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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,430
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 300
Gots: 195 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch # 289 90 91, which according to the Pipeworks website means it was packaged 1/03/14.

The aggressive pour of this IPA reaches an easy three-finger's width of bone white, puffy foam. The cap is overrun by tiny bubbles, rising in an asymmetrical pile. The creamy pillow deflates slowly, leaving behind thick, webbed lacing. Ninja vs. Unicorn sports a glowing amber body clashing with more honeyed highlights.

I could smell this beer as soon as I capped it. The aromas will not be quelled by this puny snifter! The scents burst forth in waves of citrus hops like orange and starfruit. After a few sniffs, a dank, garlic note cozies up with a peppery kick, it adds complexity to this juicy nose. Yeah, that's enough, this beer is begging to be quaffed.

The dank and peppery quality of the hops strike first! Slowly countering, citrus-y hits attack the palate: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon. A musty quality resembling peppercorns and melon really builds in the finish with an enormous resin hop note. Trying to hide from this epic confrontation, the meager cracker malt peeks out every few sips. Really nice building bitterness in the finish, this battle continues to rage well after the drink has been swallowed.

NvU dries up the palate significantly, almost like sucking down charcoal. NICE! Hard to say what a battle between a feudal Japanese assassin and a mythical creature looks like, but apparently, it is really dry. The beer has a nice medium body and runs creamily over the tongue.

Ninja vs. Unicorn is a battle of the citrus and the dank, the peppery and the sweet. In the end, it really does not matter who wins; the beer drinker is the true victor. Be careful, the 8.5% ABV is hardly noticeable, watching this uncanny clash could result in the bystander being the victim. What a beer!

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Poured from the bomber into a pint glass.
Beer is a lovely orange with an almost fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing.
Aroma is great. Lots of citrus, a bit of pine, a hint of candy and pineapple.
What a wonderful; tasting beer!. Loads of grapefruit, some pine and orange as well. Less bitter than I was expecting and beautifully balanced. Nice and bright.
The mouth feel is extraordinary! So smooth and nearly creamy. It has a wonderful, velvety and quenching finish.
Overall, just top-notch. I want another.

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Batch 48, bottled 10/24/12

A - Pours clear slightly burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Big citrus hops aroma, with a lot of grapefruit, and some orange as well. Some pine hops. Malt aroma is pretty mild, with a bready aspect. Pretty standard DIPA aroma, but the citrus presence is very nice.

T - As big as the citrus aroma was, the citrus taste is much bigger, in a great way. Lots of grapefruit zest, some juicy orange pulp and a bit of tangerine. Taste also has some nice pine and grassy hops. Nice earthy bitterness. This is a really fresh bottle, and the malt component is a footnote, but does provide a bit of depth.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth for such a hoppy beer. The malts provide a nice amount of body, though the finish has an intense lingering earthy bitterness. Very nice.

O - This is an excellent DIPA. The body is big, but not sweet, and the hops provide a lot of different flavors, not just intense bitterness. The citrus is very nice. Look forward to having this again.

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Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, DLFarris!

Unfiltered golden orange with a large, moonscape near-white head that lasts and lasts, eventually leaving some irregular lacing down the glass.

A sweet and somewhat simple aroma, and probably this beer's weak spot, if it has one. There's mild citrus and simple syrup aromas combining pleasantly.

Moderately bitter, decent pine and citrus presence, orange syrup, and just a hint of alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering citrus flavor. Very nice.

Very nice, though it was better at colder temperatures.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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