Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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
Reviews:
314
Ratings:
2,113
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
20.24%
 
 
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365
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this in line a few times at Other Half but finally got around to trading for this not too long ago. The date and words on the bottom of the can were warped so I had no idea how fresh this was or what the accompanying message was. Regardless, this was an immensely crushable Double/Imperial IPA that had all the booze to go with it, without any typical hop burn, as this was very nicely balanced!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a hazy apricot hue, tons of head with large bubbles in it, and a good solid first ring of lacing that slid down the back of my pint glass. Lots of apricot, mango, papaya, and booze in the nose with even more in the taste. The malt bordered between a caramel stickiness and filling dough as it balanced out the fruit flavors quite nicely, with the mouthfeel being that of pine, resin, and underlying dankness. Great warming effect to this beer as the alcohol quietly kicked in throughout my session and the finish was quite dry for something this potent, as the balanced nature of this beer really shone through in the end.

Sure, this was strong but with all of this going down so easily, it was hard to notice until I finished off the can. Love the art but even more love to the outside of this beer matching the inside. Like Sip of Sunshine or Heady Topper, this was one of those brews that needs to be on everyone's "must-try" list. Suds like these are why Pipeworks is worth going into New York for, as the one can I had here in Jersey didn't last that long. lick in every way from start to finish!

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Photo of Myotus
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 51°F from a 16oz can (no date) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 06Jul16.
SMELL: Huge waves of caramel, pineapple, mango, papaya, peach, and apricot are supported by subtle aromas of earthy hops, salted crackers, and lemon zest along with hints of alcohol.
TASTE: A strong sweetness instantly strikes the palate with flavors of caramel, pineapple, papaya, peach, mango, and apricot. Mild flavors of earthy hops quickly follow to bring balance as caramel flavors grow slightly stronger while the fruit flavors fade somewhat. A further balance is established as subtle flavors of salted crackers, lemon zest, and hints of alcohol close off the taste profile as all previous flavors persist.
NOTE: I say with confidence that this beer is more than just hype. I was blessed to finally have an opportunity to try this. I loved how the caramel flavors, which usually play in the background with this style, where just as a grand as the tropical, fruity goodness. The whispers of alcohol is always a welcoming aspect from a beer for me. The fact that this is a shelf beer makes this a clear winner in this category. If only they could distribute to Texas.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7/4...pours pale cloudy bronze yellow below, darker atop. With 1/4 inch white foam on top. Strong pine grassy nose. Taste opens full bitter. Light citrus trickles through, and closes with lemons. Chewy malt. Slightly soapy. The IPA bitter holds throughout. Packed with flavor but drinkable. Really nice double.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appear : Cloudy orange color, not much head - 4/5
Smell : Citrus, piney, the usual west coast ipa, but more fruity. Well balanced malt backbone. - 4/5
Mouthfeel : Medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied. - 4.5/5
Flavor : Hop flavor in mouth, a little bit sweet but finishes dry, nice bitterness and small booze - 4/5
Overall : Great ipa, it's like west coast ipa but less malty and more fruity. - 4/5

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Photo of Beric
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can into pint
Served: 14 July 2016

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy orange color crowned with a soft white head. Didn't leave a ton of lacing and the head dissipated quickly as well. Even at 8%, I would have expected it to pour a bit better than it did.

Smell: Tons of hops, of course, with an underlying caramel sweetness. Hops verge from resinous to citric. Clean nose.

Taste: Sweet malts interplay nicely with the somewhat sharper resinous/piney hops. Rounded out by citric fruit notes, a pinch of fresh black pepper, and some tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation. Works well.

Overall: A very good beer and definitely recommended.

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Photo of frozyn
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a clear golden color with a thick, frothy white head on a fairly aggressive pour.

S -- Very good fruity aroma, not with a very specific note to me. I quite like that. There's also a good note of pine/resin, but not overly powerful. A little later mango starts to hold prominence, but only slightly.

T -- Sweet pineapple, cotton candy, resin and a nice malty sweetness come through.

F -- Medium feel, even carbonation.

O -- There's nothing that stands out about this, which is perhaps why a shorter review than normal, but I feel like it all comes together to create something better than the individual parts.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with some haze and a small head but great lacing. Fruity hop soaked assertive aroma. Notes of dank, citrus peel, grapefruit pulp, and light honey sweetness. Medium feel, no abv, crisp, and slightly dry. Classic DIPA flavors done amazingly. Nice citrus punch with restrained bitterness and big hoppy flavor. This one was fantastic.

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Photo of DraftyBrew
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a can from my local liquor stores here in San Diego. Artwork on the can caught my eye. Poured from a can into a chilled glass. First thing I noticed was the high carbonation and bright gold color. The smell is very aromatic and fruity. The taste is very interesting: it is full of bitter hop and fruit flavors, but incredibly smooth with almost no bite that you would expect from a double IPA. Mouth feel is very nice and the high bubble content is very refreshing. Over all one of the best IPAs, if not beers, I've ever had.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a one-inch, paper white, foamy head that lingers for a while. Small amounts of thin white lacing.

S: Aromas consist mostly of fruity tropical notes with some citrus as well, mango, peach, pineapple, and tangerine. Slightly sweet and biscuity malt undertones. Very mild dank hop notes.

T: Taste aligns with the aromas fairly well. Mostly tropical fruit and citrus notes accompanied by nice, mild, piney hoppy flavors. Mild sweet and cracker malt notes come through as well.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, with good carbonation throughout.

O: Overall, I'd say this is a great DIPA. Love the fruitiness of this one, and I'm usually not a fan of the more fruity DIPA's but they blended it well with the hop bitterness. Wish this one was available in the Twin Cities, I would definitely make it a regular.

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Photo of thebeers
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the lightest-looking DIPAs I've seen. It's a vibrant pale yellow-orange color with two fingers of frothy white head that lasts quite a while before leaving strong lacing. The somewhat muted aroma has a mix of pineapple and other tropical fruit, a little spiciness and white bread. Tasty, again with muted tropical fruits up front, pine resin and pepperiness mid-palate, and a nice hop bitterness, lingering residual sweetness and kiss of alcohol on the backend. Medium bodied, with a scraping carbonation that creates a sharpness in the mouthfeel. A solid brew.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma pops with huge tropical hops. Dank hops, chives, peach and tangerines. Taste follows with dank/herbal hops, fruits in the middle and resiny bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a really good DIPA, one that can compete with a lot of the more hyped ones.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange-yellow with a thin white head. Smells is dank and tropical. Lots of pineapple and mango with some citrus. Taste is even more pronounced with dank and tropical hops. Slight onion taste and citrus on the back end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Bitterness is subdued and lets the hop aroma shine. Overall, a fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of JohnnieB71
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty juice bomb. The tropical fruit smell and tastes are very nice with very little bitterness. Overall a very approachable IIPA that won't turn a non IPA lover away. I prefer mine a bit more piney and resinous but I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outrageous 16oz. can into a Surly teku.

Aromas of citrus, pineapple, grass fields and spring days. Sweet, floral and aromatic. Great! Notes of pine, pineapple, citrus fruit and papaya upfront. A soft bitterness settles in, in the middle evoking some grassiness as well more pine and bark. Finishes grapefruit and hop bitterness. Delicious! Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation that entices the palate. Prickly and lively going down with a dry finish that keeps me going back for more.

This is certainly up there with some of the better IIPAs that I've had. Certainly worth trying and I'm glad I'm able to get this on shelves now.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a creamy white head. The head leaves tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange peel, grapefruit & piney hops.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Grapefruit, orange peel, sweet malts with piney resinous hops shining in the finish. The finish has a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - A really nice DIPA. Good blend of citrus and resinous hops. Crushable for 8%.

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Photo of PiffJames
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is going to become huge.

Pipeworks in general keeps expanding but this beer will be known. This beer has quickly infiltrated the Chicagoland area and everyone is in love with it. You will find Lizard King and Ninja vs Unicorn everywhere around here - in bars on tap or in cans, in grocery stores, in local and giant liquor stores.

This is a great beer. Full bodied and full of flavor. Beautiful to look at and pleasant to smell. This is everything you want in a double IPA.

I've had it a couple days fresh in cans and on tap.

Best double IPA I've ever had, hands down.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fairly clear pale-for-a-DIPA gold. OK, finally a DIPA that really hits me in the face with a nose of grapefruit, mangoes, pineapple and resiny pine. Actually tastes quite a bit like a scaled-up Lizard King but with much more piney dankness. The aroma reminds me of a time when I snuck off with some friends into a storm cellar and they (not me!) smoked some weed and that funky, earthy dankness is still in my brain. This is not an overly bitter beer, but it's not too sweet either. Very nice balance with the dry hops being the main attraction of the show. Great beer!

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from a can poured into a 16oz pint @ Jerry's Chicago. Right off the nose you can tell you have an excellent fruity scent leading into a full out citrus flavor in your mouth. After you sit back and allow those hoppy citrus notes to blast your palate you will get a mild bitter aftertaste. I really enjoy this DIPA. As DIPA are my favorite beers. Will pick up again as always.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold in color with a light haziness. There's a solid inch of densely packed bright white. Heavy lacing. I smell very floral and earthy floral hops and light malt. I taste plenty of floral, earthy mosaic hops and light, crackery malt. The mouth is very dry and surprisingly light, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of BWED
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a Spiegelau wheat glass.

A- Semi-hazed golden in color. Head is just off white and foamy. Great retention and lacing.

S- Tropical fruit, grapefruit, passionfruit and mango/pine.

T- Piney, citrus pith, with a light toasty backbone.

M- Medium full body. Relatively smooth for a hop bomb. Dull linger of pine and pith.

O- I'm impressed with this brewery. First Lizard King, now this. Really good brews. This is a great hop bomb, that isn't too provocative. Fairly smooth as well.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Has great piney, earthy, resinous characterists throughout with a tropical note that helps keep it balanced. The Abv is nowhere to be found.

The only problem I have with this beer is that it is too light in the body. I have noticed this with other pipeworks IPAs; they taste like hop water. This almost reaches that territory. It could use a bump in the malt bill to make this world class, because it almost tastes like a session beer at this point.

Still very tasty though.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely fantastic. Aroma of dank simcoe type hops, grassy and dank all at the same time. Taste follows up with the similar simcoe/Amarillo type flavors. Clearly dry hopped heavily with a slightly opaque appearance. This beer is outstanding.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice clear golden color with white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing, not looking unfiltered which I heard was the case but I don't mind!
S - big dank mango, papaya, orange zest, cantaloupe, melon,grapefruit, ganja, garlic/onion, def some mosaic profile here
T- nice bitter grapefruit and orange peel with dank ganja flavors in there. Background is mango, papaya, passionfruit, melon, cantelope, garlic/onion.
M - medium mothfeel, bitter, alcohol covered, aftertaste is bitter citrus peel
O - damn fine ipa. Very tasty. Kind of a more readily available but less intense version of TG Sosus.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells so good you don't have to drink. Super citrus, grapefruit notes - bitter, stays on the pallet but not overwhelming. Can't stop smelling this beer. Very little malt sweetness on the backend- just a super fresh hoppy double ipa

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is somewhat hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving some specks of lacing on the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cantaloupe are present in the nose along with some notes of citrusy and piney hops. The pine becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts off with flavors of melons—cantaloupe seems to stand out in particular along with some notes of citrusy hops and hints of piney hops in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of aromas and flavors, particularly with the cantaloupe melon. It's rather drinkable for an Imperial IPA and hides any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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