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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 1,615
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 323
Gots: 265 | FT: 23
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-23-2012

Ninja vs. Unicorn celebrates the epic battle between two of the biggest hop-heads of lore. Brewed with over five pounds of hops per barrel, this unfiltered double IPA is sure to please the most discerning hop lover. Whether you’re rooting for the mythical horned horse or the deadly assassin of the east, we hope you’ll enjoy Ninja vs. Unicorn.
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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the Can

Pours a hazy orange with a medium head. Smell is awesome. Piney, fruity hops and some malt. Taste follows suit with a great burst of fruitiness followed by a bitter piney ending. Feel is typical hoppy DIPA. Leaves a resin coat in the mouth. Overall a really good DIPA! (282 characters)

Photo of Brew_Betty
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sadly, the cans aren't the same recipe as the formerly awesome NvU bombers.

Aroma - Initially, the most prominent characteristic is creosote. It smells like a freshly paved asphalt road. Behind it are some more desirable aromas that are difficult to appreciate on account of the creosote until half the beer and creosote have disappeared. Then it becomes ambiguously hoppy in an aromatic sense. So it starts out rough and ends like meh.

Taste - much better than the aroma. Basically, lemon, orange and grapefruit with a little earth in the finish. Medium bitterness. Clean booze. Generic malt.

Overall - it appears the Pipeworks strategy is to brew delicious hop bombs in $11 bombers and acquire high ratings, then reduce ingredients to package in cans at a similar profit margin and hope no one notices the difference. Well, I noticed. (850 characters)

Photo of Roland7792
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this DIPA beer in bombers and cans don't disappoint (maybe even better). Little lower abv in cans but still well hidden. Can dated 8/12/15. Amazing nose of pine, citrus and most of all to me oranges or tangerine. Taste is sweeter then most at first and then tropical fruit and grapefruit peel goodness. It does finish bitter but not in a bad way at all. I wouldn't call it "balanced" but I don't think its meant to be with all these hops. Keep it up dpub! Bombers had to be drank fresh IMO or there was a noticeable loss in smell/flavor. I assume cans will be the same. (579 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden color. Aroma is super fruity & hops. Flavor is amazing. Tropical fruit, hops and a super smooth finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is absolutely delicious (189 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into nonic pint. No visible date.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with 1-2 finger fluffy white head that lasted quite a while and leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Straight up pineapple orange juice. Beautiful citrus aromas with just a touch of some pine.

T: Again the citrus flavors dominate. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and oranges. Nice and juicy.

M: Medium body with a fairly big hop bitterness at the end.

O: Really enjoyed this one. Pretty sure I need to find more Pipeworks beers to try out. (549 characters)

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

2015-08-21
16oz can brought to me by my in-laws. I don't see any dates.

Pours pretty hazy golden with a medium white head, very creamy, slow fading. Moderate carbonation. Smell is very citrus, slightly tropical, with a shadow of pine.

Taste is citrus fruity up front, concentrated floral, then just plain old hops the rest of the way through. Moderate honey sweetness if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is grittily dry, resinous. Leaves that sticky sandpaper feeling all over your mouth. Overall, really nice beer. (512 characters)

Photo of prior2two
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great Double IPA, and as far as I'm concerned one of the best bang for your buck you can buy in the Midwest, IPA wise.

Super Citrusy and Piney with, yet with a great hop nose. While I didn't drink it very often, I felt that the pre-canning version was a little sweeter, while it's now allowed the hop bitterness to come through a bit more.

Either way, it's a great beer, and I'd put it up against any other brewey's standard IPA/DIPA. (448 characters)

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

Just as good in a can as it ever was in a bottle. Great hoppy pipeworks offering. Tons of citrusy hops on the front and back side. Love this stuff! (150 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz, canned 073115
A - ivory head tops a mildly hazed golden colored body
S - huge plume of aromatic hops with orange, lemon, pine, grapefruit, and passion fruit
T - hop forward and very bitter with hop notes of grapefruit & lemon zest, pine, passion fruit, mango with some light caramel for malt but it's hardly a backbone compared to the hop bitterness
M - medium body, feels a bit thinner than I'd like, finishes bitter and semi-dry with lingering pine and grapefruit pungency
O - pretty good DIPA, but it falls short of my expectations. I'm still very excited to see Pipeworks start to can their beer. I look forward to trying another one very soon! (654 characters)

Photo of laketang
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

golden coloration with a half inch white (I wouod say) head

I can detect grapefruit orange and a hint of pineapple and evergreen leaf

that tart grapefruit dominates,smooth edges from pineapple maybe, orangy for sure

mouthful is sticky and has a bit of a bitter second wave,(alright by me)

I will stack this one with alpha king and dirt wolf for sure (353 characters)

Photo of Hootie159
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale clear gold. Solid 2 inch head that plays for keeps. The battle begins. Combo of dank and crisp hops. Nice blend of hops, but not perfectly balanced. If you like bitter, you'll like this beer but it overwhelms the fruitier new school hops. Carbonation present. Not sure how else to describe the feel other than sharp and smooth at the same time. The bitterness tingles to the back of the jaw. Whichever Deadliest Warrior picks, everybody wins. (447 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color sans haze. Thick head that lingers some, decent lacing on the glass as it drinks down. Smells of both dank and tropical hops on the nose, nice combo. Definitely pick up some mosaic in the taste. Another solid double IPA from the Pipeworks folks (270 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer many times since its first batch, I am currently reviewing the new 16 oz can format. Pour is a golden with moderate clarity, foamy white head, sticky foam hangs around on the glass. The nose starts with a deep earthy and resinous pine followed up by stone fruit, lemon, pine wood, and grapefruit. The hops come through in the flavor nicely with notes of grass, resin, and pine. The interesting thing here is I expect these notes to bring on a strong bitterness, however they do not. The malt balances very nicely with the hop profile and the finish is crisp and clean. Pipeworks certainly dialed in the recipe for the can release which makes for a dangerously drinkable and refreshing 8% brew. I hope Pipeworks continues to apply this approach to their can releases and really dial in their line up. Considering the value and the drinkability this is a brew I will come back to routinely. (914 characters)

Photo of Fatalsin
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Got this 22oz bomber as an extra in a trade and i was surprised. pours nice clear golden amber with a nice foamy head and lacing. Aroma is awesome, full of pine, citrus and hints of lemon. This unfiltered double ipa is just hop forward for all the hop lovers out there. definitely recommend this !!!! (300 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
2.81/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Scent of sugar, pine, sap and some caramel. Flavors of sugar, a little bit of citrus, caramel, pine and resin. A bit of alcohol becomes apparent as it warms. It smells and tastes expired, but it's fresh. (203 characters)

Photo of bigwinner
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one in 4 pack cans at local Binnys. Had a 1 case limit, so I figured it must be good. Was not disappointed.

Poured a golden to copper color with a moderate, quickly fading head and sticky lace.

Smell is amazing...bright, sweet grapefruit (almost pineapple?) attacks your nose.

Drinks (dangerously) easy for 8%+. 16oz gone too fast as my mouth wanted more, more, more. No overt alcohol bite, though a warm, full mouth feel on finish.

Should have limited out on this one. My new favorite Summer DIPA (519 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy snow-white head atop a pale golden, hazy brew. Good retention, leaving tons of thick lacing behind.

Incredible aroma; it smells like pineapple from feet away. Huge tropical notes, laced with dank herbs. Pale malt grains lurk close behind. This hop-forward brew's reputation as a hop bomb precedes it, and it lives up to it on the nose.

Flavor follows. Dank herbs are present, but not particularly dominant, really allowing the juicy tropical notes to shine. Second half brings waves of more hops, back to herbal, green, and earthy, and then right back to fruity and floral. Sweet pale malt profile; a touch of biscuit, a touch of grain, and a touch of sugar.

Fairly smooth and lively; quite drinkable. A touch of chest heat, but no indication of the ABV on the palate. Flirts with being the slightest bit syrupy, but manages to dodge that trap. Nice bitter grapefruit peel hugs the mouth on a semi-dry finish.

This is an exceptional DIPA, well worth both the hype and seeking out. This is a brew that would feel right at home in the heart of Vermont. (1,066 characters)

Photo of BeerBrose
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 16oz can into a miniature snifter.

Look: Golden and clear, easy to see through with a frothy white head. sticky lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Pine and floral grapefruit, slight sweet malt.

Taste: Pine, Grapefruit, Rind, and a slight malt sweetness.

Feel: Medium bodied, and a very real lingering biterness & alcohol bite.

Overall: Very solid Double IPA and all the more worth our time now that its in 4pk Cans. (434 characters)

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tweaked recipe means the decreased malt bill allows the hops shine a little brighter which is good news IMO. Great value too now that PW is distro-ing in cans. (162 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am a fan of the new formulation. Hoppier but also more sessionable at the same time. Not to mention the cans are pretty sick. This one's a keeper and a friend. (161 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy deep gold with a full head of off-white foam that left messy lace behind

S: deep fruits including citric notes nestled amid resinous pine

T: biscuity, warm malts full of chewy grain are the platform for a big hop wallop of chewy fruits, pale and orchard, with some moments of citric pith; a dank resin enrobes the palate with damp pine and darker notes

F: medium weight, soft and plush, smooth but for the fuzziness of ample carbonation

O: an excellent DIPA, and highly recommended (493 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pipework's Ninja vs Unicorn

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 92/100

Summery: real nice creamy rich DIPA. Only had a few Pipeworks brews. They have all been great. Def worth seeking and grabbing~ (332 characters)

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ninja Vs. Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing

American double IPA , DIPA

8.5% ABV

1AROMA:50 IBU

APPEARANCE: I imagine if a ninja’s sword where to chop the head of a Unicorn, he would wipe his blade clean on his ninja pajamas. The color on his ninja costume would be reminiscent of the way this lovely beer poured. A beautiful golden amber, with sparkling highlights that really hypnotize you when you stair into it. Produced a nice big loose white head that lingering cap.



AROMA: Drinking this out in the forest has intensified the pine aromas, all around me the pine cones are falling. Getting tons of sticky pine and huge resinous piney hops coming off the pour. Fresh sliced juicy grapefruit, like the ones on “fruit ninja” game from my iPhone. Followed by some over ripe orange and tangerines. There is a wonderful maltiness that translate into toasted bread and sugar cookies. The nose on this beer is amazing. I imagine this is what a unicorn fart would smell like!

TASTE: After the ninja chopped the head off of this mythical beast, the blood spilled and filled bottle upon bottle of this beer. Usually when a beer has such an outstanding nose the taste doesn’t live up. Not in this case, the flavor layers are all right there in line with the aroma. For a beer that claims 10 ibu it inst a palate wrecker at all, Its actually very easy drinking. The piney hops come flying at you like a ninja star. Super dank that’s followed up with a big bursting citrus flavor. The sweet malts do make an appearance like a piece of toast with a grapefruit/orange marmalade. There is a some heat on this beer, which is odd with the abv coming in at 8.5%.



MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. there is a very pleasant syrupy creaminess that makes this a really smooth drinking ipa. Lots of that resiouness pine comes through on the mouthfeel, really coating the entire mouth. Leaves the mouth with a long lasting lingering finish.



OVERALL: Not sure if Ninja Vs.Unicorn is a the name it should have. Its so balanced that it should be called Ninja Sex Unicorn. Huge fan of every aspect of this beer, including the little heat that comes out i’m assuming from the battle. Speaking of battles I think the real winner was me! I just saw that they are going to start canning this beer, when that happens I will be trading for a case at a time. Truly everything I would want and ask for out of a dipa.



RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads! (2,459 characters)

Photo of Big_V
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour into my snifter glass. Not much head. Aroma was apricot, pears and tangerines. This was juicy and hoppy all in one. What you expect from a world class brew. The finish was a dry bitterness that left a aftertaste. For only 8.5% this left me a really nice buzz. (269 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This continues to be one of my favorite DIPA's. I really enjoy the balance between citrus and bitterness. Another great thing is this beer is regularly available in Chicago. (175 characters)

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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