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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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In this epic battle, the Blood of the Unicorn has been shed by the sword of the deadly assassin of the east. One sip of this.aggressively hopped red ale clearly reveals what drives these, the greatest of, hop heads of lore. Is this the end of the mythical horned horse? Or will he rise like the phoenix to fight another day?

Bottling Dates:
Batch 016: 5/29/12
Batch 022: 7/10/12
Batch 042: 10/1/12


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11528) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Amber pour with a khaki head. Caramel malt sweetness, some fruity hops, and a nice floral character. Pine, citrus peel, and a bit of rye bread. The flavor is malty up front with caramel, toast, and sugar. Sweet fruit, grapefruit, and some pine bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6933) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber. Murky amber pour with a cream colored head. Awesome resin hop profile, smooth palate, full palate - terrific!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1241) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2013
Batch 102. Cloudy deep red with a thin fading head. Nice pine and slightly dank hops with some earth on the nose. Bitter front end continuing all the way through, but kept in check with the malts. Solid DIPA. Walks a good line between the resin and some nice orange citrus. Is there rye in this? Has a good earthiness to it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16088) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
5th September 2012
Very hazy deep amber - red beer. Big pale tan head. Palate is smooth and slightly soft and slightly dry. Smooth malt, light toffee and a touch of cream. Whisper of red berry fruits before pleasant marmalade hops bring up the rear. Smooth finish. Comes over like a barleywine. Nice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
Darker red-amber with big, foamy, tan head, decent legs / Bright nose of weed, pine, citrus, caramel / Medium to full body, creamy, chewy, sweet with big hop bite, and nice bitter finish / Flavors of cut pine, weed, candied sugar, grapefruit, orange & lemon peel, / Outstanding double ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (907) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2013
Hazy dark reddish brown with a small off white head. The aroma is resinous Chinook hops and some dark crystal malt. The flavor is similar with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EJ5632 (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pours dark copper with cream colored head. Good head retention. Toast aroma. Slight hop aroma. Incredibly complex flavor. Carmel malty with slight mix of hop bitterness. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1573) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle from BA eorwar. Thanks! Brownish red pour with thick, frothy off-white to tan head. Nose is spicy citrus and pine with fruity toasted malt and light peppery alcohol. Flavor is a nice bitter citrus rind with toasty malt, slightly nutty, and faint roast notes. Lingering bitter citrus and toasted/lightly roasted malt. Somewhat sticky, even mouthfeel. Dead-on to what you would expect for stated style. Another solid-as-hell brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Batch 22. Pours a murky reddish amber with thick, fluffy khaki-red head and lacing. Notes of sweet malts, some roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, pine and citrus.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3107) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Poured from bomber. Very dark red pour. Small white/tan head. Fruity nutty apricot smell - unexpected. Amazing fresh hoppy fruity and mildly malty taste. Way better than expected. Almost like a IPA


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