Beer Review: Pipeworks Amarillo Imperial IPA

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Another day, another ninja. This time I have Amarillo. Really though this is such a fantastic series from Pipeworks, even if some of the beers end up being misses in my eyes I still enjoy trying them all and they do an incredible job as a whole with the series. If nothing else it keeps drinkers interested and awaiting new ones to be released and also waiting for their favorites to return. Amarillo comes in at 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: 1 finger head, very cloudy light amber appearance. Super sticky lacing as you get down the glass. On the darker side of the spectrum for DIPA. Standard Ninja bottle featuring a different face and color palate.

Nose: Citrus, floral, earthy and some malt notes coming through right up front. Some pine resin and tropical fruit as well. You get a big aroma of fruity gummy candy as well. Really just a nice fruity, delicious smelling beer very inviting and begging you to take a sip.

Taste/Mouth: Fruity notes, tropical and citrus mostly. Juicy and piney feel as well. Caramel malt definitely very present, not a lot of heat on this one at all. It is very juicy and full feeling on the mouth which is very pleasant. Finishes bitter but still feels insanely crush-able for a 9.5% DIPA.

Price/Availability: Rotating with hop availability. $10 for a 9.5% DIPA is very reasonable in my mind.

Overall: One of the top tier Ninjas here for sure. Probably the most crush-able of the series, like I can’t stress enough how dangerously crush-able this beer is. I’ll buy one of these every time I see it being released. Great showcase of one of the greatest hops, Amarillo. Bravo Pipeworks.

Grade: A

 

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