Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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Reviews by chanokokoro:
4.1/5 rDev -4%
22 oz. bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful deep golden amber with orange hues. Two finger bright white head, gorgeous lacing. This brew could not look more inviting.
S: Citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon notes with piney undertones
T: Clearly a DIPA that means to be reckoned with. Strong floral and citrus notes dominate upfront-orange peel and orchid. Transitions into a slight sweetness and a touch of malt. Finishes with a crisp, sharp hop bite with pine undertones that gradually relents into smooth silk.
M: Medium body that is very appropriate and completely adequate for a DIPA. Medium to lower carbonation, enough to gentle tickle the tongue and roof of the mouth beckoning you to partake in another mouthful. Silky smooth.
O: Impressed. Simply impressed. The other DIPA that Ninja vs. Unicorn reminds me of is FFF Dreadnaught, but lacking some of the complexity in the middle. Still, for me to even compare a brewery's first release to the complexity of FFF's Dreadnaught, one of the best DIPA's available in my opinion, is truly an accomplishment. That being said, Ninja vs. Unicorn is truly it's own beer. I had high expectations for Pipeworks--they were exceeded. Can't wait to see what they do with stouts!
03-07-2012 03:23:37 | More by chanokokoro
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-31-2012 02:19:28 | More by warnerry
3.75/5 rDev -12.2%
Acquired via trade
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.
06-19-2012 01:42:50 | More by ehammond1
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.