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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 298
Gots: 184 | FT: 13
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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 mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westyn
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of huysmans
2.71/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from late December consumed during the Superbowl, so approximately a month old. My cousin picked this up for me on a roadtrip to Chicago. It was warm for about two weeks and then in the fridge for two weeks before drinking. I let it sit out about 30 minutes before opening/pouring and then another 15 minutes after pouring. It had very little fizz when I popped the cap. It poured with almost no head. Color was deep and somewhat cloudy. It had a nice grapefruit smell, which was encouraging. The taste was very mild. It was very malty, but a certain stale/"where have the hops gone" maltiness that I find unappealing. It was quite boozy, but not hot. Very little bitterness. Very little hop presence - basically none. Low carbonation with a more syrupy mouthfeel. There was some decent lacing on the glass, but hardly consolation. I was very excited to try and share this. In the end, I was disappointed and embarrassed to have shared. Pipeworks and this beer in particular are often lauded, so I had high hopes. I don't deem a month a ridiculous amount of time to let an IPA sit. For reference, Enjoy By and Zombie Dust are both incredible at the 4 week mark - to name two beers I have had recently at a similar age point. Perhaps this is a great beer when very fresh, but it was not a great beer last night.

Photo of KidSalami
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Irishace9
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterPenguins
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgarvis
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdlhy
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nharres
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 88rj888
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ronricorossi
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, batch #599-600, poured into a Pipeworks Brewing Ninja teku. 9.0% ABV listed on the bottle.

The beer pours a fairly clear amber color, hues of orange and copper that is essentially lifeless though a nice two fingers of soapy white head rises from the beer that has excellent retention and yields some swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is pungent, plenty of piney and grassy hops, some pineapple and mango juiciness with assertive grapefruit peel though an aggressive caramel malt profile adds some richness and sweetness while the 9.0% abv also pokes its nose out. The flavors are in line, pleasant fruity hoppiness, juicy tropical fruits with bitter grapefruit peel with earthy and grassy hop notes as well but again the malt profile is really prominent, amber and caramel malts that are sticky, sweet and sugary though the alcohol is well hidden relative to the nose. The mouthfeel is sticky, a bit juicy, full bodied and rich with lower carbonation that has just enough liveliness and a dry finish.

Verdict: A decent DIPA from Pipeworks, but a bit too aggressive on all fronts for me, assertive malts with a bit of a darker and earthier hop bill just doesn't really excite my taste buds. Balance is left by the wayside for this, and while the two components fight for supremacy, I don't think anyone is winning.

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snansel
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZepHead80
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IMFletcher
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppyDrinker
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a pint bottle. Pour was a rich golden tone, light white head that boarders the rim, the smell was a beautiful fresh hop smell, like when you rub a nugget of hops in your hands. The taste was easy; hoppy, citrusy, with a good amount of bitter but felt calming with a burst of hops at the start and the aftertaste bitter not long lasting and the citra hop aromas remaining. The alcohol content did not overwhelm the beer.
Good beer my new favorite.

Photo of TampaRainman
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pretty, pretty transparent orange, persistently bubbly with carbonation, and a big nearly white head that fades slowly to a thin layer over the top. Lacing is full and extensive.

S - Hopness. Smash in the nose citrus and pine. More tangerine and lemon, with a bit of spruce.

T - Follows the nose, with big hop fruit and strong pine, but with a malty underpinning of bread and honey that keeps the bitterness down until the close, where it bursts free and runs roughshod.

M - The visible carbonation is helpful, because the bitter close is partially scrubbed. Still, this is a crunchy hop experience, with hop oils that coat the tongue and build over time.

O - The five pounds show up in every sip, every swig. I big, fat hop fest of the first order. Recommended, for the true hophead in your life.

Photo of Life-Love-Beer
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.