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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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When ninjas take a break from their battles with the mythical unicorn, they like truly embrace their innner hop head. This particular ninja has chosen to walk the path of the Citra hop. Absolutely loaded with Citra hops, this Imperial IPA is brimming with juicy hop character from nose to palate. Enjoy a break from life’s own battles with a Citra Ninja

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4
kaser (6471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Poured from a bomber. Thx Dallas. Golden reddish pour. Sticky head. Good citrus aroma. Very bitter fruity and kinda of nutty backbone. Great beer

4
b3shine (9347) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bomber to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks good; a transparent burnt-orange with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes good too; sweet and hoppy. Good on the palate as well. Nice!

4.2
mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle thanks kan. Pours dank orange fluffy cloud head. Big orange aroma. Taste is thick hoppy citrus yummy in my tummy

4.8
Busko (9) - Keller, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012 does not count
Serving from bottle, the aroma is strong and inviting with tangerine, grapefruit and the dankest of weed. Malts are light to no presence and are buried beneath the hops. Good carbonation and lacing. As the beer warmed, there was little to no alcohol burn, awesome for a 9.5% abv. This is my ideal DIPA and one of the best I’ve tried in the Midwest.

4.2
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
22 oz bottle from Binnys SL (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deeper amber orange hue, healthy deep glow, darker hues in the body with firm haze. Bigger cakey offwhite head stays as a bigger layer, laces well overall. Aromas are a firmly catty and bigger fruit melange. Settles a bit showing big tropical fruit and citrusy grapefruit, orange, by-the-book bigger Citra hop elements give lots of fruit flavor, firm bitterness, melange of fruit, tropical and juicy fruit, some citrus, florals and grass. Bready malts, touch of bubblegum. But never gets to that ’ah, too sweet, fruit, cotton candy" realm at all that some beers like this do. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a bit lighter with some firm bitterness, dry florals, grass, lemons up front. A dry punch up front, firmly bitter with lemons, touches of melon. Bitterness grows as it warms, nice bigger kick up front, dry and resiny. Middle shows a mellow fruit sweetness, some bread, pale malts. Never gets sweet from a malt body standpoint, never gets full or cloying. A lighter body supports a bigger Citra hopping. Firmly bitter, good fruity orange, tropical fruit, and melon flavors. Grapefruit, florals, and lemons. A touch spicy, dry earthy florals, bit of pine into the backend. This really is a choice offering, small malt body with a healthy, flavorful, complex hopping. I love Ninja vs. Unicorn, but thos Citra hopping is really above it. Sometimes, Citra beers get a bit sweet for me but this really stays firmly bitter throughout, the malt body stays small, cotton candy elements stay away. Backend might give me just a faint waft of that odd "Little Caesars Pizza Spice" thing I get sometimes, but it’s fleeting. Really damn nice beer here, Beej and Gerrit. My favorite Pipeworks beer so far (With Ninja and Close Encounter rounding out the Top)

4.3
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded short stemmed tulip/snifter. Pours a caramel-colored amber with golden hues topped by a slightly off-white two finger head. The nose is a huge blast of orange blossoms, pineapple, citrus rind, and some alcohol. Opens with pineapple, tangerine, and yuzu. The malt joins with the citrus flavors midpalate creating flavor that is reminiscent of caramel-covered orange. The citrus-caramel flavors give way to bitter grapefruit and citrus rind. A huge malt bill lends itself to a fairly full-bodied brew that is slick and silky on the palate, moderately carbonated. A citra hops bomb and another great addition to Pipeworks’ lineup of excellent DIPA/IIIPA’s.

3.9
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
22oz bottle from Cardinal Warehouse Wine & Liquor in Niles, IL. Batch #54. Pours a clear, somewhat deeper golden colored body with a finger-width, dense, creamy and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of soapy lacing throughout. Aroma is huge Citra hops with juicy pineapple resins, melons, clementines, and a few tropical fruits. Sweeter grass and pines with a few floral notes and a light, clean pale malt backing. Flavor is similar. Sweeter, juicy CItra hops with plenty of resiny pineapples and melons. Slightly dank grass and pines with a few florals, some tropical fruits, and a clean pale malt backing. Finishes dry, resiny, juicy, and moderately bitter with a light alcohol warmth before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, slippery body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, one-dimensional, but a very enjoyable IPA. Not overly bitter with a clean pale malt backing that allows the bright, juicy, sweeter Citra hops to shine. Yum.

4
dinkle50 (1596) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Aroma of citrus. Smooth mouth. Huge citrus notes. Super dank and grassy. This is very delicious DIPA.

3.4
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle served in my Pipeworks snifter: Pours a deep golden hue with a fading fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has brash Citra overtones that is dank, resin, lemon, tangerine, peppery and pity. The light pale malts pretty much do not not make much of an impression. The taste is more of the same cat pee, onion, garlic, dankness and resin overtone with a sharp citrus character. Again the malts are hardly found. The finish has moderate peppery and leafy notes. The mouth feel is highly aggressive and biting, some alcohol warming. Lingering pity character kept it from being a 5. Extreme Hop Heads will dig this but I found it one-dimensional and overbearing within one glass and will have a hard time finishing off the bomber.

4
ryecatcher (1474) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bomber. Pours a hazy orange gold, with a slight head, little retention. Nose is dankness and Christmas trees (tis the season!), with some grapefruit in the background. Mouth is big and full of tropical fruit up front (pineapple and guava) good bitterness and some underlying candy sugariness. Bit of warmth from the 9.5% pokes its way through. Really liked this one a lot. 2012 was a big inaugural year for PWBC, here’s to many more!


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