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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,297
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 276
Gots: 146 | 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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Photo of Beerandboards
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass

First pipeworks beer, excited to see what the hype is about

A - light golden color, thick white head, about 2 inches after an aggressive pour. Head retains for a long long time, never completely dissipates.

S - lemon, some richer tropical citrus, grapefruit

T - when completely cold, there is a lot of citrus peel, mostly lemon. As it warms, the tropical notes come through. Lots of mango, maybe even a little pineapple. Lots of juicy citrus.

M - medium to higher carbonation. Crisp finish, very well done.

O - fantastic beer. If this is a standard representation of pipeworks, they certainly deserve the hype. Would pick this one up regularly if it were available where I am.

Beerandboards, Mar 15, 2013
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CSQ1111, Mar 13, 2013
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DaPan, Mar 12, 2013
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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.

GuzzLah, Mar 11, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle purchased from West Lakeview. 8 oz. into a FFF Rastal on March 11th, 2013.

A - Straw, golden scotch coloring. Semi-clear with a huge three finger billowy, puffy head. good lacing and retention.

S - It has that "zing" that I normally associate with all non-malty FFF beers. Tangerines, mint, slight rye, pine bark, sriracha, and tomato juice.

T - Largely piney and sappy, mildly dank. Concentrated grapefruit juice, parsley, and citrus peel.

M - Medium body, heavier than the ABV would suggest. Appropriate carbonation, dry finish.

D - It falls somewhere in tier #2 of the best DIPA's from the midwest although leaving more towards the west. Still an easy recommendation and revisit from this one.

Auracom, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from batch #91, consumed in a Bell's tulip glass today 3/9/2013. Thanks to powz87!

Aroma: Lots of citrus and grapefruit to the nose with some underlying sweet malt character giving me hints of honey, toffee and sweet bread. And I mean this is a really strong nose- I don't even have to sniff to look for the nose. The nose popped right out at me as soon as I opened the bottle. So in a nutshell, it smells like a DIPA but is more aggressive than most. (4)

Colour: Pours a clear light amber body that is just right where I like my DIPAs. Pours a thick 1cm white head that dissipates within a minute into a bubbly collar. Lacing is nice and sticky. Incredibly attractive beer that screams out for quaffing. (4)

Flavour: The best part, believe it or not. With the amount of hop bite you get at the end, there is an unbelievable amount of malt presence at the beginning of the quaff. It brings out caramel and honey which transitions well to a combined aforementioned malt sweetness and grapefruit/citrus hop bitterness. As I've said in previous reviews, the mark of a good DIPA is not how much barley and hops go into the wort, but rather how these large quantities of ingredients blend in with each other to make a seamless yet complex flavour that as a bonus, hides the ABV. This DIPA has this in spades. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium body, very well carbonated. Resinous with a dry finish- coats my tongue with its aftertaste of bitter citrus combined with the sweet caramel resinous flavour. Incredibly quaffable and a dangerous brew for the mere mortal. (4.5)

Overall: This reminds me a bit of Pliny the Elder when it comes to the balance of the hop bitterness and pale malt sweetness. As a homebrewer, I understand how tricky it can be to construct a beer with a big grain and hop bill and yet have it all come together the way PtE does. This beer comes closer than most to achieving the balance that PtE does, though it leans a bit in the favor of the bitter hop components. This is an outstanding DIPA and I salute Pipeworks for their excellent work! (4)

Stevedore, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bsuedekum, Mar 09, 2013
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.