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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 205
Hads: 1,617
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 324
Gots: 264 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 205 | Hads: 1,617
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)

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

Poured from bomber (Batch #008 brewed 3/21/12 bottled 4/9/12) into a dimple mug. Pours a beautiful deep golden amber with orange hues along a bright white head which leaves gorgeous lacing throughout. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon notes with piney undertones in the nose. Flavors of resin, floral and citrus notes dominate upfront-orange peel. 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. 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 mouthfeel. Excellent DIPA from Pipeworks. Thanks funkyaudio for this beer! (793 characters)

Photo of Flight317
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Got this in a trade after requesting Pipeworks as a local choice. I assumed I would get the stout selection because I've heard good things. The beer smells nice and hoppy like it might be a kick in the mouth. Much to my surprise the hops go extremely well with all of the flavors. It has a nice sweet balance to even out the hops and make it an almost creamy mouthfeel. I think this beer is the perfect ABV. Staying away from seeking out a 10% ABV double IPA did this beer well. Pipeworks continues to impress. Cant wait to try some more from them! (555 characters)

Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Received from my good friend in Chi-town off a trade for some Cigar City - Jai Alai from my new stomping grounds

Poured from deuce deuce into pint glass (remainder chilled, not for long)

beautiful orange/gold color

initially soft, nice blend of hops, slight malt backing

caught hints of sweetness on the back, almost a vanilla

grapefruit finish

well crafted for the abv, soft and almost elegant going down, wouldnt have minded a little more carbonation but may have been lost in the shipment. Want more, phenomenal (520 characters)

Photo of vishneda
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Quite awesome. Just a tad on the sweet side for my taste but that's also a differentiator. Can be hard to find, but it's worth a purchase when you do find it. (158 characters)

Photo of MIA4IPA
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not only is this beer brewed right here in Chicago it is the BEST DIPA unfiltered I have ever had!!

A- dark orange with a huge cloud of white head

S- Very tropical daydreamed myself sitting on a beach. A touch of booziness.

T- out of this world very smooth the booziness scared me at first. A little bready with tangerine, ripe orange and citrus follows: Where is my hammock!!

Overall- The best DIPA UNFILTERED a guy can ask for! I wish I bought more!! Balanced with malt and hops taste and finish!! (503 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden in color with a slightly off white head that has great retention.

Nose has loads of tropical passion fruit pineapple and mango. Some earthy grassy notes are also noticeable near the end but are far dominated by tropical fruits.

Taste is great malty smoothness is mixed with tropical fruits that gives it a candy like feel. Really pleasant. Some bitterness midway through but not over done at all.

Mouthfeel is great also, smooth velvety feel with a crisp finish.

Overall yet another great ipa. Pipeworks has this style down. (546 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 211/12/13 (9.9.13)

A - Pours a fantastic bright yet hazy orange color with a finger of dense light tan head. Retention is phenomenal, as is lacing. If the flavor holds up to the appearance I'm in for a treat!

S - Oh man, that's how I want my IPAs to smell. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Mouth watering sweetness with a very subtle underlying resinous quality. Smells damn near perfect.

T - Some bitter hops and hefty resin up front quickly transform into grapefruit, orange and pineapple sweet citrusy flavors. Sweetness sets in with the bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is very citrusy/juicy fruit sweet.

M - Great, a little low on the carbonation but still within an acceptable range, medium bodied, quite drinkable. Very refreshing and satisfying to drink.

O - Pretty fantastic, would have liked a little more sweetness from the pineapple/orange but its very good. Glad I finally got a chance to try this one. (940 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of grapefruit, pine,and tropical fruit.

Hops-a-plenty with sweet malt!!! Big tangerine. Piney resin, grapefruit rind upfront with pineapple, mango, and papaya lingering.

Tongue smacks with a fantastic balance of hoppy, malty, fruity bliss.

This DIPA lives up to my every expectation. They keep making this--I keep buying. Every batch gets better. Rivals any other splendidly. Great job Pipeworks!! (408 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First Pipeworks! Thanks, Tyler!

A: Pours a glowing orange color with just a touch of chill haze. Beautiful one finger cream colored head leaves nice lace with each sip. The slightest swirl brings the head right back up again.

S: Mango, peach and caramel with a touch of pine in the background. It's a bit faint, but I get some grapefruit as well. Not the strongest smell, but it's pretty inviting.

T: Opens with some nice sweet citrus hops and smooth biscuity malt. Pink grapefruit, tangerine and light peach slowly turn to peppery pine and resin near the middle. Finish brings a touch of cracked black pepper and some nice grapefruit pith. Everything is remarkably well balanced by the malt in here, which lends just a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel is lush and full without ever becoming heavy. Prickly carbonation breaks things up nicely. A fantastic and insanely drinkable DIPA. I would love to be able to drink this on a regular basis. (939 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up from The Beer Temple in Chicago poured into Darkness stem.

A- Hazy glowing gold with very small head no lacing and not bubbly whatsoever.

S- Big fruity hops hit you right up front. Tons of fresh fruit with hints of orange, pineapple and sweet grapefruit. Ruby red grapefruit flavors begin to grow and really stand out. Very sweet nose almost scares me in that

T- Follows the nose with the amount of grapefruit it really is really the star here. Musty, dank hops are relevant throughout: really nice. Not quite as big as most DIPAs which is a welcome change. Very much so on the lighter side of things which is expected with the relatively low 8.5% abv when compare to others of the same style.

M- Really nice, low carbonation light medium bodied mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- Really nice offering from Pipeworks. It really delivers on flavor while not being too heavy which is perfect for this time of year and the grapefruit flavor really takes over. Nice balance of low carbonation and big flavor compliment and round out everything quite well. Would buy again and again... Be better if there were six packs to be had. I don't do well with bombers. Cheers. (1,195 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emerge for sharing this one.

A - Somewhat clear golden orange with an eggshell thick white head and spotty lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, mango pineapple, tangerine, papaya, light hint of pine and soft caramel malt.

T - Juicy ripe tropical fruit, mango, tangerine some grapefruit and more pine than was noticeable in aroma. Candied oranges and honey. Nicely balanced, on the sweeter side for a DIPA but more in a candied fruit way and than caramel/crystal malt way.

M - Medium body and juicy. Lingering hop resin.

D - Very smooth and well balanced. Excellent DIPA. (576 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

My habit is to smell the can/bottle immediately after opening. N vs U: you had me at hello! NVU pours an opaque pumkin colored orange, with plenty of cream-colored head. The smell immeadiately reminds me of my first Dreadnaught experience: weed & citrus. The mouthfeel is almost perfect for the style: not too thick or thin...just right. Down the hatch, I'm getting an array of citrus & tropical fruit: orange peel, grapefruit, maybe a bit of apricot or mango. I was expecying a sweet finish, but it actually finishes quite nicely: dry, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, two thumbs up for my first Pipeworks experience. They are 2 blks from me, so I hope they open a bottle shop soon! I'd be curious to do a blind taste test with Dready: these taste quite similar to me. (815 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber color light pour so not much head

S: smells of cream and light toffee mixed with candied citrus

T: nice citrusy and Caramel sweetness a little bitterness

M: very creamy nice mouthfeel

O: this beer is worth the price of admission it's hugely citrus but with a very nice caramel sweet backbone and a creamy full mouthfeel. Get this you won't be disappointed (377 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 235-237, poured into a Speigelau tulip. This is the batch that was presumably "double hopped" according to the PW crew when purchased.

A: yellow amber color with hazy appearance and 2 finger off-white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Intensely aromatic! Heavy citrus flavors with grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and other tropical fruits, also a heavy dosing of pine needles. This was indeed hopped more than the previous batches.

T: Heavy on the citrus hops with pine present as well, very true to the nose. Bitterness throughout with a good malt balance. A little sweet and definitely cloying.

M: Medium body, solid carbonation, sticky throughout, dry finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA, much much better than I previously remember. I hope they do this recipie for all future NVU offerings, it is absolutely fantastic. Citra ninja-level good. (866 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 hophugger
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amazingly clear golden amber with a nice fizzy head and lacing. Aroma is awesome, full of pine resin and some citrus. The resin of the hops is some of the most amazing aromas I have had from any IPA. The taste hits hard with bitter hops, grapefruit rind and yet is still extremely balanced. As the drinking proceeds, the hop bitterness and grapefruit continue strongly interchanging turns with the fresh piney, woody resin. Awesome. Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Definitely not a session beer but one that I want to revisit over and over again !!! (577 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy light golden amber in color. Forms a small, but dense bright white head that has some pretty good staying power. Moderate lacing.

S: Very aromatic with notes of tropical fruit, orange, and mango. Lots of citrus hops and some lesser caramel malts.

T: Starts off with a bit of a biscuit maltiness. Then lots of pine and pine resin with some citrus hops as well. Tropical fruit to a lesser extent - much less than the nose would suggest. Finishes with a strong dry bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and dry with a carbonation level that is bit higher than it should be. Strong, lingering bitterness.

O: This is a great DIPA. Very clean flavors with a very aggressive bitterness. Would have preferred more of the tropical aromas of the nose carried over to the taste, but it is was it is. Very nice beer - can't wait until this becomes more readily available. (875 characters)

Photo of shodrod
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(poured into a snifter)
This beer pours a beautiful golden straw color with very little head. At first, all the little bubbles wanted to hang out on the side of the glass which looked rad but seemed strange; couldn't decide if it was my glassware or some veteran homebrewers getting used to forced carbonation. The aroma brings on strong notes of gummy fruits with a hint of hops. A super smooth front greets you with a nice amount of hops. Really crisp. A nice hoppy finish but it ends very smooth. A super interesting mix for a double IPA; not that malty and not super hoppy. Well done boys. (594 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader, Bertram, for this! Some of the coolest bottle art I have seen.

A. Pours a slightly cloudy marigold with a thick three finger eggshell, thick, foamy head. Excellent lacing.

S. Mmmm, really really nice. Lots of tropical fruit, including mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Some mild pine resin yields to a luscious, soft honeycomb finish.

T. Pineapple, tangerine, candied orange slices, pine needles, freshly cut grass, honey drizzle, and caramel. Leans more toward the sweet, savory side rather than the hop bomb side. And that is a-ok by me. Just a nice big tropical candy profile here with a crisp hop kick. Very nice.

M. Pretty full bodied for a DIPA, very sweet. Crisp with a moderate-high carb level.

O. I was very impressed with this offering from Pipeworks. It's my first experience with them, and I welcome more of their brews (wink, wink Jason). DIPAs tend to be a little too harsh for me, but this has a lovely, easygoing flavor profile that retains complexity and punch without bowling you over with brashness. A top-notch DIPA. (1,067 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: tawny cloudy body, white finger head
flawless lacing

S: playful citrus dance, mild candy sugar
hint of earthy biscuit.

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, mild peach,
firm malt, grassy pine long bitter finish

M: med/heavy sticky/oily
smooth mouth blanket

O: Stealthy magic. Thrilled to see
this on the shelf so soon, may be a
regular local offering. Strong intro
to this fantastic Chicago new brewery.

AMAZING; TREAT YOURSELF! (426 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 beatenbyjacks
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark hazy orange color. Nice head that ends quickly. Wow is this smell great. Amazing tropical fruit smell. Pineapple, mango, with a hint of malts. Taste is quite flavorful with lots of citrus and malts on the end. Rich malty flavor stays behind after drinking and makes you enjoy the next tasting even more. Great beer! (320 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 maxcoinage
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (Batch #134) into a snifter, a hazy orange color with a few cm head that left some nice lacing. Aroma is a lot of citrus, slight malt is noticeable . Mouthfeel is a medium body and carbonation. Taste is awesome, big grapefruit bomb, a bit of sweet malt, and a definite resinous piney taste, with a bitter finish that lingers for a bit. At 9.99 this isn't something I would pick up all the time (assuming I could - it's not easy to procure), but it's a nice treat! P.S. I'm definitely rooting for the Ninja! (532 characters)

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.