I see a ninja, I buy the ninja. Simple as that really. Here is another review of another ninja series beer from Pipeworks, this time it is showcasing Centennial hops. Centennial comes in at 9.5% ABV with no IBU listed.
Appearance: Hazy copper/amber color with a 1 finger head and plenty of sticky lacing down the glass.
Nose: Pretty fresh hop smell to it, when I drank this and made my notes this beer was bottled only 5 days before can’t get much fresher than that! Ripe tropical fruit, grapefruit, honey, pine and resin with some malt on the nose. Smells very sticky.
Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose with pine and resin notes up front with some grassy, caramel and honey as well. Good amount of malt in the taste, maybe more noticeable than the hop flavor of the beer. A little hot with the 9.5%, I wish the alcohol was turned down a little bit and the characters of the hop flavors could come out a bit more. This beer is also pretty brutal on your palate, crushing bitterness.
Price/Availability: Rotating with the other Ninjas as hops become available. The price is around $11.
Overall: A lower tier Ninja here, love that they always locally source the hops for the Ninja series beers. Unfortunately I think they could have better showcased Centennial in this one, not a lot of flavor from the hop, more just crushing bitterness and a little too hot and malty for me. I much prefer some of the other Ninjas to this one. I do hold all of them to high standards because I know how good they could be!