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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 297
Gots: 183 | FT: 13
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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:
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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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.9%

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2/5  rDev -53.2%

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2/5  rDev -53.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of bashiba
2.63/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy amber/orange with a light thin off white head.

The smell was very buttery diacetyly with a big shot of green pine and juniper.

The flavor is diacetyl laden as well, big buttery and slick with most of the hops being bittering hops, has a strong juniper bitter finish, with a bit of sweet caramel malt sneaking through a bit. A very strange blend.

The mouthfeel was slick and resiny.

Not a good double IPA, very flawed, couldn't even finish.

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2.71/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from late December consumed during the Superbowl, so approximately a month old. My cousin picked this up for me on a roadtrip to Chicago. It was warm for about two weeks and then in the fridge for two weeks before drinking. I let it sit out about 30 minutes before opening/pouring and then another 15 minutes after pouring. It had very little fizz when I popped the cap. It poured with almost no head. Color was deep and somewhat cloudy. It had a nice grapefruit smell, which was encouraging. The taste was very mild. It was very malty, but a certain stale/"where have the hops gone" maltiness that I find unappealing. It was quite boozy, but not hot. Very little bitterness. Very little hop presence - basically none. Low carbonation with a more syrupy mouthfeel. There was some decent lacing on the glass, but hardly consolation. I was very excited to try and share this. In the end, I was disappointed and embarrassed to have shared. Pipeworks and this beer in particular are often lauded, so I had high hopes. I don't deem a month a ridiculous amount of time to let an IPA sit. For reference, Enjoy By and Zombie Dust are both incredible at the 4 week mark - to name two beers I have had recently at a similar age point. Perhaps this is a great beer when very fresh, but it was not a great beer last night.

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of HOP_KING
3.06/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

What happened to this beer. Have had it twice now in last week. On draft and in a bomber at home and it's not near as good as it used to be.

Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with bright golden orange edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Earthy floral hop aroma with fresh cut grass and a strong resinous pine needle character countered by a sweet malt backbone. Hints of spruce tip and earthy soil followed by caramel malt, toast, nut and toffee. Surprisingly one dimensional hop profile. Lacking in sweetness and has too strong of a malt presence in the nose for my preference.

Medium body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over a strong malt backbone into a very dry finish. Very earthy/soil-y with bitter, grassy hops and pine sap countered by sweet caramel malt, toffee, biscuit, toast and a touch of oak. There's some slight boozy sweetness toward the finish but the high ABV is well masked. Overall, this beer was a bit of a disappointment for me. The malt flavors are too prominent and the hop profile is very one dimensional. Not a bad beer, just boring.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow. I hate to say it, but it looks just like piss, haha. But ironically, that's a good thing in this case! Nice, clear, golden honey color. One finger of head. Nice lacing. Very inviting.

Smell - Bready, citrusy hops.

Taste - Boom! Big bitter hop flavor with a solid backbone. Some background pine. A bit of alcohol vapor on the breath. As it gets warmer, it gets harder to swallow. Alcohol bite, Hello.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very light carbonation, almost like the bare minimum. Clean, wet finish.

Overall - For $10 a bomber, I'm gonna pass on this one next time. It started off great while cold, but as it warmed, the taste lost a whole rating point, maybe more, in my opinion. Not something I like to see. Overall, I think this is a decent brew, but I will personally be sticking with other IPAs/DIPAs.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to marine1975 for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured a golden yellow half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, earth, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I went into this one really wanting to be wowed, but found it to be a little bit of a letdown. It was just a little too middle of the row for this style. The citrus aspect was definitely welcomed as it kept it out of the middle of the pack slightly, but I would have loved to see something completely different to make it stand out from the rest.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.