Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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:
344
Ratings:
2,228
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
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Photo of midnitesun11
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this one! I've heard great things about this beer and I was pumped to get my hands on this! It's a gnarly looking unicorn on the label looks mean, so I'd say the unicorn would win in this battle?!?

Pours a deep golden color thats is very clear and see thru. Has hardly any head but leaves a nice spotty lace trail after I gave it a swirl. Also, not getting too many carbonation bubbles either.

The aroma is of citrus, orange, hops, maybe even apple or pineapple

The taste at first is citrusy and carbonated but then the hops burst on the scene and you get an awesome bitterness! Has a caramel taste as well once it's warms a bit!

It's a little less than medium bodied but coats the mouth really nice and the lingering bitterness is more pleasant than some other double IPAs

This is a very good beer! I'm a big pipeworks fan and lucky for me live close to these guys! This is one of their better ones for sure

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark hazy orange color. Nice head that ends quickly. Wow is this smell great. Amazing tropical fruit smell. Pineapple, mango, with a hint of malts. Taste is quite flavorful with lots of citrus and malts on the end. Rich malty flavor stays behind after drinking and makes you enjoy the next tasting even more. Great beer!

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange-yellow with a thin white head. Smells is dank and tropical. Lots of pineapple and mango with some citrus. Taste is even more pronounced with dank and tropical hops. Slight onion taste and citrus on the back end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Bitterness is subdued and lets the hop aroma shine. Overall, a fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark golden. One finger of persistent foamy head. Smells of citrus, grapefruit. Tastes of citrus also, grapefruit and oranges, with plenty of bitterness. Taste lingers well. Feels creamy and rich. Overall excellent.

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Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy snow-white head atop a pale golden, hazy brew. Good retention, leaving tons of thick lacing behind.

Incredible aroma; it smells like pineapple from feet away. Huge tropical notes, laced with dank herbs. Pale malt grains lurk close behind. This hop-forward brew's reputation as a hop bomb precedes it, and it lives up to it on the nose.

Flavor follows. Dank herbs are present, but not particularly dominant, really allowing the juicy tropical notes to shine. Second half brings waves of more hops, back to herbal, green, and earthy, and then right back to fruity and floral. Sweet pale malt profile; a touch of biscuit, a touch of grain, and a touch of sugar.

Fairly smooth and lively; quite drinkable. A touch of chest heat, but no indication of the ABV on the palate. Flirts with being the slightest bit syrupy, but manages to dodge that trap. Nice bitter grapefruit peel hugs the mouth on a semi-dry finish.

This is an exceptional DIPA, well worth both the hype and seeking out. This is a brew that would feel right at home in the heart of Vermont.

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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 Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy light golden amber in color. Forms a small, but dense bright white head that has some pretty good staying power. Moderate lacing.

S: Very aromatic with notes of tropical fruit, orange, and mango. Lots of citrus hops and some lesser caramel malts.

T: Starts off with a bit of a biscuit maltiness. Then lots of pine and pine resin with some citrus hops as well. Tropical fruit to a lesser extent - much less than the nose would suggest. Finishes with a strong dry bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and dry with a carbonation level that is bit higher than it should be. Strong, lingering bitterness.

O: This is a great DIPA. Very clean flavors with a very aggressive bitterness. Would have preferred more of the tropical aromas of the nose carried over to the taste, but it is was it is. Very nice beer - can't wait until this becomes more readily available.

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

(poured into a snifter)
This beer pours a beautiful golden straw color with very little head. At first, all the little bubbles wanted to hang out on the side of the glass which looked rad but seemed strange; couldn't decide if it was my glassware or some veteran homebrewers getting used to forced carbonation. The aroma brings on strong notes of gummy fruits with a hint of hops. A super smooth front greets you with a nice amount of hops. Really crisp. A nice hoppy finish but it ends very smooth. A super interesting mix for a double IPA; not that malty and not super hoppy. Well done boys.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader, Bertram, for this! Some of the coolest bottle art I have seen.

A. Pours a slightly cloudy marigold with a thick three finger eggshell, thick, foamy head. Excellent lacing.

S. Mmmm, really really nice. Lots of tropical fruit, including mango, tangerine, and pineapple. Some mild pine resin yields to a luscious, soft honeycomb finish.

T. Pineapple, tangerine, candied orange slices, pine needles, freshly cut grass, honey drizzle, and caramel. Leans more toward the sweet, savory side rather than the hop bomb side. And that is a-ok by me. Just a nice big tropical candy profile here with a crisp hop kick. Very nice.

M. Pretty full bodied for a DIPA, very sweet. Crisp with a moderate-high carb level.

O. I was very impressed with this offering from Pipeworks. It's my first experience with them, and I welcome more of their brews (wink, wink Jason). DIPAs tend to be a little too harsh for me, but this has a lovely, easygoing flavor profile that retains complexity and punch without bowling you over with brashness. A top-notch DIPA.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: tawny cloudy body, white finger head
flawless lacing

S: playful citrus dance, mild candy sugar
hint of earthy biscuit.

T: grapefruit, lemon peel, mild peach,
firm malt, grassy pine long bitter finish

M: med/heavy sticky/oily
smooth mouth blanket

O: Stealthy magic. Thrilled to see
this on the shelf so soon, may be a
regular local offering. Strong intro
to this fantastic Chicago new brewery.

AMAZING; TREAT YOURSELF!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Has great piney, earthy, resinous characterists throughout with a tropical note that helps keep it balanced. The Abv is nowhere to be found.

The only problem I have with this beer is that it is too light in the body. I have noticed this with other pipeworks IPAs; they taste like hop water. This almost reaches that territory. It could use a bump in the malt bill to make this world class, because it almost tastes like a session beer at this point.

Still very tasty though.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber color light pour so not much head

S: smells of cream and light toffee mixed with candied citrus

T: nice citrusy and Caramel sweetness a little bitterness

M: very creamy nice mouthfeel

O: this beer is worth the price of admission it's hugely citrus but with a very nice caramel sweet backbone and a creamy full mouthfeel. Get this you won't be disappointed

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Photo of MCain04
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 235-237, poured into a Speigelau tulip. This is the batch that was presumably "double hopped" according to the PW crew when purchased.

A: yellow amber color with hazy appearance and 2 finger off-white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Intensely aromatic! Heavy citrus flavors with grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and other tropical fruits, also a heavy dosing of pine needles. This was indeed hopped more than the previous batches.

T: Heavy on the citrus hops with pine present as well, very true to the nose. Bitterness throughout with a good malt balance. A little sweet and definitely cloying.

M: Medium body, solid carbonation, sticky throughout, dry finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA, much much better than I previously remember. I hope they do this recipie for all future NVU offerings, it is absolutely fantastic. Citra ninja-level good.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of grapefruit, pine,and tropical fruit.

Hops-a-plenty with sweet malt!!! Big tangerine. Piney resin, grapefruit rind upfront with pineapple, mango, and papaya lingering.

Tongue smacks with a fantastic balance of hoppy, malty, fruity bliss.

This DIPA lives up to my every expectation. They keep making this--I keep buying. Every batch gets better. Rivals any other splendidly. Great job Pipeworks!!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First Pipeworks! Thanks, Tyler!

A: Pours a glowing orange color with just a touch of chill haze. Beautiful one finger cream colored head leaves nice lace with each sip. The slightest swirl brings the head right back up again.

S: Mango, peach and caramel with a touch of pine in the background. It's a bit faint, but I get some grapefruit as well. Not the strongest smell, but it's pretty inviting.

T: Opens with some nice sweet citrus hops and smooth biscuity malt. Pink grapefruit, tangerine and light peach slowly turn to peppery pine and resin near the middle. Finish brings a touch of cracked black pepper and some nice grapefruit pith. Everything is remarkably well balanced by the malt in here, which lends just a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel is lush and full without ever becoming heavy. Prickly carbonation breaks things up nicely. A fantastic and insanely drinkable DIPA. I would love to be able to drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up from The Beer Temple in Chicago poured into Darkness stem.

A- Hazy glowing gold with very small head no lacing and not bubbly whatsoever.

S- Big fruity hops hit you right up front. Tons of fresh fruit with hints of orange, pineapple and sweet grapefruit. Ruby red grapefruit flavors begin to grow and really stand out. Very sweet nose almost scares me in that

T- Follows the nose with the amount of grapefruit it really is really the star here. Musty, dank hops are relevant throughout: really nice. Not quite as big as most DIPAs which is a welcome change. Very much so on the lighter side of things which is expected with the relatively low 8.5% abv when compare to others of the same style.

M- Really nice, low carbonation light medium bodied mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- Really nice offering from Pipeworks. It really delivers on flavor while not being too heavy which is perfect for this time of year and the grapefruit flavor really takes over. Nice balance of low carbonation and big flavor compliment and round out everything quite well. Would buy again and again... Be better if there were six packs to be had. I don't do well with bombers. Cheers.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emerge for sharing this one.

A - Somewhat clear golden orange with an eggshell thick white head and spotty lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, mango pineapple, tangerine, papaya, light hint of pine and soft caramel malt.

T - Juicy ripe tropical fruit, mango, tangerine some grapefruit and more pine than was noticeable in aroma. Candied oranges and honey. Nicely balanced, on the sweeter side for a DIPA but more in a candied fruit way and than caramel/crystal malt way.

M - Medium body and juicy. Lingering hop resin.

D - Very smooth and well balanced. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

My habit is to smell the can/bottle immediately after opening. N vs U: you had me at hello! NVU pours an opaque pumkin colored orange, with plenty of cream-colored head. The smell immeadiately reminds me of my first Dreadnaught experience: weed & citrus. The mouthfeel is almost perfect for the style: not too thick or thin...just right. Down the hatch, I'm getting an array of citrus & tropical fruit: orange peel, grapefruit, maybe a bit of apricot or mango. I was expecying a sweet finish, but it actually finishes quite nicely: dry, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, two thumbs up for my first Pipeworks experience. They are 2 blks from me, so I hope they open a bottle shop soon! I'd be curious to do a blind taste test with Dready: these taste quite similar to me.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 211/12/13 (9.9.13)

A - Pours a fantastic bright yet hazy orange color with a finger of dense light tan head. Retention is phenomenal, as is lacing. If the flavor holds up to the appearance I'm in for a treat!

S - Oh man, that's how I want my IPAs to smell. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Mouth watering sweetness with a very subtle underlying resinous quality. Smells damn near perfect.

T - Some bitter hops and hefty resin up front quickly transform into grapefruit, orange and pineapple sweet citrusy flavors. Sweetness sets in with the bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is very citrusy/juicy fruit sweet.

M - Great, a little low on the carbonation but still within an acceptable range, medium bodied, quite drinkable. Very refreshing and satisfying to drink.

O - Pretty fantastic, would have liked a little more sweetness from the pineapple/orange but its very good. Glad I finally got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a one-inch, paper white, foamy head that lingers for a while. Small amounts of thin white lacing.

S: Aromas consist mostly of fruity tropical notes with some citrus as well, mango, peach, pineapple, and tangerine. Slightly sweet and biscuity malt undertones. Very mild dank hop notes.

T: Taste aligns with the aromas fairly well. Mostly tropical fruit and citrus notes accompanied by nice, mild, piney hoppy flavors. Mild sweet and cracker malt notes come through as well.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, with good carbonation throughout.

O: Overall, I'd say this is a great DIPA. Love the fruitiness of this one, and I'm usually not a fan of the more fruity DIPA's but they blended it well with the hop bitterness. Wish this one was available in the Twin Cities, I would definitely make it a regular.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has substance and you can tell from the dense haze in the glass, light golden with some sea-monkey density to it.

S: The smell is knock-your-grassy-socks off a citrus tree good.

T: For a DIPA, this has great balance between the expected malt richness and the hop-bite you'd expect from this brewer and the IPA back-end. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Why it stays as a DIPA impression, rather than an Imperial IPA (which tend to strike me as sweeter).

M: Well carbonated, not overly so, great balance, a little resin in the back. Wonderful.

O: This is such a great beer, and DIPAs are not usually my thing. Seek it out, especially if you see in on tap. But it does a great impression of itself in a can as well. Had it first at Publican (Chicago), then miraculously on tap at Brewer's Republic in Colorado Springs (CO).

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden in color with a slightly off white head that has great retention.

Nose has loads of tropical passion fruit pineapple and mango. Some earthy grassy notes are also noticeable near the end but are far dominated by tropical fruits.

Taste is great malty smoothness is mixed with tropical fruits that gives it a candy like feel. Really pleasant. Some bitterness midway through but not over done at all.

Mouthfeel is great also, smooth velvety feel with a crisp finish.

Overall yet another great ipa. Pipeworks has this style down.

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Photo of dohm179
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale yellow with frothy head that diminishes at an average rate with nice stickiness on the glass
A: Bubblegum, orange, honey
T: Really smooth and balanced with a honey like warmth to balance the hop bitterness. Exceptional.
F: Relatively light/medium bodied with dry chalky finish.
O: Really unique but also very accessible DIPA. Very crushable for the style.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This continues to be one of my favorite DIPA's. I really enjoy the balance between citrus and bitterness. Another great thing is this beer is regularly available in Chicago.

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

Really nice hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma pops with huge tropical hops. Dank hops, chives, peach and tangerines. Taste follows with dank/herbal hops, fruits in the middle and resiny bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a really good DIPA, one that can compete with a lot of the more hyped ones.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,228 ratings.
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