Sam Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Sam Vs. UnicornSam Vs. Unicorn
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Sam Vs. UnicornSam Vs. Unicorn

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer's a real firecracker! Bursts of hop character sparkle out from this red brew! This delicious sipper is best enjoyed on a picnic blanket or in a backyard!

Added by TMoney2591 on 07-03-2013

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Fcolle2:
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3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber in color with a faint red rye. Head is one finger foamy and retains nicely.

Smell has some lightly toasted sweet caramel malt aroma on the front end. Lots of butterscotch and bubblegum esters typical to the unicorn series follow along with a little bit of fruity hops.

Taste, unlike the smell is hop forward. Moderate amounts of herbal piney and earthy hop bitterness hit the palate first. Lots of husky grainy malt follows adding slightly more bitterness and mild sweetness. Hops persist into the exhale.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied with lots of hoppy oils and resin. Moderate carbonation helps soften the stickiness.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of patre_tim
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Amber, mostly clear filtered as I tried not to stir up the sediment as written on the sacred bottle. No visible carbonation, huge 6 finger beige amber tinged head that leaves a paper cut like lacing.

S: Fruity. Strawberries and melons, cantaloupe and watermelon, red licorice, and a hint of black licorice as well. Grape bubblegum. Very little hint of red pepper and pine, as more of an afterthought peppering the notstrils.

T: Wow. Huge sweetness I wasn’t expecting, but it totally undergirds the strawberry and melons, sweet tea, and hint of citrus. Alcohol is very well hidden, what a celebratory beer!

M: What feels like it should be a hick almost syrupy body, is smooth with a little carbonation and a tannic finish.

O: Excellent brew. I saw the brewers interviewed on The Beer Temple podcast from Chicago. I was glad to find this brew which they mentioned on the podcast, at Wholefoods in Chicago while passing through and getting our China visas. This was the last bottle there, and that was in August 2014. Drank September 23rd, 2014 in China.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joeseppy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rossracing
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another monster high abv beer from Pipeworks. It poured a rich amber with think white head that left a nice lace. The scent carried malt and alcohol. The taste was malt and alcohol. The mouthfeel was full in body with good carbonation. Overall its good....just can't drink much of it.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of larryarms847
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a murky blood orange red and nothing spectacular, I was a little let down after pouring.

Smells slightly fruity and definite hops, slightly intrigued now.

Tastes exactly how it smells slightly fruity and hoppy but not that great.

Mouthfeel is forgettable.

Glad I didn't save this for the. 4 th, would have been a let down, but a decent red.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of beersdmf17
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Look is a deep mahogany red with an off white tan head.

Aroma is aggressive buttering hops spicy and herbal.

Taste matches aroma. Very similar to an arrogant bastard but less malt more hops.

Great beer to ring in the 4th!

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Photo of blue-dream
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of Javi_bobby
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of PatB1987
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy and fruity red ale, hazy medium amber body, ample head of ivory foam; really brings a lot of flavor and aroma to the fore; medium-bodied, soft but the bitter edges keep it together nicely.

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Photo of wesside89
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with Batch 431-434 printed on the label. Another new entry to me in Pipeworks' Ninja Vs. Unicorn series. Expectations are good considering the source.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a deep dark ruby red with some carbonation visible streaming up from the etching on the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of fluffy khaki-tan foam with some excellent staying power for the high abv. Leaves behind nice fat fluffy lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is comprised of red / caramel malt and some grapefruit / pine hoppiness.

T - The taste is the same - caramel / amber / red malt, some alcohol warmth, grapefruit / pine, & some bready peppery rye sort of taste.

M - The feel goes down smooth and creamy, mild alcohol warmth, and some bready / peppery rye on the finish.

Overall, an alright offering from Pipeworks - I'd say these guys make a more interesting IPA or DIPA than they do red ales, but it was well worth the try and worth having.

Pipeworks Sam Vs. Unicorn ---3.5/5

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Photo of Fetching
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caramel, toffee and malt. Some earthy pine hops but the balance is not what it should be.

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Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JavaNoire
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BrentSeifts
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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Sam Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 167 ratings
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