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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 250
Gots: 84 | FT: 7
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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3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright hazy orange body. Nice white head. Some lacing.

Smell - Orange hop aroma. Deep toasty malt. Some booze.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit. Toasty malt again. Pithy bitterness. Harsh bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - There's an abrasive character about all Pipeworks DIPAs. This is no exception. Better than some of the other Ninjas, though. Mediu. Body. Boozy, although that seems ridiculous.

Overall - I don't get why people love this brewery. This is one of the better ones I've had from them, but still not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 17:29:10 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Wolberjs


3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Unfiltered cloudy amber. Pours with a finger head that dissipates.

S - Not alot going on here. Some sour orangey citrus with some pine notes and malt.

T - Not alot going on here either. Some hoppy bitterness on the finish. Malty taste. Not bad, but not outstanding.

M - Good mouthfeel for an IPA. Silky smooth at first with a tingly finish.

O - Solid IPA but not a standout. Maybe my bottle was not fresh. Will review again if I have a chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:24:21 | More by Wolberjs
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pipeworks and Raul started off so well with one another. Unicorns Revenge was off the heazy, while Something Hoppy This Way Comes was like P90X for Raul's taste buds. That being said, Centennial Ninja and now Ninja vs. Unicorn... Ay wey.

Don't light up the BBQ with this thing near, because with the amount of kerosene that this thang is brewed with, you might have a problem. Now, Raulsky may be a little too harsh, the beer is ok, but there definitely is a lil too much Dale Earnhart Jr. action going on here.

It's got tha hops, the malt, the bitterness... But the diesel full, ay mami!

Wild, but sometimes wild ain't all that good. Ya feel me, my children?

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 04:37:56 | More by RaulMondesi
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with three fingers of foam; the persistance is excellent, leaving squiggles of lace behind on the pint glass

Smell: Very piney, but there is also an unusual green onion and sage tone

Taste: A hint of sugar cookie malt and then the hops take over very aggressively; piney to an extreme, but there are other elements that are harder to define, as well - I'll put them in the green onion and sage category for lack of a more precise descriptor; this unusual flavor dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation but mouth-puckering dryness, in the aftertaste

Overall: I don't think I have ever had my mouth dry out from the hops quite like this before; in the hop profile, others are finding tropical flavors but that doesn't capture what is happening on my palate; I'm really curious about the hops that were used but cannot find any reference to that anywhere; I wonder whether the name of the beer offers a clue; perhaps Ninja refers to West Coast "C" hops and the Unicorn refers to European Noble hops battling it out

Thanks to hoppymeal for making this possible

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 23:24:57 | More by brentk56
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3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange gold. It's quite hazy. The head is about medium sized and pure white. Seems fairly sticky. Aroma is big on tangerine rind and pine resin. It gets a touch acetone-ish, some sort of harsh hop note that comes up in DIPAs, at times. Pineapple, a bit floral. Mildly grassy. Just a touch of malt sweetness and booze. Unfortunately, the taste is harsher and loses a lot of what delicacy was present in the aroma. It's relatively dry - there's still a good dose of simple malt sweetness in there. Lots of pine resin and citrus rind. A dose of booze. The bitterness is pretty high and drowns out the hop flavor too much for my liking. Mouthfeel is fairly harsh. Pretty light for the abv. Some definite hop oiliness and body from the malt. It's a pretty good DIPA, but it feels somewhat dated. This beer doesn't have the massive wave of complex hoppiness in the taste, and while the aroma is enjoyable, it's still not juicy like the top examples of the style. There's nothing really wrong with the beer, given the abv, but I was expecting more. Still, I'm quite happy to try it.

Serving type: bottle

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3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good simple off white head is produced with lots of staying power. Foamy, mish mash of bubble sizes, sitting on top of what looks like an unfiltered frozen amber orange body.

Nose is a fairly nice hop blast sort of one dimensional, but gets into faint apricot and zesty orange. A dry biscuit aroma creeps out later.

Palate doesn't come with much richness, but a controlled slightly wet sense. Mouthfeel seems to hint at a little bit of fizz, but luckily not very much present. Orange hop bitter sense creeps in mid way, but loses a bit on the finish. Dry pine action comes in with a nice astringency, but is almost medicinal. Sugar malt bent or hit of biscuit from the nose is non existent on the palate.

Overall it's not bad, fairly drinkable with something to enjoy but can't say I am really drawn to this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 19:28:01 | More by smakawhat
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3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber labeled batch #87 into a boulevard smokestack glass.

A: Pours a dark 24 karat gold that almost appears as amber at initial pour. The bright white head gushes to the top of the glass and retains amazingly, all while sticking to the glass and slowly fading.

S: Definitely hop forward. Some sweet malts underlying wafts of mangos and sweet orange juice. Doesn't smell overly complex.

T: Strong pine and citrus bitterness. A pretty hefty malt character actually outshines the hop profile. Sweetness that comes off almost like grapefruit juice or orange juice.

M: Medium-Full body. Oily. High carbonation. A little boozy.

O: Not my favorite from Pipeworks. The sweet malty character outshined the hops a little too much. Definitely not a bad brew, just not on the same playing field as some of the others.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, DLFarris!

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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.