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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 297
Gots: 192 | FT: 14
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:
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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with bright golden orange edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Earthy floral hop aroma with fresh cut grass and a strong resinous pine needle character countered by a sweet malt backbone. Hints of spruce tip and earthy soil followed by caramel malt, toast, nut and toffee. Surprisingly one dimensional hop profile. Lacking in sweetness and has too strong of a malt presence in the nose for my preference.

Medium body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over a strong malt backbone into a very dry finish. Very earthy/soil-y with bitter, grassy hops and pine sap countered by sweet caramel malt, toffee, biscuit, toast and a touch of oak. There's some slight boozy sweetness toward the finish but the high ABV is well masked. Overall, this beer was a bit of a disappointment for me. The malt flavors are too prominent and the hop profile is very one dimensional. Not a bad beer, just boring.

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Big thanks to bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle, bottled 5/16/14, poured into a teku

A bright hazy orange color with a three finger white head.

S- Big tropical fruits, mango, some pine and citrus, some sweet malts, just big sand in your face.

T- Big tropical fruits and mango upfront along with some citrus balanced by bitter piney/resin finish, fairly big caramel malt backbone, well balanced.

S- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.

O- An awesome DIPA that I am very happy I got to try. Very easy to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange gold. It's quite hazy. The head is about medium sized and pure white. Seems fairly sticky. Aroma is big on tangerine rind and pine resin. It gets a touch acetone-ish, some sort of harsh hop note that comes up in DIPAs, at times. Pineapple, a bit floral. Mildly grassy. Just a touch of malt sweetness and booze. Unfortunately, the taste is harsher and loses a lot of what delicacy was present in the aroma. It's relatively dry - there's still a good dose of simple malt sweetness in there. Lots of pine resin and citrus rind. A dose of booze. The bitterness is pretty high and drowns out the hop flavor too much for my liking. Mouthfeel is fairly harsh. Pretty light for the abv. Some definite hop oiliness and body from the malt. It's a pretty good DIPA, but it feels somewhat dated. This beer doesn't have the massive wave of complex hoppiness in the taste, and while the aroma is enjoyable, it's still not juicy like the top examples of the style. There's nothing really wrong with the beer, given the abv, but I was expecting more. Still, I'm quite happy to try it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper orange with huge frothy white head. Nice retention and exceptional lacing.

S - Big floral bouquet, citrus, zest, rind, bread dough, malts, brown sugar, alcohol.

T - Hop forward - citrus, tropical fruit, resinous. Big malt bomb tries to match the hops, but it is overpowered in the end with a drying bitter finish.

O - Really solid DIPA with a unique blend of hops / malts.

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Bomber (courtesy of beardown2489) from 4/11/14 batch into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: light orange-yellow, small head, active carbonation.

Smell: lots of citrusy tropical fruits.

Taste: follows the nose (mandarin orange, unripe banana, kiwi, mango), with a pretty strong herbal component that sneaks in later. Good balance of sweet and bitter—neither overwhelming. Some malt, but it melds so well with the hops that it doesn't read as malt (which is the way I like my IPAs).

Feel: surprisingly light given the abv (listed on the bottle as 9.0%, not 8.5%), good balance of prickly and smooth.

Overall: really good. This is right at the edge of "fresh" (~35 days), so I'd imagine the tropical flavors would've popped even more 3 weeks ago. Would definitely drink again given the chance.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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