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:
2,115
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
20.24%
 
 
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365
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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy cow the floral bouquet is more tropical than the Amazon. I get cuties, grapefruit, tongue numbingness of mango and warm fresh pineapple; plenty o stingy carbonation. Taste/smell ratio doesn't quite line up, but, for me the smell makes up for any lack of taste compared to smell. Lacing is forming its own continents, and head hangs out for a bit too. Mouthfeel has a pinecone minty-ness. Overall in my top 5

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Photo of Chris912
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cans are great! Hop aroma and the malty mouthfeel are pleasant on this IIPA. The bitterness is there, but not overpowering. One of my favorite of all thime, that is if I can find it. I've had the bomber, which is a bit higher ABV, but I honestly think the can outperforms the glass.

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Photo of SoxFan
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to edit my original review from what I had in a bomber. I think the recipe that was used for cans is even better. I would put this canned DIPA up against nearly all east coast brews. It's pretty damn killer. This and Lizard King are 2 of the best canned hops out there.

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Photo of brewskis
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 211/12/13. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a finger head that goes away slowly. Smells of resinous pine, pineapple, dank, tropical fruits, mango, carmel, butterscotch, and breadiness. Taste starts with tons of resinous pine and tropical fruits, very dry to start. Then get a buttery biscuit taste, as well as candy-like sweetness, pineapple, guava. Really surprising malt backbone. Then the finish is tons of pineapple and guava, mango, orange peel, a resinous pine or grass quality, buttery biscuit, more sugary sweetness. Very dry finish. Almost like a fruit salad. High medium body with an oily, creamy, and crisp mouthfeel. This is a ridiculously balanced and delicious double ipa. The hop profile is intense and complex and the malts and sugars complement the hops very well. Outstanding beer when it’s fresh.

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Photo of 98green
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a can to a plastic hotel water cup (not ideal service for sure, but on the road we make due). Look is medium orange, mostly clear. Smell is piles of dank and spicy hops. Taste is lots of piney hop bitterness, not a ton of malt. Feel is excellent, bitterness hangs in the aftertaste. ABV is well hidden. Overall an excellent double. Not a citrus bomb or a malt bomb, just solid all around

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are very quickly followed by a nice strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a 2IPA worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of larryi86
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bstyle for this!
22 oz bottle, bottled 5/16/14, poured into a teku

A bright hazy orange color with a three finger white head.

S- Big tropical fruits, mango, some pine and citrus, some sweet malts, just big sand in your face.

T- Big tropical fruits and mango upfront along with some citrus balanced by bitter piney/resin finish, fairly big caramel malt backbone, well balanced.

S- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.

O- An awesome DIPA that I am very happy I got to try. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I cracked this open, the awesome citrus hops slapped me in the face. If this tastes as good as it smells, look out. Poured a huge, off-white head that dissipated quickly. Leaves nice lacing. A slightly hazy, golden orange color with slight carbonation. Very juicy citrus hop taste with a nice bitter, spice bite. Has a flowery presence. A nice funk finish in this DIPA. Good malt balance for a DIPA.

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Photo of pkalix
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark urine color, creamy white head on top. good lace. looks beautiful.
smells sweet and malty. lots of differences between the west coast and east coast... I just didn't know because I hadn't had any east coast ipa before....
taste is sweet. slight bitterness. expected way more for a double ipa. some candy taste. sweet biscuit and malt, though. very easy to drink. very tasty. very nice. very interesting to try the different styles around the country and world. someone mentioned there are some really good IPAs coming from brazil??

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 5th bottle of Ninja Vs. Unicorn, so I decided it was time to write a review. First of all, the bottle art and the name is pretty cool off the bat, but beyond that, this is an awesome DIPA.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Duvel glass.

A - Medium golden color, with a nice 2 finger head and some quality lacing as the head retreats.

S - Citrus! Mango! Maybe papaya? The fruity hoppy smell hits you right away.

T - As expected, there is a huge citrus and mango hop flavor right away. But there is a nice malty sweetness that balances it out. This is a tasty beer for sure.

M - It has a nice "not too heavy, not too light" mouth feel. But, the carbonation is very nice.

O - Overall, if you live in Chicago or has a friend that does, grab a bottle of this. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden color with some prominent burnt orange accents. A very light and bubbly head. Decent carbonation for being a DIPA. Has a very clean and clear look.

Smell: Floral hops to the max. A tough beer to take your nose out of. A strong malty backbone is here as well though to balance this brew out. There is some booze here, but overall this is a wonderfully balanced and hop heads dream aroma!

Taste: The front is a very smooth hop welcome. Fruity and some tangy pine greets the palette. The body continues to roll a lot of hops and then you get some malt presence. Again, the balance is really great. Waves and waves of hops keep coming on the palette after drinking. A slight spicy touch is added by the alcohol but only ads depth and is not offensive.

Mouthfeel: For how the hops stand out, the palette is not wrecked and dry. The fruitiness is left behind more then anything else.

Overall: Another awesome DIPA from Pipeworks. This one is truly great. So much hop complexity and a really good malt backbone that does not distract away from the hops. May have to go get a few more of these.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber served in a Southern Tier Tulip glass. Four finger head with rings of lacing around the sides of the tulip. Crystal clear golden color.

Strong fruity and floral hop aroma characteristic of a IIPA and pale malt in the background. Terrific smell.

Taste is less tropical than in the nose with citrus rind, mango and heavy dry hop resiny pine. Like a West Coast/Midwest blend DIPA. Pine defeats citrus. Pale malts provide the base layer.

Mouthfeel leaves slick hops on the tongue and a dry finish.

A solid offering for Pipework's initial foray into the Midwest brewing scene. The label art is outstanding.

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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 Gemmell
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the pint can to a snifter. Slightly hazy with a decent amount of fluffy white head. Lots of clean hop aroma with some mango and other tropical fruits in the mix. This beer is delicious. Some Pipeworks beers are way too sweet, way too much malt in their IPAs. This is great. At 8% it is extremely well balanced, not overly boozy but with the bite I love in a double. Seek and destroy. Cheers!

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

I was really looking forward to trying this one and it didn't disappoint. Really nice hop profile with low bitterness. Really glad to have picked up a four pack of this while in town.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA. Pipeworks is one of the Breweries I trust and this is another example of why. I love big hop forward IPA's with explosive flavor and this fits the bill perfectly. Being in Jersey I have to drive to get this but its worth the trip.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this DIPA beer in bombers and cans don't disappoint (maybe even better). Little lower abv in cans but still well hidden. Can dated 8/12/15. Amazing nose of pine, citrus and most of all to me oranges or tangerine. Taste is sweeter then most at first and then tropical fruit and grapefruit peel goodness. It does finish bitter but not in a bad way at all. I wouldn't call it "balanced" but I don't think its meant to be with all these hops. Keep it up dpub! Bombers had to be drank fresh IMO or there was a noticeable loss in smell/flavor. I assume cans will be the same.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ninja Vs. Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing

American double IPA , DIPA

8.5% ABV

1AROMA:50 IBU

APPEARANCE: I imagine if a ninja’s sword where to chop the head of a Unicorn, he would wipe his blade clean on his ninja pajamas. The color on his ninja costume would be reminiscent of the way this lovely beer poured. A beautiful golden amber, with sparkling highlights that really hypnotize you when you stair into it. Produced a nice big loose white head that lingering cap.



AROMA: Drinking this out in the forest has intensified the pine aromas, all around me the pine cones are falling. Getting tons of sticky pine and huge resinous piney hops coming off the pour. Fresh sliced juicy grapefruit, like the ones on “fruit ninja” game from my iPhone. Followed by some over ripe orange and tangerines. There is a wonderful maltiness that translate into toasted bread and sugar cookies. The nose on this beer is amazing. I imagine this is what a unicorn fart would smell like!

TASTE: After the ninja chopped the head off of this mythical beast, the blood spilled and filled bottle upon bottle of this beer. Usually when a beer has such an outstanding nose the taste doesn’t live up. Not in this case, the flavor layers are all right there in line with the aroma. For a beer that claims 10 ibu it inst a palate wrecker at all, Its actually very easy drinking. The piney hops come flying at you like a ninja star. Super dank that’s followed up with a big bursting citrus flavor. The sweet malts do make an appearance like a piece of toast with a grapefruit/orange marmalade. There is a some heat on this beer, which is odd with the abv coming in at 8.5%.



MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. there is a very pleasant syrupy creaminess that makes this a really smooth drinking ipa. Lots of that resiouness pine comes through on the mouthfeel, really coating the entire mouth. Leaves the mouth with a long lasting lingering finish.



OVERALL: Not sure if Ninja Vs.Unicorn is a the name it should have. Its so balanced that it should be called Ninja Sex Unicorn. Huge fan of every aspect of this beer, including the little heat that comes out i’m assuming from the battle. Speaking of battles I think the real winner was me! I just saw that they are going to start canning this beer, when that happens I will be trading for a case at a time. Truly everything I would want and ask for out of a dipa.



RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of bigwinner
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one in 4 pack cans at local Binnys. Had a 1 case limit, so I figured it must be good. Was not disappointed.

Poured a golden to copper color with a moderate, quickly fading head and sticky lace.

Smell is amazing...bright, sweet grapefruit (almost pineapple?) attacks your nose.

Drinks (dangerously) easy for 8%+. 16oz gone too fast as my mouth wanted more, more, more. No overt alcohol bite, though a warm, full mouth feel on finish.

Should have limited out on this one. My new favorite Summer DIPA

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow, effervescent, moderate white head, sheet of lace. Big juicy nose, lots of fleshy fruit, mild hay, mild raw grain. The flavor ups the ante, doubling down on the big exotic fruit (peach, apricot, pineapple, sugary candy fruit extract, strawberry, melon) without too much citrus, mild vanilla, grain hinting at oatmeal. Mild bitterness, dry. Body is drinkable, medium-light, crisp, refreshing, no telling how potent this thing is.
Newest admission to Yumtown. Hugely fruity, varied, gives the drinker some bitterness without pure hop resin flavor, and just enough malt to balance (and even the malt bill is interesting). Wonderful, gimme more.

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Photo of stompilator
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep gold, fluffy head, great retention.

S - An incredibly fresh smorgasbord of American and English hops; tropical, earthy, spicy.

T - A big, juicy American hop flavor hits right from the get-go. As the huge tropical-ness fades, the less prominent hop flavors appear, mainly dry berry, a bit of grapefruit, earthy, floral tones, and a bit of resin. All the while a pleasantly sweet, almost doughey malt backbone lingers. Very little residual bitterness.

M - Pretty big body for a DIPA like this, made for a great texture.

O - Definitely a diamond in the hop rough. Wonderfully rich hop flavor, without the same cookie-cutter American hop profile.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a can in a trade recently. Poured from can into IPA glass.

Good looking straw colored poured. Little hazy. 2 finger head. Solid lacing and retention.

Lots of citrus fruit in the nose. Mango, orange, and pineapple stand out. Resin scent.

Taste goes with the nose. All the citrus fruits. Nice piney hops. Just the right amount of malt. Resin notes are a nice compliment.

Medium body with strong carbonation.

Really good beer. Would love to get my hands on more.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color. Aroma is super fruity & hops. Flavor is amazing. Tropical fruit, hops and a super smooth finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is absolutely delicious

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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