Beer review: Running Monk Chainsaw Unicorn

Time for a beer review. This one is a double IPA called Chainsaw Unicorn from Running Monk Brewing Co. Check out the kick ass label.


Never heard of Running Monk? I’m not surprised. That’s because it’s my beer. Yep, that’s the name of my homebrew. And Chainsaw Unicorn seemed like a great name for a big hop bomb. So why am I reviewing my own beer? Because it’s awesome and this is my blog.

I will admit that I have trouble following recipes. From cooking to brewing, I just have a hard time not tinkering with something to give it my own flair. Such is the case every time I brew a beer. I don’t think I’ve ever followed a standard recipe. I like to make things my own way. So when I got a Pliny the Elder clone kit from Austin Homebrew, I knew I would somehow tinker with the recipe. The first thing I noticed was that there were 14 ounces of hops. Why use 2 ounces short of a pound? And it only called for 4 1/2 ounces of dry hopping. I knew I was gonna fix that.

I brewed this beer almost exactly 1 month ago. Brew day went as expected even if the 9 ounces of hops in the boil were a mess to deal with. But I hit my original gravity dead on at 1.072. It fermented away, but missed the final gravity by a couple points. However 1.013 is still pretty decent for the style. After 10 days I threw in 2 ounces of Columbus and an ounce each of Centennial, Simcoe and Citra hops. 5 days later, I threw in another ounce each of those same hops for another 5 days. Cold crashed it for a day, then kegged it and force carbonated it enough to serve to some friends on IPA Day 2 weeks ago. It was well received then, but I knew it was still a bit green.

Fast forward to last night, when I brought a growler of it to the Brasseurs a la Maison homebrew club meeting. I got to share it with at least a dozen people. I must admit, this is one kick ass beer. The aroma by itself is just awesome. That was the recurring theme. But it’s still well balanced despite the big hop presence. I even had a few people tell me it was their favorite beer of the night and a couple who liked it better than the Good People Snake Handler DIPA that we sampled. Hell yeah! And you know what? I agree with them. This may be the best beer I’ve ever brewed. It’s at least right up there with my Sasquatch Nuts peanut butter chocolate stout. That one is pretty badass as well.

Still got about half a keg left. You probably won’t get to try it. Sorry. But it’s awesome. I’ll have a pint for you.

If you come run the FORGE Racing Furtive trail race this weekend in Lafayette, you can try my Citra IPA and a blackberry wheat ale I made. The Citrattack! one is pretty good too, and I can’t really comment in the blackberry ale yet as it’s carbonating now. But I made a pretty sweet jockey box to serve them from.



2 thoughts on “Beer review: Running Monk Chainsaw Unicorn

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s