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
Ratings:
2,308
Reviews:
363
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
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370
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Photo of hophugger
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amazingly clear golden amber with a nice fizzy head and lacing. Aroma is awesome, full of pine resin and some citrus. The resin of the hops is some of the most amazing aromas I have had from any IPA. The taste hits hard with bitter hops, grapefruit rind and yet is still extremely balanced. As the drinking proceeds, the hop bitterness and grapefruit continue strongly interchanging turns with the fresh piney, woody resin. Awesome. Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Definitely not a session beer but one that I want to revisit over and over again !!!

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Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint of this ($8.00) to finish off a very fine Father's Day lunch with my ladies at The Grill Next Door.

Shaker pint held a bright golden, slightly hazy libation. Had a nice fluffy, frothy marshmallow white head, with A-1 lacing. Nose had a solid, rindy citrus lean to it. Body was about medium, and it passed rather smoothly on the tongue.

Flavor led off with some subtle toasty caramel malts, and I mean subtle. Afterwards it pretty much all hops. There was a mix of pineapple, apricot, tangerine and orange caressing the palate. All of this was pint and pithy yet never overly bitter. A solid DIPA though it still could have had a touch more "oomph ". Prosit!

4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Front Range BBQ in Colorado Springs, CO

Clear, golden body; respectable one-finger thick head. Very fruity and pine resin aroma; pineapple and mango. Fruity, bitter flavors; orange rind. Medium body; very crisp and dry.

A very crisp, dry IPA with a nice fruit smell and taste offset. The hop character dominates things yet this is a fine, slow sipping IPA for any occasion. Very pleasant and rather unique...

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Photo of Hootie159
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale clear gold. Solid 2 inch head that plays for keeps. The battle begins. Combo of dank and crisp hops. Nice blend of hops, but not perfectly balanced. If you like bitter, you'll like this beer but it overwhelms the fruitier new school hops. Carbonation present. Not sure how else to describe the feel other than sharp and smooth at the same time. The bitterness tingles to the back of the jaw. Whichever Deadliest Warrior picks, everybody wins.

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Photo of Domvan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #497/498 printed on the label; somehow I have yet to review this beer, probably the closest thing Pipeworks has to a flagship beer. 9.00% abv printed on the label.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice golden burnt sienna orange colored body with two fingers of thick creamy off-white head. Thick, creamy, and fresh in appearance. Murky and juicy looking. 4.5

S - The aroma is typical of the Pipeworks IPA aromas that I'm used to - lots of pine, grapefruit, lemons, orange, citrus, and some bready malt to balance things out. It smells, big, bitter, and fresh. 4

T - Taste follows the nose - big and bitter with lots of resinous pine, orange, and grapefruit. Caramel malt to balance things out. Lightly sweet. 4

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied with good carbonation; easy drinking for the 9.00% abv. Resinous, hoppy, and sticky on the finish. Very drinkable for the high abv. 4.5

Overall, a nice flagship imperial IPA from Pipeworks. After having nearly 80 beers from this brewery, however, I'm not as impressed as I might once have been. Definitely recommended for newcomers and fans alike, in any case.

Pipeworks Ninja Vs. Unicorn -----4/5.

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Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for sending this beer along.

There is a place on the label for "Bottled on" date, but it's blank. I know it's fresh, as Alex wouldn't send it otherwise, but it's interesting the brewery didn't mark it.

A finger of fizzy off white head quickly settles to a cap of foam. A slightly hazy orange/brown/amber color with a decent amount of escaping carbonation. Sheet of lace on one side of my glass.

The aroma seems fresh at first, then clicks over to a buttery note. Lots of fruit and some tropical notes here.

The buttery sense is evident in the flavor as well. Some pine up front, lots of fruit and the buttery notes. As I work through the glass and I become accustomed to the buttery sense, there is more pine and green hop flavors coming through. I like the amount of sweetness, it heightens some of the fruit flavors but does not get in the way. What’s interesting is that it’s growing on me and the tropical notes are coming forward. Some tangerine and even a touch of mango.

Not astringent, but almost powdery dry on your tongue. Not too much, just the opposite of oily. This seems to accentuate the bitterness towards the end.

At first I wasn’t sure, but this grew on me. Nice.

Thanks Alex.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to trying this one and it didn't disappoint. Really nice hop profile with low bitterness. Really glad to have picked up a four pack of this while in town.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Lovely85
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JoeMans
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Nunya
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masters
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 13, drank as quickly as possible. Thanks to Treebs for the heads up. Grabbed the last bottle on the shelf.

A: straw orange with a slight haze and a great head and lacing that stay for a long time.

S: big pine and fruity smell. The fruits go from pineapple to some other tropical fruits like starfruit or something I can't put my finger on. A bit of sweetness and no alcohol I can detect.

T: very bitter, piney, full of hops. I get earthy flavors and a very mild sweetness. Strong hop taste, and quite complex, but the taste is a bit muddled for me by all of the different flavors. A few tropical fruit flavors carry through from the smell.

M: well carbonated and medium bodied. Quite crisp

O: there are no flaws to this beer to my senses. I see why Pipeworks has been hyped by the Chicago beer crowd. Should have purchased some of their other beers while I was at Binny's.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,308 ratings.
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