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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 1,627
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 325
Gots: 261 | FT: 22
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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 Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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.


Cheers (769 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of cherche
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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! (244 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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!! (395 characters)

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (282 characters)

Photo of Brew_Betty
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of Roland7792
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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 (189 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can brought to me by my in-laws. I don't see any dates.

Pours pretty hazy golden with a medium white head, very creamy, slow fading. Moderate carbonation. Smell is very citrus, slightly tropical, with a shadow of pine.

Taste is citrus fruity up front, concentrated floral, then just plain old hops the rest of the way through. Moderate honey sweetness if you look for it.

Mouthfeel is grittily dry, resinous. Leaves that sticky sandpaper feeling all over your mouth. Overall, really nice beer. (512 characters)

Photo of prior2two
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great Double IPA, and as far as I'm concerned one of the best bang for your buck you can buy in the Midwest, IPA wise.

Super Citrusy and Piney with, yet with a great hop nose. While I didn't drink it very often, I felt that the pre-canning version was a little sweeter, while it's now allowed the hop bitterness to come through a bit more.

Either way, it's a great beer, and I'd put it up against any other brewey's standard IPA/DIPA. (448 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just as good in a can as it ever was in a bottle. Great hoppy pipeworks offering. Tons of citrusy hops on the front and back side. Love this stuff! (150 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz, canned 073115
A - ivory head tops a mildly hazed golden colored body
S - huge plume of aromatic hops with orange, lemon, pine, grapefruit, and passion fruit
T - hop forward and very bitter with hop notes of grapefruit & lemon zest, pine, passion fruit, mango with some light caramel for malt but it's hardly a backbone compared to the hop bitterness
M - medium body, feels a bit thinner than I'd like, finishes bitter and semi-dry with lingering pine and grapefruit pungency
O - pretty good DIPA, but it falls short of my expectations. I'm still very excited to see Pipeworks start to can their beer. I look forward to trying another one very soon! (654 characters)

Photo of laketang
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

golden coloration with a half inch white (I wouod say) head

I can detect grapefruit orange and a hint of pineapple and evergreen leaf

that tart grapefruit dominates,smooth edges from pineapple maybe, orangy for sure

mouthful is sticky and has a bit of a bitter second wave,(alright by me)

I will stack this one with alpha king and dirt wolf for sure (353 characters)

Photo of Hootie159
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale clear gold. Solid 2 inch head that plays for keeps. The battle begins. Combo of dank and crisp hops. Nice blend of hops, but not perfectly balanced. If you like bitter, you'll like this beer but it overwhelms the fruitier new school hops. Carbonation present. Not sure how else to describe the feel other than sharp and smooth at the same time. The bitterness tingles to the back of the jaw. Whichever Deadliest Warrior picks, everybody wins. (447 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color sans haze. Thick head that lingers some, decent lacing on the glass as it drinks down. Smells of both dank and tropical hops on the nose, nice combo. Definitely pick up some mosaic in the taste. Another solid double IPA from the Pipeworks folks (270 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer many times since its first batch, I am currently reviewing the new 16 oz can format. Pour is a golden with moderate clarity, foamy white head, sticky foam hangs around on the glass. The nose starts with a deep earthy and resinous pine followed up by stone fruit, lemon, pine wood, and grapefruit. The hops come through in the flavor nicely with notes of grass, resin, and pine. The interesting thing here is I expect these notes to bring on a strong bitterness, however they do not. The malt balances very nicely with the hop profile and the finish is crisp and clean. Pipeworks certainly dialed in the recipe for the can release which makes for a dangerously drinkable and refreshing 8% brew. I hope Pipeworks continues to apply this approach to their can releases and really dial in their line up. Considering the value and the drinkability this is a brew I will come back to routinely. (914 characters)

Photo of Fatalsin
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Got this 22oz bomber as an extra in a trade and i was surprised. pours nice clear golden amber with a nice foamy head and lacing. Aroma is awesome, full of pine, citrus and hints of lemon. This unfiltered double ipa is just hop forward for all the hop lovers out there. definitely recommend this !!!! (300 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
2.81/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Scent of sugar, pine, sap and some caramel. Flavors of sugar, a little bit of citrus, caramel, pine and resin. A bit of alcohol becomes apparent as it warms. It smells and tastes expired, but it's fresh. (203 characters)

Photo of bigwinner
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one in 4 pack cans at local Binnys. Had a 1 case limit, so I figured it must be good. Was not disappointed.

Poured a golden to copper color with a moderate, quickly fading head and sticky lace.

Smell is amazing...bright, sweet grapefruit (almost pineapple?) attacks your nose.

Drinks (dangerously) easy for 8%+. 16oz gone too fast as my mouth wanted more, more, more. No overt alcohol bite, though a warm, full mouth feel on finish.

Should have limited out on this one. My new favorite Summer DIPA (519 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy snow-white head atop a pale golden, hazy brew. Good retention, leaving tons of thick lacing behind.

Incredible aroma; it smells like pineapple from feet away. Huge tropical notes, laced with dank herbs. Pale malt grains lurk close behind. This hop-forward brew's reputation as a hop bomb precedes it, and it lives up to it on the nose.

Flavor follows. Dank herbs are present, but not particularly dominant, really allowing the juicy tropical notes to shine. Second half brings waves of more hops, back to herbal, green, and earthy, and then right back to fruity and floral. Sweet pale malt profile; a touch of biscuit, a touch of grain, and a touch of sugar.

Fairly smooth and lively; quite drinkable. A touch of chest heat, but no indication of the ABV on the palate. Flirts with being the slightest bit syrupy, but manages to dodge that trap. Nice bitter grapefruit peel hugs the mouth on a semi-dry finish.

This is an exceptional DIPA, well worth both the hype and seeking out. This is a brew that would feel right at home in the heart of Vermont. (1,066 characters)

Photo of BeerBrose
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 16oz can into a miniature snifter.

Look: Golden and clear, easy to see through with a frothy white head. sticky lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Pine and floral grapefruit, slight sweet malt.

Taste: Pine, Grapefruit, Rind, and a slight malt sweetness.

Feel: Medium bodied, and a very real lingering biterness & alcohol bite.

Overall: Very solid Double IPA and all the more worth our time now that its in 4pk Cans. (434 characters)

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tweaked recipe means the decreased malt bill allows the hops shine a little brighter which is good news IMO. Great value too now that PW is distro-ing in cans. (162 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am a fan of the new formulation. Hoppier but also more sessionable at the same time. Not to mention the cans are pretty sick. This one's a keeper and a friend. (161 characters)

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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