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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

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820 Ratings
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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%


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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AndyP612

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up from The Beer Temple in Chicago poured into Darkness stem.

A- Hazy glowing gold with very small head no lacing and not bubbly whatsoever.

S- Big fruity hops hit you right up front. Tons of fresh fruit with hints of orange, pineapple and sweet grapefruit. Ruby red grapefruit flavors begin to grow and really stand out. Very sweet nose almost scares me in that

T- Follows the nose with the amount of grapefruit it really is really the star here. Musty, dank hops are relevant throughout: really nice. Not quite as big as most DIPAs which is a welcome change. Very much so on the lighter side of things which is expected with the relatively low 8.5% abv when compare to others of the same style.

M- Really nice, low carbonation light medium bodied mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- Really nice offering from Pipeworks. It really delivers on flavor while not being too heavy which is perfect for this time of year and the grapefruit flavor really takes over. Nice balance of low carbonation and big flavor compliment and round out everything quite well. Would buy again and again... Be better if there were six packs to be had. I don't do well with bombers. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 21:12:41 | More by AndyP612
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DovaliHops

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very interesting. Going into this beer, I know it is a DIPA. The smell is that of fresh fruit. Very strange smell to this one. I don't get the hops very much, but I do get ripe, fresh apricots, peaches, and other stone fruit. There is a whole lot of APRICOT to this one. I may even say the most apricot I've ever gotten in the aroma of a DIPA. The taste reflects the apricot a little, just not nearly as much as the nose. Taste is a bit malty, yet remaining hoppy at the same time. Could use more hops in the flavor. This one is well-balanced, and definitely well-crafted. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, yet a little more carbonation could be nice for this beer. Drinkability is very high...as it is very tasty and marketable. Overall, this beer is very good. The label and name are for the marketing value, but the beer speaks for itself. It's a well-crafted brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 09:46:13 | More by DovaliHops
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear apricot orange body with a bubbly beige head that sticks on the glass with each sip. There is a slow motion carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The green woody hops are full but a bit softer than in the taste.

T- The slightly pungent big woody green hops have some citrus notes to follow with a slight malt sweetness that tends to dry out as it opens in the finish. There is a green spicy hop note that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice full hop monster with some good depth to the woody and spicy hops supported by a lurking malt note but still drinks pretty fast.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:17:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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midnitesun11

California

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this one! I've heard great things about this beer and I was pumped to get my hands on this! It's a gnarly looking unicorn on the label looks mean, so I'd say the unicorn would win in this battle?!?

Pours a deep golden color thats is very clear and see thru. Has hardly any head but leaves a nice spotty lace trail after I gave it a swirl. Also, not getting too many carbonation bubbles either.

The aroma is of citrus, orange, hops, maybe even apple or pineapple

The taste at first is citrusy and carbonated but then the hops burst on the scene and you get an awesome bitterness! Has a caramel taste as well once it's warms a bit!

It's a little less than medium bodied but coats the mouth really nice and the lingering bitterness is more pleasant than some other double IPAs

This is a very good beer! I'm a big pipeworks fan and lucky for me live close to these guys! This is one of their better ones for sure

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:34:51 | More by midnitesun11
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber labeled batch #87 into a boulevard smokestack glass.

A: Pours a dark 24 karat gold that almost appears as amber at initial pour. The bright white head gushes to the top of the glass and retains amazingly, all while sticking to the glass and slowly fading.

S: Definitely hop forward. Some sweet malts underlying wafts of mangos and sweet orange juice. Doesn't smell overly complex.

T: Strong pine and citrus bitterness. A pretty hefty malt character actually outshines the hop profile. Sweetness that comes off almost like grapefruit juice or orange juice.

M: Medium-Full body. Oily. High carbonation. A little boozy.

O: Not my favorite from Pipeworks. The sweet malty character outshined the hops a little too much. Definitely not a bad brew, just not on the same playing field as some of the others.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:45:31 | More by Justin_Neff
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jokemon

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ninja vs unicorn heeeyaaa!!!

Personally I think the ninja would win in this fight but you never know the unicorn is a magical being so it may have some tricks up it's sleeve, or hoof, or whatever....

Anyway on to the beer

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Small amounts of foam What is there is bright white and forms some cool soapy bubbles.

The smell is very hoppy and sweet. It smells like bubblegum candy to me.

Taste is hoppy as expected. The first taste I notice is again the sweetness, I would say that it is a malty sweetness. Next up is the hops, not as overpowering as I though they would be. I don't get much else except a grapefruit taste.

Overall a decent beer, I kind of like the sweetness its growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 00:59:29 | More by jokemon
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timc100

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 115

A: Gorgeous clear amber gold with a foamy white head. Good lacing and head sticks around

S: Big sweetness - orange, sugared grapefruit peel, and bitterness - resin, fresh pine; and rye bread malt notes. As it warms, an embracing mango astringency takes form, as well as some strawberry and melon sweetness. Lime zest throughout

T: An incredibly vibrant and fruity and bitter DIPA - great balance. Orange, grapefruit, lemon zest and mango explode after a slap of bitterness. There is some pineapple astringency as well along with a big lime zest. Very balanced and intense.

P: Full for the style - chewy and sticks to the mouth. Lingers a long while

O: Just a fantastic beer - may be the best of the ninja unicorn series, an incredible DIPA all around. Getting better each batch

Batch 186 - A lot more lime, review adjusted

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 04:45:50 | More by timc100
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:29:38 | More by Beerandboards
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 22:55:45 | More by GuzzLah
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Auracom

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 17:09:38 | More by Auracom
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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)

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:09:45 | More by Stevedore
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csparace

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into an oversized wine glass with a beautiful one finger head. a dull golden sheen to it with a huge amount of carbonation rising. the head fades within about a minute and is already lacing well. as I drink I notice the most attractive lacing. There's a tad bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle which moves through the glass like a beautiful slow smoke.

S - a really sharp hoppy smell right off the bat . not much else going on. giving it a 3.75 b/c i feel a tad congested and a friend has a candle down the hall.

T - huge mouthful of bitterness! real awesome initial lemon and pine bitterness. definite alcohol presence which I think is actually a little much for my taste. has a good second kick flavor after the initial impact that fades really nicely and takes its time. I find that the aftertaste is actually a little better than the initial experience. The pine really sticks around for a while!

Mmmm freshness. Batch 91 brewed a little over two weeks ago has a great carbonation to it. Its really satisfying. Maybe I should have had it a little colder, this is a definite post lawn mowing beer.

O - really good beer. If you're looking for a ton of bitterness and huge amount of hops this is a great beer for you. I'm a huge fan of the sharp beers and this one definitely delivers. A really pleasing experience!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:03:44 | More by csparace
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fastenoughforphish

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice yellow orange, clear. On the light side of ipas.

Smell. Pretty citrusy, heavy on the grapefruit. Can smell how sweet it is.

Taste: Orange, apricot, and sweet. This ipa is real nice. It is peachy and has almost a vanilla background. Loving the flavora here. Finishes nice a bitter, nothing to harsh but I wish it was mellower because it clears out the sweet vanilla fruits too quick. But great taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice low carbonation how I like it.

Overall. At first I wasnt too wowed but I love how the sweet and citrus peach play with eachother.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:15:02 | More by fastenoughforphish
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sbxx

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow. I hate to say it, but it looks just like piss, haha. But ironically, that's a good thing in this case! Nice, clear, golden honey color. One finger of head. Nice lacing. Very inviting.

Smell - Bready, citrusy hops.

Taste - Boom! Big bitter hop flavor with a solid backbone. Some background pine. A bit of alcohol vapor on the breath. As it gets warmer, it gets harder to swallow. Alcohol bite, Hello.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very light carbonation, almost like the bare minimum. Clean, wet finish.

Overall - For $10 a bomber, I'm gonna pass on this one next time. It started off great while cold, but as it warmed, the taste lost a whole rating point, maybe more, in my opinion. Not something I like to see. Overall, I think this is a decent brew, but I will personally be sticking with other IPAs/DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 07:02:32 | More by sbxx
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #87
Pours a clear coppery amber with a loose white head that fades quickly. The nose is dank and wreaks of freshly squeezed citrus & passion fruit and a bit of booze. The taste is a blast of sugar-coated citrusy hops with a light slightly alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy sweet with an overwhelming hop profile that lingers. This is a solid IPA, thanks Tom for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:04:01 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 21:25:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 48 poured into a tulip glass. Hazy orange and pours really big with creamy head and a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very Michigan IPA style. Some sweet breads and malts with caramel and orange rind, dried pineapple with balanced piney hop aroma.

The taste is very much like it smells with a creamy, sweet, breads start with hop bitterness throughout. Not as complex versus some of the DIPAs I've had but a very well balanced profile. The hops lingers throughout as opposed to steep intro into at first sip.

Mouthfeel is medium yet very drinkable, soft feeling, not as clean finishing. Excellent.

Overall a really nice beer. More balanced with a complex malt profile as opposed to presenting the hops. Very similar in taste to a 2 Hearted Ale with some kick. I tend to like more base malt with a lot of west coast late boil hops but I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:17:34 | More by Durtdiggler
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #56 poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: Hazy light orange with a finger and a half of bright white head. The head consisted of small tight bubbles that did not last very long. This settled to a small pocket of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge. Some light lacing is noted.

Smell: Citrus forward with orange, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. A very pleasant sweet malt is in this with a bread note, too. Pretty standard DIPA here but the citrus in it is nice.

Taste: Just like the smell, very citrus forward and in the most enjoyable way. Lots of grapefruit and orange zest with bit of lemon. Not too bitter as there is a sweetness mid palate that smooths things out. At the back end the bitterness says hi in the swallow and aftertaste. A very enjoyable beer for sure!

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy at the same time. Somewhat sticky with a medium body and medium carbonation. Really spot on for this style.

Overall: I must say that Pipeworks knows their DIPA's. This is top notch for the style. Nothing really stands out but then again nothing is deficient either. Just a perfectly well rounded DIPA that is a complete joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 23:41:50 | More by sleuthdog
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nightrain789


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had heard a lot about Pipeworks and was extremely excited to try them, so when we were at the Goose Island N. Clybourne location, we decided to go to the Binny's near it. Grabbed this and the Cyber Dog.

This was an extremely impressive beer. I wouldn't consider this on the same level as the Dogfish Head 120 minute by any means, but that is an exceptional beer. The closest imperial IPA that I could compare this to is the Dogfish Head 90 minute.

In comparison, I will say that the the body of the beer is slightly lighter, but it has great head retention and even though the hops are very apparent in the nose, the malt of the beer balances out the hops. This is different from the Dogfish Head 90 minute, but it is great in its own right.

I've had a few other bottles of Pipeworks and all of these beers have been excellent, even the more experimental ones. What I can say is that this upstart brewery makes great stuff, and anyone near Chicago should support local brews, so enjoy

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:06:56 | More by nightrain789
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:37:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 06:55:23 | More by bifrost17
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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. For those jonesing FFF Zombie Dust and can't find it, this is a great rival. I'll take both anyday. Great job Pipeworks!!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:39:54 | More by joeseppy
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vic21234

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:05:08 | More by vic21234
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big juicy yummy fruit notes from citrus to light maraschino cherries. It almost smells like ice cream sundae toppings with orange-zested-whipped-cream. Nothing is overpowering, and it is well balanced.

Appearance is that of a dark lemon, slightly hazy, and an eggshell white head that laces well enough.

At first sip I get a nice burst of juicy sweetness followed by another burst of bitterness. The beer is very well balanced between sweet and bitter. The flavors are sharp. I get peach, apricot, and tangerine. It has a moderate body and low-moderate carbonation. It leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:37:07 | More by tlazaroff
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Thedaver4220

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Maudite tulip. Batch #56

Ninja vs Unicorn pours a cloudy ruby color with about a finger of fluffy head. Great lacing on this one as well. The nose is piney but not as strong as I was expecting. Nice bitterness and creamy, sweet mouthfeel wrap this mythical battle in a nice little bow. All around a really good beer that's super drinkable. And on a side note BJ and Garret are super cool dudes that live for this and you see it in their beers. Nice work guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 07:34:04 | More by Thedaver4220
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.