Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

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:
2,284
Reviews:
356
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
484
For Trade:
29
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Ratings: 2,284 |  Reviews: 356
Photo of Jordanmtate
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sachie23
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bfitzge2
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisTota
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frozyn
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Gambyt20
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HopBomb515
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color with some haze and a small head but great lacing. Fruity hop soaked assertive aroma. Notes of dank, citrus peel, grapefruit pulp, and light honey sweetness. Medium feel, no abv, crisp, and slightly dry. Classic DIPA flavors done amazingly. Nice citrus punch with restrained bitterness and big hoppy flavor. This one was fantastic.

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Photo of mmoriarty
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nomis
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DraftyBrew
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a can from my local liquor stores here in San Diego. Artwork on the can caught my eye. Poured from a can into a chilled glass. First thing I noticed was the high carbonation and bright gold color. The smell is very aromatic and fruity. The taste is very interesting: it is full of bitter hop and fruit flavors, but incredibly smooth with almost no bite that you would expect from a double IPA. Mouth feel is very nice and the high bubble content is very refreshing. Over all one of the best IPAs, if not beers, I've ever had.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of nra818
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of juneof44
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNPIII127
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a one-inch, paper white, foamy head that lingers for a while. Small amounts of thin white lacing.

S: Aromas consist mostly of fruity tropical notes with some citrus as well, mango, peach, pineapple, and tangerine. Slightly sweet and biscuity malt undertones. Very mild dank hop notes.

T: Taste aligns with the aromas fairly well. Mostly tropical fruit and citrus notes accompanied by nice, mild, piney hoppy flavors. Mild sweet and cracker malt notes come through as well.

F: Light-medium bodied, smooth, with good carbonation throughout.

O: Overall, I'd say this is a great DIPA. Love the fruitiness of this one, and I'm usually not a fan of the more fruity DIPA's but they blended it well with the hop bitterness. Wish this one was available in the Twin Cities, I would definitely make it a regular.

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Photo of thebeers
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the lightest-looking DIPAs I've seen. It's a vibrant pale yellow-orange color with two fingers of frothy white head that lasts quite a while before leaving strong lacing. The somewhat muted aroma has a mix of pineapple and other tropical fruit, a little spiciness and white bread. Tasty, again with muted tropical fruits up front, pine resin and pepperiness mid-palate, and a nice hop bitterness, lingering residual sweetness and kiss of alcohol on the backend. Medium bodied, with a scraping carbonation that creates a sharpness in the mouthfeel. A solid brew.

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Photo of Wamba
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sulty
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sugabootee
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPA-enthusiast_026
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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 MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange-yellow with a thin white head. Smells is dank and tropical. Lots of pineapple and mango with some citrus. Taste is even more pronounced with dank and tropical hops. Slight onion taste and citrus on the back end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Bitterness is subdued and lets the hop aroma shine. Overall, a fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of mpgrif2
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,284 ratings.
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