War Bird
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #13
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #17,524
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
239
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews by F1Rumors:
Photo of F1Rumors
2.71/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours smoothly to yield a hazy pale yellow, opaque glass of beer with a head that rapidly thins to a lacy covering. Smells rather like tar soap, which for me is most off-putting: very distressing to drink from a glass when your nose tells you it is soap.

However, braving the nose yields a bright, fruity beverage with a citrus hop finish. Pleasant and definitely sessionable, once you get past the haze and the smell. It's a decent beer in many ways, but it is not for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More of an APA/BPA hybrid, doesn't come off as a saison at all really. Some peppery earthiness from the yeast, but that's about where any similarities end.

Murky canary yellow with an orangey tint. Thin layer of foam, a decent collar of lace around the edges at first, but not much long lasting. Floating island of skim on the surface.

Somewhat mellow aroma in the glass, Belgian yeast is apparent, wheat maybe?
Initial whiff of hops when the can was opened, but it tapered off fast.

Taste is earthy and bitter with some nice resiny citrus peel, lemon zest, and a dandelion green bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Grassy and dry from the Hallertauer Blanc. Clean and light bodied, very sessionable as the name suggests. Light carbonation, not filling and pretty thirst quenching. Overall this was a solid session candidate, good for summer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I first had a small pour of this I was led to believe it was a session IPA. In that context, it felt all wrong. When I reapproached it out of the can with the knowledge of what it was - Hallertau Blanc hops, saison yeast - it really opened my eyes. This will grow on you, initially seeming simple; some spicy yeast, some bitter hops, a clean finish, nothing special. But man, how it develops. Hallertau is a unique and complex hop, chameleon-like; at one moment spicy and herbal, at the next like musky grapes, then pungent tropical notes of papaya / guava / passionfruit, then a fruity resin. There is a great dose of bitterness and though it's an incredibly pale and soft yellow color, the malt and the saison yeast do seem to impart something more substantial and creamy ... not falling prey to the watery session beer feel. Simply phenomenal session beer.

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Photo of dedbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ConorGolden
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeanBond
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid beer, perfect for the summer (or any time you're thirsty). The Hallertau blanc hops work perfectly and help to mellow out a style that sometimes too strongly features Belgian yeast for my taste (not my favorite type). Another excellent beer by Pipeworks, and something that I'm glad is being released in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans!

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edhizdeid
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djuhnk
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright hazy straw color, beautiful beer.

S- Orange pith, flowery hops, a touch of funky yeasty farmhouse character

T- orange rind, and flowers, similar to smell. Slightly acidic taste, but not sour. seems like it got some acidity from the yeast they used. bright hops. the farmhouse/Belgian esters are very subdued

M- Medium-high carbonation, perfect for the style

Overall- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I normally am not a huge fan of Belgian/Farmhouse beers
I wasn't expecting the best when I looked at the previous ratings. I would definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeithE
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a session IPA that packs a flavor punch. Nice citrusy flavors and well balanced beer give it a very good taste. Normally session IPA's don't impress me a lot but this is definitely the exception. Another one hit out of the park for Pipeworks. Keep the cans coming!

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Photo of dataylor21
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pinyin
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served 38F from the 16 ounce can into a 14 ounce goblet. Canning date 8-15-16

This is definitely a hybrid (saison/pale) ale yeast and grain blend. The hops lean more towards a citra pale ale.

Color is really nice here. Light translucent yellow. The same color associated with heavier saison's.

The aroma is lightly floral and an equal amount of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons. Vegetal and some very slight malt and yeasty scents behind that.

Citra hopped, session saison, would be the most accurate description here. This is probably the most hoppy siason I've ever tried, but it's also much lighter and fruitier like an american pale ale.

A very light but somewhat chewy citrus saison ale. Medium body, as if some small % of wheat is added. Very nice carbonation. No off flavors-clean fermentation and sanitization.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky yellow straw color that I want to hate but somehow I don't. Tons of tropical fruit hit the nose; pineapple, mango, and passion. The taste adds grapefruit to the mix as well as a bready malt character that provides nice balance. A touch watery on the mouthfeel, the flavors would be carried even better by a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of jdm5161
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GMorgan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jscheuf
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dan_K
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lanciloti
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

War Bird from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 239 ratings