Ninja Vs. Unicorn
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #295
Ranked #1,647
4.27 | pDev: 7.73%
Nov 11, 2023
Jan 23, 2012
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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Reviewed by NorsemanOne from Utah

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 9.5.23
Purchased from the dabc for about $3.50
Poured at fridge temp into a fake Pretentious glass

Pours an unfiltered orange-y golden with a bright white head. Tons of visible rising carbo, and near full sheet-like lacing. 4.5

Off the can the aroma is dominantly dank with a touch of spicy floral and earthy hops. Off the glass is a different story. Largely peach, apricot, both soft and sweet. 4.25

Spicy hops, a tiny hint of the 8% abv, some mixed fruit and dank hops again. 4

Mild carbo despite seeing all those rising bubbles. Lightly coating oil/resin. Definitely soft and an easy quaffer. 4.25

Overall I think the only thing I'm missing on is taste and I don't blame the beer or canning date, but those damn room temp shelves at the dabc. Nonetheless I agree with the bulk of BA-dom, this is a world class IPA. 4.25
Nov 11, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by jak from North Carolina

Nov 07, 2023
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can stamped PKG 08/14/2023 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium amber with light khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves rings of lacing. The aroma is mild with candied citrus, resinous tropical fruit and caramel. The taste is bittersweet tropical fruit, light caramel malt, and strong, resinous bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent IIPA.
Oct 29, 2023
Rated: 4.8 by jonfed from New York

Oct 22, 2023
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16 oz can into a pint glass. Mostly clear golden color with a pillowy white head that laid down thick rings of lace. Mango and pineapple sweetness with a hint of vanilla, along with some piney hops. Taste has much of the same, some toasty malt adds some pleasant depth. Medium body; well carbonated.
Oct 15, 2023
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Reviewed by hmf05 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
With pretty much everyone brewing hazy IPAs, it's more than refreshing to see a West Coast IPA get so much love. In the glass you get a beautiful clear, golden color. Aroma is a balanced mix of tropical and pine notes, with a little bit of a toasty malt profile. Smells amazing. Taste mirrors the aroma, with a long pine-filled finish. The 8% is extremely well hidden. I'd take this over Pliny any day.
Sep 20, 2023
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Yellow with a slight haze, topped with four fingers of white rocky head. The smell is of pineapple, real fresh, tropical fruits, and cantaloupe. The taste is a Pine and pineapple with dank notes, medium smooth body with little carbonation. Drinking this in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, August 10, 2023.
Aug 11, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can. Bottom lip of can has the date stamp of 'PKG 04/03/23' (stamped off center).
Clear, pale gold colored body. One thick finger of white head, which evolves into a fluffy cap, leaving a high ring of lacing. Leaves behind irregular rings of lacing.
Aroma is a muddy mix of toasted malts and floral hops.
Taste is marmalade hops, with a toasted malt base. Citrus is the dominant flavor, with some pine resin. Definite sweetness with underlying bitterness. All flavors linger in the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel, with a slight nectar texture. Dry finish. Major tongue numbness. Very good carbonation.
Showing a little age but still presenting well as a higher ABV% IPA.
Jul 28, 2023
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bright clear golden color with a moderate but lasting foamy white head and plenty of excellent lacing.
The aroma is light caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruit and pine.
The taste is grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, and mango with a dry finish with lingering grapefruit zest and pine resin. There is a combination of subtle sweetness and significant bitterness, enough for any hop lover.
The body is medium, plenty of good carbonation, Decently smooth and very drinkable, but best enjoyed as a sipper.
Altogether, this is an outstanding example of the American IPA style, some nice juicy New England notes, some malty sweetness, and plenty of west coast bitterness, what more could you want? Yes, it also has a very respectable 8% ABV. Very enjoyable for the hop lover.
Jul 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a small head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time and leaving a bit good showing of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma I quite heavy of a tropical fruit smell of tangerine, mango, and pineapple. Along with these aromas comes notes of apple and pear as well as a bit of apricot. Hop aromas of grapefruit abound, being joined by a bit of pine and herb. Along with these smells comes notes of a caramel and toffee smell as well as a touch of grain.
Taste – The taste begins with a crisp cracker malt and lightly grainy flavor with tons of tropical fruit flavors of tangerine and papaya. Other flavors of peach, apricot, and caramel are there as well, enhancing the sweetness a bit. AT the same time there are hop flavors of grapefruit and pine, as well as notes of a floral hop. THE former hop flavor is the most intense, with it gaining in strength as the taste advances. At the same time there is a slight decrease in the sweet, all while there is a subsequent increase in the grain and pine. The mix of flavors that develops as the taste advances is met with a bit of mustiness at the very end, leaving one with a crisp, fruity, and decently hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a more middle of the road carbonation as well. For the abv, fruity flavors, and crisp nature the feel is good and makes for an easy sipper.
Overall – A rather nice double overall. Flavorful and quite drinkable. A solid brew.
Jul 11, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by mpolewan from Ohio

Jul 11, 2023
Rated: 3.83 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jun 18, 2023
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Rated by Brumaster77 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Really good DIPA good notes and smooth.
Jun 09, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Jun 03, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint can into a mason jar mug.,
Great rich foam piled high and laced down.
Aroma is bold hops with an air of sweet malt.
Taste is forceful hops, nice malt balance, great bite, bitterness, ABV.
Feel is medium to light heavy and moderate carbonation.
Overall, a West Coast DIPA treat!
May 06, 2023
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Reviewed by soxfanben from Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Ninja vs Unicorn is a beautifully crafted Imperial IPA that boasts a clear golden appearance with small bubbles that tantalize the senses. The aroma is quite fragrant, filled with hoppy and citrus notes, complemented by a subtle hint of sweetness.

One of the standout characteristics of this beer is the exquisite taste that resembles the mythical creature, unicorn. While some may claim to taste the flavor of unicorn, others may be more discerning and identify notes of fruit and spice that come from the hops and other ingredients used in the brewing process.

Unfortunately, despite its name, it appears that the ninja doesn't quite make an appearance in the taste profile. This shouldn't deter you from trying this Imperial IPA, though, as it is still a delightful beer that packs a punch with its high alcohol content and robust flavor.

Overall, if you're a fan of IPAs, Ninja vs Unicorn is definitely one to try. Its combination of appearance, aroma, and taste make it a great beer to sip and savor, whether you're enjoying it on its own or pairing it with a delicious meal.
Apr 28, 2023
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very good West Coast style Imperial IPA. Strong flavor and aroma and quite bitter!!! Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass this beer features a bright, clear light gold color with a big foamy head and thick lacing. Head retention is excellent. Aroma and taste include resinous pine, some grapefruit and dry biscuity malt. Better than average bitterness throughout - a big change from most of the IPAs I try these days. The flavor is excellent and bitterness enough to satisfy hopheads. Mouthfeel features bitterness, a crisp medium weight and a dry finish from the biscuity malt. I enjoy a solid, bitter IPA and this one was quite enjoyable!!!
Apr 25, 2023
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of melons, citrus. Taste is dank, citrus, pine, light melons and alcohol, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
Apr 06, 2023
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can, tulip, packaged 8/16/22. Big thanks to @cryptichead!

Medium to heavy hazy and golden rod yellow greet me. The head is small and white.

The bouquet is very citrus focused. Gobs of grapefruit and lemon zest with a bubblegum undertone.

I’m blown away by how packed with yellow grapefruit, orange blossom, and honey this is. The flavor is super full and despite how many IPAs have lots of citrus flavor, but this one just tastes like quality brewing. It’s got juicy malt and low bitterness.

Carbonation is on the lower end and feel is full and matte at the same time.

This is a dang good IPA that straddles American and NE/hazy.
Mar 14, 2023
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