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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 257
Gots: 95 | FT: 6
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-23-2012)
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 09:09:20 | More by Pintofbrown
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Overall, this is our first beer from Pipeworks. We’ve driven through Chicago several times now, and for some reason were always drawn to other locals than these, so have been inappropriately and disproportionally putting off drinking them. Tonight is the night, and we’ll kick off this relationship with a doozy. This is a great beer, but if you put this side-by-side with Hopslam, we would be hard pressed to tell them apart. If we must, this has a lighter air to it, generally speaking, with a sweeter hop component, and less harshness from the booze. This leads to an improved, quicker sippabillity and drinkability. This makes you want to share and talk about the beer, whereas Hopslam makes you want to sit out a snowstorm in solitude while you sip. We’re really not trying to draw as much a comparison as we are, but it is just uncanny. We are highly pleased with this offering, and are happy that Pipeworks has entered our lives.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.