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Down Unda | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Imperial IPA brewed with tons of exciting Australian and New Zealand hops such as Summer, Waimea, and Wakatu, has juicy papaya and guava notes as well as a pleasant herbal aroma. Like a boomerang, we keep coming back for more of this one.

Added by koutkid41 on 03-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Florida9:
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3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Moderate retention. Patchy lacing.

S: Aroma is kind of flat. Some neutral malt and maybe a little orange. There is a very faint hint of tropical fruit, but in reality there just isn't much going on here.

T: I'm split on the taste. On the front end there are tropical fruits, juicy orange, ambrosia, mandarin, and sweet grapefruit. On the back end there is a brutal bitterness mixed with pungent alcohol. However, this is not the normal mouth-drying bitterness. This is an aggressive short-lived punch to the tongue. Finish is hot.

M: Medium bodied. Very hot on the back end. Moderate bitterness, but a very aggressive alcoholic pungency. Moderate carbonation.

O: Wow. This is a polarizing beer. There is next to no aroma, but the hop flavors are great. However those are destroyed by an assaulting alcoholic quality which I don't understand as I figured that all the Ninja-series™ beers had the same base, but were just hopped differently. This one has potential, but needs to be re-worked.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Juicer
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Nice orange color, white head dissipates to a thin ring, lacing sticking to the side of the glass.
S -A bit muted, something funky going on.
T -smooth, bitterness lingers. I'm getting some lemon rind.
M - a lot of hops
O - Meh. The funkiness is not good. A little too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a slight orange hue and a thick two finger head of white foam.

Guava, papaya, melon, very tropical in aroma but lacks the pungency others in the Ninja series pack.

Flavor similar to flavor, definitely tropical in character with melony, guava, papaya, and slight mango notes, but a little lackluster.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, resinous, tropical, sweet.

Overall, a little lackluster in comparison to others in the NvU series, but tasty nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #357/58 printed on the label. Yet another new DIPA creation from Pipeworks, expectations are moderately high based on this knowledge. My bottle lists a 10.00% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright juicy golden orange colored body with about a finger and a half of fluffy creamy off-white head. Very bubbly with some nice scattered sticky lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of dirty herbal hops - pine, grapefruit, mango, soapiness, and some underlying honeyed bread malts to round things off. Lightly tropical.

T - The hops aren't as dominant on this one as much as the others, but it is still nice. Dry, bready honeyed malt seems to take center stage, though. Herbal pine, mango, grapefruit, papaya fruitiness is in play. Lightly soapy / creamy. Again, lightly tropical, but more bready than anything, I would say.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with bready dryness on the finish mixed with some subtle hop resins. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it is sadly not one of Pipeworks' better offerings in comparison to their other DIPA's, but it is still a nice beer. High 10.00% abv is extremely well-hidden, like most of their offerings. Worth a try but it pales when compared to some of the others.

Pipeworks Down Unda ---3.5/5

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Down Unda from Pipeworks Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.