Ninja Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz bomber from batch #91, consumed in a Bell's tulip glass today 3/9/2013. Thanks to powz87!
Aroma: Lots of citrus and grapefruit to the nose with some underlying sweet malt character giving me hints of honey, toffee and sweet bread. And I mean this is a really strong nose- I don't even have to sniff to look for the nose. The nose popped right out at me as soon as I opened the bottle. So in a nutshell, it smells like a DIPA but is more aggressive than most. (4)
Colour: Pours a clear light amber body that is just right where I like my DIPAs. Pours a thick 1cm white head that dissipates within a minute into a bubbly collar. Lacing is nice and sticky. Incredibly attractive beer that screams out for quaffing. (4)
Flavour: The best part, believe it or not. With the amount of hop bite you get at the end, there is an unbelievable amount of malt presence at the beginning of the quaff. It brings out caramel and honey which transitions well to a combined aforementioned malt sweetness and grapefruit/citrus hop bitterness. As I've said in previous reviews, the mark of a good DIPA is not how much barley and hops go into the wort, but rather how these large quantities of ingredients blend in with each other to make a seamless yet complex flavour that as a bonus, hides the ABV. This DIPA has this in spades. (4.5)
Mouthfeel: Thicker side of medium body, very well carbonated. Resinous with a dry finish- coats my tongue with its aftertaste of bitter citrus combined with the sweet caramel resinous flavour. Incredibly quaffable and a dangerous brew for the mere mortal. (4.5)
Overall: This reminds me a bit of Pliny the Elder when it comes to the balance of the hop bitterness and pale malt sweetness. As a homebrewer, I understand how tricky it can be to construct a beer with a big grain and hop bill and yet have it all come together the way PtE does. This beer comes closer than most to achieving the balance that PtE does, though it leans a bit in the favor of the bitter hop components. This is an outstanding DIPA and I salute Pipeworks for their excellent work! (4)
03-09-2013 23:09:45 | More by Stevedore
4.39/5 rDev +2.8%
A - poured into an oversized wine glass with a beautiful one finger head. a dull golden sheen to it with a huge amount of carbonation rising. the head fades within about a minute and is already lacing well. as I drink I notice the most attractive lacing. There's a tad bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle which moves through the glass like a beautiful slow smoke.
S - a really sharp hoppy smell right off the bat . not much else going on. giving it a 3.75 b/c i feel a tad congested and a friend has a candle down the hall.
T - huge mouthful of bitterness! real awesome initial lemon and pine bitterness. definite alcohol presence which I think is actually a little much for my taste. has a good second kick flavor after the initial impact that fades really nicely and takes its time. I find that the aftertaste is actually a little better than the initial experience. The pine really sticks around for a while!
Mmmm freshness. Batch 91 brewed a little over two weeks ago has a great carbonation to it. Its really satisfying. Maybe I should have had it a little colder, this is a definite post lawn mowing beer.
O - really good beer. If you're looking for a ton of bitterness and huge amount of hops this is a great beer for you. I'm a huge fan of the sharp beers and this one definitely delivers. A really pleasing experience!
03-08-2013 05:03:44 | More by csparace
4.16/5 rDev -2.6%
Appearance: Nice yellow orange, clear. On the light side of ipas.
Smell. Pretty citrusy, heavy on the grapefruit. Can smell how sweet it is.
Taste: Orange, apricot, and sweet. This ipa is real nice. It is peachy and has almost a vanilla background. Loving the flavora here. Finishes nice a bitter, nothing to harsh but I wish it was mellower because it clears out the sweet vanilla fruits too quick. But great taste.
Mouthfeel: Nice low carbonation how I like it.
Overall. At first I wasnt too wowed but I love how the sweet and citrus peach play with eachother.
02-27-2013 02:15:02 | More by fastenoughforphish
Ninja Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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