Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
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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 jashiu
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I guess the review will be flawed by the can age but that's the problem with some beers that reach Europe. This one was 4 months old and I can only guess how hoppy it was in the beginning.

Pours hazy yellow with a moderate creamy white head that stays a while and leaves medium amount of lacing.

The first aromas are citrus and resin but after a couple of seconds the smell is dominated by pine, and a bit of caramel with grapefruit and citrus scents pushed to the background.

Taste is malty and fruity (mostly mango) with a strong hoppy bitter punch. Feels creamy for a IIPA, carbonation is rather low.

Overall I did enjoy this one very much, though I would love to drink it fresh. I guess the first extremely citrus scents could then have lasted a while longer than the first seconds...

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

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

Photo of kreg02
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow + honey colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/melon, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than moderate flavors of caramel + grainy malts with a moderate amount of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of hops - tropical/melon, citrus/grapefruit, and pine. The hops contribute a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness which leaves a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: One of the easiest drinking DIPAs that I have enjoyed in quite a while - not overly sweet, well hidden alcohol, and not overly bitter in the lingering finish. Very easy to drink and definitely one that I will have again.

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Photo of amano_h
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter @ Craftheads (Tokyo, JP)

The nose is a somewhat confusing cocktail of grass, caramel malts, grapefruits, pine, and wheat. The caramel malts part of the cocktail actually comes on pretty strong which made me worry about the condition / age of the keg, to which the beertender told me it's only been a "few months" since this thing was kegged from the source. All right then.

All my fears were dispelled as soon as I took the first sip; a gargantuan pine prologue is quickly followed by chapters of dank dry grass, bitter grapefruit peel, light lemon zest, and sweet creamy caramel. The bitterness lingers ever so briefly on your tongue before leaving behind nothing but a refreshing dry sensation on the back of your tongue; for a beer that packs quite a hop-infused punch, this is superbly balanced.

Medium-light bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel; gentle simmering carbonation with a pleasantly dry finish.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of curlybird
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Masonz223
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell: tons of pineapple and orange along with sweet peachs mango grapefruit zest and a faint hint of danknes
Taste: upfront your hit with Fair amount of biterness middle of the mouth pineapple orange mango sweet bready malts finishes with a fresh cut grass grapefruit biterness and a fruity sweetness lingers in the aftertaste along with the biterness.
Feel: full body chewy pretty creamy on the tongue.
Overall: a very good job mixing a west coast IPA with a east coast IPA. The fruitiness is there along with a good amount of biterness. An outstanding beer worth trying!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. This beer was a great balance of fresh squeezed juiciness with a little west coast hoppy bite that was very well balanced.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to see what the hype is all about.

Ninja Vs. Unicorn pours a hazy, slightly juicy mango juice colored body, with a firm, fuzzy 2 finger head in my tulip. Lace is left vehemently behind, just utterly leaving a path of destruction of the battle that was just fought by the can vs. glass.

Nose is of peach, mangoes, melon, sweat sock, and pizza dough/sauce. A little bit of onion creeps in there, too. A nose to the can makes me chuckle aloud. Pure sweat sock. Haha.

Wow, this really incorporates all of the elements of a good IPA. It starts with a piney bitterness that gives way to pine pricked cantaloupe, then fresh canteloupe, then an herbal tang, then outright dankness, finally to an herb-twitched malt profile and lingering spruce tips.

Feel is thick, juicy, resinous, I'm drunk.

The hype is real, guys. I love this IPA. Not quite as good as Todd The Axeman, that's the king of mid USA...but still super solid. Hoping to bump this one up to "World-Class".

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Photo of Peepskp
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What an absolute flavor bomb! Mango, pineapple, watermelon, lime, sweet bubblegum, and hops. What a crazy beer. Pipeworks is really on another level. I want to try them all.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BookerT75
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Served 38F from the 16 ounce can into a 16 ounce goblet. Illegible/smeared dating matrix on the bottom of the can.

Orange copper translucent. Slightly cloudy and hazy. Fined and maybe seemingly filtered in a brite tank, maybe some oat flour in the grain bed. Enough so to give it some attributes of a NEIPA.

Citric and piney, dank and resinous. I'm guessing simcoe and citra (Ninja VS. Unicorn).

A really nice balanced flavor profile between the tropical citrus notes and the resiny hoppy bitterness . A dense malty backbone bringing it all together. Smooth drinking, but high ibu's. Very high quality for a nationally distributed DIPA. Much more refined than your typical Stone, DFH, Ithaca, Great Lakes DIPA's.

Perfect texture and carb for an 8 percenter. Slightly syrupy on the top of the pour. Thinner and cloudier on the bottom of the can.

Pipeworks can do no wrong in my book. always clean flavors, fermentation and sanitization with tried and tested recipes.
The only thing that irks me slightly is lack of canning dates. This product is in high enough demand and sells out quick enough that canning dates can do no harm to the product placement. Unless you sell to underhanded and or untrained distributors.

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Photo of JCarson410
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a very good, aromatic DIPA with a solid mouthfeel and balance (though a bit on the sweet/malty side). The only issue is what I assume is the mosaic hop profile that gives this beer an almost sweet sticky caramelized onion flavor that really turns unpleasant as the beer warms.

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

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,402 ratings
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