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Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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.

Added by MasterSki on 01-23-2012

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Ratings: 2,388 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of c014572
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sbxx
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow. I hate to say it, but it looks just like piss, haha. But ironically, that's a good thing in this case! Nice, clear, golden honey color. One finger of head. Nice lacing. Very inviting.

Smell - Bready, citrusy hops.

Taste - Boom! Big bitter hop flavor with a solid backbone. Some background pine. A bit of alcohol vapor on the breath. As it gets warmer, it gets harder to swallow. Alcohol bite, Hello.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very light carbonation, almost like the bare minimum. Clean, wet finish.

Overall - For $10 a bomber, I'm gonna pass on this one next time. It started off great while cold, but as it warmed, the taste lost a whole rating point, maybe more, in my opinion. Not something I like to see. Overall, I think this is a decent brew, but I will personally be sticking with other IPAs/DIPAs.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.33/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brew_Betty
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sadly, the cans aren't the same recipe as the formerly awesome NvU bombers.

Aroma - Initially, the most prominent characteristic is creosote. It smells like a freshly paved asphalt road. Behind it are some more desirable aromas that are difficult to appreciate on account of the creosote until half the beer and creosote have disappeared. Then it becomes ambiguously hoppy in an aromatic sense. So it starts out rough and ends like meh.

Taste - much better than the aroma. Basically, lemon, orange and grapefruit with a little earth in the finish. Medium bitterness. Clean booze. Generic malt.

Overall - it appears the Pipeworks strategy is to brew delicious hop bombs in $11 bombers and acquire high ratings, then reduce ingredients to package in cans at a similar profit margin and hope no one notices the difference. Well, I noticed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pounder into an oversized tulip. 3/15/16 canned date.

Looking good on the appearance. Hazy golden liquid although not anywhere near the NE haze. Tons of suds and foam. Lace aplenty. Good persistence to the head.

Aroma is what it seems you're going to get out of any IPA these days, a tropical fruit blend. But there's a floral, melon-y aroma that I always love in brews and a light sweet malt presence. We're still looking damn good.

The flavor and feel don't quite deliver here. Flavor is more about that grapefruit life but in a tired sort of way. It becomes fainter the more I drink and becomes a bit of a lightly malty and sweet flavored-beer with a bitter and zesty finish. There's way more feel than flavor.

A bit of a dud for me and as it's only a month old, I guess I should drink this a fresh as possible to get the deliciousness others have experienced.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
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 thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to marine1975 for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured a golden yellow half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, earth, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I went into this one really wanting to be wowed, but found it to be a little bit of a letdown. It was just a little too middle of the row for this style. The citrus aspect was definitely welcomed as it kept it out of the middle of the pack slightly, but I would have loved to see something completely different to make it stand out from the rest.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Original_Gravity
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,388 ratings
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