msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
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 (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
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 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
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
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 (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
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 (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
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 (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2015 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. 4.2.
8/20/15 - Can, reminds me a lot of Pliney the Elder, solid example of the style, sadly it’s a style I can’t stomach much these days, the aroma is hoppy but it’s fairly tame, it’s a challenge to get that much hop aroma to break through the sweet malts and high alcohol, the flavor was very balanced, nice soft bitterness to it, crystal malt was on the verge of being too high but it isn’t, nice balanced C hop profile. Solid but not earth shattering like HF/Heady Topper ones. 3.9