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:
316
Ratings:
2,129
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
20.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 316 | Ratings: 2,129
Photo of sean_m_flannery
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Available in cans now in Chicago area and easier to find. Intense yet still balanced. One of the best DIPAs I've had; def one of the most drinkable.

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Photo of Fatalsin
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Got this 22oz bomber as an extra in a trade and i was surprised. pours nice clear golden amber with a nice foamy head and lacing. Aroma is awesome, full of pine, citrus and hints of lemon. This unfiltered double ipa is just hop forward for all the hop lovers out there. definitely recommend this !!!!

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Favorite IPA out there. I have had all the big dogs, alpine, Floyd's, heady topper. Ninja vs unicorn is my favorite. It's good every damn time. So floral! I think the nose is my favorite part. I know they switch the hops a little but it is outstanding! I drink it anytime I can.

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Photo of sully11277
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour into my snifter Batch # 289 90 91

A- A very bright orange with a very light white head.

S- This beer smells amazing it hits you with just citrus goodness. You smell orange, citrus, pineapple, and mango.

T- A lot like it smells, a lot of citrus, mango, and pineapple. You get that sweet citrus taste then a little piney and ends with a nice but not overpowering bitter taste.

M- very little carbonation which is okay for the style. you taste the alcohol but it is not much of a burn it is balanced will with the hops.

O- This is an amazing DIPA. I wish I would of bought more then just the one. I thought this was going to be just a really bitter DIPA but it is complete different very sweet.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: I poured this beer three minutes ago and have not touched it. The head is still fully intact, about a finger’s worth. Some random big bubbles are lodged inside this otherwise creamy head. Below the head is a UT-style burnt orange colored beer with a bit of haze. The lacing is nearly perfect with a thicker ring around the top, but coverage of about 95% of the backside of the glass for the rest of it.

SMELL: I love this smell; orange, chalky and earthy. As the beer warms some more traditional grapefruit and pine aromas reach the nose.

TASTE: Piney, resinous and dank…oh wait, no, maybe this is big, juicy, freshly hopped and citrusy like a Double IPA should be…or maybe it’s both. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, mandarin, lemon, grass, dirty, anise, chalk, lemon, deliciousness. Motherf…er, this is a beautiful tasting beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich, creamy, yet still very smooth. These are not words that are typically heard in the description of a Double IPA, but they work. And this is most certainly a DIPA. The hop character is decidedly and bright and fresh even if it lacks the sparkle that typically compliments the Imperial IPA.

OVERALL: It doesn’t get much better than this. My three desert island beers only change once in a while, like maybe every 10 months or so…and I think this one just gained that status. I love this beer.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice unfiltered gold. The smell is the tits. Tons of citrus, mango, peach, orange, juicy as hell. The taste is amazing. Your mouth gets attacked by a sweet, almost lightly reminiscent of cotton candy taste, before you get hit by a wave of citrus. Sweet mango, tart orange and citrus hit you in that order, before a nice dank aftertaste lingers. Similar lingering dankess to heady, although more citrus. The mouthfeel is super creamy, definitely NE style ipa feel, covers your mouth, love it.

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Photo of JJSquid
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased while vacationing in the wonderful Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, this beer delighted right out of the 16 oz can with an excellent golden color and a sour/sweet olfactory profile reminiscent of the finest Thai restaurants. Don't linger on the odd implication this asian cuisine reference hints at because the flavor is pure canned American freedom. Excellent beer poorly named that I would buy again without hesitation. Cheers!

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Small white head with decent retention on top that leaves a see through film to the last drop. A hazy, golden body that changes from predominantly orange to yellow under brighter light. I am also giving credit here for awesome can art!

S: Before I could even pour the sweet pine and hops hit my nose. Once poured, the tropical fruits are more prominent. On tap, the fruit was even more obvious.

T: Hits upfront with slight bitterness from the hops with malt and a dash of pine. The mango and pineapple hit nicely in the middle and spreads softly over the tongue. The hops and malt pop back up on the back of the tongue leaving a gentle bitter finish. Again, on tap it was sweeter with more fruit flavors that really popped in the middle.

F: Medium to heavy body that really compliments the mixture and balance of flavors. Just the right amount of carbonation that makes this very drinkable.

O: Easily one of my new favorites. Too bad we only get them in every few weeks with only 1 can allowed at a time. Thankfully it is on tap at a local bar and unsurprising is better on tap, but I'll take the can any day.

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Photo of Yargamo
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Deep gold with a happy cap of funny foam. Sticky veins cling my happier glass.

Candied pineapple, mint, marshmallow and pine. Reminds me of The Calling by Boulevard, which I love - but the aroma is grander than Roma.

Carbonation is light but tight. My hair is jumping and my tongue is swinging

A real contender for the top spot

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Photo of Karnivool1
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got my hands on a 4 pack, and this one did not disappoint. The smoothest DIPA I have had to date. I definitely get pineapple and grapefruit among the many fruit notes. As long as this is available, this will be a staple in my rotation. Reasonably priced at $12 for a 4 pk of 16 oz cans.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden color, thin white head, I give it a plus for the coolest can art on the market. Smell is uber tropical and summer fruits strawberry, mango, melon. The taste is not as rich as the smell indicates but it bounces between hop resin and juicy fruit. Feel is dry and bitter finish, slightly sticky but not over the top. Excellent Double IPA

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Photo of wdberkley
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure what the battle between mythical creature and a ninja has to do with a double IPA, and I'm not sure I care...because this is a damn good beer. Huge hit of citrus hops, not too bitter, easy drinking for an 8%er. Pipeworks is now canning this one too. Great beer.

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Photo of mrblonde37
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer begins with a citrusy aroma, and has a pale golden hue. It has a very soft taste and mouthfeel for an 8% DIPA, but man is it sure tasty. Highly recommend this brew. Thanks Jeff!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bomber into tulip glass

A- Deep redish brown with 1 finger white head
S- Hops, Sweet roasted malt
T- Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but I loved the taste. Rich balance of malt and hops
M- Almost creamy

O- I freaking loved this beer. Not super hoppy, but an amazing balance of malt and hops with no bitterness. All sweet goodness. I can't wait to get more.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding DIPA. Juicy, tropical hoppy notes dominate here, with ripe mango and papaya coming through amongst a sweet, almost honeyed feel. A hophead’s delight. Dangerously drinkable at 9%.

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Photo of prior2two
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great Double IPA, and as far as I'm concerned one of the best bang for your buck you can buy in the Midwest, IPA wise.

Super Citrusy and Piney with, yet with a great hop nose. While I didn't drink it very often, I felt that the pre-canning version was a little sweeter, while it's now allowed the hop bitterness to come through a bit more.

Either way, it's a great beer, and I'd put it up against any other brewey's standard IPA/DIPA.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just scooped up some Pipeworks while in Chicago, and brought it back to Boston. The can indicated it was less than 2 weeks old, so this was fresh.
Split 2 cans with Chris & Mike, who were bragging about this new beer they just had called 'Blue Moon'......so the bar was low for them enjoying this.
This poured a clearish orange color, and the smell was very citrusy. Hops hit you right away, but this isn't a crazy hop bomb....a solid DIPA. Only thing I didn't like is the can....looks like an acid trip. As I get older I like beer cans to just state their name, ABV, date made, and preferably their beer advocate rating. I think all cans should be as basic as Duff Beer labeling.
I have a feeling Pipeworks is going to be a lot more visible in the marketplace in the years ahead..........oh great, Chris is showing us his favorite cat videos. Ugh

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Photo of koutkid41
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange/copper with a nice head that lingers a bit, some nice lacing as well.

S: Really nice dank citrus notes upfront with some orange and pine. Really amazing smell.

T: Same as the smell a lot of citrus, pine, and some dankness . An easy to drink beer that I could drink all the time.

M: A perfect amount of carbonation. Slight alcohol taste but not overpowering, and not overly sweet like I like it.

O: Really enjoy this beer, have had it a few times now and always enjoy it. Love all the DIPA's.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale orange with a little haze. Nice frothy head with hints of the beers color in it. Settles in to solid lacing.
Smell: Spice, citrus rind, tropical fruit.
Taste: A reflection of it's scent. Spicy pepper and citrus. Little mango perhaps.
Feel: Slightly carbonated. Enjoyable.
Overall: Bomber or can, this is an amazing DIPA.

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Photo of mecummins
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 35

A- pours a hazy yellow with hints of orange. A maybe half an inch head with almost no lacing

S- citrus bomb with grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits and a little sweetness from malt

T- taste follows the aroma. Lots of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. There's some caramel sweetness fom the malt. A bit of pine flavor on the very back.

M- mouthfeel is medium with a long, dry, highly carbonated finish

O- really wonderful DIPA

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Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured a tangerine/orange color into my snifter. Nice quickly dissipating eggshell colored rocky head leaving behind awesome lacing in the glass.

S: Smells of apricot, mango, pineapple and slight orange peel. Lots of hop resin coming through as well, nice and hop forward.

T: Apricot, Pineapple, mango and biscuity/cracker from the malts. Nice bitterness to the finish,

F: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for a 9%.

O: One of my favorite DIPAs, I can't even taste the 9% abv. Would be worth trading for if you don't live in the distribution area. Excellent brew from Pipeworks. Can't wait until they start putting these in pint sized cans.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

was i n chicago yesterday, picked this up the day before that...enjoyed from pipeworks snifter as fresh as i could.

batch 289 90 91 picked up at clybourn binny's on my way to GI.

a - brew is classic IIPA...rich semi-transparent orange yellow with a generous frothy ipa head that left behind big chunks of lacing on the glass.

s - nose is divine. all those people who start threads asking what "dank" is...get this beer fresh and smell it...THAT, my friend, is not only dank, it is the diggity dank. thick rich sweaty syrupy pine cone hoppy. more citric than resinous, but it is so thick that it is definitely resinous. orange, tangerine, happiness.

t - with a nose like that, typically the taste falls off, but not this beer. tastes JUST like it smells. the only thing the nose doesn't advertise is the heat. the booze is evident here...but not in a bad way, you can just tell it is boozy.

m - strong beer and it tastes like it, but the body is great. carb is spot on and the flavor is rich.

o - overall, this is a solid IIPA. seek it out. nuff said.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Guinness glass.

Look is a hazy light yellow orange with a thick and frothy head.

Aroma is bright orange with a sweet honey blossom note.

The taste is absolutely amazing, A mix of herbal grassy hops with citrus orange hops. Aggressive but definitely balanced by a light honey malt.

Excellent.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I received this an extra in a trade, and I had never had anything from Pipeworks before or even heard of them to be honest. I didn't know what to expect.
Can dated 3/15/16. Poured into a snifter 4/1/16. I am drinking this right after drinking a fresh Heady Topper, and I actually prefer this in every aspect besides aroma. What a fantastic surprise.
It pours a slightly hazy golden/orange. Aroma of mild hay, mild grain, and a touch of tropical fruit.
The flavor is sweet, bready, caramel malts and tropical fruit with lots of resiny pine at the end. Perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth, smooth, smooth carbonation!
The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, smelt, or tasted. This is an unbelievable Double IPA, and I cant imagine anybody not saying it is not world class. Hands down a world class brew! One of my top 5 Imperial IPAs. I cant wait to try more pipeworks.

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Photo of GregA135
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOOM! This DIPA hits you in the face with awesome taste!
Got this beer through The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
Poured a nice golden color with a white head, slightly hazy appearance
Smelled of citrus fruit notes and hops.
What I loved about this beer was how balanced it was. I loved the little sweet after taste.
Great beer Pipeworks! I'll be getting some more Ninja vs. Unicorn!

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