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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 1,713
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 329
Gots: 284 | FT: 21
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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 sean_m_flannery
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Available in cans now in Chicago area and easier to find. Intense yet still balanced. One of the best DIPAs I've had; def one of the most drinkable.

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Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The surfeit of DIPA's these days can be overwhelming, but always worth it when you chance upon a winner.

Rolling the dice on this one and coming up with a reddish-orange brew with a stagnant off-white froth. Aroma of citrus and resin floats calm. Tastes of sweet malt up front with a squirt of citrus juice and lots of resin and peel in the finish. A bit rough going down compared to best, but quite tasty. Medium in body with alcohol heat as an afterthought.

Could be called a giant-killer wannabe or could just be called damn good.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 9/5/15. Poured into an IPA glass from a 16 oz can from snaotheus.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a large white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is delicious and juicy. Lots of citrus, tropical fruit and a sweetness. Flavor is very true to the nose but just a bit more muted than I expected. Mouthfeel is medium full with moderate carbonation. Overall, another excellent beer from Pipeworks.

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Photo of bbqtj
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid staple from pipeworks. Nice citrus aroma hints to what's to come. Sweet citrus notes at first fade into bitterness. This is a big boozy double IPA but hides it well.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). No discernible canning date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy, pale gold with a little more than two fingers of pure white head. The pale froth gradually settles to a foamy collar and persistent surface haze, leaving some nice clumps of lace on the sides of my glass.

The aromas beckon as my nose nears the glass. Tangerines, peach, mango, pine and a subtle bready sweet smell. Arguably the best aspect of this all-around great double IPA.

Flavor is slightly more bready and bitter than the nose foretold. Grapefruit, mango, orange peel, peach skin, lemon, pine, cracker, pepper, mild bread and a faint boozey tickle as a reminder of the abv. The hops seem a tad muted but still add enough flavor to the bitter, bready base to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Slick, semi oily medium body with full carbonation. The resinous feel coats the palate to produce a lingering, bitter finish of citrus peel, tropical fruit and vague sweet malts.

Ninja Vs Unicorn is a great double IPA. Perhaps not quite enough to be a category topper for me but this is an outstanding beer. If I lived within the distribution are I imagine this would be a mainstay in my fridge.

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Photo of jws6w7
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer! there are just so many good ipas out there these days but this ninja vs unicorns is right up there with the top ipas. citrusy, dank, delicious

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Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head that sticks to the glass

S-lots of pine and citrus and tropical fruits, very nice aroma

T-light malts, pine hops and citrus, light tropical fruit, pretty tart finish

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall a pretty good DIPA, but I think the smell is better than the taste

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i havent mad many beers from these guys, but their hoppy stuff has quite a loyal following, so this is a real treat. on tap at falling rock. its hazy golden straw colored with a real tall white head on it, fine lacing as i sip it down. smells like a whole lot of fresh citra hops, juicy and citrusy, with grapefruit and orange notes, as well as a rather straightforward grain base with just a little leftover sweetness. the flavor is predictably all about the hops, showcasing a nice mix of new world strains, but citra still seems like the only one i can positively identify. the freshness is awesome, and it tastes better than it smells, more juicy and alive, sticky and sappy, but not too oily and thick like some of the west coast ones can be, this is decidedly midwestern, fusing elements of each side. the hazy unfiltered nature is more of an east coast thing, and it helps this be a little more interesting in terms of feel. lots of body, a little residual sweetness, but a smoothness like no other, and not a whole lot of bitterness from these hops either. hints of honey and lemon in the finish too. no trace at all of its strength, i drank this way too fast and easy. i wish this was in colorado more often, really top quality ipa.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a can in a trade recently. Poured from can into IPA glass.

Good looking straw colored poured. Little hazy. 2 finger head. Solid lacing and retention.

Lots of citrus fruit in the nose. Mango, orange, and pineapple stand out. Resin scent.

Taste goes with the nose. All the citrus fruits. Nice piney hops. Just the right amount of malt. Resin notes are a nice compliment.

Medium body with strong carbonation.

Really good beer. Would love to get my hands on more.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice unfiltered gold. The smell is the tits. Tons of citrus, mango, peach, orange, juicy as hell. The taste is amazing. Your mouth gets attacked by a sweet, almost lightly reminiscent of cotton candy taste, before you get hit by a wave of citrus. Sweet mango, tart orange and citrus hit you in that order, before a nice dank aftertaste lingers. Similar lingering dankess to heady, although more citrus. The mouthfeel is super creamy, definitely NE style ipa feel, covers your mouth, love it.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

CAN. Really nice beer, super floral with great hop notes all through it. Im no critic but this was easy to drink and a great palate cleanser. Light body with big head, golden ale with nice malty backbone.

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Photo of Yargamo
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Deep gold with a happy cap of funny foam. Sticky veins cling my happier glass.

Candied pineapple, mint, marshmallow and pine. Reminds me of The Calling by Boulevard, which I love - but the aroma is grander than Roma.

Carbonation is light but tight. My hair is jumping and my tongue is swinging

A real contender for the top spot

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Photo of Chris912
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cans are great! Hop aroma and the malty mouthfeel are pleasant on this IIPA. The bitterness is there, but not overpowering. One of my favorite of all thime, that is if I can find it. I've had the bomber, which is a bit higher ABV, but I honestly think the can outperforms the glass.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyable and crushable. Very smooth and balanced flavor throughout, but not quite as much floral happens on the nose that I normally look for with IPAs. Still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to trying this one and it didn't disappoint. Really nice hop profile with low bitterness. Really glad to have picked up a four pack of this while in town.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the tall boy can in a JAFB snifter via a friend at work----Thanks Bryan!

This nice DIPA pours a brilliantly clear light golden amber with a nice head of white foam that dissipates to a nice layer and thick ring with substantial lacing. Nose of heavy citrus fruits of grapefruit and pineapple, as well as some apple from the citrus hops, moderate caramel notes, and sticky, resinous, bittering hops. Flavors exceed the nose with aforementioned citrus notes up front and to the middle that dance about a moderately malty backbone of caramel. The back features leafy hops and fading citrus notes with a lingering bittering hops aftertaste. Slick yet crisp mouth feel finishes moderately dry with solid carbonation that keeps it lively.



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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had from bottle before but this one was a 16 oz can. Light golden orange in color, slight haze. Thick head comes down slowly leaving some lace and then keeps a thin layer with big bubbles on the edges. Great aroma, citrusy and floral. Taste is big, hop forward with citrus, semi resiny, a little malt sweetness and a dry dank piney flora finish. Love those hops. Mouthfeel is very soft n slick. Overall delicious hop forward DIPA.

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Photo of cherche
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: slightly hazy, yellow/orange with 3 fingers cotton white head. Good retention and lacing. Great looking beer.
S: fruity and bright. Tropical fruits and with a hint of pine
T: similar to smell with a hint of wheat some floral notes
M: average carbonation, slightly heavier than average
O: delightful IPA, very enjoyable. Fruity and bright would be the way I would sum it up.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks great on the initial pour, smells like most quality IPA'S, however is was a little more resiny then my pallets allows. Great beer and would drink it regularly if I didn't have access to so many great beers already. Can grabs extra points!

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Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy, gold in color with a two finger white, soapy head. It dissipates slowly into a sticky white lacing.
S: Dank, tropical citrus, grapefruit, hint of alcohol, hint of sweetness.
T: Grapefruit bitterness, tropical notes, dank/sticky hops, hint of sweetness.
M: Moderate carbonation, hops prickly to the tongue, dry/bitter finish.
O: Solid double IPA!! Glad I finally got to try Pipeworks!!

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of richj1970
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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