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Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn Double IPA

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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   IBU: 150   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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. Bottle Art by Jason Burke ink & lead Designs

Bottling Dates:
Batch 003 : 3/3/12
Batch 008: 4/9/12
Batch 013: 5/15/12
Batch 018: 6/18/12
Batch 025: 7/24/12
Batch 033: 8/28/12


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2015
Transparent rusty orange appearance with tight-bubbled, resilient lacing. Caramel and tinny, honey sweetness in the initial nose, accented skillfully with the tropical touch points of modern hop interpretations; cantaloupe, pineapple, and mango. The malt shadings are confidently dark and bothersome in their intense, outmoded sweetness; this seems in general to intentionally recall those classic, dated examples of the style that prioritized extremity.

The flavor however demonstrates a tidy balance between the fruit-forward, drier interpretations and the heavy specialty malt, overpowering bitterness ones from prior years. There are sappy resins overlapping with fresh herb flavors, and juicy stone fruits blurring the boundaries of the darker malt sugars. The dichotomy is certainly interesting, and it is largely successful -probably because of the quality of the craft here.

The mouthfeel is full, with a sharply bitter, bruising smack to it. Long, lingering bitterness and sweetness together in the finish with honey and pistachio-like sugars, and lots of weedy resins. That it isn’t overwhelming in any pointed way is the notable accomplishment here, when restraint clearly wasn’t the objective.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1229) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Lightly hazed orange pour with a finger or two of white head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is candy oranges, peach, resin, and caramel. Taste is grapefruit, pine, caramel, and over ripe peach. Lasting bitterness. Sticky body. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Mixed between caramel malt and citrusy undertones on the palate, but this is really a pure hop bomb, turning crisp, bitter and a bit overwhelming through the finish, heat covered well however.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mindwarp (113) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Pours a nice golden yellow with a thick white head and lots of bubbles, and lacing on the glass. Nice citrus aroma, lemony and a hint of pine. Taste is all hops and bitterness. There is some citrus hidden way in the back but I find it hard to taste. Over all a good DIPA but I was expecting a lot more when I bought this bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhilJackson80 (454) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 6, 2015
22 oz Bottle. Tasted on 3/6/15. Bottle from West Lakeview Liquor. Aroma is fantastic tons of citrus & light pine. Taste was absolutely great. Really a great DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (380) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Batch 4633/634 served in a tulip. The beer pours a cloudy golden orange with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is dank pine, citrus, and hints of tropical fruit and bread. Taste is pine, tropical fruit, and citrus up front. Caramel and wheat bread join the party in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is juicy and coats your mouth, yet finishes somewhat dry. My first pipeworks beer and I am impressed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (360) - GERMANY - MAR 2, 2015
Thanks to Charlie for the bottle. Pours a slighty cloudy, orange color, with a small, soon disappearing head. The aromas, just as pipeworks citra ninja, reveals glazed, juicy peach, heading into a ripe fruit hop direction. Big chunks of lime mingle together with tropical fruits, carried by bready malts. Citrus enriches the nose big times by adding a crisp, bitter counterpart to the the stone fruits. Finds an intriguing balance between grassy bitterness and sun ripened, honeyed peach pulp. Tastes of bready, soft malts with peach, blood orange and lots of lime, coming to the palate at the same time as honey does. While the brew begins very malty, bitter lime adds a generous bitterness to the hops, turning more dominant than the maltiness. Honey provides a luscious sweet, ripe aspect to the fruits, accentuating the peach and tangerine impression. The beer tastes sonehow similar to hopslam, while finishing a tad dryer, with more citrussy bitterness on the tongue. Still it balances perfectly between the malty biscuits with sugared peach on top and zesty, dry but rich lemon. Although the beer finishes fairly dry, it preserves a slick, fruity sweetness, which gives even the a aftertaste some sort of enjoyable balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2082) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
Pours a nice glowing burnt orange with lacing left behind. Aromas are sweet malts and dank meaty hops. Nice full mouthfeel with resinous hop flavors and a balancing corn syrup sweetness. Excellent beverage.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
rolfc81 (95) - - FEB 22, 2015
Batch 633. Good hoppy IPA but too high alcohol content for me at 9 percent............

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2660) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle, super fresh, pours a nice orangy color with a big white head. Aroma is of lots of fruit, some light tropical fruits, bitter citrus, some orange peel and a light punch of pine and an almost cotton candy note. Taste is complex, lots of tropical citrus, orange peel, tangerine, sweet/bitter citrus, bread, pine sap, light cotton candy and no real tell of an ABV.


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