Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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:
314
Ratings:
2,112
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
20.24%
 
 
Wants:
365
Gots:
441
For Trade:
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Photo of C20Percent
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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 312HopBomb
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber served in a Southern Tier Tulip glass. Four finger head with rings of lacing around the sides of the tulip. Crystal clear golden color.

Strong fruity and floral hop aroma characteristic of a IIPA and pale malt in the background. Terrific smell.

Taste is less tropical than in the nose with citrus rind, mango and heavy dry hop resiny pine. Like a West Coast/Midwest blend DIPA. Pine defeats citrus. Pale malts provide the base layer.

Mouthfeel leaves slick hops on the tongue and a dry finish.

A solid offering for Pipework's initial foray into the Midwest brewing scene. The label art is outstanding.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I received this an extra in a trade, and I had never had anything from Pipeworks before or even heard of them to be honest. I didn't know what to expect.
Can dated 3/15/16. Poured into a snifter 4/1/16. I am drinking this right after drinking a fresh Heady Topper, and I actually prefer this in every aspect besides aroma. What a fantastic surprise.
It pours a slightly hazy golden/orange. Aroma of mild hay, mild grain, and a touch of tropical fruit.
The flavor is sweet, bready, caramel malts and tropical fruit with lots of resiny pine at the end. Perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth, smooth, smooth carbonation!
The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, smelt, or tasted. This is an unbelievable Double IPA, and I cant imagine anybody not saying it is not world class. Hands down a world class brew! One of my top 5 Imperial IPAs. I cant wait to try more pipeworks.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Orange/copper with a nice head that lingers a bit, some nice lacing as well.

S: Really nice dank citrus notes upfront with some orange and pine. Really amazing smell.

T: Same as the smell a lot of citrus, pine, and some dankness . An easy to drink beer that I could drink all the time.

M: A perfect amount of carbonation. Slight alcohol taste but not overpowering, and not overly sweet like I like it.

O: Really enjoy this beer, have had it a few times now and always enjoy it. Love all the DIPA's.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from a journey to Chicago - Batch #25.

A: Poured a clear copper orange color with a one finger head. Lacing and glass retention are great.

S: The nose is dominated by tropical fruits at first, then transitions to white wine and toasted malt.

T: Hop bomb without blowing you out of the chair. Strong pine, mango transitions to a dry saltine cracker. As the beer warms, the alcoholic burn becomes more pronounced, however it is not overbearing. Slightly sweet honey in the finish.

M: Leaves a fantastic bitter sweet coating of hop resin on the palate. Crisp and clean, with one of the better finishes I've had in a DIPA.

O: I was pleasantly surprised how good this DIPA turned out to be. Keep 'em coming Pipeworks!

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Photo of Dan_K
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden copper color, with a slight haze. 2 fingers of white bubbles linger for a while, then lace the glass.
S: Smells fantastic, pineapple, orange, grass, slight maltiness
T: Tastes of tropical and citrus fruit, grass, a little grapefruit, slightly spicy.
F: Medium bodied and slightly sticky, coating the mouth with flavors.
O: This is a nice double IPA with great aromatics, a solid body, and good flavor. While not the best DIPA I've had, it's good and flavorful. It's not particularly expensive, so it offers a decent value. I enjoy drinking this beer.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber from batches 363-364. Poured into a teku glass.

Appearance is cloudy gold with very active carbonation and a 1-finger head. Smells delicious: lots of pineapple and straight pine; a candied/malty fruitiness; and some mangoes and citrus. Tastes just as good: sweet malts mixed with bitter citrus, tropical fruits, and nice piney bitter hops. The maltiness really held everything together for me. Mouthfeel was medium-carbed, smooth, creamy, and chewy. Overall, a must-try and one of my go-to DIPAs. Second only to Citra on the hop side of Pipeworks' catalog.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks great on the initial pour, smells like most quality IPA'S, however is was a little more resiny then my pallets allows. Great beer and would drink it regularly if I didn't have access to so many great beers already. Can grabs extra points!

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Photo of GuzzLah
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Roland7792
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this DIPA beer in bombers and cans don't disappoint (maybe even better). Little lower abv in cans but still well hidden. Can dated 8/12/15. Amazing nose of pine, citrus and most of all to me oranges or tangerine. Taste is sweeter then most at first and then tropical fruit and grapefruit peel goodness. It does finish bitter but not in a bad way at all. I wouldn't call it "balanced" but I don't think its meant to be with all these hops. Keep it up dpub! Bombers had to be drank fresh IMO or there was a noticeable loss in smell/flavor. I assume cans will be the same.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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 KMachHops
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can into tulip.
Look: Tons of fluffy head and amber.
Smell: Tropical.
Taste: Tropical with pines and eucalyptus.
Feel: More carbonation than I would like and does have some heat at the end.
Overall: Solid DIPA. It has that west coast style.

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Photo of GregA135
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOOM! This DIPA hits you in the face with awesome taste!
Got this beer through The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
Poured a nice golden color with a white head, slightly hazy appearance
Smelled of citrus fruit notes and hops.
What I loved about this beer was how balanced it was. I loved the little sweet after taste.
Great beer Pipeworks! I'll be getting some more Ninja vs. Unicorn!

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Photo of vishneda
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Quite awesome. Just a tad on the sweet side for my taste but that's also a differentiator. Can be hard to find, but it's worth a purchase when you do find it.

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Photo of mecummins
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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 nerdboy19
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appear : Cloudy orange color, not much head - 4/5
Smell : Citrus, piney, the usual west coast ipa, but more fruity. Well balanced malt backbone. - 4/5
Mouthfeel : Medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied. - 4.5/5
Flavor : Hop flavor in mouth, a little bit sweet but finishes dry, nice bitterness and small booze - 4/5
Overall : Great ipa, it's like west coast ipa but less malty and more fruity. - 4/5

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Photo of MIA4IPA
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not only is this beer brewed right here in Chicago it is the BEST DIPA unfiltered I have ever had!!

A- dark orange with a huge cloud of white head

S- Very tropical daydreamed myself sitting on a beach. A touch of booziness.

T- out of this world very smooth the booziness scared me at first. A little bready with tangerine, ripe orange and citrus follows: Where is my hammock!!

Overall- The best DIPA UNFILTERED a guy can ask for! I wish I bought more!! Balanced with malt and hops taste and finish!!

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Photo of indurTheB
4.25/5  rDev 0%

For a Double IPA, I found this to be very subtle. The smell would have led me to believe that I was going to get hit in the face by a heavyweight prize fighter, but it was much more mellow. Maybe I'm a sadist, but I like getting slapped around by hopes every now and then. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a can in a trade recently. Poured from can into IPA glass.

Good looking straw colored poured. Little hazy. 2 finger head. Solid lacing and retention.

Lots of citrus fruit in the nose. Mango, orange, and pineapple stand out. Resin scent.

Taste goes with the nose. All the citrus fruits. Nice piney hops. Just the right amount of malt. Resin notes are a nice compliment.

Medium body with strong carbonation.

Really good beer. Would love to get my hands on more.

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Photo of frozyn
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a clear golden color with a thick, frothy white head on a fairly aggressive pour.

S -- Very good fruity aroma, not with a very specific note to me. I quite like that. There's also a good note of pine/resin, but not overly powerful. A little later mango starts to hold prominence, but only slightly.

T -- Sweet pineapple, cotton candy, resin and a nice malty sweetness come through.

F -- Medium feel, even carbonation.

O -- There's nothing that stands out about this, which is perhaps why a shorter review than normal, but I feel like it all comes together to create something better than the individual parts.

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Photo of darthvohn
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: The body is a vibrant honey-orange hue with some haze topped with a big bubbled foam that reduces down to a half inch, tightly packed cap. Lacing grips just a fraction above the surface.

Smell: Fresh squeezed orange juice, lemon and a mix of tropical island fruits with fresh pine which opens just as you finish your inhale. Sweet malt is there as a foundation.

Taste: Full blast of orange, lemon with some hints of the tropical fruits from the nose and piney hops on the back end. The ever pleasant hoppy bitterness lingers around for while before fading. A smidge of alcohol vapor on the breath when all is said and done. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Soft, crisp and dry. Refreshing DIPA.

Overall: If I lived within the distribution of Pipeworks, I would probably keep this one around as often as I could. Very nice orange and citrus flavors blend nicely with the piney hops.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from a can poured into a 16oz pint @ Jerry's Chicago. Right off the nose you can tell you have an excellent fruity scent leading into a full out citrus flavor in your mouth. After you sit back and allow those hoppy citrus notes to blast your palate you will get a mild bitter aftertaste. I really enjoy this DIPA. As DIPA are my favorite beers. Will pick up again as always.

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Photo of dohm179
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 wdberkley
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure what the battle between mythical creature and a ninja has to do with a double IPA, and I'm not sure I care...because this is a damn good beer. Huge hit of citrus hops, not too bitter, easy drinking for an 8%er. Pipeworks is now canning this one too. Great beer.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass. nice copper hue with a slight clean head. Beautiful aromas of sweet sugar, pineapple and pine needle. taste starts sweet then leads right to the hops and finishes with a slight bitterness. the feel was my only gripe..quite carbonated and not as creamy on the palate as some other similar IPAs. That said a solid beer would buy again and glad it was recommended by my local shop

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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