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: 2,634
Photo of sulldaddy
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. Part of my recent trade with @flat_lander. Thanks!
the beer pours a mostly clear golden to copper color with a creamy bleached white head of 1.5 cm. The foam fades gradually to a sticky edge layer and solid surface covering.
The aroma is citrusy with grapefruit and orange notes mixing with some pine sap and a little biscuity malt buried behind all the hops.
The first sip reveals an average body with crisp texture and very fine tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy for an 8% brew and leaves a little sticky residue on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is mostly hops with grapefruit and other citrus mixing with pine sap and some general bitey astringency on the finish. A small bit of sweet malt mixes in the background and the alcohol is completely masked on this beer. This is a dangerously drinkable, more Old school DIPA that I am enjoying quite a bit as I finish my glass. Nice beer.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold, orange coloration with a medium foamy head. Smells of biscuity malt and tropical fruit: passion fruit, guava, pineapple with a hint of citrus fruit: grapefruit, tangerine, lime. Taste follows the nose, with a hoppy tropical/citrus taste and just a hint of biscuity malt. Notes of passion fruit, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and lime. This is a very mellow DIPA in the nicest possible terms. Not a hint of boozyness or bubblegum to this, with very nicely balanced, slightly understated, tropical/citrus fruit character and a medium/high bitterness in the aftertaste. Great stuff indeed.

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

Great DIPA that goes into the pine direction. Feels like a throwback given all the modern tropical hops, but I like it. Little orange as well. This big can got me all relaxed

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Photo of tigg924
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is lemon, orange rind, dried mango, and grains of paradise. Medium bodied, slightly sweet with moderate carbonation…Really tasty IPA. One of Pipeworks better tallboys. Will look for this again.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hudson 303 Sport Cafe. Pours a golden effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Pungent aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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

very good beer, great look, clearer as opposed to hazy, great head and carb level, smell as w most Pipeworks is greater than taste, some citrus notes and I put this right in the middle (west vs east) as the chicago origin notes, mouthfeel and carb level is right, with this one I will need to review the price point and ability to get fresh to consider again.

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Photo of aoampm
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Exactly a month old.

Pours a hazy gold yellow color. Tons of carbonation at first! Probably the most carbonated beer I've seen when you first pour it. The carbonation lingers even after a couple minutes. Right around a finger head with very little lacing.

Smell is mango, citrus, pine, melon, apple, tangerine.

Taste is world class. Citrus, crisp apple, dank and bitter pine, grassy notes, tangerine. It is one of the more balanced DIPAs I've had. All the flavors work in harmony.

Feel is excellent. Crisp and oily yet very refreshing. I could pound a few of these easily!

Overall a superb beer and everything I want in a DIPA. It's rare to find such a balanced DIPA these days and Pipeworks did a stellar job with this. Cannot wait to try their 9.5% Imperial IPA.

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

Pours amber / golden with off white frothy head.
Aroma has lots of pine, peach, ripe stone fruits, hops,
Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, not really fruity but lots of pine and bitter hops. Really smooth drinking.

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Photo of pda22
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured hazy, darker orange into a teku with a decent amount of head.

smells of tropical fruits

tastes like a well balanced DIPA

medium bodied with a good balance of malt and hops

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 9/27/17 so about 2.5 weeks on it.

Pours a cloudy medium-light amber color with minimal head. Slight retention around the edges. Pretty nice lacing for the style.

Smells like tropical fruit, mango and guava. Some citrus and hops as well but very tropical overall. Definitely dig the nose on this.

Taste is rich, bitter, and malty. Plenty of hoppy bite with tons of fruit in the background.

Feel is heavy and thick. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall a great DIPA. Fruity, malty, just packed with flavor.

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Photo of Monkey-D-Luffy
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased cold - Can dated 9/12/17 - Poured into an English pint glass

L - Pours a slightly hazed dark gold color with a frothy cream colored 1 finger head on a perfect pour, dissipating rapidly and leaving lots of webby lacing as it goes down.

S - Citrus pith, with hints of grapefruit and mango. I'm also getting some iron and ethanol coming through on the nose which is rather unpleasant.

T - Pineapple, Mango, and a whisper of grapefruit. ABV is poking through here and that's a shame.

F - Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

O - Hmm, I wanted more out of this beer and it fell way short. Admittedly it's not quite as fresh as I would have liked, but it shouldn't really be affected significantly less than 30 days out.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours slightly hazy with a two finger head. The aroma is of apricot, peach, tropical fruit and dank. The taste is dominated by a strong malty base but balanced by an intense dank and tropical hop bitterness. Very chewable.

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

Pours a slightly hazy yellow orange. Maybe a finger of white soapy head that settled to a thin cap.
Smells mostly citrusy, orange, grapefruit, some tropical notes in the background, pineapple, mango.
Taste is very citrus forward, some bitter pithy flavors upfront then a hint of simcoe in the finish.
Nice medium feel, smooth, begs to be sipped again.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: gold with a slight bit of haze
Smell: great - orange/grapefruit and maybe a little bit grassy too
Taste: even greater - lots of citrus and maybe a little mango, and plenty of bitterness
Feel: nice - goes down well for a traditional 8% DIPA
Overall: Awesome. Pipeworks's best beer by far. If anyone came to Chicago looking to try good local beers, this is one of the first ones I'd point them to.

BTW, the ninja is clearly going to win that fight.

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Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Canned 9/1/17
Served in a tulip

Fantastic appearance. The nearly clear, yellow-amber body was topped by a super tight, creamy and frothy, inch-tall, bright white crown. Solid retention. The head slowly dropped to a substantial collar. Thick rings of drippy lacing stuck along the glass, and they later turned into a spotty blanket.

The aroma was super hoppy and intense. Citra hops dominated. Loads of fresh, juicy orange flesh. Super bright and clean. Somewhat sweet. Bit of tropical fruit too. Mango was detectable. As the beer sat, grapefruit notes appeared. A bit pithy and rind-like. More sweetness was noticeable later in the session. Candied orange peel came to mind.

The flavor was also very citra hop forward. Bit of malty sweetness on the front end before the hops took over. Loads of orange. Both flesh and rind. Grapefruit notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Somewhat pithy, dry and bitter. More grapefruit and grapefruit rind-like notes in the finish. The bitterness lingered after the swallow but was tempered by a touch of malty sweetness.

Terrific mouthfeel. Super smooth and fluffy. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that frothed up beautifully on the palate.

In a world of hazy, pillowy soft, tropical fruit-forward, New England-style IPAs, few "old school" takes on the style get me very excited. Ninja Vs. Unicorn, however, really impressed me. With its potent, pure citra hop flavor and aroma, supple mouthfeel and impeccable balance, this made me want to rediscover the "Midwest-style IPA."

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Photo of gamera
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer. I was fortunate enough to have it first from the can at a Phish show in Alpharetta, GA. I was then even more fortunate to have it on draft at the Pipeworks pop up bar in Chicago in May (props to the bartender at Revolution for telling me about it). I am currently drinking it from the tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

This beer is citrus hops all the way. From the nose to the bottom it is a delicious, juicy hop assault on your taste buds.

As I have shown, this is a destination beer - one by which you pick your destination for the evening.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The art on this can is awesome! The beer looks even better in the glass. A very hazy golden orange with just over a finger of foamy white head. The nose is full of ripe tropical fruits and a dank citrusness. There is a citrus taste upfront followed by bready malts and finishing with a very slight pine bitterness... very slight in bitterness. The feel is smooth and you'd never be able to tell that this is an 8% Double IPA. Outstanding!!! Not sure who to root for in this epic battle but can only hope the war rages on.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold. Foamu, medium, Whitehead that is short lived with light lacing.

Smells mango, pineapple, tropical, grapefruit, Citrus and lightly dank.

Tastes citrus peel, tropical, Pine, bready malt. Followed by floral, earthy and light berry. Finishes dry with pine linger. Medium body and smooth lower medium carbonation.

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

This is a tasty DIPA with lots of flavor and nice balance. Smells like orange candy, pineapple, melon, peach. The taste has more malt presence with some pine and nice bitter finish. Really solid. yb

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

Unfiltered golden hue. Creamy off-white head. Extremely fragrant nose of grapefruit rind, tangerine, dankness and some earthy notes. Earthiness sitting in the front seat with bitter grapefruit on the taste with dankness and pine. Medium-creamy body. Bitterness falls off quickly in the aftertaste leaving pleasant grapefruit and pine tones.

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

A 1 pint can, canned on 14th April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left great lacing.

Aroma: Very nice tropical mango, peach and pineapple with hints of citrusy orange rind.

Taste: Grapefruit, mango, caramel, bready malt, pine, orange and orange pith giving it a nice bitter finish. There was hints of booze here and there, but this doesn’t take away from how good it tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very nice DIPA that is balanced and with great flavours. Very close to being a must buy for me.

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

Cloudy straw appearance with significant white head that dedicates quickly. Very hoppy slight citrus aroma. Taste is also very hoppy with slight citrus with a strong aftertaste.

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

In one word, I would describe this beer as clean. It's an easy beer to drink, but it's still a DIPA. The flavor is hoppy with grapefruit and assorted citrus. It's very light on malt flavor. The feel is on the lighter side which matches the citrus really well. It comes off like a meticulously crafted beer. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold colored and nearly clear. Modest starting head which settles to rim bubbles but it leaves ring lace after each sip.

This smells of damp weeds and other vegetation. Cardboard secondary smell.

Light and brief malt flavor. Well before the swallow, the bitter hop taste comes on strong leaving a long strictly black pepper aftertaste. Decent body with a slightly subdued carbonation level.

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

Canned 20 days ago.

L -- Moderately turbid orange body with intense effervescence and a three finger off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Very good retention and good lacing.
S -- Pineapple, mango, caramel malts, peach, guava, passionfruit, and sweet citrus
T -- Grapefruit flesh, booze, bready malts, orange pith, and a nice piny-dank backbone throughout. Getting a hint of banana too, which is interesting.
F -- Good flavor balances, high carb, medium mouthfeel. Simultaneously refreshing and inebriating
O -- Very impressed at how well the hop flavors held up almost a month after being shipped halfway across the country. Reasonable price @ ~$12/4-pack of 16oz cans


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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,634 ratings