Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American 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.

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Reviews: 442 | Ratings: 2,648
Photo of GuyFawkes
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Canned summer 2015; drank 7/18/15 @ the Palace.

Semi-opaque yellow/orange appearance.

Fluffy white head; strong lace.

Mango, pine & orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango flavor up front; toothpaste & a bruisingly bitter finish.

After a promising nose, this turned out to be awful. Tough to finish; impossible to enjoy.

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Photo of brenn79
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, thanks bro- Pours hazy golden with a nice pillowy white head that retains well. Aroma is peppery spice, mango, floral. The taste is citrusy, mango, strong hop bitterness, piney resinous quality to the beer. Like a mixture of old school West coast and NE IPA. Really good!

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pour a very slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and piney hops with some dankness, orange, grapefruit and a little mixed tropical fruit. Flavor follows, with caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, pine needles, orange, light mixed tropical fruit and grapefruit. Nice lingering resinous pine and citrus rind finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A great tasting IPA that leans towards the citrus and piney West Coast style with robust malt and fine herbal and resinous hops. I like the intensity and hop choices I this one. Well done.

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Photo of Tacoma223
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good beer, beautiful amber color. Nice foamy carbonated head and gorgeous lacing. Taste is very bright with very little bitterness. Get nice tropical / citrus flavor. Very good beer

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Photo of KD_PIXL
2.57/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Look, who cares. It's a double IPA in a can.
Smells like Copenhagen mint long cut/juniper/pine... an old Christmas tree.
Taste is pine forward with citrus notes, almost like grapefruit rind. Bitter aftertaste.
Feels... like I licked a wet leather jacket for hours. I've had better, less boring IPAs.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can served a tulip. Pours a sunny orange-gold with a tight, half inch, bright white head. Clarity has the merest haze. Nose reveals sweet, almost candied citrus followed by light, herbal/piney notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, the presence of the herbal/piney notes are more forward in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation and a light acidity. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and so glad to see it hit my market. Great beer at a great price point in this age of $20/4-packs.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-orange color with about an inch of white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

A big blast of fruity hops hits the upfront, with just a bit of grainy malts showing underneath. The hops were a bit more subdued on the tongue, but still very notable, and that hint of grain stood its ground.

The body was on the light side of medium, smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was good, I'd drain another one if I get the chance. Overall, a solidly enjoyable brew. worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 2.5 finger fluffy offwhite head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - herb, grapefruit.

T - quite dank orange and grapefruit. Grassy middle. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - a bit too dank for my personal taste, but I see why this is much loved.

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Photo of defunksta
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint (16oz) can at 45 degrees into a weizen glass.

Look: Pours a moderately clear, pale yellow color. Actually lighter than most IPAs.
Smell: Light and relatively crisp citrus, pineapple, and melon aromas. Still has a sweet, oily undertone however.
Taste: Citrus flavors come forward, mostly of orange, pineapple, but predominately melon. Tropical nonetheless. Finishes with a strong hop bitterness and dry finish. With the strong fruit flavors you expect a malt sweetness to present itself, but it never does. A completely dry, bitter finish without any malt presence. A classical east-coast style. Hides the alcohol well.
Feel: Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Heaviness in the body is present from the higher ABV, but not too oily or sweet which I appreciate.

Overall: This is a fantastic east-coast style IPA. Abundant citrus hops with little to no malt presence. Yet, the higher ABV allows the body not to fade or be too light. The flavor is fantastic and the higher alcohol gives it a strong enough body to hold it's own and not fade away. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of janubio
3.37/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tasted at Echarle Huevos. Pours a hazy pale golden colour, medium head and retention, compact lacing at first, but it fades soon.
Aroma of resins, tropical fruits, peaches, caramel.
Medium body, rough texture, good carbonation, . Dry finish.
Taste of resins, hops, tropical fruits and caramel.
Nothing new in this beer world.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a nice hazy amber with a modest off-white head. Nice lacing. Initial impression is juicy citrus, caramel, a little pine resin - all of which are exceptionally well balanced and complementary. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with just a little carbonation bite. Finish is smooth with a slight lingering bitterness, inviting the next sip. This is really excellent. Wish I'd bought more than one can! Will definitely seek out in the future.

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Photo of RockHop
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this alongside Pseudo Sue from Toppling Goliath. Off the bat, this is head and shoulders above that beer in every way. Better brewing. Somewhat hazy dark gold with some amber hue. Great head and retention with incredible lacing. Balanced so well. Some pine and citrus on the nose; also funky litter pan. Tingly bitterness up front rather than in the back. Clean, fruity, piney, with pineapple and apricot throughout. So nice.

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Photo of IronLover
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a tall, creamy, frothy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Sharp citrus and tropical aromas, over-ripe pineapple, tangerine, lemon with light maltiness and boozy. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Soft carbonation enhances the creamy smooth feel followed by expanding, pleasant boozy warmth to the end. Medium malty backbone throughout. Mellow citrus and tropical hop flavors with light earthy spicy notes. Medium bitterness through the middle followed by malt and earthy, resinous notes, and controlled booziness to the end. Finished semi-dryly with bready malt and boozy notes along and light earthy pine hop bitterness that slowly drys and fades. Great color, head retention and feel. Hop character is prominent, but mellow, perfectly balanced by sweet maltiness. Tasty and easy drinking despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. A cloudy gold with streams of bubbles ascending to the 2.5 finger white head. Retention is amazing and leaves a cap with very thick lacing on my glass. Aroma is very hoppy with some nice citrus and dank tropical notes. Flavor is heavy on the citrus with more tropical fruit, notes of pine and a bitter finish. Feel is medium with an oiliness, but slightly dry on the finish. Very tasty IIPA with great fruit flavors.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer.
L: Honey amber, translucent
S: Hoppy citrus
T: Creamy citrus, sweet
F: Smooth with a few bubbles
O: Solid, really wish the can looked a little less like 4loko's

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a mostly clear gold with a smaller head. The aroma is bright and fresh with huge citrus note of grapefruit and lemon, with notes of pineapple, mango, and passion fruit. The flavor is vibrant and rather pretty, with strong pineapple, mango, guava, grapefruit flesh & peel, tangerine, and apricot. The mouthfeel quite light with bubbling carbonation. Overall this is a pretty fantastic beer - bright, clean, pleasantly intense, drinkable yet fulfilling.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trade beer from @GreenBayBA, amazing taste and full body. I have 2 week old Heady, Focal, Crusher that was bought at the brewery in Stowe. This Ninja is holding it's own against all of them. Crusher has a ridiculous taste but the Ninja is giving it a run for it's money. Enjoy!

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Burnt golden in color. Slight unfiltered look but leaning more towards WC in appearance in terms of clarity. About a finger of a dense white head which retained nicely. As it dissipated, it leaves heaps of residual glass-coating lacing. A nice ring of foam retains around perimeter of the beer. Little bubbles are constantly streaming up to the surface, adding to the foamy covering as it sits.
S: Full on citrus. It was evident as I opened the can. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and lemon all present in abundance. Some black pepper and malt aromas are also noted.
T: Damn delicious. As with the nose, its straight citrus with a subtle malt backbone. Tangerine and grapefruit make up the majority of flavor, with a lemongrassy hoppy finish. Semi-lingering sweetness with a touch of bready malt flavor. Very enjoyable.
F: Medium in body and weight. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and enjoyable feel.
O: A damn good DIPA. I would definitely drink this again. It is smooth and full of a citrus flavor that I wish other DIPAs had, at least in this style. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half inch of head. Pale golden color and a decent amount of lacing. I honestly couldn't detect much scent. The taste is a departure in many ways from traditional DIPA's. It was very citrus rind forward - I would say orange and lemon zest. But the taste is pleasant without much resin. The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy but not a bother. Overall nice DIPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: murky gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a lacy 1" white cap with good retention

S: rich citrus aromas lift off the glass

T: Citrus leads the flavors especially Texas ruby Red Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine

F: warming but not hot or harsh

O: nicely balanced, easy to drink and easy to repeat

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Photo of darktronica
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite of Pipeworks' regular standards, with intense flavor but still maintaining a nice balance between hop flavors and malt sweetness. An excellent go-to when you don't have time to look at everything on the shelf.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy foam head that laces up. Looks great. Smells delicious - pineapple, citrus pith, mango and unripe papaya. Taste is creamy mango and papaya, citrus pith bitterness and unripe papaya interplay with a light sweetness keeps it interesting. Finishes dry, mildly bitter. Very tasty brew. Would definitely purchase more.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the balance on this one. Dank bitterness up front followed by sweet fruit and a clean hop finish. My first Pipeworks purchase and I am looking forward to my next one.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I,have to admit I bought this for the amazing can design.
But upon drinking it the label lives up to the taste.
Look is a cloudy bright yellow with a nice .25” head that sticks to the glass after is dissapates.
Smell is a nice strong sweetness with the freshness with the hops.
Taste is the perfect bitterness of a double ipa.
Feel is terrific.
Overall I want more of this.
Hell I want to tattoo the design on my arm.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 pack from Whole Foods and n Chicago. Pours out a slightly hazy golden to pale orange with 3 fingers fluffy white head. Aroma slightly underwhelming - mild citrus - bit of grassy note - faint hoppiness. Tastes is more fruity - orange, pineapple - than hoppy, though as warmed bit of pine note came out. Full mouthfeel - well balanced - mild persisting bitterness with outstanding fruity sweetness. Really good.

Repeat visit couple weeks later and my aroma comment now seems wrong - dank citrus, pungent and great!

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,648 ratings