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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 279
Gots: 135 | 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 -0.7%

Gehrig13, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Wowcoolman, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Batch number 48, I really love that 48 is hand written on the label, nice touch.

A: Typical DIPA, dark orange. Filtered, but not quite see through, nice carbonation bubbles running up the glass. Really good looking 2 finger white head. Leaves some nice thick lacing on the glass.

S: I'm not getting much on the nose. Hoppiness, as expected. Citrus notes, faint alcohol....vanilla?

T: Wow, awesome. Citrus bomb, lots of orange up front, in the middle I almost taste an orange creamsicle, definite hints of vanilla, relatively bitter at the end, like a bitter grapefruit. The aftertaste I get is so weird, orange creamsicle, awesome, never tasted that flavor in a DIPA before.

M: Mouthfeel is perfect, creamy, smooth, moderate carbonation, medium side of full bodied. Really drinkable for the 8.5%.

O: Totally surprised here. I saw the high marks this beer had from other reviews, but the only other Pipeworks beer that I've had was their smoked porter, and I was not a fan, but Ninja vs Unicorn is really damn good. Chicago is really stepping up its game as far as hoppy beers go, Daisy Cutter, Double Daisy Cutter, and Anti Hero IPA are some of my favorites, but Ninja vs Unicorn has to be my favorite by far. Seek this beer out, try it, worship it. What a treat. Big thanks to my friend Nick out in the Chicago area for sending this my way.

bifrost17, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Kubrickx, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Rimbimhoot, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of joeseppy
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of grapefruit, pine,and tropical fruit.

Hops-a-plenty with sweet malt!!! Big tangerine. Piney resin, grapefruit rind upfront with pineapple, mango, and papaya lingering.

Tongue smacks with a fantastic balance of hoppy, malty, fruity bliss.

This DIPA lives up to my every expectation. They keep making this--I keep buying. Every batch gets better. Rivals any other splendidly. Great job Pipeworks!!

joeseppy, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of vic21234
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number 48.

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a finger or so of a white head. Some lacing along the sides of the glass. Looks like a nice DIPA.

S- Tons of citrus is apparent upon popping the cap. Orange, mango, grapefruit are most notable in the aroma for me. A sweet maltiness is noted also.

T- Starts off bitter with a dry feel. Lots of citrus and also pine coming into the taste. A nice malt backbone finishes off the sip.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry, bitter and hopped. Drinks very easy for 8.5%.

I've only had a few offerings from Pipeworks, but this is my favorite. A well balanced DIPA that is refreshing and very drinkable.

vic21234, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JALIEN, Nov 25, 2012
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.