Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 4/19/17

L - slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head
S - I get lots of sweet mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. It turns a little funky like overripe mango when it warms.
T - The flavors are mango and passion fruit sweetness that finishes with some bitter hop
F - Mouth feel is creamy, smooth, and juicy
O - very crushable.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 4/10/17

Pours foggy hazy golden amber with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet toffee, caramel, passionfruit, guava, peach, mango, grapes, pineapple, berry, orange citrus, grapefruit, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toffee, caramel, fresh passionfruit, guava, peach, mango, grape, pineapple, berry, orange citrus, grapefruit, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real great DIPA.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap; poured into a snifter.

Appearance- faintly hazy, yellowish orange; thin, fine, bubbled head. Decent lacing!
Smell - dank citrus hops; mandarin orange sweetness and mixed berries!
Taste - sweet mandarin orange and some dank and earthy hop flavors. Tasty with a strong profile that hides the alcohol!
Feel- mild carbonation and medium body; sharp flavors, but very easy to drink!
Overall - a little bit dank, a little bit sweet, so I assume that is the flavor and smell battle that is represented in the name; really nice beer!

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Puts a hazy yellow/orange. Small head but good lacing. Fruity, especially grapefruit aroma and taste. Almost a grapefruit IPA. But, with the bitterness of a DIPA. Fruity, hoppy, low carbonation, easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Nearly three fingers of snow white head foam on top with good retention and great lacing left behind. Aroma is sugary sweet with notes of citrus, orange, baked sugar, and lightly breaded malts. Very smooth aroma that invites a sip. Flavor profile is baked sugar, and lightly breaded malts with a hearty helping of citrus, orange, and lemon zest. Very lively, and extremely easy to drink. Mouth feel is medium-thick in feel with a crisp, smooth feel. Overall, the sweet, sugary notes in this one are pretty darn impressive. It makes it extremely easy to turn a sip into a gulp. It's an approachable hoppy beer that refrains from being remotely bitter, and yet still provides the feel and flavor characteristics of beer - not juice.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great 1.5 IPA.

On the lighter fruitier side. Pretty yellowish color, very citrus orange-lemony flavor and aroma. Perfect match of flavor and aroma. Taste is primarily citrus (clemantine, grapefruit) and pine. Nice white head with good lacing. Drink pretty easy with moderate carbonation.

Definitely above average, one of the better hoppy beers I've found in chicago. Will definitely revist pipeworks.

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Photo of MFMB
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy deep orange with a nice white head. Nose is of orange pith and pine gum. Taste of orange and grapefruit peal, pine and sticky malts. First bit of citrus you get is pith/peal but turns juicy on the backend. Medium to full bodied with a juicy bite that fades to a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy with a fluffy white head that sticks everywhere. Amazing floral, pine and citrus aromas blast you in the nose. The taste is a nice orange and pine flavor with a tiny bit of balancing sweetness​. A really well balanced and delicious beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger head of foam. It smelled of citrus/tropical fruits and pine. Sweet citrusy flavor with caramel. Also, a good piney hop bitterness.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered goodness. This beer is perfectly on point. Nice hop nose. Big and juicy. Smooth texture with a very wet finish that compliments the hop bite.

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Photo of dd43
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding double IPA and by far the best Pipeworks brew I've had, though admittedly the sample size is rather small. Dank, stinky ripe citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Mouthfeel leans towards the creamy side but this is no hazy NE style creamsicle IPA. A must try.

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So I just tried this last weekend at Bottom Lounge in Chicago while watching After The Burial, Emmure, and Fit For A King. Maybe it was the dark metalcore rattling my ribcage, but this beer was AWESOME!! Intense yet drinkable, bold and flavorful, and the can artwork is killer. LOVE IT

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint can dated 1/5/17. It pours a golden amber with one finger of white head, which lingers nicely leaving excellent lacing. The first smell is that typical DIPA pine resin followed immediately by very strong orange I could smell from two feet away. The taste follows almost exactly with a strong resin hit to the palate followed by citrus that's mostly orange. The mouthfeel is medium body, smooth and highly carbonated. Overall this is an impressive beer with great balance between a bitter resin bite and citrus hops. I wish I could get this regularly.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - faintly hazy but mostly clear. Lemon drop with a thick fine-bubbled head. Classy-looking.

S - dank hops and lemon. Sweet orange candy and mixed berries.

T - fresh grassy orange pith and orange slice candy. If I had to o g a variety of orange, I'd say mandarin. It's sweet and dank and earthy. Gritty. Pine is out in full force with an exacting bitterness that is quick and to the point. Is that the ninja? Clean and fresh is the name of the game.

F - very drinkable for a dipper. The flavors are sharp, but have an irresistible draw when combined which makes me want to keep sipping to figure this beer out. Low carbonation and medium body.

O - so the ninja is the piney biting bitterness and the unicorn is the sweet mandarin orange candy? I dunno, the unicorn looks pretty angry, I'm sure there's more to the story. Until next time!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow to amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks well. Smells of tropical fruits and citrus and pine goodness. Tastes like a great blend of orange, lemon zest, pine, a touch of sweetness and fresh grain. Feel is wonderfully crisp and thirst quenching, low to medium body, and a good amound of bitterness. Overall, this is one of the best IPAs reminding me of a world class West Coast style, coming from...not the west coast! Cheers!

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Photo of Boccu
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden yellow with a white head. Hangs on snifter as it fades. Nice lacing. Aroma is pine, garlic and peach. Taste orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach and earthy tones. Very light bitter finish. Very well made and complex.

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Photo of aquabears
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange, almost amber, pours clear with minimal head. Smell is citrus and earthy and dank. Noticeable bitterness and a nice sweetness from the malt, piney and fruity. More bitterness than flavor. Smooth drinking with a wet finish.

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Photo of 1Beer2Beers3BeersFloor
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. I don't really like fruity beers, but the minimal fruity taste combined with the hoppy nature of an ipa makes this one worthy of being in your refrigerator alongside your other favorite brews.

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Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a golden copper with a bit of haze. The carbonation is slow to move up. A finger's worth of white head has got nice retention. A collar of sticky lace stays behind.

Heaps of fuzzy peaches and mandarin orange come through effortlessly. Fresh garlicy dankness mixes in well. A bready character that's light on its feet rounds it out.

A big smack of West Coast piney, resinous dryness starts things off. Mandarin and boozy peach come through as well. A bit sappy as the bitterness lingers.

Medium to heavy and a bit syrupy. The 8% cuts cleanly through that and balances it out nicely. It finishes dry with a resin filled lingering bitterness.

A double IPA true to its form, packing a hop heavy kick of bitterness. At the same time it's clean and rounded. Two of these would be a good start to a night.

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Photo of gopens44
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice enough looking with all this haziness and such under such a nice frothy and white head. Nose brings that dank, garlic, onion, earthy vegetable thing before a nose clearing slightly boozy grapefruit creeps in.

Taste mimics the nose to a tee, save for a peppery cracker thing before a pungent earthy finish. There's some touch of heat at first that goes away for the most part and only leaves behind an alcohol induced dryness that sets up only a slightly bitter aftertaste in this mostly medium bodied beer.

Pretty nice beer, plenty of complexity. Would have enjoyed a bit more malt depth but overall very good.

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

Poured cold from 16-ounce can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Really nice burst of pine and citrus upon opening the can. Very attractive appearance, a cloudy amber color with a substantial snowy white head that left some sticky lacing. On first blush, it didn't seem like anything special. There wasn't the overpowering hop burst I was expecting, and the finish was crisp without much lingering bitterness or hop character. As it moved toward cellar temperature, though, it got quite interesting. The aromas of citrus and pine started to open up, and some floral notes began to come through. The flavors became more intense and the bitterness began to linger on the aftertaste. Overall, this is an outstanding beer, insanely drinkable with a well-hidden 8.0% ABV.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.94/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Optics are expected, though it's a bit lite on the head. Aroma was rather soft in my opinion, there is some dry mosaic notes and a bit of citrus, but it is very faint. It is a very citrus heavy beer, lots of grapefruit rind and some orange notes. That said, there is a lot of diacetyl in this beer, both on the nose and flavor. Movie theater popcorn butter style. Dissapointing given it's reputation.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nothing mind blowing here but solid nonetheless. Decent amount of grapefruit in the nose and on the palate. Not abrasively bitter and a decent malt body to balance it out. Overall, easy to drink and this one is super fresh so it's all the better.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer beer before but did not review it so I'm happy to get my hands on it again to do this review.

Look: Beer comes in a medium golden color with a medium plus haze. Not much head but the few millimeters of foam that is there lingers with a nice creaminess.

Smell: Aroma is very much of tropical fruit; super ripe Mango and Papaya. A faint yeastiness on the back end. A little dankness as well but nothing offensive.

Taste: Flavor is nothing like the aroma. Lots of citrus; Orange and Grapefruit leads on the palate. Nice and juicy with just enough bitterness on the finish to keep the beer from tasting syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Awesome mouth-feel here. Coats the tongue nicely but doesn't leave any drying bitterness on the back end.

Overall(Style Points): Awesome beer from Chi Town! Although, it's not quite as good as the best stuff coming out of NE It has all of the characteristics that I look for in a DIPA. 97 Points!

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Photo of jashiu
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess the review will be flawed by the can age but that's the problem with some beers that reach Europe. This one was 4 months old and I can only guess how hoppy it was in the beginning.

Pours hazy yellow with a moderate creamy white head that stays a while and leaves medium amount of lacing.

The first aromas are citrus and resin but after a couple of seconds the smell is dominated by pine, and a bit of caramel with grapefruit and citrus scents pushed to the background.

Taste is malty and fruity (mostly mango) with a strong hoppy bitter punch. Feels creamy for a IIPA, carbonation is rather low.

Overall I did enjoy this one very much, though I would love to drink it fresh. I guess the first extremely citrus scents could then have lasted a while longer than the first seconds...

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