Bunny & The Bird | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Bunny & The BirdBunny & The Bird

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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!

Added by ahbithwabm on 04-23-2014

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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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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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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Bunny & The Bird from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 105 ratings