Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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

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

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

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 OZ can, received in a trade. Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Bright orange in the glass, with a frothy nice white head; lacing the glass as it slowly dissipates.
Smells of ripe pineapples, tangerines, passionfruit, with a sweet malt lingering.
Tastes incredible. Huge citrus notes, with a punch in the mouth of hops flavor, touch of bitterness; sweet underlying malt balancing everything together. Drinks way below it's ABV. Super crushable and goes down way too easy. Great IPA here. My first Pipeworks brew and this is making me want more and more.

Absolutely loved this beer. Glad I was able to try it. Will actively be seeking ways to get more!

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Photo of c014572
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hall22
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Pretty beer. Nice head. Bright, pale orange. Aroma is bursting with citrus forward happiness. Sweet malt underneath. Flavor is sharp citrus! Very direct. Initial tang of super hoppiness but it's manageably bitter. Good, been waiting to try this for a while.

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Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kinmundy77
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of RAKeeler
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phineasco
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Orange, clear, with two inch head. Medium low carbonation.
Smell: Mango, grapefruit, and grapes.
Taste: Mango, tangerine, and grapes with very little bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Drinks way below its abv.
Overall: A solid fruity dipa from pipeworks.

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

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AirBob
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatGreer
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MilaMila
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WasupBeerQueen
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,306 ratings.
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