Ninja Vs. Unicorn
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
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From:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #292
ABV:
8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,649
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
481
Ratings:
2,325
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 19, 2022
Added:
Jan 23, 2012
Wants:
  374
Gots:
  648
SCORE
95
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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.14 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The label is entertaining taking a psychotic, anime my little pony angle but no info on the actual beer inside.
It pours a pale yellow with a hint of haze but not what I'd call hazy or cloudy. Tall, 2 inch head left pocked smears of lace. Well carbonated, a new head is easy to kick up.
The aroma is terrific - full on beery with notes of wort and grain husks, honey and herbal spice, subtle hops under the malty nose reminding of classic, Euro noble hops.
The flavor is beautiful - well balanced, malted grain and honey up front, rich and complex, not heavy or sugary. Hop tang moves in under the sweet, interesting bite of pine and sage with hints of lemon, all in harmony with the bready malt character.
The body is medium PLUS, hops taking over on the finish with a long, lingering green grass and conifer needle bitterness with a warm tickle of booze.
Well fuckin' done!
Nov 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by QuintusHorace from California

Nov 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by GClarkage from California

Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by Zanico from Ohio

Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Aug 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.55 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear white-gold with pronounced head retention. Juicy nose, with lots of pineapple and tangerine. The sip follows, with a citrusy squeeze on the end. Low bitterness, no malt. I liked it.
Jul 17, 2022
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Rated by Vyre

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Got drunk off a 4 pack of these because they were too damn delicious to put down.
Jun 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.88 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Incredibly dry in finish, citrus and malts at the forefront. I highly recommend for west coast ipa fans looking for something close to the Brut style. It's an experience.
Jun 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by blevinsaj from Ohio

May 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Sellen from Connecticut

May 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Giggy from Michigan

Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by terry33 from Virginia

Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 1.75 by g0uki from New Jersey

Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Lobina from Arizona

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This slapped for no reason, a great blend of some of the juicy citrus flavors with distinct old-school piney elements. I was definitely thoroughly impressed and should have taken this brew more seriously
Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by cabsandking from Ohio

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Around medium carbonation with about the same for the body.
Aroma is a mix of citrus and tropical fruit,malt,some grainy bread.
Taste doesn't stray far from the aroma.
An overall solid really well made beer
Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Dec 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Nov 26, 2021
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I'd drink again for sure if its an option on tap but probably not going to buy again when head hunter is so available and edges it out all around.
Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned on 9/7/21. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some mosaic hops coming through. Some tropical fruit. Some crackers and breads. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More mosaic hop flavors. Some pineapple and grapefruit. Subtle hints of coconut in the mix. Hints of caramel. Some fresh grass in the mix. Soft sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. Nice hop flavors. It's simply enjoyable.
Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by prototypic from Ohio

Sep 06, 2021
 
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Rated by sunsjammer from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can packed on 6/1/21 from Craft Beer Quick Stop
Aug 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by Krazytt

Aug 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Aug 13, 2021
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Rated by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice hazy color
Pine forest on the nose with some tropical but a grass on the palate.
Overall it’s a great beer
Jul 13, 2021
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Reviewed by VALIS666 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Hazy golden pour with a lot of lacing. Smells of a lot of things at once and in a good balance -- pine, mango, pineapple, cut grass. A medium bitter taste of pine, dry hops, with sweeter pineapple following and a sticky pine resin aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

Personally I'm bigger on the "hazy, juicy" end of the IPAs, but it's nice to have a classic pine bomb once in a while as well. But this isn't really a bomb, it's well balanced and refreshing. Nice art on the can (especially the unicorn) but the concept of ninja vs. unicorn (or pirate, shark, gorilla, Chuck Norris, etc.) is so worn out already.
Jun 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by Belthorm from Pennsylvania

Jun 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by Sinister from New York

Jun 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Burgy from Minnesota

Jun 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by hainesly from Illinois

Jun 03, 2021
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Reviewed by maxpower from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can pours a clear golden color with a average off white head of large bubbles, leaves some lacing in my glass. Fresh grapefruit and pine aromas, hoppy citrus and pine flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable for 8% abv
May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
PIPEWORKS NINJA VS. UNICORN DIPA 4/27/21

Colorful chrome can art to go with the fantastical name. Another midwest brewery whose products are only recently available in my state. Poured from the 16 oz. can into an English nonick.

a: Nearly clear orange with an inch thick white head which receded slowly to a quarter inch thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dank tropical fruit.

t: Follows the nose with a moderate hope bite and dry finish,

m: medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: An excellent west coast style DIPA, flavorful and easy drinking for an 8%.
Apr 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by ravger from Illinois

Apr 17, 2021
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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