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

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Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First hoppy pipeworks brew!!! Batch #158

A: pale hazy orange, with a beautiful head and heavy lacing.

S: Piney and dank hops, with a subtle floral component and minimal citrus.

T: Heavy pine and dankness, with some onions and helbal notes. Only a subtle hint of citrus and a slight bit of malt sweetness. Finishes with a grassy and herbal bite. Very good.

M: Pretty spot on for the style. Good carbo, and niceness all around.

O: This was a very enjoyable DIPA but by no means world class. I have had a lot worse, and a handfull better. Would thoroughly enjoy drinking again at any opportunity, but not the best I have had in any way, shape, or form. High B+ or A-. Would drink again.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered, but pours clear with small head that dies fast. Golden color.

Smells sweet and piney. Some tropical fruit notes--mostly pineapple. Very good smell.

Tastes sweet. Not the most complex flavor, but very full-flavored. Piney, juicy (that pineapple) and a resinous after bite. Pretty tasty stuff.

Light-medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, a little creamy.

Overall, I really like this. It's not the most interesting beer, or the most complex...but it's a good, straightforward hop-bomb.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in trade from brewnstrong, thanks for the opportunity Justin! Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a smallish creamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of pine, citrus, earth with a fair amount of lightly fruity bready caramel. The flavor is more pine and and resin than earth and citrus. Moderate amount of caramel malt to back it up with a light pomme fruit flavor and solid shot of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice beer, I’m glad I got to try it. Seems a bit more drinkable and less harsh than the revenge.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, soft orange, slight finger of white head.

Aroma: citrus fruit, really juicy, sweet orange, pineapple, some flowers, pine.

Taste: big tropical fruits, orange, mango, pineapple, sweet caramel and bread.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, rich and creamy, nice carbonation.

Overall: not boozy, full without being heavy, great flavor and aroma profiles.

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Photo of mecummins
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 35

A- pours a hazy yellow with hints of orange. A maybe half an inch head with almost no lacing

S- citrus bomb with grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits and a little sweetness from malt

T- taste follows the aroma. Lots of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. There's some caramel sweetness fom the malt. A bit of pine flavor on the very back.

M- mouthfeel is medium with a long, dry, highly carbonated finish

O- really wonderful DIPA

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (Batch #134) into a snifter, a hazy orange color with a few cm head that left some nice lacing. Aroma is a lot of citrus, slight malt is noticeable . Mouthfeel is a medium body and carbonation. Taste is awesome, big grapefruit bomb, a bit of sweet malt, and a definite resinous piney taste, with a bitter finish that lingers for a bit. At 9.99 this isn't something I would pick up all the time (assuming I could - it's not easy to procure), but it's a nice treat! P.S. I'm definitely rooting for the Ninja!

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Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-orange and is clear as a bell, one finger dense white head, solid lacing. Unsure of how this is unfiltered by the crystal clear appearance.

Aroma is hop forward. piney resinous hops with some grapefruit notes, grapefruit rind.Malts are present but hops are the dominant player here.

Taste is prominently high Alpha hops: there is a pronounced bitterness going on that borders on high acidity. Long piney aftertaste rests atop the palate then moves to the back , slightly boozy and warming in the throat This is a big beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is slightly slick & oily,lots of fine carbonation to move things along.Dry finish, on the acidic side, but that speaks to the aggressive hopping process.

Overall, this an enjoyable hop bomb, but be prepared for an acidic hop kick that may not be for all. I did enjoy Ninja vs Unicorn, and definitely recommend it for those who are not afraid of a heady hop experience.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Just bought in Chicago from Binny's -- no freshness date.

A: Pours a pale gold with a small white bubbly head. I poured hard and still got little head. Semi-hazy -- no issues there. Lacing is sparse. Just above average overall.

S: Nice blend of pine and citrus sweetness. Caramel malts. Bits of tropical notes in the aroma as well. Some resin.

T: Taste malt forward to me. Slightly boozy finish in the beginning, which disappears in the beer-drinking experience. Not especially bitter. Not a huge flavor profile. I would say this is a rather mild DIPA.

M: Worst part of the brew. Carbonation is butt. Body is forgettable. Slightly biting at first -- smooths out over time. This should have been much better.

O: Just above an average DIPA. My expectations were expectedly high for this Pipeworks brew, and they were not met. This is the second underwhelming Pipeworks beer I've had. Again, there is no freshness date on the bottle, so this could be an age issue. I don't know. I want a bigger flavor profile and it's just not here. I guess it doesn't help that I've been drinking On the Wings nonstop since early May. I would wager this would be better on draft.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade with Lemonhead. Thanks! Batch 131 (I think that’s what it says). Pours clear light copper with a small white head. Aroma of mango, grapefruit, orange, and definite caramel malt backbone. Big slick mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation (i.e. needs a bit more). Orange peel, mango, pine, big malt profile. Flavor rings a bit flat for me after the huge aromas. Maybe my taste buds are muted from the spicy dinner I just had, but hops seem slightly stale. Solid beer overall, but was expecting more. Very glad I got a chance to taste some Pipeworks though!

Rerating with a new bottle because this one just seems a lot fresher than my last one. Batch 429. Hops are bigger and brighter than last time with some Citra-like qualities coming through. Flavor is bright grassy grapefruit hops, mango, and still a strong malt backbone but not as sweet as the last one. Upgraded a bit from last time.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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 dcloeren
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes...

Poured a cloudy burnt orange with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Produced excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was full of citrus hops, juicy orange notes and fresh pine.

The taste followed the nose but was very juicy. Very tasty beer.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Finished with a crisp, dry pine aftertaste.

Overall, this was a great DIPA and an exceptional extra I got in a trade. Goes down smooth and very easy to drink. I would love to try some more Pipeworks in the future.

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

2013. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very interesting. Going into this beer, I know it is a DIPA. The smell is that of fresh fruit. Very strange smell to this one. I don't get the hops very much, but I do get ripe, fresh apricots, peaches, and other stone fruit. There is a whole lot of APRICOT to this one. I may even say the most apricot I've ever gotten in the aroma of a DIPA. The taste reflects the apricot a little, just not nearly as much as the nose. Taste is a bit malty, yet remaining hoppy at the same time. Could use more hops in the flavor. This one is well-balanced, and definitely well-crafted. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, yet a little more carbonation could be nice for this beer. Drinkability is very high...as it is very tasty and marketable. Overall, this beer is very good. The label and name are for the marketing value, but the beer speaks for itself. It's a well-crafted brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear apricot orange body with a bubbly beige head that sticks on the glass with each sip. There is a slow motion carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The green woody hops are full but a bit softer than in the taste.

T- The slightly pungent big woody green hops have some citrus notes to follow with a slight malt sweetness that tends to dry out as it opens in the finish. There is a green spicy hop note that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice full hop monster with some good depth to the woody and spicy hops supported by a lurking malt note but still drinks pretty fast.

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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 Justin_Neff
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber labeled batch #87 into a boulevard smokestack glass.

A: Pours a dark 24 karat gold that almost appears as amber at initial pour. The bright white head gushes to the top of the glass and retains amazingly, all while sticking to the glass and slowly fading.

S: Definitely hop forward. Some sweet malts underlying wafts of mangos and sweet orange juice. Doesn't smell overly complex.

T: Strong pine and citrus bitterness. A pretty hefty malt character actually outshines the hop profile. Sweetness that comes off almost like grapefruit juice or orange juice.

M: Medium-Full body. Oily. High carbonation. A little boozy.

O: Not my favorite from Pipeworks. The sweet malty character outshined the hops a little too much. Definitely not a bad brew, just not on the same playing field as some of the others.

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Photo of jokemon
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ninja vs unicorn heeeyaaa!!!

Personally I think the ninja would win in this fight but you never know the unicorn is a magical being so it may have some tricks up it's sleeve, or hoof, or whatever....

Anyway on to the beer

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Small amounts of foam What is there is bright white and forms some cool soapy bubbles.

The smell is very hoppy and sweet. It smells like bubblegum candy to me.

Taste is hoppy as expected. The first taste I notice is again the sweetness, I would say that it is a malty sweetness. Next up is the hops, not as overpowering as I though they would be. I don't get much else except a grapefruit taste.

Overall a decent beer, I kind of like the sweetness its growing on me.

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Photo of timc100
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 115

A: Gorgeous clear amber gold with a foamy white head. Good lacing and head sticks around

S: Big sweetness - orange, sugared grapefruit peel, and bitterness - resin, fresh pine; and rye bread malt notes. As it warms, an embracing mango astringency takes form, as well as some strawberry and melon sweetness. Lime zest throughout

T: An incredibly vibrant and fruity and bitter DIPA - great balance. Orange, grapefruit, lemon zest and mango explode after a slap of bitterness. There is some pineapple astringency as well along with a big lime zest. Very balanced and intense.

P: Full for the style - chewy and sticks to the mouth. Lingers a long while

O: Just a fantastic beer - may be the best of the ninja unicorn series, an incredible DIPA all around. Getting better each batch

Batch 186 - A lot more lime, review adjusted

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass

First pipeworks beer, excited to see what the hype is about

A - light golden color, thick white head, about 2 inches after an aggressive pour. Head retains for a long long time, never completely dissipates.

S - lemon, some richer tropical citrus, grapefruit

T - when completely cold, there is a lot of citrus peel, mostly lemon. As it warms, the tropical notes come through. Lots of mango, maybe even a little pineapple. Lots of juicy citrus.

M - medium to higher carbonation. Crisp finish, very well done.

O - fantastic beer. If this is a standard representation of pipeworks, they certainly deserve the hype. Would pick this one up regularly if it were available where I am.

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a fairly clear, solid gold with a very short head, no lacing and no bubbles.

S - big pine, grapefruit and a nice malty note for a gold beer. No cat pee, yay!

T - is like the aroma, plus some orange. Mild sweetness and a medium bitterness with a medium sustain. Not a palate wrecker and not a sissy beer either.

M - medium-full body with an oily texture and very soft carbonation.

O - a flawless DIPA. Somewhat conservative for the style, not the most complex DIPA, but these aren't negatives. It was a pleasure to drink and I'd be happy to drink it again.

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Photo of Auracom
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle purchased from West Lakeview. 8 oz. into a FFF Rastal on March 11th, 2013.

A - Straw, golden scotch coloring. Semi-clear with a huge three finger billowy, puffy head. good lacing and retention.

S - It has that "zing" that I normally associate with all non-malty FFF beers. Tangerines, mint, slight rye, pine bark, sriracha, and tomato juice.

T - Largely piney and sappy, mildly dank. Concentrated grapefruit juice, parsley, and citrus peel.

M - Medium body, heavier than the ABV would suggest. Appropriate carbonation, dry finish.

D - It falls somewhere in tier #2 of the best DIPA's from the midwest although leaving more towards the west. Still an easy recommendation and revisit from this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from batch #91, consumed in a Bell's tulip glass today 3/9/2013. Thanks to powz87!

Aroma: Lots of citrus and grapefruit to the nose with some underlying sweet malt character giving me hints of honey, toffee and sweet bread. And I mean this is a really strong nose- I don't even have to sniff to look for the nose. The nose popped right out at me as soon as I opened the bottle. So in a nutshell, it smells like a DIPA but is more aggressive than most. (4)

Colour: Pours a clear light amber body that is just right where I like my DIPAs. Pours a thick 1cm white head that dissipates within a minute into a bubbly collar. Lacing is nice and sticky. Incredibly attractive beer that screams out for quaffing. (4)

Flavour: The best part, believe it or not. With the amount of hop bite you get at the end, there is an unbelievable amount of malt presence at the beginning of the quaff. It brings out caramel and honey which transitions well to a combined aforementioned malt sweetness and grapefruit/citrus hop bitterness. As I've said in previous reviews, the mark of a good DIPA is not how much barley and hops go into the wort, but rather how these large quantities of ingredients blend in with each other to make a seamless yet complex flavour that as a bonus, hides the ABV. This DIPA has this in spades. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium body, very well carbonated. Resinous with a dry finish- coats my tongue with its aftertaste of bitter citrus combined with the sweet caramel resinous flavour. Incredibly quaffable and a dangerous brew for the mere mortal. (4.5)

Overall: This reminds me a bit of Pliny the Elder when it comes to the balance of the hop bitterness and pale malt sweetness. As a homebrewer, I understand how tricky it can be to construct a beer with a big grain and hop bill and yet have it all come together the way PtE does. This beer comes closer than most to achieving the balance that PtE does, though it leans a bit in the favor of the bitter hop components. This is an outstanding DIPA and I salute Pipeworks for their excellent work! (4)

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Photo of csparace
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into an oversized wine glass with a beautiful one finger head. a dull golden sheen to it with a huge amount of carbonation rising. the head fades within about a minute and is already lacing well. as I drink I notice the most attractive lacing. There's a tad bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle which moves through the glass like a beautiful slow smoke.

S - a really sharp hoppy smell right off the bat . not much else going on. giving it a 3.75 b/c i feel a tad congested and a friend has a candle down the hall.

T - huge mouthful of bitterness! real awesome initial lemon and pine bitterness. definite alcohol presence which I think is actually a little much for my taste. has a good second kick flavor after the initial impact that fades really nicely and takes its time. I find that the aftertaste is actually a little better than the initial experience. The pine really sticks around for a while!

Mmmm freshness. Batch 91 brewed a little over two weeks ago has a great carbonation to it. Its really satisfying. Maybe I should have had it a little colder, this is a definite post lawn mowing beer.

O - really good beer. If you're looking for a ton of bitterness and huge amount of hops this is a great beer for you. I'm a huge fan of the sharp beers and this one definitely delivers. A really pleasing experience!

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Photo of fastenoughforphish
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice yellow orange, clear. On the light side of ipas.

Smell. Pretty citrusy, heavy on the grapefruit. Can smell how sweet it is.

Taste: Orange, apricot, and sweet. This ipa is real nice. It is peachy and has almost a vanilla background. Loving the flavora here. Finishes nice a bitter, nothing to harsh but I wish it was mellower because it clears out the sweet vanilla fruits too quick. But great taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice low carbonation how I like it.

Overall. At first I wasnt too wowed but I love how the sweet and citrus peach play with eachother.

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Photo of sbxx
3.32/5  rDev -22.1%
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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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,255 ratings.
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