Australian Summer Ninja - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Australian Summer NinjaAustralian Summer Ninja

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 11
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I just did this as a "had" but after refilling my glass to kill the bomber, this is an awesome beer!
Poured into a Stone RIS snifter.
Appearance is a perfect dark gold/orange hue with moderate head. Lacing is consistently there as the glass gets low.
Aroma is purely outstanding! Citrus (duh) and loads of hops. Damn!
Flavor echos the aroma...fucking-a!!! Even my wife, a RIS fan, had to agree that this is a fantastic beer.
Enjoyable through and through.
My only complaints are that they don't distribute to Nor Cal (thanks totalbangover!) and that my glass is empty.
If you see this, grab it!!!

Photo of timc100
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Only a few days young - batch 206

PW DIPA's are traditionally great looking beers.. not this one as much. Pours a brownish amber and yields a very minimal, fizzy head. The aroma is made up of a variety of tropical 'clear' fruit juices - mango, orange, lemon/lime, and assorted tropical. There is a sticky resin note and a decent biscuit malt backbone. Very fruit-juice forward, but not defined. The resin really cuts through the fruit taste-wise. I can definitely tell this is from galaxy-land.

Very interesting to try a new single hop NvU beer, and a unique one all the better. Good not great

Photo of Vonerichs
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange body. Off white head with ok retention but leaves behind little lacing.

NIce fruity aroma of apricot, blood orange, and grapefruit. Pine to a much lesser extent then a little tutti frutti.

The flavor has more of the apricot and grapefruit with some tropical fruit, papaya, maybe mango. The finish leaves traces of bubble gum.

Slightly sweet in my mouth but leaves my tongue bitter.

Another fine Ninja from Pipeworks. This is my first adventure with the Australian Summer hop and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of Jaycase
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch # 206/7/8

a: dark copper. frothy, offwhite 2 finger head.

s: Citrusy, tropical (mostly graepfruit/mango) hops. toasted caramel maltiness. some honey.

t: Some citrusy hops (mild) but seems to be overwhelmed with caramel maltiness, earthy backbone.

m: medium body, low carbonation bordering on flat. Finishes slightly dry.

o: Fairly disappointing ninja effort from Pipeworks. Malts way too pronounced for a Ninja imo. Carbonation seems off (i.e., too low). As for the hop presence, eh, Australia can keep this one.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle in a BIF box from Vonerichs which just came in. Batch number(s) 206/7/8

A: Dark caramel coloring with a hazy body around the edges. Plenty of lacing.

S: Solid, two-tone with a rich malty note I wasn't expecting in an IIPA. Also pounds out a loud citrus note.

T: Is much maltier than expected, but in reviewing old reviews here this seems to be the case. There are reviews for this batch from early September of this year, so I wouldn't chalk the malt-forward flavor to age and it feels intentional. Fine to drink - but certainly runs against the grain.

M: Top notch. A bit too much bitter aftertaste to run a perfect "5"

I'd drink more of these in the late summer early fall for certain, although the 9.5% means probably not too many in one sitting.


Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick review from written notes.

Saturated color of reddish orange, slightly hazy with frothy surface foam, clustered larger bubbles and spotty lace, okay coverage.

Funky onion/leek aroma at first, later some slight citrus emerges from the dank pungent greenery.

Tangerine, green piney bitterness, big malty backbone, lightly buttery. Full bodied, medium low carbonation, sticky on the lips. A pretty big DIPA that's probably best shared, it's somewhat malt forward with an interesting hop profile.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 206/7/8. Poured in to tulip.

A - Cloudy deep orange; almost opaque. Thin layer of off white head.

S - Beautiful tropical fruit aroma. Mango, peach, pineapple and a hint of grapefruit.

T - Burst of fresh tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine. Moderate bitterness with a perfect caramel/honey malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Oily & resinous. Light carbonation.

Photo of buschbeer
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a teku glass

A - It pours a murky orange/amber color. I have never seen an IPA that I could not see through at least a little. This has all kinds of suspended yeast in it. It is topped with three inches of beige head.

S - I get a floral and citrus combination in the aroma. I get a little tea, as well.

T - The first thing I taste is the floral hops. Then some of the citrus flavors come into play with a bitter grapefruit finish.

M - Medium and a little chalky.

O - This was a good IPA. I have either loved or disliked DIPA's from Pipeworks so far. I loved Ninja vs. Unicorn. I like this one.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with batch #206/7/8 printed on the label. My third beer from the Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn epic battle series of beers. Excited to have it, and excited to try the new Australian summer hops.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about one finger of fluffy bubbly off-white head on top of a nice dark burnt orange body with some red highlights when held to the light. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty unique and interesting. Earth, cream, hop oils, pine resin, some soapiness, lots of florals, and lots of tropical fruit in there.

T - Taste follows the nose: earthy hops, pine, and lots of tropical fruit flavors: pineapple, strawberry, banana, mango, orange. Definitely a very unique and flavorful hop experience. Big 9.50% abv isn't noticeable at all.

M - Feel is juicy, smooth, and creamy with minimal bitterness and stickiness on the palate. Finishes pretty clean.

Overall, another nice beer from Pipeworks. Probably not their best effort, and I did enjoy the Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja the best out of the ones I've tried so far, but definitely an interesting, unique hop experience to be had. Definitely recommended if you can get it.

Pipeworks Australian Summer Ninja ---4/5.

Photo of csparace
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (4.25) – Pours a dark hazel gold with a small head of large bubbles. Carbonation holding to the sides. Lacing is very very nice.

Smell (4.75) – Holy mother of hops. Smells so incredible. Super super fresh smelling (it is indeed fresh but the awesomeness of the smell cannot be overemphasized) Pineapple and some citra hop smell. Some darker character hidden in there.

Taste (4.50) – This is a mouthfull. Intense bitterness instantly – almost a little overwhelming. Piney and earthy, not as citrusy as the smell has led me on to believe. The taste doesn't really change over the course of the beer either – it stays the same from the beginning through to the finish. After a bit of conditioning the beer doesn't seem overly bitter at all and some bright character comes out. There is also a bit of roasted malts and caramel flavors in there.

Mouthfeel (4.50) – Very hop forward with a huge crunch which makes it not an easy beer to session. The abv is hidden pretty well. I feel awesome already.

Overall (4.50) – This is a super solid beer. Smells amazing – tastes really good. It is flavorful and very satisfying for the hop lovers out there. Also looks pretty good.

Batch 206/7/8

Photo of KFBR392
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A gorgeous ruby red color to this brew. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated to the edges of the glass. Low to average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a potent smooth pine and resin aroma. Body of bright tropical hops with accents of mangos, peaches, kiwi, and tangerines. The heavy bitterness from the pine continues to show itself off and dominates the beer.

Taste: Ahh, much more tame then the aroma would lead you to expect. The bright fruits hit the palate right away and dance around on the tongue for a long time. The pine shows up in the body and lingers into the finish. Some light alcohol tingle on the back end of this beer with a medium bodied dryness.

Mouthfeel: Bright hops but the mouthfeel is dominated by the heavy pine accents.

Overall: Love the Ninja series. I continue to be impressed by their IPAs, but just as important I think many of their other styles are catching up to the awesomeness of their IPAs. Love me some Pipeworks.

Photo of aussiebeer
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My review for this beer .............AUSSIES RULE!!!!!!

Photo of Stevedore
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, batch from early September 2013. Poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/30/2013.

Review #260.

Pours a very dark brown-copper colour with a very effervescent offwhite head that has insane retention. Its been 5 minutes since I poured it and there's still a dense half centimeter head that shows no signs of receding. Lots of lacing on the glass as it goes down.

Smells fairly sharp and zesty. A nice orange peel mixed in with a little bit of pine. Rest is toffee, caramel and bready malts in the background. Not particularly interesting, but it is different than most other IPAs I've smelled.

Blech. Its mostly a non-descript bitterness throughout, maybe hints of citrus zest, and finishes with a bland pine bitterness. Throughout the palate, there is a strong but not particularly interesting malt sweetness. You'd wonder if the beer was too old, but I suspect that the aromatic hop profile just didn't balance out the bittering hops and strong base malts. In other words, not a very well done beer. It might have been better fresh, but I really don't think it would have been.

Typical Pipeworks DIPA mouthfeel. Medium-fuller bodied, well carbonated, good dry finish. Not too resinous, but definitely leaves you with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Disappointing, didn't enjoy this one as much as all of the other Pipeworks DIPAs. I suspect that the hops weren't used optimally, or I just didn't like the hop flavours used here. Maybe its New Zealand that does the hops better... nevertheless I won't fault Pipeworks too much- the rest of the Ninja series has yet to let me down.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a murkish amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Lots of wide trails and bubbles on the glass.

Light toast, honey, caramel, lots of citrus- mango, grapefruit, oranges.

Sweet caramel, toasted malts, toffee, oranges, grapefruit, pineapples, bitter citrus rind.

Very nice dipa from PW. Very citrus forward with more toasted malts than their other ninjas.

Photo of Treebs
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #206/7/8

A: Pours a dark amber color with some brown highlights in the body. A dirty white head forms on the pour and recedes to a bubbly ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Mango, candied grapefruit and a little honey. The malts creep up with a butter biscuit like sweetness.

T: The profile is more prevalent than the hops. Buttery with a honey sweetness and sweet breakfast biscuit notes make up a majority of the malt body. Tropical fruits are in the background with a light pineapple note. Minimal grassy notes with a slight piney bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium to light bodied with a little stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level with a little piney finish.

O: A little much buttered biscuit malt for my liking and a touch too sweet. To date this is probably my left favorite Ninja variants as it's not as balanced as the others.

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Zwanze Day, and then again from the bottle. Served in a Darkness tulip.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thick cap and loads of splotchy lacework. Mostly transparent amber-bronze body.

S - A mix of juicy tropical and citrus and hops, with some doughy and caramel malt character. There's an unexpected Twizzler candy note that must be some combination of fruity hop and sweet malt flavors; is there Crystal malt in this? There's a bit of zesty grapefruit.

T - The taste is more hop heavy, with big citrus and tropical fruits, but also the numbing astringency I tend to get from Galaxy hops. I've never really gotten that flavor from a Pipeworks DIPA, other than perhaps a tiny bit from Galaxy Unicorn; usually the malt backbone is hefty enough to offset things. Other than the finish it's pretty enjoyable, and it's nowhere near as bitter as something like 18th Street's Galaxy Slayer.

M - Medium-full body, with a dry finish, and pleasant lower moderate carbonation. A little bit of warming after nearly all of a bottle. Not much alcohol; perhaps a bit of warming by the end of the bottle. Linger hop oils and resins.

D - A solid DIPA that has a bit too much of that trademark Galaxy harshness for my tastes. I'm not sure if this is all Galaxy or some blend of other Australian hops, but it's definitely a distinct and perhaps polarizing hop. I finished the 22oz bottle pretty easy, but there are a number of other Pipeworks offerings I'd pick over this one. Draft was a bit better than the bottle for whatever reason.

Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 206/7/8 (so says the bottle)

A: Darker shade of coppery brown in color. Forms a moderate sized off-white head. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is hop dominant, but there is some caramel malt in the mix. Hops are interesting. Tropical and sweet, mango, papaya, but there is underlying earthiness that I feel detracts from the juicy tropical flavors.

T: Taste has an earthy and woody backbone. There is an en earthy bitterness. The tropical flavors are still there but the earthiness really tones them down. Moderate sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate to strong bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: A lot more malty than I was expecting for a Ninja-series beer. Practically East Coast-style. Plus, I'm not sure about these hops. If this is a single hop beer, I think the earthiness and woody qualities of the hops overwhelm the juicy tropical qualities. If this isn't a single hop beer, than I guess I can't comment on the hops themselves. Beer isn't bad. Just not the best in the series.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: amber/orange body, cloudy body, finger off-white head
world class lacing

S: grapefruit, mango, fresh pine, hint of malt

T: grapefruit, mango, big pine, malt, solid pine oily finish

M: med/heavy mouth, big oily, sticky mouth

O: Yummy treat; love the fascinating citrus treat.
Pipeworks is excellent brewery new on the scene.
Will buy again.


Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 9/11/13
Batch 206/7/8
Tulip glass

A: Pours murky brownish orange color. Thin layer of off white loose bubbled head. Faded down. Small carbonation bubbles coming up sides of glass. Leaving some lacing.

S: Smells awesome. Dripping tropical fruits. Mango. Passionfruit. Thought I'd be getting more Nelson hops here and white wine but nope.

T: Fruit hop bitterness up front. Not overly aggressive. Fairly pleasant actually. Passionfruit. White grape is there as well. Interesting might palate malt bill. Thin but yet there. Finish is fairly dry. Lingering fruity hops.

M: Big medium. Some creaminess.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours copper in color with a 1.5 finger offwhite head that has great retention.

Tons of tropical fruit notes in the smells. Lots of pinapple and tropical citrus fruits in the smell. Some great fresh hop aromas are also present over some caramel sweet malt and candy like yeast.

Taste is awesome. Lots of juicy tropical fruits, mainly pinapple and mango that stay on the palate long after swallowed. this has notably less bitterness then is typical with the ninja series. Some caramel sweet malt and candy like flavors are also present.

Mouthfeel is great medium body, moderate bitterness and lots of carbonation makes this bery drinkable and perfect for summer.

Overall I reall enjoyed this. It might just be my new favorite from the ninja series.

Australian Summer Ninja from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.