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:
#680
Reviews:
416
Ratings:
2,524
pDev:
7.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,524 |  Reviews: 416
Photo of DCHritz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Tcsox
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Allurex
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of teemoney
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Casterbridge
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the can, into a tulip glass, moderate opacity, honey yellow in color, mango and citrus notes

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Photo of andrew8626
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of Dantonio321
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrokeIronShield
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what these flowery descriptions are for. Smells like weed.

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

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,524 ratings