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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.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a DFH IPA glass.

a: A vibrant, matte gold body. A bit hazy. 3 finger white soapy head. Very nice looking beer.

s: Citrus rind and a floral grassiness. Faint malts up front.

t: Crisp malts, citrus rind, grapefruit, floral grassiness, with a spicy bitter hop finish.

mf: Medium light body with good carbonation. Nice crispness and balancing bitter finish.

o: Ninja vs Unicorn was very nice and extremely drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/27/15, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Solid IPA but not necessarily living up to the hype for me. Classic citra/simcoe taste, but I think it could be a little bigger. Very similar to Barrier Money but Money has additional layers that this lacks. Very cool that this is now a regular in NY, if you can't get the super rare stuff this is a nice fall back.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, with dating on the bottom, Best Before/canning date? Hopefully it the later...

Pours clouded and dull tangarine...lasting fluffy lite khaki cap, leaving ample thicker lace all over the glass.

Pungent citric and tropical fruit nose.

Big and bold. Fresh and flavorful. Crushing and complex. Tropical, citric, heavily hopped, utterly delicious. Glad this high quality brew is now distributed in NY state. The beer scene just gets better and better.

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Photo of GregA135
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOOM! This DIPA hits you in the face with awesome taste!
Got this beer through The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
Poured a nice golden color with a white head, slightly hazy appearance
Smelled of citrus fruit notes and hops.
What I loved about this beer was how balanced it was. I loved the little sweet after taste.
Great beer Pipeworks! I'll be getting some more Ninja vs. Unicorn!

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA. Pipeworks is one of the Breweries I trust and this is another example of why. I love big hop forward IPA's with explosive flavor and this fits the bill perfectly. Being in Jersey I have to drive to get this but its worth the trip.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden color, slight haze, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Floral notes, sweetness, orange, hints of citrus, slight tropical notes
Taste - Floral, spice, slight tropicalness, dank, pine, pithy, grapefruit type bitterness, malt sweetness, some slight hints of citrus but definitely overshadowed by everything else
Feel - Medium body, dry/sticky finish

Overall - A good DIPA but not the best Pipeworks has to offer.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. tallboy can, pretty fresh.

I had this beer a couple years ago from a bomber and was less than impressed. Got a can of this from a buddy in Chicago, so I gave it another chance. Finally, I can see why this beer is sought after. Tons of delicious hop flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has substance and you can tell from the dense haze in the glass, light golden with some sea-monkey density to it.

S: The smell is knock-your-grassy-socks off a citrus tree good.

T: For a DIPA, this has great balance between the expected malt richness and the hop-bite you'd expect from this brewer and the IPA back-end. Not too bitter, not too sweet. Why it stays as a DIPA impression, rather than an Imperial IPA (which tend to strike me as sweeter).

M: Well carbonated, not overly so, great balance, a little resin in the back. Wonderful.

O: This is such a great beer, and DIPAs are not usually my thing. Seek it out, especially if you see in on tap. But it does a great impression of itself in a can as well. Had it first at Publican (Chicago), then miraculously on tap at Brewer's Republic in Colorado Springs (CO).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that are very quickly followed by a nice strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a 2IPA worth drinking for a very long time.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard into a speigeleu from a 9/15 stamped 16 oz. can.

It is a hazy golden yellow. The soapy egg shell white head never really goes away. Looks like a layer of sea foam on top.

Smells like mango from 2 feet away. Up close it is stanky. Some dank body odor.

You really taste that sweat too, and it's awesome. Starts a little crisp and sweet, with some zesty fruit rind from grapefruit and orange, followed by mango and some other fruit. Then it turns bitter and dankalicious. Piney with a decent amount of resin. Slightly herbal, but just a hint. At first it doesn't seem overly bitter, bit it really works you over like Rocky does a half a beef. Some malts get into the fight late and balance it all out.

This is just an outstanding DIPA across the board.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/13/15. Golden honey, slightly hazy body with big carbonation bubbles streaming up towards a white, fluffy head. Smell has a lot of citrus, resinous pine, and some tropical fruit. Sweet grapefruit, candied orange, peach, apricot, mango, and clean biscuit malts. This one hits the palate just right, very well balanced and nicely carbonated. No alcohol whatsoever. Tastes like a beer I've already had many times though. Very typical west coast IPA, skillfully brewed. Taste is bitter grapefruit, apricot, honey, peach, lots of resin, sweet bready malts, mango, tangerine zest, orange, and pine. It's a DIPA that can definitely hold its own but with the emergence of some of these new generation New England IPAs, brews like this seem to be a dying breed.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this once before at a share so I didn't take notes for a review. So now my man SomethingClever sends me a can, now I'm here describing this brew to you. Well I had a lazy day at work, time to drink a brew! Here we go, this brew pours a very nice shade of Pale Blonde with haze...(I love unfiltered brews). She was crowned with a nice white bubbly clouds hanging around the top of the glass. Very surreal..

The aroma will be a chore I guess.. First this brew slams you with a Citric Slam of Grapefruit and mild Apricots. Nice dense Cedar notes in the background adding that "Clean IPA" touch. The malts are standard crackerish and sweet. Nice Earth tone aromas blanket the Fruity Hops adding a crisp and clean vibe which I dig. Pretty outstanding aroma actually.

Let's see how the flavor goes? Bam! The flavor starts off with malt sweetness that brings a deluge of fruit flavors to the palate. First hits with Grapefruit/Orange pith citrus vibe, then takes your palate to a more stone fruit nirvana. Picture Apricots and Mango dancing with each other on your tongue. Pretty picture if you're a Vegetarian! Then this brew punishes with Hop Resins toward the finish and still lingers in the aftertaste (ba ba baa BA baa, I'm lovin it!). This finishes clean with a subtle dryness and bitterness that you can feel the Alpha Acids popping on the sides of the palate. Lingering Cedar and Apricots in the aftertaste. This brew feels great on the tongue. It's light weight with a creamy texture (maybe oats in this brew?), Carbonation is poppin and helps to make the flavors explode on the tastebuds.

Overall: I dig this brew! I wish I could get easier access to this brew because I'd be killing this daily. This brew is worthy of high acclaim for its balanced and slaps the drinker with Hoppy Goodness and you can feel the Hop Resins just dancing on your tongue. It's Fruity, Resinous and too damn drinkable for its 8% ABV. I'd rather slam this than Heady. This brew is Recommended!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber orange colored r with a touch of olive in the light. Thin white cap with a bit of lacing. Orange zest and raspberry in the aroma with a touch of caramel sweetness. The flavor has a bit more of the traditional IPA flavors; grapefruit and orange with a strong malt presence, finishes with a strong dose of pine and floral notes. Body is medium and smooth with little noticable alcohol.

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Photo of Gemmell
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the pint can to a snifter. Slightly hazy with a decent amount of fluffy white head. Lots of clean hop aroma with some mango and other tropical fruits in the mix. This beer is delicious. Some Pipeworks beers are way too sweet, way too much malt in their IPAs. This is great. At 8% it is extremely well balanced, not overly boozy but with the bite I love in a double. Seek and destroy. Cheers!

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Photo of mrblonde37
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer begins with a citrusy aroma, and has a pale golden hue. It has a very soft taste and mouthfeel for an 8% DIPA, but man is it sure tasty. Highly recommend this brew. Thanks Jeff!

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Photo of jhavs
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can received in trade. Fresh can, poured into snifter tasting glass.

A= Pale gold color with lighter haze than many DIPA, still more cloudy than clear. Pure white foamy head that settles to ring around the glass.

S= Most noticeable smell was spicy hops and some citrus zest. Get a touch of malt sweetness.

T= Earthy and spicy hop flavors prevail over the citrus and tropical additions. Some pine and resin with a touch of sweet malt.

M= Feels lighter bodies than expected with high side of moderate carbonation.

O= Nicely balanced hop and malt flavors. More nuanced than some of the big hop bombs currently on the market.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure what the battle between mythical creature and a ninja has to do with a double IPA, and I'm not sure I care...because this is a damn good beer. Huge hit of citrus hops, not too bitter, easy drinking for an 8%er. Pipeworks is now canning this one too. Great beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I cracked this open, the awesome citrus hops slapped me in the face. If this tastes as good as it smells, look out. Poured a huge, off-white head that dissipated quickly. Leaves nice lacing. A slightly hazy, golden orange color with slight carbonation. Very juicy citrus hop taste with a nice bitter, spice bite. Has a flowery presence. A nice funk finish in this DIPA. Good malt balance for a DIPA.

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Photo of stompilator
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep gold, fluffy head, great retention.

S - An incredibly fresh smorgasbord of American and English hops; tropical, earthy, spicy.

T - A big, juicy American hop flavor hits right from the get-go. As the huge tropical-ness fades, the less prominent hop flavors appear, mainly dry berry, a bit of grapefruit, earthy, floral tones, and a bit of resin. All the while a pleasantly sweet, almost doughey malt backbone lingers. Very little residual bitterness.

M - Pretty big body for a DIPA like this, made for a great texture.

O - Definitely a diamond in the hop rough. Wonderfully rich hop flavor, without the same cookie-cutter American hop profile.

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Photo of sean_m_flannery
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. Available in cans now in Chicago area and easier to find. Intense yet still balanced. One of the best DIPAs I've had; def one of the most drinkable.

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Photo of stephens101
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The surfeit of DIPA's these days can be overwhelming, but always worth it when you chance upon a winner.

Rolling the dice on this one and coming up with a reddish-orange brew with a stagnant off-white froth. Aroma of citrus and resin floats calm. Tastes of sweet malt up front with a squirt of citrus juice and lots of resin and peel in the finish. A bit rough going down compared to best, but quite tasty. Medium in body with alcohol heat as an afterthought.

Could be called a giant-killer wannabe or could just be called damn good.

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

From 9/5/15. Poured into an IPA glass from a 16 oz can from snaotheus.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a large white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is delicious and juicy. Lots of citrus, tropical fruit and a sweetness. Flavor is very true to the nose but just a bit more muted than I expected. Mouthfeel is medium full with moderate carbonation. Overall, another excellent beer from Pipeworks.

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

A solid staple from pipeworks. Nice citrus aroma hints to what's to come. Sweet citrus notes at first fade into bitterness. This is a big boozy double IPA but hides it well.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). No discernible canning date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy, pale gold with a little more than two fingers of pure white head. The pale froth gradually settles to a foamy collar and persistent surface haze, leaving some nice clumps of lace on the sides of my glass.

The aromas beckon as my nose nears the glass. Tangerines, peach, mango, pine and a subtle bready sweet smell. Arguably the best aspect of this all-around great double IPA.

Flavor is slightly more bready and bitter than the nose foretold. Grapefruit, mango, orange peel, peach skin, lemon, pine, cracker, pepper, mild bread and a faint boozey tickle as a reminder of the abv. The hops seem a tad muted but still add enough flavor to the bitter, bready base to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Slick, semi oily medium body with full carbonation. The resinous feel coats the palate to produce a lingering, bitter finish of citrus peel, tropical fruit and vague sweet malts.

Ninja Vs Unicorn is a great double IPA. Perhaps not quite enough to be a category topper for me but this is an outstanding beer. If I lived within the distribution are I imagine this would be a mainstay in my fridge.

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Photo of jws6w7
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

awesome beer! there are just so many good ipas out there these days but this ninja vs unicorns is right up there with the top ipas. citrusy, dank, delicious

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Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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