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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 253
Gots: 91 | 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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BrianCramer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

3.75/5  rDev -12%

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

California

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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 -6.1%
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 +5.6%

12-02-2012 21:43:10 | More by Kubrickx
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-02-2012 04:29:35 | More by Hugonaut13
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C2H5

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-01-2012 22:16:55 | More by C2H5
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Higy

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-01-2012 13:26:54 | More by Higy
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316nuts

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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mychalg9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-30-2012 15:37:48 | More by mychalg9
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3146Tony

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-30-2012 00:33:16 | More by 3146Tony
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-29-2012 04:47:58 | More by Rimbimhoot
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | 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. Every batch gets better. Rivals any other splendidly. 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 +3.3%
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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JALIEN

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-25-2012 23:48:54 | More by JALIEN
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.