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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
Ranking:
#621
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
2,388
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,388 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of mds1101
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange. Maybe a finger of white soapy head that settled to a thin cap.
Smells mostly citrusy, orange, grapefruit, some tropical notes in the background, pineapple, mango.
Taste is very citrus forward, some bitter pithy flavors upfront then a hint of simcoe in the finish.
Nice medium feel, smooth, begs to be sipped again.

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

Pours a nice yellow amber color. Nice citrusy aromas. Taste is lacking something, but tastes better the more you sip it. Overall solid

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Photo of miniditka77
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: gold with a slight bit of haze
Smell: great - orange/grapefruit and maybe a little bit grassy too
Taste: even greater - lots of citrus and maybe a little mango, and plenty of bitterness
Feel: nice - goes down well for a traditional 8% DIPA
Overall: Awesome. Pipeworks's best beer by far. If anyone came to Chicago looking to try good local beers, this is one of the first ones I'd point them to.

BTW, the ninja is clearly going to win that fight.

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

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Canned 9/1/17
Served in a tulip

Fantastic appearance. The nearly clear, yellow-amber body was topped by a super tight, creamy and frothy, inch-tall, bright white crown. Solid retention. The head slowly dropped to a substantial collar. Thick rings of drippy lacing stuck along the glass, and they later turned into a spotty blanket.

The aroma was super hoppy and intense. Citra hops dominated. Loads of fresh, juicy orange flesh. Super bright and clean. Somewhat sweet. Bit of tropical fruit too. Mango was detectable. As the beer sat, grapefruit notes appeared. A bit pithy and rind-like. More sweetness was noticeable later in the session. Candied orange peel came to mind.

The flavor was also very citra hop forward. Bit of malty sweetness on the front end before the hops took over. Loads of orange. Both flesh and rind. Grapefruit notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Somewhat pithy, dry and bitter. More grapefruit and grapefruit rind-like notes in the finish. The bitterness lingered after the swallow but was tempered by a touch of malty sweetness.

Terrific mouthfeel. Super smooth and fluffy. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that frothed up beautifully on the palate.

In a world of hazy, pillowy soft, tropical fruit-forward, New England-style IPAs, few "old school" takes on the style get me very excited. Ninja Vs. Unicorn, however, really impressed me. With its potent, pure citra hop flavor and aroma, supple mouthfeel and impeccable balance, this made me want to rediscover the "Midwest-style IPA."

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Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of max_246
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kegger37
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yourmom123
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottspencer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gamera
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. I was fortunate enough to have it first from the can at a Phish show in Alpharetta, GA. I was then even more fortunate to have it on draft at the Pipeworks pop up bar in Chicago in May (props to the bartender at Revolution for telling me about it). I am currently drinking it from the tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

This beer is citrus hops all the way. From the nose to the bottom it is a delicious, juicy hop assault on your taste buds.

As I have shown, this is a destination beer - one by which you pick your destination for the evening.

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Photo of Jcooper0027
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Giangio
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Meyers1023
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The art on this can is awesome! The beer looks even better in the glass. A very hazy golden orange with just over a finger of foamy white head. The nose is full of ripe tropical fruits and a dank citrusness. There is a citrus taste upfront followed by bready malts and finishing with a very slight pine bitterness... very slight in bitterness. The feel is smooth and you'd never be able to tell that this is an 8% Double IPA. Outstanding!!! Not sure who to root for in this epic battle but can only hope the war rages on.

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Photo of zahara15
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ambruns1979
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thriftybeverageronkonkoma
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Traderjohn1968
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nothing wrong with a little Ninja vs. Unicorn. A bit hoppy for my taste but overall a solid offering from Pipeworks.

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

Photo of chewy6935
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Hombo3
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,388 ratings
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