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:
2,285
Reviews:
356
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
7.75%
 
 
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364
Gots:
485
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29
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ichorNet
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first brush with Pipeworks has arrived (kinda long overdue, I know, but we just started seeing their stuff in MA so give me a break). I got a couple cans of this from Craft Beer Cellar Westford to check out and share with friends. The price on this and the other beer they had in stock (I forget which, some kind of pale ale, though as I recall) were pretty great, though, so I can see myself returning to this one if we see it again some day.

Pour is a pale-ish golden color with a retentive head of bone-white foam that laces spectacularly in tiered and dripping patterns. Legs on the foam are great as well, with some of the head connecting back to the beer's surface, which is mildly hazy. The body itself is mostly clear with some slight uniform haziness to it. Not much in the way of particulate here. Overall, a clean looking DIPA with a nice collar of suds and great lace. What's to complain about? Awesome appearance.

Nose is forward on tropical candied fruit notes with mango, papaya and pineapple being my main first impressions. Light fresh-squeezed orange juice and a smattering of grapefruit rind appear here but I honestly feel this is very tropical-biased. Kind of catty, and maybe a bit dank as well. Slightly grassy. Overall, a great, fresh smelling hop-bomb of a beer. Can't wait to dig in on the palate!

Flavor is pineapple and passionfruit upfront, surprisingly, with some ripe mango and strawberry toward the mid-palate. Pulpy berry notes and light pine follow through the transition, which allows some basic biscuity malt to come to the fore before grassy, herbal dankness crushes that aspect towards the finish. A touch of sweetness melds with the tropical and complex hop character, bringing forth some spun sugar notes on the palate. These interact interestingly with the bright and punchy tropical and slight citrusy notes to bring out a flavor that's a little like fruit gum or tropical-flavored "fruit punch" hard candy. The ethanol is moderately hidden, but I do get some prickling heat towards the transitory stage from the mid-palate to the finish, where the pine comes out as well. That said, this still tastes utterly delicious, and I'm a huge fan.

Feel is medium for the style and ABV, with a slightly "lighter" leaning profile overall, especially compared with some of the modern East Coast/NE style beers. It's not really in line with those at all, and definitely feels more "no-coast" to me, successfully combining elements of West Coast strong hoppy beer with the juicy and flavorful, fruity NE components quite well. Carbonation is a bit on the lighter side; somewhat pillowy and fluffy. I know this beer has been around for a while, but it's new to me, and it drinks like a beer made tailored to modern palates. Not sure how it's changed over the years, but I can only congratulate Pipeworks on a job very well done here. Nailed it!

Also, as an aside... I'd vote for the Ninja in this battle. Unicorns are alright, and they do have a "mythical-ness" about them, but ninjas are just so badass and could easily take one down without even a glancing blow from the unicorn's horn. I think I'm on the right side of this debate.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 4/19/17

L - slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head
S - I get lots of sweet mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. It turns a little funky like overripe mango when it warms.
T - The flavors are mango and passion fruit sweetness that finishes with some bitter hop
F - Mouth feel is creamy, smooth, and juicy
O - very crushable.

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Photo of Mineo
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 4/10/17

Pours foggy hazy golden amber with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet toffee, caramel, passionfruit, guava, peach, mango, grapes, pineapple, berry, orange citrus, grapefruit, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toffee, caramel, fresh passionfruit, guava, peach, mango, grape, pineapple, berry, orange citrus, grapefruit, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real great DIPA.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap; poured into a snifter.

Appearance- faintly hazy, yellowish orange; thin, fine, bubbled head. Decent lacing!
Smell - dank citrus hops; mandarin orange sweetness and mixed berries!
Taste - sweet mandarin orange and some dank and earthy hop flavors. Tasty with a strong profile that hides the alcohol!
Feel- mild carbonation and medium body; sharp flavors, but very easy to drink!
Overall - a little bit dank, a little bit sweet, so I assume that is the flavor and smell battle that is represented in the name; really nice beer!

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urs
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeM417
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wesmaze
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hit728
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blazer22
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartleby91
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Puts a hazy yellow/orange. Small head but good lacing. Fruity, especially grapefruit aroma and taste. Almost a grapefruit IPA. But, with the bitterness of a DIPA. Fruity, hoppy, low carbonation, easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joberlander
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of griffey123
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Nearly three fingers of snow white head foam on top with good retention and great lacing left behind. Aroma is sugary sweet with notes of citrus, orange, baked sugar, and lightly breaded malts. Very smooth aroma that invites a sip. Flavor profile is baked sugar, and lightly breaded malts with a hearty helping of citrus, orange, and lemon zest. Very lively, and extremely easy to drink. Mouth feel is medium-thick in feel with a crisp, smooth feel. Overall, the sweet, sugary notes in this one are pretty darn impressive. It makes it extremely easy to turn a sip into a gulp. It's an approachable hoppy beer that refrains from being remotely bitter, and yet still provides the feel and flavor characteristics of beer - not juice.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,285 ratings.
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