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Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 276
Gots: 116 | FT: 8
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 Justin_Neff
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from 22oz bomber labeled batch #87 into a boulevard smokestack glass.

A: Pours a dark 24 karat gold that almost appears as amber at initial pour. The bright white head gushes to the top of the glass and retains amazingly, all while sticking to the glass and slowly fading.

S: Definitely hop forward. Some sweet malts underlying wafts of mangos and sweet orange juice. Doesn't smell overly complex.

T: Strong pine and citrus bitterness. A pretty hefty malt character actually outshines the hop profile. Sweetness that comes off almost like grapefruit juice or orange juice.

M: Medium-Full body. Oily. High carbonation. A little boozy.

O: Not my favorite from Pipeworks. The sweet malty character outshined the hops a little too much. Definitely not a bad brew, just not on the same playing field as some of the others.

Justin_Neff, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

duobob, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of jokemon
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%

ninja vs unicorn heeeyaaa!!!

Personally I think the ninja would win in this fight but you never know the unicorn is a magical being so it may have some tricks up it's sleeve, or hoof, or whatever....

Anyway on to the beer

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Small amounts of foam What is there is bright white and forms some cool soapy bubbles.

The smell is very hoppy and sweet. It smells like bubblegum candy to me.

Taste is hoppy as expected. The first taste I notice is again the sweetness, I would say that it is a malty sweetness. Next up is the hops, not as overpowering as I though they would be. I don't get much else except a grapefruit taste.

Overall a decent beer, I kind of like the sweetness its growing on me.

jokemon, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of deuce9259
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

deuce9259, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of timc100
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Batch 115

A: Gorgeous clear amber gold with a foamy white head. Good lacing and head sticks around

S: Big sweetness - orange, sugared grapefruit peel, and bitterness - resin, fresh pine; and rye bread malt notes. As it warms, an embracing mango astringency takes form, as well as some strawberry and melon sweetness. Lime zest throughout

T: An incredibly vibrant and fruity and bitter DIPA - great balance. Orange, grapefruit, lemon zest and mango explode after a slap of bitterness. There is some pineapple astringency as well along with a big lime zest. Very balanced and intense.

P: Full for the style - chewy and sticks to the mouth. Lingers a long while

O: Just a fantastic beer - may be the best of the ninja unicorn series, an incredible DIPA all around. Getting better each batch

Batch 186 - A lot more lime, review adjusted

timc100, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

outoffocus, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mpetersen, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

manutdfan, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

RadfordBrewing, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ssimpson89, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Beerandboards
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Bomber into a pint glass

First pipeworks beer, excited to see what the hype is about

A - light golden color, thick white head, about 2 inches after an aggressive pour. Head retains for a long long time, never completely dissipates.

S - lemon, some richer tropical citrus, grapefruit

T - when completely cold, there is a lot of citrus peel, mostly lemon. As it warms, the tropical notes come through. Lots of mango, maybe even a little pineapple. Lots of juicy citrus.

M - medium to higher carbonation. Crisp finish, very well done.

O - fantastic beer. If this is a standard representation of pipeworks, they certainly deserve the hype. Would pick this one up regularly if it were available where I am.

Beerandboards, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

CSQ1111, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DaPan, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of GuzzLah
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%

A - pours a fairly clear, solid gold with a very short head, no lacing and no bubbles.

S - big pine, grapefruit and a nice malty note for a gold beer. No cat pee, yay!

T - is like the aroma, plus some orange. Mild sweetness and a medium bitterness with a medium sustain. Not a palate wrecker and not a sissy beer either.

M - medium-full body with an oily texture and very soft carbonation.

O - a flawless DIPA. Somewhat conservative for the style, not the most complex DIPA, but these aren't negatives. It was a pleasure to drink and I'd be happy to drink it again.

GuzzLah, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Festigio, Mar 11, 2013
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.