Bunny & The Bird | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Bunny & The BirdBunny & The Bird

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh from an overseas adventure, the delightfully intrepid duo, Bunny and Bird, have teamed up to brew a splendidly hoppy English IPA with a crisp and clean English ale yeast. The brew is packed with an intriguing combination of juicy, tropical Australian Galaxy hops, and grassy, vinous German Hallertau Blanc. It's a positively tip-top combination that The Bunny and The Bird hope you will enjoy. Cheerio!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-06-09 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bottle

A - Mildly-hazy amber-orange with a 2.5-finger off-white head and moderate lace.

S - Tropical, candied-orange, melon, mild dank, bread and a very light touch of caramel.

T - Moderately hop-forward then some candied-orange, melon, biscuit, pine, mint tea, a bit of alcohol and a very nice trailing orange-peel bitterness. Dries nicely with a pleasantly-tamed but quite-evident citric bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Starts pretty smooth but some prickly resins creep in; in a good way.

O - I like this beer's balance point between the fruit sweetness, complimentary flavors (like mint tea) and the zesty bitterness. Would seek this out again.

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Photo of the_stove
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent hybrid authentic English Pale Ale and American IPA. I've had a few British pale ales, greatly enjoyed them (yes, something more/better than Boddington's), and sought them out with little success. Thankfully, this beer hits it right on the head. It starts out with the flavorful drinkability of an English pale ale and ends with the hop punch of an American IPA.
Excellent appearance, as it has a deep orange color, right in line with your average IPA.
The nose, much like the sip, is heavy on the English malt and lures you into a false sense of security before the hop attack at the end of the sip. The two come together to form a pleasing flavor at the end, one that is slightly more IPA.
The mouth feel is sprightly, it's well carbonated which seems to add to the vinous nature of the beverage.

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Photo of Brams17
4.15/5  rDev +1%

A: Poured into a snifter. Poured with a copper/amber color with a nice foamy head. Some haze.

S: Floral and melon like fruit notes. Hints of malt aroma under the hops.

T: Melon and white wine like fruit flavors. Nice hop bitterness. some nice sweet malt in the finish. Some nice English yeast esters.

M: Typical medium bodied Pipeworks IPA. Always a smooth drinking experience with their beers.

O: Not a typical English IPA. A lot fruitier than others I've had. Really good, though that's to be expected from Pipeworks! These guys are great!

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Photo of GJ40
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle I picked up during a recent visit to Chicago.

Copper with a slight haze and a moderate white head. Good lacing. Aroma is grassy, earthy hops with bready malts. Flavor is hop forward, even for an English IPA, with fruity notes, especially orange, and a nice lingering bitterness. A creamy, smooth texture with a low to moderate carbonation.

A great take on the English IPA! I loved it.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Semi cloudy orange, one finger head and not much lacing.

S-Bread, some earthy notes, some citrus and a tad bit of grapes.

T-Too much bread for my taste, some malt and the Nelson hops come through slightly.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation, some hop bite.

O-The beer wasn't that old but still seems too malty for my tastes.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a short nonic)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish-brown body with a slow carbonation and a thick bubbly head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- The herbal green hops are full but mellow with some sweet malt aroma a bit softer in the finish.

T- The herbal leafy green hops have that classic British hops flavor that is almost minty with some pine resin qualities. There is a sweet malt finish that leads to a short bitter note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some alcohol heat growing spicy as it opens up.

O- This beer has a big alcohol spice and a full mellow British hop flavor and it the sweetness was a bit bigger with more depth this would make a great barley wine. I like the British hops in lighter session beers but I just didn't find it that interesting here.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Bunny & the Bird pours a nice, warm golden-brown, inflected with soft red-orange hues when held to light. Its nose is definitely both resinous and vinous, with hints of the relatively-high ABV, but otherwise the beer is not very assertive or strong in any olfactory sense.

Meanwhile, upon taste, the malty sweetness is rich and deep—almost akin to a good red ale—but belies a thinner, albeit clean and nicely thin, mouthfeel relative to what I'd expect based on the beer's style and constituents: it's simply much more buoyant than the taste, richness, and sugars would have one presuppose.

The hopping is certainly less aggressive than, say, Three Floyds' Blackheart (another excellent "English Imperial" from the Chicago-area), and decidedly less floral as well; however, the hop trio seems furnished and harnessed to serve the finish, not the start, of this beer, imparting a refreshing, sharply acute bitterness that pleasingly cleans out the bold, bodied malty sweetness that that is the primary feature of The Bunny & the Bird. Indeed, the unexpected thinness of the mouthfeel is thereby very effective for Pipeworks' treatment of this style: it aids these nice piney-hoppy bitters in carrying away the beer's core warm rotundity, which impresses itself strongly upon the palate from the first moment (and which itself functions to cloak the alcohol's central spirit, otherwise only detectable at the nose).

On a final note: the label art is pretty perfectly matched to its contents.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 4/19/14 batch into an IPA glass.

Look: ruby-tinged orange-brown, small off-white head, decent carbonation.

Smell: a bit unusual; very slight citrus notes, but maybe closer to watermelon, with a fair bit of maltiness. As it warms, the citrus gets much more noticeable, and a faint bourbon character.

Taste: initial taste is strong balance of malt and fruity hops—tart berries, pink grapefruit, papaya. Which is unceremoniously replaced by a mouthful of bitter weirdness shortly—burnt wood, tobacco, dirt, tea. Aftertaste is again sweeter, predominated by biscuit, with some clementines and vanilla.

Feel: unremarkably fine.

Overall: I just recently had a legitimate English IPA—the sworn favorite of an actual British person—and do prefer this, but not by a lot. The middle raft of flavors is just a little too offputting for me (and I often like weird, grassy/earthy IPAs), but if that's your thing, then you'll probably like this a lot, as it is obviously high-quality.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A medium-dark shade of orange caramel in color. Forms a moderate sized creamy lightly tan colored head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is very hop forward, though it's mostly the El Dorado: sweet citrus, juicy clementine, tropical fruits. Maybe a touch of caramel malts.

T: Taste follows the aroma in that it is also hop forward. Certainly, there is a maltier base than in the Ninja-series beers, but it's still about the hops. A very juicy beer. Notes of pear, tropical fruits, and white grapes. Citrus to a lesser extent. A touch of earthy pine on the back end.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body. Mild bitterness has a bit of astringency to it. Soft carbonation.

O: I'm going to agree with Masterski on this one: Not an English IPA. However, it's still a fine beer and, personally, I think these hoppy creations are where PW does it's best work.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger and a half settles to a thin cap, collar, and a few splotches of lace. Hazy burnt amber body.

S - Reminds me more of an American red ale in some ways, with the heavier emphasis on burnt sugar and toffee malts. There's some earthy and grassy hop, mixed with a touch of tropical fruits. Some might find the hop profile a bit vomity, but it doesn't bother me.

T - The taste is similar, but with more passion fruit and guava, and less overt toffee and brown sugar; more red fruits and grass. Still fairly balanced; somewhere between an English IPA and American red ale. Mild bitterness, but not excessive.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation for the style. Medium-full body, with some stickiness to it and lingering resins and oils. Drinks more like an English DIPA, than an English IPA (if such a distinction existed) - didn't realize this was 9%, but that makes sense. No real alcohol presence, and would have guessed 7.5% or so.

D - I enjoyed this; had no problems with the bomber on my own. English IPA may be a bit of a stretch; more along the lines of an Imperial Red Ale to me. Still, it's a pretty successful brew that I hope they make again.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark burnt orange with a nice two finger head with great lacing.

S: Smell's like fruit loops. Strong berry, mango, grapefruit, then fades into a beautiful white wine. After that you get the nice malt character with some of the English yeast character. Really love this aroma, smells like candy!

T: The taste reminds me of the aroma fruity, and juicy. Then you get the nice Nelson white wine character. Nice bready English character and yeast character.

M: Crisp mouthfeel. Medium body with some sweetness but nice. Really drinkable beer.

O: Another amazing DIPA from Pipeworks, would love to see this to get more again sometime!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy dirty orange, 1 finger off-white head,
mild lacy

S: sweet mango, orange peel, pine, biscuit malt

T: same as nose, sweet biscuit malt, long bitter finish

M: med body, big sticky oily mouth

O: Such a great palate adventure, thank you
Pipeworks! Love that people are still exploring
rarely used styles. English Imp IPA is yummy.


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Photo of joeseppy
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orangey marmalade pour with off white head. Aggressive pour puts on a dazzling cascading carbonation show. Neat uprush producing the hoppy head.

Difficult to nail down any fruit but the medley is there. Hop spice, biscuity and somewhat 'danky', thats if we're going English here-pinkies up!

Malt serves up first and ebbs well to introduce a wonderful peppery hop spice. Touch of caramel and burnt sugar. Rich resiny pine. Again I'm having a difficult time in the game of Name that Fruit-but it's there.

Medium and creamy. Very luxurious.

I'm impressed with the richness provided. I can only imagine supremacy if rye were added to this. This is well balanced and a pleasure to spend time with. A lot of times I'm one and done or been there-done that, but this I'm going back for. Maybe I'll get the name of that fruit later. Outstanding indeed!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, Batch #379/382 printed on the label. Another new IPA creation from Pipeworks, with more awesome bottle art. Some interesting hop varieties used here, so needless to say, I'm pretty excited.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright burnt sienna orange with just over two fingers of creamy frothy khaki head. Leaves behind some semi-decent spotty lacing.

S - The smell is fruity, hoppy, floral, and tropical. Mango, papaya, grapefruit, berries, clean alcohol fumes, mild soapiness. A very lovely aroma.

T - The taste follows the nose - bitter, fruity, juicy. Grapefruit, passionfruit, mango, some berry flavors that I can't identify, lightly grapey. Very fresh, juicy, and tropical tasting. The high 9.00% abv is hardly noticeable at all. The bready English malt is in play, but the hops steal the show.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Mild bitterness. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, another delicious DIPA from Pipeworks, but I think that goes without saying most of the time. I would definitely have this one again, and I highly recommend it.

Pipeworks Bunny & The Bird ---4.5/5

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Bunny & The Bird from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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