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Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#618
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
2,383
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
372
Gots:
530
Trade:
28
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Ratings: 2,383 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, batch 158 bottled 6/28/2013. Pours very hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge mango, papaya, passion fruit, peach, pineapple, tangerine, floral, honey, light caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Insane aromas with huge complexity of tropical hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and big strength. Taste of big mango, peach, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, floral, pine, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big tropical fruits, tangerine, floral, pine, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tropical hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible DIPA! Huge complexity and balance of tropical hops with moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely delicious offering.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Initially I rated this much lower - around 4. But I feel like the quality of the cans keeps improving. Less syrupy, better head / lacing, brighter hops with reduced sweetness. Perhaps they've fine tuned the malts, perhaps just dialed in the production. Regardless, this has gone from a solid local beer to a truly great DIPA.

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Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White head. Lace left. Golden yellow color.

Earthy and piney. Some citrus flavors. Mango. Bitter with some resin stickiness.

Decent but nothing I am crazy about.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow + honey colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/melon, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than moderate flavors of caramel + grainy malts with a moderate amount of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - tropical/melon, citrus/grapefruit, and pine. The hops contribute a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which leaves a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: One of the easiest drinking DIPAs that I have enjoyed in quite a while - not overly sweet, well hidden alcohol, and not overly bitter in the lingering finish. Very easy to drink and definitely one that I will have again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Creamy fizzy 1/2 finger head fades slowly with light lacing over hazy mango orange colored beer. Head keeps building and not fading, good for the abv and ibu count.

Nose fresh tropical fruit, light grapefruit, hint of musty resins, guava, even hint of pineapple but no real orange citrus, and a light fluffy wheat malt.

Taste starts fluffy, nice creamy malts, light sweetness. Then hops, bitterness builds and ramps quite a bit, nice tropical fruit but not as much as the nose, light pineapple, grapefruit, guava, etc. the hops turn slightly piny and spicy. No resin or orange citrus. Light candy flavored though. Finish is dry and quite biter, spicy hops mostly with a hint of tropical fruits, etc, and slightly oily.

Moth is med bodied, good carb, slight oily hop.

Overall nice, good hops really nice tropical fruit but weird that it's without the orange citrus, light resin, booze is hidden well tasty and goes down easy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are very quickly followed by a nice strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a 2IPA worth drinking for a very long time.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Rifugium
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Pipeworks bell tulip. Attractive beer, hazy golden-amber color with a full inch of foamy, beige head that sank to a thick cap and left gobs of lace on the glass. I could smell the fresh hop goodness as soon as I cracked the cap on this one. Pithy citrus and pine, underripe tropical fruits, with a sugar cookie malt base. More of this in the taste, orange pith and zest, strong, oily bitterness, pine resin, green pineapple rind, sugary, bready malt backbone bringing in good balance, but still leaving the hop profile firmly in charge. Vegetal bitterness lasted right into the aftertaste. Medium body, unctuous mouthfeel, moderate and appropriate carbonation. This was a very nicely done DIPA.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/19/16 can, drank 2/8/16

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Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold colored and nearly clear. Modest starting head which settles to rim bubbles but it leaves ring lace after each sip.

This smells of damp weeds and other vegetation. Cardboard secondary smell.

Light and brief malt flavor. Well before the swallow, the bitter hop taste comes on strong leaving a long strictly black pepper aftertaste. Decent body with a slightly subdued carbonation level.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ZEB89
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,383 ratings
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