Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

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
Ratings:
2,287
Reviews:
356
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
485
For Trade:
29
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1.5/5  rDev -64.8%

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1.96/5  rDev -54%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of bashiba
2.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy amber/orange with a light thin off white head.

The smell was very buttery diacetyly with a big shot of green pine and juniper.

The flavor is diacetyl laden as well, big buttery and slick with most of the hops being bittering hops, has a strong juniper bitter finish, with a bit of sweet caramel malt sneaking through a bit. A very strange blend.

The mouthfeel was slick and resiny.

Not a good double IPA, very flawed, couldn't even finish.

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2.71/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from late December consumed during the Superbowl, so approximately a month old. My cousin picked this up for me on a roadtrip to Chicago. It was warm for about two weeks and then in the fridge for two weeks before drinking. I let it sit out about 30 minutes before opening/pouring and then another 15 minutes after pouring. It had very little fizz when I popped the cap. It poured with almost no head. Color was deep and somewhat cloudy. It had a nice grapefruit smell, which was encouraging. The taste was very mild. It was very malty, but a certain stale/"where have the hops gone" maltiness that I find unappealing. It was quite boozy, but not hot. Very little bitterness. Very little hop presence - basically none. Low carbonation with a more syrupy mouthfeel. There was some decent lacing on the glass, but hardly consolation. I was very excited to try and share this. In the end, I was disappointed and embarrassed to have shared. Pipeworks and this beer in particular are often lauded, so I had high hopes. I don't deem a month a ridiculous amount of time to let an IPA sit. For reference, Enjoy By and Zombie Dust are both incredible at the 4 week mark - to name two beers I have had recently at a similar age point. Perhaps this is a great beer when very fresh, but it was not a great beer last night.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.81/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Scent of sugar, pine, sap and some caramel. Flavors of sugar, a little bit of citrus, caramel, pine and resin. A bit of alcohol becomes apparent as it warms. It smells and tastes expired, but it's fresh.

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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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3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

What happened to this beer. Have had it twice now in last week. On draft and in a bomber at home and it's not near as good as it used to be.

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3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

A little too bitter for my liking. It pairs well with chili chocolate. I'd drink it with food.

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3.14/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with bright golden orange edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Earthy floral hop aroma with fresh cut grass and a strong resinous pine needle character countered by a sweet malt backbone. Hints of spruce tip and earthy soil followed by caramel malt, toast, nut and toffee. Surprisingly one dimensional hop profile. Lacking in sweetness and has too strong of a malt presence in the nose for my preference.

Medium body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over a strong malt backbone into a very dry finish. Very earthy/soil-y with bitter, grassy hops and pine sap countered by sweet caramel malt, toffee, biscuit, toast and a touch of oak. There's some slight boozy sweetness toward the finish but the high ABV is well masked. Overall, this beer was a bit of a disappointment for me. The malt flavors are too prominent and the hop profile is very one dimensional. Not a bad beer, just boring.

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3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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3.22/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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