Down Unda - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: koutkid41 on 03-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews by koutkid41:
Photo of koutkid41
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky dark orange/copper color. Small head, lacing lingers nicely.

S: Interesting fruit aromas. There's alot of tangerine, orange, melon, kiwi. I think I get some musty cheese on the back end as well. Really love this aroma.

T: Interesting flavor, light tangerine, kiwi, then again some cheese characteristics. Then some bready notes and caramel presence. Alcohol fairly noticeable.

M: A little sweet. Alcohol present, which is expected.

O: Not one of the better Ninja's but good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Juicer
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of KFBR392
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky dark orange color. Light head on the pour and not present while drinking. Low active carbonation. Random lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Saturated orange and tangerines. Plenty of other juicy tropical fruits, kiwi, papaya, mango, and pineapple. Light bitter pine on the back end. Minimal malt backbone.

Taste: Juicy sweet fruits all over the front. The fruits continue their sweetness attack yet slowly turn to a bolder, more full bodied flavor. Some pine bitterness picks up on the back end and lingers for a long time. Caramel malt and saturated orange/tangerines makes its presence known on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sweet then bitter, lingering fruits and malt. I could use a cleaner malt bill to really let the hops shine more.

Overall: Just an okay Ninja. The Australian hops are juicy and fruity but certainly not complex. Lingering bitterness and saturated, heavy fruit tones weigh on the palate. If there's a Ninja you could skip it's this one.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clouded dark orange with a puddled ring along the edges and minimal lacing.

Nose portends a sweet ride...faintly tropical yet muddled and difficult to pin point.

Big, sweet, and sticky...hops like a soggy tropical bowl of fruit. Fleshy and sugary with enough malt to support but the sticky sugary fruits just clutch and grab.

This is pretty good...the hops are somewhat unique, the abv isn't obtrusive, and there's enough character to keep things interesting.

Photo of yourefragile
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Thanks Jeff.

Pours a clearish dark copper with a wispy off white head. Herbal and earthy hoppy nose, biscuit malt, caramel. Sweeter flavor, more malt, honey, bready and a light pine and herbal hoppy finish; slightly medicinal. Medium thick body, moderate carb. Not very good.

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Armanetti's - Aurora

Bottled: 3/21/14

Down Unda has the ninja with a Crocodile Dundee hat. I dig it. Tarnished penny copper fills the glass and proudly sports some sunset orange highlights, glowing. The head is dirty white, handprinted, and soapy with large but short lived bubbles. The foam is short lived before turning to a thick ring around the glass. Some thin patchy lacking is left behind.

Tropical fruit on top of tropical fruit on top of pine. Peppery mango, papaya, and pineapple (slightly lactic) are all large and in charge. A touch of resin picks up before freshly pulled and cracked pine needles take it's place. Shortbread and caramel maltiness lay the foundation in that order of intensity but don't be fooled, the hop profile steals the show.

The flavor profile runs the same as the nose. The same tropical fruits lead. A little peppery, a little lactic. Citrus, sugared grapefruit, is sprinkled here and there before pine brings up the rear. That same shortbread and caramel malt lays the canvas. I assumed all beers in the Ninja series had the same base malts but Down Unda is less sweet and sticky than most, which I much prefer.

The body has some heft before spritzy carbonation speeds it up and keeps any sweetness from sticking around. The bitterness grows with each drink but never past moderate while the finish saps your saliva quickly. This, for such a big beer, is actually easy drinking and quenching.

Pipeworks, good job! Besides Deutsch Hopfen, this is the best Ninja around. Pipeworks has cleaned up the sticky sweetness that has plagued a lot of the previous beers in the series. Down Unda is tropical and piney with bitterness just short of wrecking your palate for the night, juicy to the core, and flat out bueno.

Photo of Florida9
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of mschrei
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Found this at a small chain I go to, they have an awesome Pipeworks' selection. Batch# shows it was bottled a year ago, so I figured it would be faded worse than a Cypress Hill fan on April 20. Surprisingly, it still was hoppy as hell, had a good fruit on it, and near the end, with a nice brownish color after looking like a grapefruit at the beginning, it has more funk than a Commodores/Kool and the Gang double bill.

Pipeworks- the ghosts of Steve Irwin and Paul Hogan demand you bring this one back! Crikey!

Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cloudy yellow/rust body, finger white head
fine lacing

S: lemon zest/rind, papaya, mango, fresh pine
nice malt aroma

T: same as nose, grassy + pine long bitter finish

M: med body, rather oily mouth

O: Interesting journey with new hops for me.
Excited the chance for various hops around the world.
Pipeworks must be applauded for exploration.


Photo of Fcolle2
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in light amber in color with a vibrant orange haze to it and a good one finger white frothy head that has good retention.

Smell is hop forward and gives off a rich herbal and sweet floral aroma that is soft and creamy smelling. Really interesting but not as fruity as some of the other varieties of the series. Malt is caramel and mildly sweet smelling and works nicely with the yeast.

More hops are forward in the taste With more herbal hop flavors along with a slightly leek and garlic like flavor that makes for an interesting twist. Malt is caramel in flavor but mostly overshadowed by the hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium thick body works with big sticky hop oils and resin and cut with mild carbonation.

Down Unda from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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