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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 254
Gots: 94 | FT: 6
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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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3%
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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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-12-2013 01:43:05 | More by spycow
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-09-2013 23:59:16 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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Chisfinest84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-09-2013 01:36:48 | More by Chisfinest84
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joedevivre

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-07-2013 01:51:45 | More by joedevivre
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Bluecane

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-05-2013 14:51:09 | More by Bluecane
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nightrain789


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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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sliks96

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-01-2013 17:24:52 | More by sliks96
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-01-2013 07:30:58 | More by PthPndr
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Davihaw

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-31-2012 22:58:08 | More by Davihaw
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-26-2012 11:58:27 | More by Gehrig13
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BrianCramer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-25-2012 19:54:38 | More by BrianCramer
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jodan

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-23-2012 01:17:05 | More by jodan
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cfh64

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-16-2012 23:21:56 | More by cfh64
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Efay

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

12-13-2012 23:48:33 | More by Efay
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DrWily

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-09-2012 19:13:44 | More by DrWily
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shadytony

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-06-2012 04:47:46 | More by shadytony
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langchops

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-06-2012 03:04:11 | More by langchops
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2012 19:20:55 | More by Ncpogs
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-05-2012 09:10:02 | More by drewone
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Granahan57

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2012 05:15:56 | More by Granahan57
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Wowcoolman

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-04-2012 19:16:21 | More by Wowcoolman
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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 -6.3%
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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Kubrickx

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-02-2012 21:43:10 | More by Kubrickx
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.