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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 278
Gots: 125 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Wseitz
1/5  rDev -76.6%

Wseitz, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of beerhawk41
1.5/5  rDev -65%

beerhawk41, May 09, 2012
Photo of JaysusJr
2/5  rDev -53.3%

JaysusJr, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -53.3%

kscaldef, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of bashiba
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

bashiba, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

kbuzz, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -29.9%

DonFrap, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Nichols33, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of mrjmann
3/5  rDev -29.9%

mrjmann, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

corby112, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of krl2112
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

krl2112, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of jacewg
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

jacewg, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Efay
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Efay, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Guzzle_McBrew, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of NooseJustice
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

NooseJustice, May 06, 2014
Photo of sbxx
3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

sbxx, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

thagr81us, Jun 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

hansgruber, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

HopChef44, May 30, 2013
Photo of SBoeckman72
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

SBoeckman72, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

nrs207, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of thlf84
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

thlf84, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

chippo33, Aug 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

BarrytheBear, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

unclejazz, Aug 17, 2014
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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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