Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orange-honey. Lasting head. Boozy but tropical fruity aroma. Great citrus acidity in the finish. Lots of pulp and pith. Solid body, very dry and never chewy. Impressive.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
CONGRATS ratebeerians Beejay and Gerrit!
Bottle bought at Benny’s and served in my GI IPA tulip: Pours a clean golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and spotty lace. Sure can not tell it was unfiltered. The aroma has notes of pine needles, grapefruit and some mango, pepper and clove, with biscuity malt background. Displays a classic PNW IPA character on the nose, reminds me much of a certain Pizza Port IPA.
The taste follows suit and is spot on, plenty of juicy fruit, plenty of piney hops, clean malt profile and a full force spicy finish. The alcohol is mostly hidden but you can tell it would whip your arse if if had a few too many. The only thing keeping the taste from a 10 is some garlic notes that appear as it warms.
Overall impression: A home run right out of the box... yep Beejay, may just have set the bar a tad high with this debut but that is far better than laying a dud. BIG PROPS!
<listening to Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, Biz Markie, Sir Mix-a-Lot and Cee Lo while enjoying this> Blew away that PP beer mentioned above which is one of my highest rated beers on this site... gotta bump up the scores!
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber I picked up at the Binny’s as part of FWB. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, resiny hops, and dank hops. Flavors of resiny hops, tons of citrus, tropical fruits, bit of booze, and finishes with a shit load of tongue buckling hops. Super fresh and extremely solid. Dig the label and black bottle caps too.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light gold with good, creamy, white head / Bright, floral nose of orange, grapefruit, bubblegum, soap, and resin / Medium body, soft carbonation, moderately sweet and biting, with fine balance and finish / Flavors of orange, pineapple, cut pine, bubblegum, with a hint of brown sugar / A fine start from this new brewer.
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light yellow-copper with white head. Nose of pine, resin, slight booziness, citrus. Lively carbonation medium body. Strong initial hop bite. Lots of pine and resin good sweetness that tries(but fails) to stand up to the hop bite. Lasting resin/carbonation burn. Out of whack in all the right ways. Keep up the good work!
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors poured into a snifter.
Ar: Citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon notes with piney undertones
Ap: Pours a beautiful deep golden amber with orange hues. Two finger bright white head, gorgeous lacing. This brew could not look more inviting.
T: Clearly a DIPA that means to be reckoned with. Strong floral and citrus notes dominate upfront-orange peel and orchid. Transitions into a slight sweetness and a touch of malt. Finishes with a crisp, sharp hop bite with pine undertones that gradually relents into smooth silk.
P: Medium body that is very appropriate and completely adequate for a DIPA. Medium to lower carbonation, enough to gentle tickle the tongue and roof of the mouth beckoning you to partake in another mouthful. Silky smooth.
O: Impressed. Simply impressed. The other DIPA that Ninja vs. Unicorn reminds me of is FFF Dreadnaught, but lacking some of the complexity in the middle. Still, for me to even compare a brewery’s first release to the complexity of FFF’s Dreadnaught, one of the best DIPA’s available in my opinion, is truly an accomplishment. That being said, Ninja vs. Unicorn is truly it’s own beer. I had high expectations for Pipeworks--they were exceeded. Can’t wait to see what they do with stouts!
JoePeesie (848) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 Pours an orange brown with 2 fingers of off white head. The nose on this beer is amazing, I’ve only smelled one that I enjoyed more than this. Taste was a palate brusing oily citric hop bomb. Great beer, and excellent choice for their first commercial release.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from the brewery (Chicago, IL). 1st Pipeworks rating from bottle. Pours a rich golden hazy pour, a bit light, but some orange glow creeps up on the edges. A fuller frothy offwhite head sits atop, dies down to a film that laces pretty well overall. Aromas are dank and rich, preaching lots of tropical fruit, melon, and rich bitter florals, grass. A touch of weed, mixing with lemons, oranges, and crisp pale malts. Touches of sweetness mix in, a rich fruity hoppy nose hangs on, with good vibes flowing strong. Fresh as fresh can be. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a bit lighter, preaching moderate to stronger bitterness. Good floral and fruity hops push into the fold, some juicy fruit, melon, and mango. Gentle lemon, oranges push on as it hits the palate. Middle throws just a touch of pale malt, as this beer, fresh as can be, is all about hops. Bitter grapefruit, rind, and melon lingering into the finish. A touch of white grape, gentle lemon, and the bitterness hits a bit harder into the finish. Dry and citrusy finish, some earthy florals, solid bitterness trails and lingers on. A healthy rich fresh DIPA locally, a niche that seems a bit lacking in the market of late (at least consistently available). Healthy hop melange, rich and complex, with good bitterness. Great first release by the Pipeworks guys here.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the line. Uh big thanks to the boys for having us and here’s my first pipeworks rate. Fuck ya!! Couldnt be more proud of you boys. This guy poured hazed golden with soapy white head. Aroma was very green, loaded with cat box and grapefruit citrus. Nice dank aroma. Flavors is sharply citrus, orange and grapefruit, cat box, grass, relate bright and green, malt base is simple and clean and is nicely un-noticed as is the alcohol, really crisp feel and crazily drinkable. What we have here is an imperial ipa that ranks up to the best of em. Really fresh and clean. Hard to believe this is one of the first brews to come of a brand new line but I’d love this beer as if it was made a thousand times. Great fucking job.