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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 289
Gots: 172 | FT: 11
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: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ninja vs Unicorn in a snifter glass. Mucky dark orange to auburn color with a silky foam topper. Has that unfiltered appeal.

Spiny pineapple, white grapefruit, donut peaches, light caramel malts, with some assorted citrus. Sweeping fruit notes and the grace of faint woody pine. Aromatic and a little dank. I gather there's Simcoe here.

Grapefruit and grapefruit pith with the character of unripe peach, and some dank Simcoe pine/citrus notes. Aftershock of caramel malt never breaches the word semi-dry. Decently bitter with a happy hoppiness that seems fresh, yet languid. Remarkably light and approachable for a DIPA. Carbonation is dialed up. Excellent feel.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 235-237, poured into a Speigelau tulip. This is the batch that was presumably "double hopped" according to the PW crew when purchased.

A: yellow amber color with hazy appearance and 2 finger off-white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Intensely aromatic! Heavy citrus flavors with grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and other tropical fruits, also a heavy dosing of pine needles. This was indeed hopped more than the previous batches.

T: Heavy on the citrus hops with pine present as well, very true to the nose. Bitterness throughout with a good malt balance. A little sweet and definitely cloying.

M: Medium body, solid carbonation, sticky throughout, dry finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA, much much better than I previously remember. I hope they do this recipie for all future NVU offerings, it is absolutely fantastic. Citra ninja-level good.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another one from Vonerichs. Cheers!

22 oz into a 6 oz wine glass. Man Torst has really brainwashed me. Open beer, pour in wine glass. Repeat.

A: Dirty copper. Brite. Missing something on the top but otherwise very nice.

S: The only aspect of this beer that is lacking. EDIT: I originally had this as a 3.5 but as this warmed in the glass a bit the aroma took over the experience. White pepper, lawn clippings, citrus with just a little dirty dishwater floating in the background.

T: Nice, light IPA taste. Considering I've been on a Heady kick for a week+ this may just be confirmation bias, but this is a more mild, gentler IPA. Doesn't take anything away from the depth and complexity, and it doesn't punish your tongue.

M: Damn fine. The smooth, slightly oiling mouthfeel is only upset by a very 'ack ack' bitter aftertaste.

This was exceptionally enjoyable and something I'd love to see on the shelves. For now I'd settle for a bottle or two every once in a while finding their way into a box.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.