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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

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Ratings: 1,015
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 254
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of tlazaroff


4/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Photo of Thedaver4220


4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Photo of Cobrakaikid


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-19-2012 17:34:28 | More by Cobrakaikid
Photo of Anonymous1


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2012 08:10:32 | More by Anonymous1
Photo of JaysusJr


2/5  rDev -53.2%

11-14-2012 05:38:37 | More by JaysusJr
Photo of mkennedy119


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-11-2012 08:35:00 | More by mkennedy119
Photo of fvernon


3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #48 poured from a 22oz bottle into a Lawson's balloon snifter (should be pretty dang fresh).

Pours out THICK! There is an off-white head, sort of pearl, that leaves decent lacing and settles fast. This is the color of wild honey, a bit cloudy/hazy, and wafting out a nice strong aroma of pineapple and fresh cut pine. Leaning in, though, a distinctly heavy and creamy sweetness is there as well - candied oranges is a pretty close description. The pine sort of takes a back seat when trying to get a good sniff.

Up front on the taste is that creamy candied orange, lemon zest, and a sweet, malt-pine exhale with just a hint of alcohol. This beer is pretty thick and sticky, although not exactly cloying - more like a sappy viscosity. It's different, I'll give it that - the creaminess and thick mouthfeel are two of the things that set this apart from standard DIPA fare. Overall a nice brew; I may grab another bottle or two if I'm in chicago and am in the mood for a sweetly hoppy drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:58:02 | More by fvernon
Photo of eorwar


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-05-2012 17:26:22 | More by eorwar
Photo of warnerry


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 48, bottled 10/24/12

A - Pours clear slightly burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Big citrus hops aroma, with a lot of grapefruit, and some orange as well. Some pine hops. Malt aroma is pretty mild, with a bready aspect. Pretty standard DIPA aroma, but the citrus presence is very nice.

T - As big as the citrus aroma was, the citrus taste is much bigger, in a great way. Lots of grapefruit zest, some juicy orange pulp and a bit of tangerine. Taste also has some nice pine and grassy hops. Nice earthy bitterness. This is a really fresh bottle, and the malt component is a footnote, but does provide a bit of depth.

M - Mouthfeel is very smooth for such a hoppy beer. The malts provide a nice amount of body, though the finish has an intense lingering earthy bitterness. Very nice.

O - This is an excellent DIPA. The body is big, but not sweet, and the hops provide a lot of different flavors, not just intense bitterness. The citrus is very nice. Look forward to having this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 02:19:28 | More by warnerry
Photo of AJacob81


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Belgium globelet.

A - Golden orange, a bit hazy, with a finger and a half of eggshell foam head that dissipates fairly quickly and is retained in a soapy ring and an island of bubbles in the center. Gorgeous legs.

S - Citric fruits and some pine, w a bit of bready sweet malt in support. Overall, not an overwhelming nose, but hits the expected notes.

T - Blood oranges, ruby red grapefruit, and fresh pineapple entwined with hints of burnt sugar and caramel. Grassy, delightfully bitter hops in a balanced finish. This must be fresh, because the flavors just pop.

M - Creamy, resiny, and crisp, sits fairly heavy on the palate. The hops resin provides a sticky viscocity throughout that coats and masks a slight alcohol burn.

This is just a phenomenal DIPA. Between this and Haymarket's Matthias, Chicago is finally producing some world-class hop bombs. Great time to be a hophead in the Windy City.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 18:52:29 | More by AJacob81
Photo of eawolff99


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-28-2012 17:05:29 | More by eawolff99
Photo of BeerBucks

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-25-2012 02:30:21 | More by BeerBucks
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Batch 33

A - Pours a hazy amber color with puffy, 2 finger off white head. Dissipates slowly with lots of lacing along the side.

S - Smell is a little muted. Fruity citrus. A little yeasty.

T - Honestly more malty than hoppy, malt profile reminds me of a barleywine. Hops are bitter, not entirely fruity.

M - A bit dry, but smooth.

Overall - I didn't think this was outstanding. It was missing a lot of what makes a DIPA that good--a lot of hops. It was drinkable, and actually tasty, just seemed like a miss.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:12:14 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of jacewg

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

10-22-2012 15:32:18 | More by jacewg
Photo of imperialking


4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-19-2012 16:57:04 | More by imperialking
Photo of Devi0us


4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-10-2012 14:07:07 | More by Devi0us
Photo of Durb777


4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-09-2012 19:45:58 | More by Durb777
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-09-2012 03:02:01 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Cresant


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Batch 25. The body was lightly hazy and orange/apricot colored. Minimal lacing.

The smell had tons of pine and citrus. Floral and fresh.

The taste was creamy sweet, and powerfully hoppy. Juicy with enough malts to carry the aspiriny drying bitterness. The bright, piercing bitterness lingers after the initial sweetness. Tropical fruits. Unique DIPA. Very tasty. Alcohol is well hidden.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some alcohol sting.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 17:43:18 | More by Cresant
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of floral hops with a mix between some citrus hops with resinous notes is quite exquisite. Taste is a super great mix between huge floral notes of citrus hops with some resinous notes with a good malt backbone with just enough sweetness to sustain the hops presence. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Huge hops bomb with more floral then bitter notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 19:37:05 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of duff247


4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-05-2012 04:06:19 | More by duff247
Photo of fDOTbear


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-29-2012 18:37:14 | More by fDOTbear
Photo of Picodegallo87


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-25-2012 18:26:15 | More by Picodegallo87
Photo of JonathanSuarez


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-24-2012 21:54:15 | More by JonathanSuarez
Photo of huskermike12


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-20-2012 18:04:40 | More by huskermike12
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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