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Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
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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:
330
Ratings:
2,173
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
20.24%
 
 
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363
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457
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Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 2,173
Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color. Aromas of peach, mango tropical fruits, pineapple. Taste has a really nice hop presence that doesn't linger on and on in the back end. A bit more mango in the taste rather than the other fruit flavors. Not over carbonated. This is nicely done. Really deceptive on the ABV as well. It is a pretty quick drinking beer. Almost a sessionable quality to it. Also the artwork on the can is pretty spectacular. I know that doesn't matter as far as rating the liquid, but well done Pipeworks. Favorite packaging.

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Photo of sbxx
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
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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Photo of Czarkazm
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/13/15. Golden honey, slightly hazy body with big carbonation bubbles streaming up towards a white, fluffy head. Smell has a lot of citrus, resinous pine, and some tropical fruit. Sweet grapefruit, candied orange, peach, apricot, mango, and clean biscuit malts. This one hits the palate just right, very well balanced and nicely carbonated. No alcohol whatsoever. Tastes like a beer I've already had many times though. Very typical west coast IPA, skillfully brewed. Taste is bitter grapefruit, apricot, honey, peach, lots of resin, sweet bready malts, mango, tangerine zest, orange, and pine. It's a DIPA that can definitely hold its own but with the emergence of some of these new generation New England IPAs, brews like this seem to be a dying breed.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to rmalinowski for the trade.

Pours a bright orange color with 1 finger of white head. Very strong pine and grapefruit flavor accented with a bit of sweet fruits like blood orange (that might be a combination of hop and malt flavors combining, not sure). On the palate it is assertively bitter, stronger than most DIPA's which is saying a lot. With that said, it has the hop flavor to stand up to the above average bitterness. Just dry enough to keep me coming back for more, this is extremely drinkable and I will definitely seek it out if I am in the area where it is distributed.

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Photo of pinyin
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served 38F from the 16 ounce can into a 16 ounce goblet. Illegible/smeared dating matrix on the bottom of the can.

Orange copper translucent. Slightly cloudy and hazy. Fined and maybe seemingly filtered in a brite tank, maybe some oat flour in the grain bed. Enough so to give it some attributes of a NEIPA.

Citric and piney, dank and resinous. I'm guessing simcoe and citra (Ninja VS. Unicorn).

A really nice balanced flavor profile between the tropical citrus notes and the resiny hoppy bitterness . A dense malty backbone bringing it all together. Smooth drinking, but high ibu's. Very high quality for a nationally distributed DIPA. Much more refined than your typical Stone, DFH, Ithaca, Great Lakes DIPA's.

Perfect texture and carb for an 8 percenter. Slightly syrupy on the top of the pour. Thinner and cloudier on the bottom of the can.

Pipeworks can do no wrong in my book. always clean flavors, fermentation and sanitization with tried and tested recipes.
The only thing that irks me slightly is lack of canning dates. This product is in high enough demand and sells out quick enough that canning dates can do no harm to the product placement. Unless you sell to underhanded and or untrained distributors.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #8 bottle courtesy of Treebs. Poured into a snifter on 5/4/12.

Appearance: Orange amber color with a big fluffy head that persists for a while. Great lacing.

Smell: Big hop notes. Heavy pine and fruity hops. Citrus aromas became bolder as it warmed.

Taste: Initial hop bitterness is quickly complimented by pale sweet malts. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that is assertive with the piney hops. Very bold, but not too big.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, sticky, with a bit a big of alcohol warmth.

Overall: Very impressive. Hops burst all over the palate and leaves perfect bitterness. This stands up to plenty of top notch DIPAs.

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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 beatenbyjacks
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Chris912
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cans are great! Hop aroma and the malty mouthfeel are pleasant on this IIPA. The bitterness is there, but not overpowering. One of my favorite of all thime, that is if I can find it. I've had the bomber, which is a bit higher ABV, but I honestly think the can outperforms the glass.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
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 jws6w7
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer! there are just so many good ipas out there these days but this ninja vs unicorns is right up there with the top ipas. citrusy, dank, delicious

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Photo of mikul93
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Clear amber-orange with a very fluffy 2 finger head. Nice lacing.

S Pineapple, Citrus notes, sweetness and hops. A nice fragrant DIPA

T Bitter hops is the first thing that hits your tongue, followed by that caramel backbone, grapefruit & Pineapple finishes it off with a bitter finish.

M Medium bodied beer. Nice carbonation. Flavors sit on the tongue for a while. Bitterness lingers.

O Very pleased with this brew from Pipeworks. Picked up a bottle while on a trip to Chicago and wish I had grabbed a couple more. Cheers!

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Photo of beesy
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Batch #18 bottled 6/18/12. Thanks Colt for sending this one.

A - pours a pale orange with a two finger dirty white head. A very mousse like head holds on for the entire glass, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

S - hoppy. more citrus than tropical. sweet. full. alcohol. maybe a fuzz of oxidation.

T - the hoppy nose leads into the flavor. Not as floral/fragrant as the Heady I drank last night, however the alcohol is way more suppressed than in Heady, but you can tell it's there. A somewhat coarse bitterness lingers, especially after larger samples. I think this has a fuzz of oxidation as the hop flavor seems diminished and a tad stale half way through the palate. Resiny. A little malt resides on the back end if you can dig through the IBU's to get it.

M - medium bodied.

D - surprisingly easy to drink.

Overall, a very nice IIPA. The alcohol is mellow compared to a lot of other IIPA's I've had in recent months. I think it might have gotten a little beat up a tad getting shipped in the 96 degree heat from Chicago, but still think it was in pretty good shape only being a month old and having spent a week in the fridge. Would love to re-review this if I could find it on tap when on a trip to Chicago.

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Photo of laketang
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

golden coloration with a half inch white (I wouod say) head

I can detect grapefruit orange and a hint of pineapple and evergreen leaf

that tart grapefruit dominates,smooth edges from pineapple maybe, orangy for sure

mouthful is sticky and has a bit of a bitter second wave,(alright by me)

I will stack this one with alpha king and dirt wolf for sure

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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 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 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 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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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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