Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

Brewed by:
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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 441 | Ratings: 2,635
Photo of El_Hern
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time having ninja vs Unicorn and I was very very surprised. Not that I did not think it was going to be a good beer, but that it was a great balanced beer. It had the right amount of both hop notes and refreshing fruity flavors. I loved the bitterness up front that quickly subside and you are left with citrus flavors like lemon, grapefruit with maybe some hints of honey and malt.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can canned on 06/20/18
Poured into a willie becher shows a cloudy yellow-gold body and supports a proud inch plus head of fluffy white foam with decent retention and smearing lacing.

Aroma and flavor is a complimentary mix of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a fuller leaning medium with an almost sticky wetness.

Overall a solid double.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale colour with a nice white head

Smell of citrus, lime and lemon mostly, melon. Juicy and resinous

Juicy mouthfeel, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a very enjoyable dipa

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

Ho-weee. This one's very herbally and lemony. I love it. Here goes:

A: Pours a relatively clear yellow-orange. Still slightly hazy, though. The head is good and the lacing in exquisite. Very good.

S: Very grassy. First scents are whiffs of grass and herbs. Can detect lemon rind and some grapefruit as well. I like it.

T: Follows the smell. Very herbally and grassy. The first fruit on the palate is definitely lemon, followed by an aftertaste of grapefruit and some mango. Good.

F: Lighter than the alcohol indicates.

O: A very nice beer. Somewhat deceptive given the light body.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy orange with big white head and streaks of lacing.

Aroma - Light grass and lemon aroma, orange, grapefruit, very mild aroma.

Taste - Nice light orange, pine, citrus peel, hop flavors. Very well balanced and super easy drinking no sign of the alcohol.

Feel - Medium bodied soft easy drinking light dry finish.

Overall - Love this beer very well done solid light flavors alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 4/25/18 into a tumbler.

Light golden with just the faintest bit of haze, less than a finger of white head but it had decent retention and left limited spotted lacing.

Nose is a bit mute, lots of citrus (grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange/tangerines). Perhaps some very subtle floral undertones.

Follows the nose but packing a MUCH bigger punch. Citrus attack to the palate, so West Coast profile and so good.! Finishes with plenty of bitterness and astringency, very drying finish with both lingering awhile.

Low-medium bodied with medium carbonation, lively and tingly on the tongue, lips even tingle a bit from the astringency, slick on the finish. Feels like the enamel is being dissolved from my teeth, love it!

LOVE this beer! Reminds me very much of a lower ABV version of some of the best batches of Boneyard's Hop Venom that I've tasted. This would be a recurring regular purchase when found fresh. So good!

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

Canned 3/28/2018. Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, golden-tangerine color with two full fingers of fluffy, bright white head with excellent retention and elegant, soapy lacing. The nose features big tangerine, along with lemon peel, grapefruit, and light floral hops. This is a super fruity DIPA with tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, vanilla, honey, bready malt, and resinous pine. It finishes with moderate hoppy bitterness. It's very well-balanced. This ale is medium-bodied, with pleasant carbonation, and it's dangerously drinkablee at 8%. ABV. I find myself downing the first pour awfully quickly. Overall, this is one of most balanced and drinkable DIPA's available. It could easily become one of my go-to's.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can. From latiendadelacerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Avernun 2. Superb west coast ipa, with all its notes perfectly assembled and a really well hidden abv, making it very crushable and utterly treacherous

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Photo of LeRose
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy honey color - like honey that is just beginning to crystallize and going just a bit cloudy.

Big citrus aroma hits immediately - orange, tangerine, and faint grapefruit. There is slightly sweet, bready malt aroma that sets the base for the other smells. Eventually as the beer warmed, some tropical fruits appeared as well, mainly a pineapple note. The aroma is intense, but not overpowering. Definitely says "drink me".

The taste is exceptionally smooth and well-rounded, with a well-tempered bitterness. Mostly orange and tangerine, but grapefruit comes to play eventually, with a very nice invasion of pine. An apple note, and a hint of tropical fruit with pineapple and maybe a bit of mango. Nice level of sweetness, and the malt is not playing second fiddle to anyone here - clearly defined. This is a very nicely crafted beer with multiple layers of flavor all working well together.

It is soft on the tongue and smooth on the finish, only moderately drying. Medium bodied, maybe a touch oily. This is a beer that is easy to drink, maye dangerously so.

Overall, the hype is justified. While I don't think it is necessarily better than other similar beers, I think it is a damned fine, well made brew that makes me wish I had picked up more. It is an everything you want and nothing you don't for the style. Worthy.

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

I am a great fan of West Coast IPAs but when I meet something that stands out, I am more than glad to present it. Now this is the proof that Chicago, Illinois can produce amazing IPAs! Reminds me a bit of Evil Twin with their citrusy, piney and dry East Coast IPAs. This one has real guts as a double IPA, it has plenty of piney hops to make it blast. Semi smooth mouthfeel and balanced really well to have the malts support the greatness of the hops. Won't forget the first sip, how impressive it was. Truly stands out as a great (non-West Coast) IPA!

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Photo of Lorgeous
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an extremely pleasing hazy honey color. Very light carbonation. Smells almost tropical with bright citrus and pineapple notes. Tastes of tangerine and citrus. Wonderful flavors hit the tongue on impact. Goes down effortlessly.

= A brilliant beer. The artwork on the can drew me in but the taste is what I’ll remember. Home run DIPA.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dark Horse in St. Paul. Poured into a chalice.

A malty yummy nicely balanced IPA. 4.25

A - Pours clear and golden with a nice off-white head and great lacing. 4.5

S - Lots of sweet piney resin. 4.0

T - Piney bitterness with a tinch of sweetness. 4.25

MF - Medium body with a just dry finish. Smooth 4.75

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

Light honey color with a 2F head.

Earthy, floral, tropical, citrus aroma.

Slightly viscous, good body.

Fruit and citrus taste. Slightly hoppy finish.

I would have preferred a bitter, zesty finish. Otherwise, excellent.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright honey gold with a thick white head that recedes fairly quickly but leaves great lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit. The flavor is predominately pineapple with a bitter hop finish. Well carbonated and easy drinking for the abv. Overall a nice beer.

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

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus rind, bit of dankness.

Taste: Nicely sweet, citrus-dominated taste with a mild bitterness. Full bodied.

Overall: Nice to see Pipeworks in MN. Ninja vs. Unicorn is a solid DIPA, not too bitter but not super soft like many IPAs these days. Kind of in-between old school and NE-style. Tasty!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Newly distributed to MN so I bought a 4-pack of tallboys. Into a spieglau ipa glass, pours a half-hazy pale glowering apricot with a great 2 finger tight bubbly clean white head that reduces to a thin crown, great lacing, and 5 minutes later the 1/4 finger crown is still there. Nose is good, though for the style, was hoping it would hit me a little harder. Anyway, lots of light and bright tropical and citrus fruits, not too juicy, while promising some bitterness -- some pineapple, lemon rind, and maybe a little half-ripened orange. Malts are fairly nondescript -- a little pale malt crackery note, I guess. Taste delivers what the nose promises, and some good dank notes add something I wasn't expecting -- a good level of lively bitterness. Feel is fairly light for the abv, finishes pretty dry. Glad to have this one around as an option.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: tangerine with pineapple in the background;

T: tangerine with a little pineapple; nice balance between hops and malt; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: well made; I liked the level of bitterness - higher than your average DIPA;

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

(16 oz can, canned on 1/8/18... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, orange-gold liquid; tall frothy foam which settles perfectly on 25 cl mark on pour... craggy lace sticks to and fro, while a second pour still yields little-to-no sediment... the last little 1-2 oz does cloud things a good bit

S: pineapple, grapefruit rind dust, honey crackers... note of peppery lemon emerges soon after... very familiar, hardly unusual, very potent/vibrant fruity hops, smothering out the malt, but allowing a bright alcohol to poke through

T: thin malt shell jam-packed with a fuzzy slug of citrusy hops, with the pineapple note trailing at the end, lingering with a hint of toasty fresh pale malt in the aftertaste... very subtle ripple of caramel sweetness creeps in after a few sips as well as a mellow yet dense, grassy bitterness

F: rather smooth with a soft resiny slickness sliding down through its finish... mellow alcohol burn reminiscent of the feeling of spanked flesh

O: snazzy packaging and its a relatively new find in this area... nicely done, but I'm not tasting anything I haven't tasted time and time again

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Photo of ZAP
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Cloudy oak colored.

S-Nicely fragrant....dark berries,mango/papaya, grapefruit.

T-Unsweetened grapefruit up front...passion fruit, mango and dark berries follow. Malt just lays the canvas but it's a nice canvas.

F-High side of medium bodied. Perfect weight. Not overly rich feeling. Nice tight bitterness on the finish.

O-Quality DIPA with a lot of hop flavor and a decent amount of hop bite.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Hazy orange look with a nice dense white head.
Smell and taste are great, lots of hops of course. Tropical citrus, mango and berry.
Tending toward the sweet and juicy side of things.
Overall very good, big and flavorful! Almost too much, I'm not sure I would drink more than one.

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

Golden color with a slight haze. A large head forms and slowly settles. A lot of lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of tropical fruit and stone fruit. Slight bit of dank as well. Old school level of blistering bitterness that is unapologetic. Slight sweetness from the malt helps a bit. Packs in the hop flavor of newer hop varieties. Fruity and slightly funky dank. This is a big IPA and the body to match. Nicely carbonated.

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Photo of gatornation
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a thin white head and very Little lacing. fruity and tropical smell of pear peach mango and citrus. Taste is very good loads of hops that range from tropical to dank and bitter. A crisp and sweet mouth feel with some pine bitterness in the finish. A very good DIPA with some nice refreshing bitterness in the hops,good stuff.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy light orange with a solid head, looks great though

smell is citrus fruit, mango-y

taste is clean and bitter yet also sweet. very clean taste and easy to drink for a big beer.

a really outstanding dIPA, light yet full of hop flavor and easy to drink

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Photo of lic217
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a light orange collar, hazy. The beers aroma is tropical and orange citrus, and even some flower like aromas. Taste starts tropical and slightly sweet. Ends with the Piney grapefruit bitterness. The beer has a prickly carbonation finish. It's a very good double IPAA that has a couple layers of flavor and is reasonably fresh. Cain was about a month old when I got it and it was not refrigerated at the package store

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Photo of qrazvan
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden colour, no sediments, medium head.
Smell of peaches, citrus.
Medium body, lighter than expected. Fruity taste with some floral notes, grapefruit, pineapple.
Pleasant, though reduced, sweetness and some bitter feel at the end.
Faint post-taste. The 8% alcohol is felt after you finish drinking.
I was expecting something more intense...

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,635 ratings