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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 254
Gots: 91 | FT: 6
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-09-2012 02:13:46 | More by sbricker
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-10-2013 23:25:45 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-26-2014 04:39:35 | More by mpayne5
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-19-2012 16:57:04 | More by imperialking
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-19-2013 00:49:23 | More by tom10101
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4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a fairly clear, solid gold with a very short head, no lacing and no bubbles.

S - big pine, grapefruit and a nice malty note for a gold beer. No cat pee, yay!

T - is like the aroma, plus some orange. Mild sweetness and a medium bitterness with a medium sustain. Not a palate wrecker and not a sissy beer either.

M - medium-full body with an oily texture and very soft carbonation.

O - a flawless DIPA. Somewhat conservative for the style, not the most complex DIPA, but these aren't negatives. It was a pleasure to drink and I'd be happy to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 22:55:45 | More by GuzzLah
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to CBS snifter. Thanks to robbiemoy13 for this one. Batch #13: Bottled 5/15/12 (only about 3 weeks old!)

A - Medium hazy orange with a golden glow along the bottom. Half a finger of off-white head formed and reduced to a thin layer.

S - Big grapefruit and tangerine aromas up front accompany a fairly assertive bitterness. A slightly sweet malt backbone adds a touch of balance. A very fresh nose, as expected.

T - A huge bitterness up front with big grapefruit, pine and orange zest flavours. The malt backbone definitely plays a secondary role but is evident, adding some caramel.

M - Medium body with a really big chew. Full of resinous hop oils. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:24:22 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL over Christmas week, unknown bottling date but Batch #"264 265"; poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank over 1-2 hours

A: 3/3 - orange-brown (erm, amber) coloration; low clarity (cannot read or see through) likely 2/2 unfiltered; initial frothy/soapy white head subdued into glass lacing with mild retention

S: 9/12 - dank hops battling citrus fruit (Ninja vs. Unicorn?!?) - pine, pineapple, onion, mandarin orange, etc.; slight toasty aroma with some caramel sweetness in the background; no detetctable alcohol on the nose

T: 17/20 - in the front of the tongue, the battle continues with minimal bittnerness - again, citrus fruit vs. dank/piney character; in the middle of the palate, these flavors evolve and are accompanied by slight caramel and toffee with some alcohol; there is residual sweetness for me but not cloying or unpleasant and retains high drinkability

M: 4/5 - moderate body - thick hop oil coating alcohol; like the other Pipeworks DIPAs that I've tasted recently, relatively low carbonation for style (interesting take)

O: 8/10 - an enjoyable beer that I'd put at a distant second behind Citra Ninja among the four Pipeworks DIPAs that I've sampled in the past week; this one reminds me more of Avery's Maharaja or Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum than the other offerings with big piney/dank aroma/flavor with some citrus qualities for balancing; if you can find it and like dank hops like CTZ, Chinook or Simcoe, I'd recommend this one; Happy New Year!

TOTAL - 41/50

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:07:55 | More by MNishCT77
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from WLV Liquors. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a clear darker golden/slight orange color, white head that creates a think collar and wisps on top with some bubbles here and there.

S - Dank hoppy nose, big pine, light malty sweetness. The bitter hops hit you right away and the slight sweetness finishes things off nice and smooth. As it warms, the malts shine though a bit more, but there's always that pine hitting you again and again.

T - Smooth hoppy bitterness, some citrus peel, pine, malty sweetness. The booze is surprisingly there for 8.5% disappoints me a little bit, I was hoping it would be as smooth as the nose. Finish is huge bitter hops that attack the palate relentlessly.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - Well, color me impressed with Pipeworks first official release. I like that fact it's 8.5% and not something like 12% where I can only have a glass. Gerrit & Beejay, good stuff guys, keep 'em coming!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:13:45 | More by Sean9689
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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, soft orange, slight finger of white head.

Aroma: citrus fruit, really juicy, sweet orange, pineapple, some flowers, pine.

Taste: big tropical fruits, orange, mango, pineapple, sweet caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, rich and creamy, nice carbonation.

Overall: not boozy, full without being heavy, great flavor and aroma profiles.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:25:47 | More by EgadBananas
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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper orange with huge frothy white head. Nice retention and exceptional lacing.

S - Big floral bouquet, citrus, zest, rind, bread dough, malts, brown sugar, alcohol.

T - Hop forward - citrus, tropical fruit, resinous. Big malt bomb tries to match the hops, but it is overpowered in the end with a drying bitter finish.

O - Really solid DIPA with a unique blend of hops / malts.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 01:24:08 | More by andrewjraab
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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy copper colour that comes through with orange under the light. Decent head with nice retention.

Smells like sweet, sticky hops and tropical fruit. The scent overall is somewhat faint, doesn't exactly pop out at you but the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Notes of sweet melons, tangerine, pineapple.

The taste is similar to the scent, with the sweet malt backbone coming more forward. Sweet citrus and grapefruit-like flavours begin to play off the caramel malt before a dry, resinous finish.
The medium body is still refreshingly carbonated with bit of alcohol on the end adding to the dryness.

Overall a well-made, flavourful DIPA, but a little more dry and resinous in taste than I might like it to be, or expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 04:21:57 | More by Ian_B
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Hazed orange gold with a finger of soapy white head medium lacing.
S - Tons of sweet peach, grape, papaya, slightly astringent, some dankness, sweet malt too.
T - Very very sweet malt, kinda boozy, lots of fruit flavor, peach and mango, sweet pineapple, a little melon.
M - Clingy sweet, bitter, very full, a little burn.
O - Very good aroma, flavor gets too abrasive as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 23:26:01 | More by Omnium
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4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 8.27.13

A -Pours a cloudy darker orange with a one inch tan head with great retention.

S - Citrusy, orange, some honey dew melon.

T - Very tropical, oranges, mango, papaya.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. A bit of heat in the finish.

O - Tropical IPA - very solid and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:17:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt, 6 fl. oz bottle (with AWESOME artwork I might add) poured into a Great River Brewery pint glass. Batch #18

A: Golden in color, but a bit hazy. Bubbly, white head. Retains nicely.

S: One item comes to mind - bubblegum. Artificial sweetness. Some alcohol. Possibly a bit of grain or wheat in there as well.

T: Little bits of citrusy sweetness, bubblegum, but the major taste is BITTERNESS. There is enough time and space for the contrast between the sweet beginning and the bitter end, but the bitterness is very present. If you like hops, you will go nuts!

M: Nice and full. Whatever the opposite of watery is...

O: A nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Maybe a tad bit bitter for my tastes. I love the smell though of this guy. This is my second bottle of NvsU and it was completely worth it. Hope Pipeworks continues to brew this one for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 05:21:57 | More by Hjammer
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head, mostly small tightly packed bubbles. Decent head retention, lasts for a few minutes before leaving some lacing as it recedes to a layer of foam across the surface. Decent amount of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose leads with fruity hops, peach, mango, orange, grapefruit, with a good caramel malt presence. A little bit of resinous dank pine as it warms.

Taking a sip, good amount of citrus peel bitterness, mellowing to sweeter orange, peach and tropical fruit flavors. Just a little bit of caramel malt and dank resinous pine, and alcohol on the finish.

Medium body, with decent carbonation that hits the tongue sharply before it starts getting a bit syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:08:08 | More by nataku00
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 48 poured into a tulip glass. Hazy orange and pours really big with creamy head and a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very Michigan IPA style. Some sweet breads and malts with caramel and orange rind, dried pineapple with balanced piney hop aroma.

The taste is very much like it smells with a creamy, sweet, breads start with hop bitterness throughout. Not as complex versus some of the DIPAs I've had but a very well balanced profile. The hops lingers throughout as opposed to steep intro into at first sip.

Mouthfeel is medium yet very drinkable, soft feeling, not as clean finishing. Excellent.

Overall a really nice beer. More balanced with a complex malt profile as opposed to presenting the hops. Very similar in taste to a 2 Hearted Ale with some kick. I tend to like more base malt with a lot of west coast late boil hops but I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:17:34 | More by Durtdiggler
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Pipeworks bell tulip. Attractive beer, hazy golden-amber color with a full inch of foamy, beige head that sank to a thick cap and left gobs of lace on the glass. I could smell the fresh hop goodness as soon as I cracked the cap on this one. Pithy citrus and pine, underripe tropical fruits, with a sugar cookie malt base. More of this in the taste, orange pith and zest, strong, oily bitterness, pine resin, green pineapple rind, sugary, bready malt backbone bringing in good balance, but still leaving the hop profile firmly in charge. Vegetal bitterness lasted right into the aftertaste. Medium body, unctuous mouthfeel, moderate and appropriate carbonation. This was a very nicely done DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 21:00:25 | More by Rifugium
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

It pours what I would call a peach-ish gold with a frothy white head.

The smell is sweet with some tropical mango and a hint of caramel.

Taste is a bit of caramel, marmalade, some citrus notes, not too much barley or caramel like the nose. Very clean fruit flavor with some basic sugary sweetness. Medium bitterness. Love the flavor.

It is a good fruit-forward ipa. I had it just about a month old so take that for what it is worth. An extra kick off bitterness and hop aroma would've done this beer wonders.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 03:02:50 | More by crossovert
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.