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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 280
Gots: 131 | FT: 8
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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gratefulbeerhead, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

monitorpop, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden body with a short but persistent white head.

Smells like tropical fruit- a little pineapple, a little papaya and mango. There's also hints of pine and a little mint.

It's pleasantly bitter with those same tropical fruit and pine notes. It has a very fresh and clean taste to it and it's all well pronounced.

Clean and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This was a very, very good DIPA. I hope this one becomes more accessible.

Vonerichs, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

hiphopj5, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of vinny21bal
4.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Favorite IPA out there. I have had all the big dogs, alpine, Floyd's, heady topper. Ninja vs unicorn is my favorite. It's good every damn time. So floral! I think the nose is my favorite part. I know they switch the hops a little but it is outstanding! I drink it anytime I can.

vinny21bal, Nov 19, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: A slight haze on a deep orange with copper leanings colored beer. Head is white and bubbly. Drops to a wispy cap and small loose collar. Some spots of lacing.

Smell: Flowers and pine needles. Loads of backing citrus, mostly grapefruit. Resinous pine. Some pith and mint. Hints of marmalade sweetness. Almost sugary sweet in the back. Malts are big enough to handle the hop assault. Big bready malts with some underlying caramel malt. Cooked and caramelized sugars.

Taste: Pithy bitterness gives way to oily pine. Grapefruit flesh and rind. Nice malt backbone. Pushes some undercooked bread dough. Caramel sweetness. Rich, caramelized sugars. Some lingering mint in the back. Some herbal elements in the back. Huge floral hit. Feel like I ate some flower petals/perfume. Tangerine candy. Fruity. Nicely balanced...somehow.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavier than medium body. Carbonation in moderate. Starts of wet and smooth, but as it warms it dries out a bit.

Overall: I choose you Pikachu!

In the battle of Ninja vs. Unicorn, this time, I win. A decidedly aggressive yet balanced take. A lot going on, but it mellows a bit as it warms. Not something I would drink all day every day, but I'll definitely be seeking it out again.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 30, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. Bottled at the beginning of March.

A: Pours a perfect golden amber color with a frothy one finger head that slowly recedes to thick, bubbly collar. Pillows of foam sit atop the glass. Sheets of soapy lace coat the glass and leaves some sticky remnants.

S: Sticky resin, tropical fruits and citrus all fill the nose. Pineapple, mango, orange and lemon fill the nose with a nice sweet, caramel malt backbone.

T: There is a piney bitterness up front that jumps right out of the glass and slowly molds into a bready, cracker malt backbone with nice sweet fruits. Papaya and mango with a slight pineapple flavor. This really hits the bitterness, the sweet, and the fruity notes that I look for in every good DIPA.

M: Medium bodied with a nice sticky and slick mouthfeel. Solid carbonation, full of flavor. The hops just resonate across the palate and just provide the mouth with constant flavor.

O: Wow. This is really great beer. I'm really digging the balance of this guy and this bomber is going to be done in no time. The bitterness upfront with a nice malts and fruity sweetness on the finish is just how I like my DIPA's. I'm a "Friends with Benefit" for life and it's going to be the best investment I ever made if the guys keep pumping out beauties like this. Well done guys!

Treebs, Mar 13, 2012
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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.