Ninja Vs. Unicorn
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #102
Ranked #849
4.29 | pDev: 7.69%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$ 4.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.250/oz). Purchased 5/4/20 at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 5/13/20
“4/13/20” stamped on bottom lip. In reefer at store. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Pale gold (SRM 4), clear.
Body – Deep gold (SRM 6), clear. When held to direct light, same, weak effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), white, dense with rocks, average retention, diminishing to an eight to twelve mm irregular crown fed by effervescence and thin rocky complete cap. Small chunks of foam hang on sides above the crown.
Lacing – Good. Wide band of tiny to small bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Initially strong tropical fruit, tangerine, melon, no malt, no yeastiness.
Flavor – 3.75 - Begins with malt, followed by mango and pineapple, moderate hop bitterness, no yeast. No alcohol (8 % ABV as marked on the label) taste or aroma. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Ends with moderately bitter malt with a long hang time.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation 4. Disconnect between aroma and flavor. Busy label with little information. One and done.

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Photo of paltemose2303
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kinda disappointed by this one. Probably due to the hype from my friends!

16 oz can poured into a traditional pint

L: Hazy light gold with about two fingers of white head that stuck around the whole time. Lacing was pretty solid too.

S: Lots of tropical fruit. Smelled the beer as soon as I opened the can. There were some more complex smells after pouring. Some melons and pine, but tropical fruits like mango and pineapple really came through the strongest.

T: Pretty out of balance. The beer was kind of sweet, but not sweet enough to offset the bitterness packed in this beer. I did check the canning date to be sure it wasn't old because it's not normally around my town. Canned at the end of March, drank on April 20. Bitterness was too much for my taste. Fruit flavors were good. Lots of tropical fruit like the aroma suggested, but the piney/resin hop bitterness was overpowering.

F: Big mouthfeel with too much bitterness that left my tongue feeling a little raw after finishing the beer.

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Photo of crm871
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured from 16 oz. can to pint glass - hazy yellow with a thick white head, just about a half inch. Took a while to fully dissipate

Smell: fruity aromas - pineapple, orange, lemon - very citrusy.

Taste: really nice balance of the fruit that comes with the aroma and the smack in the face hops to be expected of the style. Good touch of malt as well for good measure. Really well balanced flavor

Feel: goes down super easy, medium body. Just a superb beer with a lot of complexity to it.

Overall: World class DIPA, highly recommend

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Photo of DannyBoy15347
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Warm golden color with a nice balance of haze and clarity. Foam formed a big soft white head that really hangs around and leaves a nice lacing behind. Aroma isnt super strong but definitely picking up citrus and piney notes. From first sip I love the taste and complexity of this beer. Fruity and citrusy at first but then you get some of the malt/body of the beer midway through before it leaves a nice dry, bitter finish. The only thing that stopped me from giving it a 5 in taste was that the bitterness lingers just a little too long and makes the mouthfeel almost kind of harsh. All around though this is an awesome beer, glad I gave Pipeworks another shot; really a great brew

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16ox canned 12-4-19. Opened 2-9-20.
2 finger white head cresting over the rim of the glass. Bright, clean, golden DIPA. Excellent head retention. Sticky lace from the beginning.
Orange, tangerine, lime. Big hop bouquet full of ripe fruit aromas. Hint of caramelly sweetness and a clean minerality that's unique and welcome. Light pine/weediness midway through. Excellent.
Citrus and lime, hint of melon - so well balanced with wonderful bold hop flavors and enough of a malt base to carry it through - not hidden - and remain perfectly balanced.
Bright entry, medium body and medium carbonation. Medium length finish with an appealing bitterness.
Outstanding, close to a masterpiece as far as my palate is concerned.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazed, bright golden hued, vast, lush white head, looking great.

In the nose: Brash, bold, fresh citrus-y aromatics. Beautiful.

In the mouth: More of that, and more. Bright and wonderfully bitter. Medium body, yeast-y, malty texture. Great play on the palate. Thoroughly enjoyable. World class double IPA, all the way. Abundantly excellent, I'll go through the whole cart of superlatives before I get tired. That good.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly hazy yellow color, two finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation. Not the best looking DIPA in the world but ok.

S: Tropical fruits, hops.

T: Tropical fruits, hops, smooth as silk. Bitter on the back end. Now we're talkin'.

F: Medium bodied, full flavored. Super drinkable and smooth.

O: Very good DIPA. Would happily drink on any occasion.

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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10/02/19 on edge of can bottom

Hazy amber with respectable 1-finger frothy off-white head with good retention and copious lacing

Mostly floral and orange-grapefruit hop notes which are subdued in the rundown of this style. Malty low-medium crystal presence.

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Photo of Shanex
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a neutral Guinness Pint.

Leaving a two inches white head fading fast.

On the nose and palate: grapefruit and orange very quaffable for such a big can and the ABV.

I Loved the balance on this one. Dank bitterness up front followed by sweet fruit and a clean hop finish.

Overall: An outstanding American Imperial IPA worth every of your pennies. Cheers !

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Photo of PSanger
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nothing more than your run of the mill IPA. You can find this Level beer at any grocery store and was not worthy of this high review rating in my opinion.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a snifter.

Lightly hazy gold. 1 finger of creamy white head. Moderate carbonation.

Mango, papaya, grapefruit, pine, lemon, and candy sugar.

Grapefruit zest, pine needles, and light dank. Mango, papaya, and lemon zest. Candy sugar sweetness with some touches of dried biscuit. Zest lingers.

Medium-plus bodied, crisp, oily, and moderately bitter.

Very West Coast DIPA. Refreshingly zippy and easy drinking.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft.

Smell: Grapefruit, Citrus zest, pith, pine, spice
Taste: Not as juicy as I thought it would be. Very piney, zesty, pithy but malty, bready backbone balances it out. Drinks like a West Coast IPA. Hops are the center point
Mouthfeel: Medium body

A solid West Coast IPA, perfect for anyone who likes that style of brew

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Photo of Act25
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Open the can, grapefruit roars out. But then it settles down.
a) Yazed, big deep lacing and lasting head.
s) Grapefruit first, spreads into blood orange and other citrus notes, some pine and pepper.
t) Follows abundant aroma. Grows on you beyond being straight citrus with malt backbone. Blood orange and grapefruit dominate but flow into bitter, piney hoppy finish. Abundant.
F: Medium body & weight. Moderate carbonation. Tangy.
o) A touch too much sweetness and fruit juice drags down score slightly.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i really expected a hazy bomb here and i'm so glad i got this instead. maybe it was the can art. anyway, dumped out into the glass a nice, sorta cloudy gold, with a big ol head thats stubborn and left a gross sheet of lacing behind. nose is some lovely mixture of pine, grapefruit, some mango and pineapple and a whole smack of that spicy hop bitterness. all of these things meld nicely in the mouth as well, very citrus forward with a lot of grapefruit rind, some almost tingly bitterness and a touch of almost dankness to it all while still retaining those pretty clean fruit flavors. nice malt backdrop to keep it all in line. drinks smoothly with a nice hoppy aftertaste, overall really clean and just a pleasure

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Canned summer 2015; drank 7/18/15 @ the Palace.

Semi-opaque yellow/orange appearance.

Fluffy white head; strong lace.

Mango, pine & orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango flavor up front; toothpaste & a bruisingly bitter finish.

After a promising nose, this turned out to be awful. Tough to finish; impossible to enjoy.

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Photo of brenn79
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, thanks bro- Pours hazy golden with a nice pillowy white head that retains well. Aroma is peppery spice, mango, floral. The taste is citrusy, mango, strong hop bitterness, piney resinous quality to the beer. Like a mixture of old school West coast and NE IPA. Really good!

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Crystal clear brass hue. Three fingers of medium-loose beige froth, setting slowly and leaving a short temporary wall of lace.

S: I don’t get many of the tropical fruits others are claiming. I am updating my original 3.42 rating now that I’ve had this brew a few more times. For me there is soap, unrippened pineapple, and some pine.

T: There is a decent balance of flavors here, I just don’t care much for the flavors or versions of them.

F: Pretty average, but not to heavy, syrupy, sweet or dry.

O: This is a good beer. Balanced well but I’ve had a half dozen cans now over three or four tries and overall it bores me a bit. So sorry.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pour a very slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and piney hops with some dankness, orange, grapefruit and a little mixed tropical fruit. Flavor follows, with caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, pine needles, orange, light mixed tropical fruit and grapefruit. Nice lingering resinous pine and citrus rind finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A great tasting IPA that leans towards the citrus and piney West Coast style with robust malt and fine herbal and resinous hops. I like the intensity and hop choices I this one. Well done.

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Photo of Tacoma223
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good beer, beautiful amber color. Nice foamy carbonated head and gorgeous lacing. Taste is very bright with very little bitterness. Get nice tropical / citrus flavor. Very good beer

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Photo of KD_PIXL
2.57/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Look, who cares. It's a double IPA in a can.
Smells like Copenhagen mint long cut/juniper/pine... an old Christmas tree.
Taste is pine forward with citrus notes, almost like grapefruit rind. Bitter aftertaste.
Feels... like I licked a wet leather jacket for hours. I've had better, less boring IPAs.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can served a tulip. Pours a sunny orange-gold with a tight, half inch, bright white head. Clarity has the merest haze. Nose reveals sweet, almost candied citrus followed by light, herbal/piney notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, the presence of the herbal/piney notes are more forward in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation and a light acidity. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and so glad to see it hit my market. Great beer at a great price point in this age of $20/4-packs.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-orange color with about an inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

A big blast of fruity hops hits the upfront, with just a bit of grainy malts showing underneath. The hops were a bit more subdued on the tongue, but still very notable, and that hint of grain stood its ground.

The body was on the light side of medium, smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was good, I'd drain another one if I get the chance. Overall, a solidly enjoyable brew. worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 2.5 finger fluffy offwhite head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - herb, grapefruit.

T - quite dank orange and grapefruit. Grassy middle. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a bit too dank for my personal taste, but I see why this is much loved.

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Photo of defunksta
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint (16oz) can at 45 degrees into a weizen glass.

Look: Pours a moderately clear, pale yellow color. Actually lighter than most IPAs.
Smell: Light and relatively crisp citrus, pineapple, and melon aromas. Still has a sweet, oily undertone however.
Taste: Citrus flavors come forward, mostly of orange, pineapple, but predominately melon. Tropical nonetheless. Finishes with a strong hop bitterness and dry finish. With the strong fruit flavors you expect a malt sweetness to present itself, but it never does. A completely dry, bitter finish without any malt presence. A classical east-coast style. Hides the alcohol well.
Feel: Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Heaviness in the body is present from the higher ABV, but not too oily or sweet which I appreciate.

Overall: This is a fantastic east-coast style IPA. Abundant citrus hops with little to no malt presence. Yet, the higher ABV allows the body not to fade or be too light. The flavor is fantastic and the higher alcohol gives it a strong enough body to hold it's own and not fade away. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of janubio
3.37/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted at Echarle Huevos. Pours a hazy pale golden colour, medium head and retention, compact lacing at first, but it fades soon.
Aroma of resins, tropical fruits, peaches, caramel.
Medium body, rough texture, good carbonation, . Dry finish.
Taste of resins, hops, tropical fruits and caramel.
Nothing new in this beer world.

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