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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 276
Gots: 116 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bentonquest, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

DangerDawg, Jul 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Guinnsslvr, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev -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.

crossovert, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerOps, Jul 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

scott2269, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

FreshHawk, Jul 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

jmich24, Jul 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Zaphog, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

M1A2, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SalukiAlum, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Pipeworks Brewing Co.
Ninja vs. Unicorn
22oz, batch 18, 6/18/12
Victory tulip

A: Pours a hazy, dark orange color.  Typical DIPA.  Two fingers of bright white head.  Tons of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass, and coming up sides.  I see this has some alcohol feet and assume lacing is gonna be left.

S: Lots of tropical fruits: mango, papaya, maybe some pineapple, etc.  Lots of hops, but there is some sweet maltiness in there too.

T: Right up front, nice hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue.  Really pleasant and not overly aggressive.  You get those fruity hops that you smelled.  Definitely pulling some papaya and peach and slight pineapple.  In the middle of the mouth, you get those sweet malts to help cut through the bitterness.  Still very hop forward though.  The close is very dry and slightly bitter.  Leaves you wanting more!

M: Medium bodied.  Great carbonation.

O: A- leading to A for me.  Really surprised and pleasantly happy.

inlimbo77, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Roeters, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SchuStar, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

jhimstedt, Jul 05, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%

thanks to kawilliams for bringing this to share! Thanks kent!

Reviewed from notes taken 7/4/12.

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: clear yellow bodied beer with huge white head. Drops down to a solid cap that remains while drinking the entire beer.

Small: juicy grapefruits and resinous pine. Some tropical fruits and a bready almost sweet malt.

Taste: On the high end of moderately bitter hop bite. Big grapefruit and pine. Oranges and tropical fruits. Malts taste biscuity just like the nose. Pretty hop forward with the malts offering decent balance, but there isnt much taming that going to tame those aggressive hops!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer finishes a little dry with a bitter snap. No booze noted in this one at all!

Overall: Really great DIPA. This is a wonderful local offering from chicago! Powerhouse hop profile for all those hop heads out there!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Duff27, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JimGlonke, Jul 04, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

Thanks to emerge for sharing this one.

A - Somewhat clear golden orange with an eggshell thick white head and spotty lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, mango pineapple, tangerine, papaya, light hint of pine and soft caramel malt.

T - Juicy ripe tropical fruit, mango, tangerine some grapefruit and more pine than was noticeable in aroma. Candied oranges and honey. Nicely balanced, on the sweeter side for a DIPA but more in a candied fruit way and than caramel/crystal malt way.

M - Medium body and juicy. Lingering hop resin.

D - Very smooth and well balanced. Excellent DIPA.

brewcrew76, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

markasparov, Jul 03, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

22oz bottle (batch #18) into a tulip. Pours a hazy coppery orange w/ a frothy head, decent lacing, moderate carb.

Aroma is about equal parts pine, grapefruit, and mango. A hint of booze emerges too.

Taste is super-dry pale malt backed up by plenty of hops. Typical citrus and pine with a slightly earthier tropical twist. A really nice sharp bitter bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, about what's expected. Dry but with a lingering finish.

Overall this is a good DIPA but falls just short of really good. There's something different about it that I can't quite put my finger on, maybe it's an attempt to merge the maltier East Coast and hoppier West Coast IPA styles? Seems to have characteristics of both.

Imperial Two Hearted maybe? Whatever the case, I enjoyed it.

draheim, Jul 03, 2012
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A- Poured from bottle into Three Floyds Imp. Pint. Nice Golden color, no haze like other IIPAs, this one is clear. Very thin head that dissipated quickly.

S- Not overly aromatic. Does give off a nice aroma of grapefruit and some hop warmth but it doesn't hit you the way I might have expected.

T- Peppery at the start and then moves into the fruit, some grapefruit and tangerine then the grass and finishing out with a nice hop flavor. Very pleasant flavor.

M- I read all the "palette wrecker" reviews and was hoping for the experience, however it isn't quite up to that level. The mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant but there isn't the burn I was hoping for.

O- A very good beer, my first experience with Pipeworks and I have to say I will continue to sample their offerings, I started off with my favorite style and I am not sure I would go out and buy it when compared to my other favorite IIPAs.

Nachojon, Jul 01, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

This is my 5th bottle of Ninja Vs. Unicorn, so I decided it was time to write a review. First of all, the bottle art and the name is pretty cool off the bat, but beyond that, this is an awesome DIPA.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Duvel glass.

A - Medium golden color, with a nice 2 finger head and some quality lacing as the head retreats.

S - Citrus! Mango! Maybe papaya? The fruity hoppy smell hits you right away.

T - As expected, there is a huge citrus and mango hop flavor right away. But there is a nice malty sweetness that balances it out. This is a tasty beer for sure.

M - It has a nice "not too heavy, not too light" mouth feel. But, the carbonation is very nice.

O - Overall, if you live in Chicago or has a friend that does, grab a bottle of this. You won't be disappointed.

cnbrown313, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

monitorpop, Jun 27, 2012
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.