War Bird | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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3.84/5
Very Good
238 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The War Bird, the trusty side-kick of the ninjas, has been deployed! This delicious session ale, is reliable and remarkably complex. Always there when ya call, the bird is the word.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-25-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,003
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
238
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
38
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kantner13
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pour a slightly hazy bright yellow with a nice Belgian head (great retention) with small bubbles. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, but faint, with some slight hints of lemon and some clove. The taste is fairly mild, which is expected given the ABV, but with a surprising amount of complexity. Very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like a hazy lemon gummy bear, this beer pours that shade with a creamy 2 finger cap.

Actually I get lemon on the nose too, with some Belgian yeasty esters. Clove and piney hop intertwine.

Flavor is very refreshing - lots of Belgian yeast and clove, with lemony hop, slight pine, slight banana, rice cracker, passion fruit, and grapefruit pith. Slight herbal and earth suggestions trailing on the end.

Crisp, clean feel with a semi dry parch. So refreshing.

Overall, a very nice, easy, light Belgian style IPA with a rice paper feel to it and lemony hops. I'll enjoy the rest of the 4 pack and look forward to picking up more soon.

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Photo of DrederickTatum
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. canned 8/22/17

Pours cloudy hazy golden yellow with a creamy white foam head. Smells like apricot, grapes, gooseberry, passionfruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, apple, pear, banana, bubblegum, peppery clove spice, bready crackery malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes a bit lighter with some bready crackery cereal grain malt, some apricot, grapes, gooseberry, passionfruit, orange citrus, grapefruit, apple, pear, banana, bubblegum, peppery clove spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice hoppy Belgian style session ale.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz, canned 07/03/17
Pale straw yellow body with a persistent white colored head. Grassy and tropical hops; passion fruit and lemon lime, along with some Belgian yeast. Hop forward and refreshing with notes of lemon-lime and passion-fruit, fruity Belgian yeast, and a bit of pineapple; faint cracked wheat for a malt base, but it's weak. Very light body with higher carbonation, modestly bitter showcasing the hop flavors rather than the bitterness. Overall, super easy to drink and quite flavorful.

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Photo of AD17
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adam36
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, cloudy yellow with a massive, three-plus fingers of airy, bright white suds that are quick to dissipate. Modest lacing.

Belgian yeast, lemongrass and some slight crackery malt in the nose.

The taste exhibits bigger Belgian yeast, more lemongrass and a fairly dry, water cracker finish.

The lighter side of medium-bodied with a peppery zing to the carbonation in the feel.

This can is undated. I have reason to believe its old, but the beer is good enough I feel okay rating it anyhow.

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Photo of probert
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GDawgs34
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Big bubbly head, a classic saison look with the cloudy golden honey in appearnence,

S: Lemongrass, funky belgian yeast, a sudsy lemony smell like wheat could be in the mix

T: A lemongrass big note with a dryness. Slight Ester taste but defintly funky from the belgian yeast. Overall light in taste though.

F: A smooth beer with a slight funk bite

O: Would have liked something with a little more flavor and body but considering it's a session ale, can't complain too much. Beer would be good with a springy chicken dish. To me this beer is very refined and takes your typical session ale but elevates it. I think Pipeworks did a good job with this one and although it's not bursting with hops or barrel aged etc. I can definitely appreciate the time and effort that went into making this fine brew.

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Photo of Moestavern
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of strohme2
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned dated 5/8/2017 poured into my Lexan tulip for outdoor fun times. Bright golden yellow pour with smallish white head that leaves a small ring on the perimeter. Slightly hazed body. Nose is light Belgian funk, dough and soft hops. Was not expecting this to have Belgian characteristics. Bubble gum, lemon, pepper, grassiness, some citrus pith. Good mouthfeel, soft and drinkable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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War Bird from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 238 ratings