Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
BA SCORE
4.28/5
2,374 Ratings
Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Added by MasterSki on 01-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#617
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
2,374
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
373
Gots:
526
Trade:
28
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Ratings: 2,374 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of Nicolaiw
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours amber / golden with off white frothy head.
Aroma has lots of pine, peach, ripe stone fruits, hops,
Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, not really fruity but lots of pine and bitter hops. Really smooth drinking.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pda22
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured hazy, darker orange into a teku with a decent amount of head.

smells of tropical fruits

tastes like a well balanced DIPA

medium bodied with a good balance of malt and hops

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 9/27/17 so about 2.5 weeks on it.

Pours a cloudy medium-light amber color with minimal head. Slight retention around the edges. Pretty nice lacing for the style.

Smells like tropical fruit, mango and guava. Some citrus and hops as well but very tropical overall. Definitely dig the nose on this.

Taste is rich, bitter, and malty. Plenty of hoppy bite with tons of fruit in the background.

Feel is heavy and thick. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall a great DIPA. Fruity, malty, just packed with flavor.

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased cold - Can dated 9/12/17 - Poured into an English pint glass

L - Pours a slightly hazed dark gold color with a frothy cream colored 1 finger head on a perfect pour, dissipating rapidly and leaving lots of webby lacing as it goes down.

S - Citrus pith, with hints of grapefruit and mango. I'm also getting some iron and ethanol coming through on the nose which is rather unpleasant.

T - Pineapple, Mango, and a whisper of grapefruit. ABV is poking through here and that's a shame.

F - Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

O - Hmm, I wanted more out of this beer and it fell way short. Admittedly it's not quite as fresh as I would have liked, but it shouldn't really be affected significantly less than 30 days out.

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Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maudrey
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gurulee
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours slightly hazy with a two finger head. The aroma is of apricot, peach, tropical fruit and dank. The taste is dominated by a strong malty base but balanced by an intense dank and tropical hop bitterness. Very chewable.

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Photo of TedStrosser
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mds1101
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange. Maybe a finger of white soapy head that settled to a thin cap.
Smells mostly citrusy, orange, grapefruit, some tropical notes in the background, pineapple, mango.
Taste is very citrus forward, some bitter pithy flavors upfront then a hint of simcoe in the finish.
Nice medium feel, smooth, begs to be sipped again.

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Photo of TheBeardHK
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice yellow amber color. Nice citrusy aromas. Taste is lacking something, but tastes better the more you sip it. Overall solid

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Photo of miniditka77
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: gold with a slight bit of haze
Smell: great - orange/grapefruit and maybe a little bit grassy too
Taste: even greater - lots of citrus and maybe a little mango, and plenty of bitterness
Feel: nice - goes down well for a traditional 8% DIPA
Overall: Awesome. Pipeworks's best beer by far. If anyone came to Chicago looking to try good local beers, this is one of the first ones I'd point them to.

BTW, the ninja is clearly going to win that fight.

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Photo of OntheLambic
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Canned 9/1/17
Served in a tulip

Fantastic appearance. The nearly clear, yellow-amber body was topped by a super tight, creamy and frothy, inch-tall, bright white crown. Solid retention. The head slowly dropped to a substantial collar. Thick rings of drippy lacing stuck along the glass, and they later turned into a spotty blanket.

The aroma was super hoppy and intense. Citra hops dominated. Loads of fresh, juicy orange flesh. Super bright and clean. Somewhat sweet. Bit of tropical fruit too. Mango was detectable. As the beer sat, grapefruit notes appeared. A bit pithy and rind-like. More sweetness was noticeable later in the session. Candied orange peel came to mind.

The flavor was also very citra hop forward. Bit of malty sweetness on the front end before the hops took over. Loads of orange. Both flesh and rind. Grapefruit notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Somewhat pithy, dry and bitter. More grapefruit and grapefruit rind-like notes in the finish. The bitterness lingered after the swallow but was tempered by a touch of malty sweetness.

Terrific mouthfeel. Super smooth and fluffy. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that frothed up beautifully on the palate.

In a world of hazy, pillowy soft, tropical fruit-forward, New England-style IPAs, few "old school" takes on the style get me very excited. Ninja Vs. Unicorn, however, really impressed me. With its potent, pure citra hop flavor and aroma, supple mouthfeel and impeccable balance, this made me want to rediscover the "Midwest-style IPA."

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Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of max_246
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kegger37
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yourmom123
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottspencer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gamera
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. I was fortunate enough to have it first from the can at a Phish show in Alpharetta, GA. I was then even more fortunate to have it on draft at the Pipeworks pop up bar in Chicago in May (props to the bartender at Revolution for telling me about it). I am currently drinking it from the tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

This beer is citrus hops all the way. From the nose to the bottom it is a delicious, juicy hop assault on your taste buds.

As I have shown, this is a destination beer - one by which you pick your destination for the evening.

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Photo of Jcooper0027
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,374 ratings
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