicorn Galaxy and about on par with Citra Ninja. There were no bittering hops utilized in this one and I really enjoyed the results: tons of flavor, big fruity aroma (strawberries!), and ridiculous balance.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark orange or amber in color; slightly hazy. Forms a moderate sized creamy white head that quickly reduces to a rocky surface coating. Copious lacing.

S: Pleasant blend of citrus and pine. The aroma is very Northwestern, with notes of pine, grapefruit, and orange to a lesser extent.

T: Taste is similar. Moderate caramel malts. Mild sweetness. Hops are a blend of earthy, citrus, grapefruit, citrus rind and pith. Finish is quite alcoholic with a good dose of fusel spice.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body, appropriate carbonation, mild to moderate bitterness, alcoholic heat.

O: This is one of the more balanced Pipeworks DIPAs I've come across. And while it's a good beer, it's certainly not their best. Personally, I think the bitterness could have been increased to help offset the additional maltiness while the alcohol is just too dominate for this style of beer.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.4/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of kjyost
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

660 mL bomber acquired via trade from boilermakerryan. Thanks for this hard to find (in Manitoba) beer! Poured fridge cold and warmed over the hour of drinking in a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish orange that is quite clear with a nice white head that retains exceedingly well and laces lightly.
S: Initially quite muted. Mandarin oranges. Later much more tropical fruit breaks out along with an earthy maltiness.
T: At first the beer exhibited minimal hop character but had a large bready malt character. OvAs the beer warms fruity hops come to the forefront with the bready malt and a light bitterness that builds. The fruitiness develops into a cornucopia of tropical fruit. Quite enjoyable, with the breadiness and bitterness being quite reminiscent of Furious' body...
M: Bitterness that builds and lingers. Creamy carbonation. Good for the style.
O: A solid DIPA. Not necessarily the best DIPA I've had, but a very nice one that didn't rely on a bone-dry finish to accentuate its hops. Well put together,m and I wish I could access this with regularity.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Batch 92
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly hazy orange color. Full finger of off white head. Nice layer of creamy tight bubbles head. Lacing sheeting for days. Alcohol feet for sure.

S: Get some of those NZ hops, I awesome some Nelson? Do get some of that white wine like note. Other floral and earthy notes too. Some piney notes. Also, some sweetness from the malts. Almost a caramel nuttiness like an imperial red.

T: Nice big piney hops on the tip of the tongue. Tickles the tastebuds. Earthy hops dominate here. The is a big malt character as well. Nice caramel malt sweetness to balance that bitterness and bring up the body. Finish is dry but not bone dry due to body. Lingering hop flavors.

M: It's a big medium here. Lots of body for DIPA.

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Photo of timc100
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 96

A: Hazy bright gold with a yellow-stained cream head. Great pillowy dense foam head.

S: Started off pungently aromatic and has died down quite a bit, sadly. A lot of vivid, ripe tropical fruits- musty mango and pineapple, sweet grapefruit. Big caramel sweetness - butterscotch/toffee.
Decent pine mintiness and resin to round it out.

T: First hit with a crisp bite of citrus and tropical fruit hop bitterness, then a wash of the resin and pine. The caramel increases with time. Very sticky, pungent fruits - mango and pineapple and tangy orange juice.

P: Big, perfect for a DIPA - medium to full body, sticky and slightly chewy.

O: Fantastic addition to the series, right up there with galaxy and citra

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Photo of MCain04
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 92, $10.99, poured into a Half Acre snifter.

A: Orange/amber, opaque, 2 finger off-white head with great head and retention.

S: Some citrus and pine, but not terribly aromatic.

T: Nice balance with good bitterness throughout, moderate bitterness, well-balanced. Not a great hop flavor, but incredibly drinkable, especially at 10% ABV.

M: Verrrry smooth and full bodied. Close to Heady or PtE's mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O: Incredibly drinkable and balanced. Not the tastiest or best smelling brew, but certainly quite well enjoyed. Pipeworks is solid in all their offerings, and this is one of their better ones.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #92. I loved Ninja vs. Unicorn when I had it last week, so I'm excited to give this one a try. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a smooth honey-golden color, with a two finger creamy head with some big bubbles. Medium carbonation bubbles zoom around. Great lacing as I drink down.

S - Oh man, this smells tasty. Lots of tropical fruits, such as mango and guava. Some grapefruit citrus as well. Awesome smell.

T - Jeez, this is harsher than I was expecting. Prominent alcohol is layered on top of the hop bitterness. A nice complex fruitiness comes across, but the booziness runs rampant. As it warms, the citrus becomes more apparent and provides additional balance. More boozy than Hopslam in my opinion.

M - Sticky and smooth in the mouth, with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This is definitely an in your face brew, and the most bold and assertive of the beers I've tried from Pipeworks yet. In my opinion, they may have pushed it a level too far, and the drinkability suffers. Don't get me wrong, I still really like the brew, but I think Pipeworks was more on point when balance was the aim.

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Photo of yamar68
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mnphish for opening this one up with me! Bottled 5 days ago? I can dig it.

Murky amber gold body stuffed with beading and capped off with a finger of off-white cream that produces a good bit of lace.

The first thing I notice on the nose is an inviting caramel malt backbone, layered with soft citrus flesh, spruce, floral qualities... it's a really diverse smelling beer I think.

Bittersweet goodness on the palate - it's got that classic citric hop thing going on with the support of an English-like malt profile. Floral notes show themselves again and a brush of alcohol on the tail end of things.

Tasty shit!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright rusty orange, translucent, and an appreciable white head to it.

It smells fruity as hell with sweet but not bitter tropical fruits, specifically mango and papaya. Light floral notes and a whiff of baby powder. Hmm.

Sweet tropical fruits and lilac flavors with a sugary sweetness. Bubble gum, too. It's boozy as fuck.

Mouthfeel is heavy and a bit oily, but good carbonation.

Pipeworks just keeps cranking out solid beer after solid beer. This one isn't as clean as some of the other "ninja/unicorn" series, but it packs a much more boozy punch.

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Photo of csparace
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - one finger head that fades incredibly fast. dark gold with brown and amber look.

S - really strong sweet chocolaty orange. literally mouthwatering. slight grain hints.

T - no real hops grab and not nearly as bitter as the Ninja v Unicorn. slight sweetness. also has a slight alcohol experience on the fade out. like NvU it has a better aftertaste than original. hints of caramel

M - very very smooth. leaves a bit of stickiness as expected .

O - I have to say I'm a little disappointed. After having the NvU I was really "hopping" to be blown away. its very smooth and does smell great. the overall sweetness is interesting.

I had a super fresh batch 92, bottled two Mondays ago.

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Unicorn's Revenge from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 426 ratings