Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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Reviews by C20Percent:
3.78/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Just bought in Chicago from Binny's -- no freshness date.
A: Pours a pale gold with a small white bubbly head. I poured hard and still got little head. Semi-hazy -- no issues there. Lacing is sparse. Just above average overall.
S: Nice blend of pine and citrus sweetness. Caramel malts. Bits of tropical notes in the aroma as well. Some resin.
T: Taste malt forward to me. Slightly boozy finish in the beginning, which disappears in the beer-drinking experience. Not especially bitter. Not a huge flavor profile. I would say this is a rather mild DIPA.
M: Worst part of the brew. Carbonation is butt. Body is forgettable. Slightly biting at first -- smooths out over time. This should have been much better.
O: Just above an average DIPA. My expectations were expectedly high for this Pipeworks brew, and they were not met. This is the second underwhelming Pipeworks beer I've had. Again, there is no freshness date on the bottle, so this could be an age issue. I don't know. I want a bigger flavor profile and it's just not here. I guess it doesn't help that I've been drinking On the Wings nonstop since early May. I would wager this would be better on draft.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2013 22:35:07 | More by C20Percent
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
We pour a bomber, bottled 06/03/14, into our oversized tasting snifters. It pours a tangerine orange, showing thick haze and wispy, galactic waves of sediment throughout. A two finger tall head of soapy, creamy, eggnog colored foam is produced, and it retains like a champion. The nose, well, it smells exactly like Hopslam. Truly clones of one another, except this is a little less boozy when it’s at full room temperature. It speaks of beautiful citric, herbal, and resinously piney hops, angel food cake, tropical fruitiness of pineapple and passion fruit, white sugar sweetness, dense bamboo leafiness, heavy creamer, white gloss paper, intensely sweet bubblegum esters, toasty pale malts and wet straw, pesticide sting, fusel booziness, metallics, grapefruit peel, and plastic potpourri spiciness. The taste breathes of home squeezed orange juice, mead and honey booziness, parsley and cilantro leafiness, thick hops of bitter herbals, oily and skinny citric peel, and perfumed florals, fresh ginger, souring lemon juice and lime peel, sweeter and juicer bubblegum esters, coppery metallics, white flour and pale malt base, wet paper towels, and honeydew and cantaloupe melon fruitiness. The feel is boisterous and creamy, with nice froth, mustache, glug, flow, and pop. The mouth is left highly dried of astringency, and decently puckered to boot. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back nicely.
Overall, this is our first beer from Pipeworks. We’ve driven through Chicago several times now, and for some reason were always drawn to other locals than these, so have been inappropriately and disproportionally putting off drinking them. Tonight is the night, and we’ll kick off this relationship with a doozy. This is a great beer, but if you put this side-by-side with Hopslam, we would be hard pressed to tell them apart. If we must, this has a lighter air to it, generally speaking, with a sweeter hop component, and less harshness from the booze. This leads to an improved, quicker sippabillity and drinkability. This makes you want to share and talk about the beer, whereas Hopslam makes you want to sit out a snowstorm in solitude while you sip. We’re really not trying to draw as much a comparison as we are, but it is just uncanny. We are highly pleased with this offering, and are happy that Pipeworks has entered our lives.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 18:22:07 | More by TheBrewo
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bomber > Pint Glass
A - Hazed orange gold with a finger of soapy white head medium lacing.
S - Tons of sweet peach, grape, papaya, slightly astringent, some dankness, sweet malt too.
T - Very very sweet malt, kinda boozy, lots of fruit flavor, peach and mango, sweet pineapple, a little melon.
M - Clingy sweet, bitter, very full, a little burn.
O - Very good aroma, flavor gets too abrasive as it warms up.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 23:26:01 | More by Omnium
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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