Ninja Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
BA SCORE
4.28/5
2,375 Ratings
Ninja Vs. UnicornNinja Vs. Unicorn
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

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:
#618
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
2,375
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
373
Gots:
527
Trade:
28
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,375 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of zizouandyuki
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got my hands on this! Pours deep gold in color with great head retention and lots of lacing as it works it way down the glass.

The smell is very apparent and fruity. I pick up orange, mango, and berries.

The most prominent flavor I pick up is... strawberries! There's a hint of resin and pine, but strawberries and citrus play the leading roles.

This beer has very little bitterness. The body is also much lighter than I anticipated @ 8% abv. Dangerously easy going down.

Lovely beer, that I'd happily seek out again. Cheers!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Guinness glass.

Look is a hazy light yellow orange with a thick and frothy head.

Aroma is bright orange with a sweet honey blossom note.

The taste is absolutely amazing, A mix of herbal grassy hops with citrus orange hops. Aggressive but definitely balanced by a light honey malt.

Excellent.

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

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just scooped up some Pipeworks while in Chicago, and brought it back to Boston. The can indicated it was less than 2 weeks old, so this was fresh.
Split 2 cans with Chris & Mike, who were bragging about this new beer they just had called 'Blue Moon'......so the bar was low for them enjoying this.
This poured a clearish orange color, and the smell was very citrusy. Hops hit you right away, but this isn't a crazy hop bomb....a solid DIPA. Only thing I didn't like is the can....looks like an acid trip. As I get older I like beer cans to just state their name, ABV, date made, and preferably their beer advocate rating. I think all cans should be as basic as Duff Beer labeling.
I have a feeling Pipeworks is going to be a lot more visible in the marketplace in the years ahead..........oh great, Chris is showing us his favorite cat videos. Ugh

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of msondel
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 98green
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a can to a plastic hotel water cup (not ideal service for sure, but on the road we make due). Look is medium orange, mostly clear. Smell is piles of dank and spicy hops. Taste is lots of piney hop bitterness, not a ton of malt. Feel is excellent, bitterness hangs in the aftertaste. ABV is well hidden. Overall an excellent double. Not a citrus bomb or a malt bomb, just solid all around

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

Tall boy canned 3/1, cracked open 3/26. Golden, slightly hazy pour; not turbid or opaque. Nice moderate pourus head. Aroma is citrus, pine and tea. Taste is pineapple, grapefruit, stone fruit and a touch of passion orange followed by a lightly toasted malt and rock-solid bitterness. Finishes pretty dry without any resiny aftertaste. Crisp, delicious with a little bit of heat that reminds you it's a DIPA. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of Amstaffs
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Bones10
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer continues to be one of the best I've encountered, yet I have a hard time putting a description to it.

It's hazy and light looking, smells fresh and light, then you sip it...

Yeah, that's what you want! It's sweet but not sweet, hoppy but not bitter, light but heavy, etc. it's my enigma. I wish I had the palate or vocabulary to give this beer justice. I don't.

It's awesome, drink as much of it as you can.

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Photo of Hammerhead79
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of berto714
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a can dated 3/2/16. Nice golden color, looks filtered, or only very slightly hazy, leaves nice lacing but not head. Smells and tastes very fresh, tropical notes followed by some vegetal notes, and a little pine/mint at the end. As it warms, the fruit notes keep coming forward.
Very nice beer, glad it's now somewhat available ok NYC shelves

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Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White head. Lace left. Golden yellow color.

Earthy and piney. Some citrus flavors. Mango. Bitter with some resin stickiness.

Decent but nothing I am crazy about.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Userme59
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drone
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,375 ratings
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