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NvU Pajama Party - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Florida9 on 09-30-2013)
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Reviews by Florida9:
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Appears black in the glass, though there is a light bit of light able to get through around the edge revealing the beer to be a dark grayish-brown in color. Forms a rather sizable tan colored head that drops down to a thick surface coating and a bubbly ring around the edge. Moderate lacing.

S: Like all Black IPAs, the aroma is a blend of hops and roasted malts, though the hops seem to be the more dominant of the two in this particular brew. The hops are bright and herbal with notes of citrus zest and pine.

T: Taste is similar, with the hops being more pronounced than the roasted malt character. There is a slight metallic twang to the beer. And again, the hops are rather herbal with a "bright," mildly fruity flavor to them. The roasted malts are there, but are more in the background. Pine on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Dry on the back end.

O: A rather nice take on the Black IPA style. Certainly leans more to the IPA side of the spectrum with a downplayed roasted-malt character.

Florida9, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

schmidtmattsays, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, much lighter around the edges. A robust khaki head with god retention.

Fresh smell pine cone, lightly roasted malt, and a splash of citrus.

The roasted malt is heavier in the taste. Hops are piney, orange, and a bit herbal in the finish.

Smooth and creamy body. Amazingly drinkable for 9.5.

A solid black IPA. I'm not a huge fan of the style but I suppose n vs u had to do it. It did it well.

Vonerichs, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

beersdmf17, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

CEDAMA, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

wesside89, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, Batch #216. A collaboration between two local Chicago breweries, Pipeworks and Begyle. I've only had one other beer from Begyle, but basically everything I've had from Pipeworks has been extremely impressive, so my expectations are high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two frothy creamy fingers of tan head on top of a virtually opaque dark brown colored body, with just a hint of light cocoa color showing around the edges when held to the light. Head has some excellent staying power for a 9.50% abv.

S - Smell is definitely unique, but befitting of the genre. Orange citrus, cream, some chocolate malt, & some dried lemongrass. Not a terribly powerful aroma, but definitely very interesting.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp carbonation, lots of hop bitterness, some juicy citric orange / grapefruit, lemongrass, and some malt roast. Reminds me a lot of chocolate covered orange peel. Not really noting any "dark" malt roast or coffee bean flavors going on here, which is a bit unusual for the style. This beer takes more of the IPA route than it does the stouty route.

M - Feel is bitter, chalky, and resinous. Some piney grapefruit stickiness lingering. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, definitely a unique interesting take on the style by two up and coming Chicago breweries. Balanced, well-bodied, and a well-masked high 9.50% abv. Definitely seek this out if you have the chance.

Pipeworks / Begyle Ninja Vs. Unicorn Pajama Party ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Kubrickx, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

IronTom, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

cnbrown313, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

NappyB, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

krome, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jgunther71, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Ak555667, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

firedwarftj, Oct 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

wpqx, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

jabo134, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

socalbrewlvr, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mkennedy119, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

spycow, Oct 05, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap from the Ravenswood Artwalk Detour. Very dark brown almost black with a tan creamy head.

Aroma is fantastic with a bursting orange and citrus hop character along side with roasted coffee. I really good paring of hops for this style.

Medium to thick mouth feel with a lingering bitter and roast. Overall really nice beer for this style. What I would expect from a collab from these two great Chicago breweries!

Rajasbrewing, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mvdillman, Feb 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

MattLatuchie, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of kevanb
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

650ml bottle, batch 216, poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep black color, quite opaque, light cola brown hues when hit by the light, a big, fluffy, bone colored head rises about 2 fingers high that has great retention and leaves a big network of sticky lace behind. The aroma is pretty straightforward for the style, dank bitter pine, light citrus fruit, before some chalky, dark grains come out along with some coffee roast and dark chocolate at the back end. One thing does strike me as odd, a bizarre milky aroma, very creamy and very off-putting. The flavors carry that odd milkiness way too much, really dominates the palate and shifts the focus away from the hops completely. Chocolate and coffee and definitely immediately present, although the coffee is quite light, and rich, sweet grain plays a bit with the darker, more bitter chocolate. Pine is pretty much the only hop component here, citrus is a total afterthought, but the bitterness and earthiness from the pine does linger nicely, it's just unfortunately clashing with such a weird cream component. The body is nice, very dry, crisp and lively carbonation while still being rich and smooth, carries the flavors well and finishes easily with a bitter hop kick.

Verdict: A weird experience to say the least. The aroma suggested all the hallmarks of a solid CDA but the creamy qualities really just butchered this beer, especially on the tongue, it was so unescapable that I couldn't help but drain pour this one.

kevanb, Oct 29, 2013
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NvU Pajama Party from Pipeworks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.