Beer Review: Pipeworks Sunburst Peacock IIPA


Fish, Unicorns and Ninjas are a few of my favorite things when it comes to Pipeworks beers. In this review I have Sunburst Peacock from Pipeworks with honey, guava and citra hops! This series, as most of Pipeworks double ipas, has impressed me quite a bit. Sunburst Peacock comes in at 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: Very hazy, deep golden copper color. Very small head, sticky lacing not a ton of head retention.

Nose: Guava is the big component. Passionfruit, pineapple, orange and mango come in big as well. Tropical fruit, for the most part it smells very fruity and kind of syrupy.

Taste/Mouth: Guava, mango, tropical fruit with not a ton of bitterness. Medium carbonation that finishes dry and sticky. High ABV is really well hidden as usual in these big pipeworks beers.

Price/Availability: $10.99 a bomber which is solid pricing as usual and it is a rotating beer.

Overall: Another well executed double IPA from Pipeworks, not their best but they are always solid. They do a great job with balance and masking the usual high ABV in these big hoppy beers. Sometimes the fruit addition works and sometimes it doesn’t, I think it adds a nice aspect to this beer. I would buy it again for sure.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Pipeworks Grungeist Imperial IPA


New ninja alert! Grungeist comes in at 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: Cloudy copper orange color with a 1 finger head. Sticky lacing and a head that dissipates to a thin layer. Typical ninja art.

Nose: Fruity and somewhat musty. White peach, stone fruit, white grapes, apricot, kiwi and some pineapple. Lemon and a malt backbone as well.

Taste/Mouth: Wow very unique flavors. White peach big time all the way through like a peach gummy flavored candy. Grapefruit, mango, apricot and grapes. Very juicy, flavorful and unique. You can pick up some heat but barely, it’s hidden well by the big juice and hop flavors. Keeps you interested.

Price/Availability: $10 a bomber in Chicago and pretty easy to find. Rotating as all the Ninjas are.

Overall: One of the most unique, if not the most unique Ninja to date. Grungeist is a new German hop and certainly has incredible depths of flavor. I am obviously a huge fan of this series (seeing as I have reviewed just about all of them) and I love they are pushing the boundaries of these single hop beers and using some new and different hops. This is an awesome and unique beer showcasing a hop I am sure we will start to see pop up more and more.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Pipeworks Sure Bet Imperial IPA


A little different than my usual Pipeworks Ninja reviews, here is a Pipeworks Unicorn beer. Sure Bet is their Imperial IPA brewed with honey and mango puree. They switched up the label instead of the unicorn puking its now raining the unicorn puke, I think? Sure Bet comes in at 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: Super hazy, nice bright orange color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin film. Fantastic lacing.

Nose: Huge nose, super juicy and dank. Super mango, no surprise as there is mango puree in this one, pineapple, tropical fruit, melon and orange. It smells like a fruit roll up. Some sweetness from the honey but mostly just super juicy fruit.

Taste/Mouth: Huge tropical fruit bomb. Mango, pineapple, peach, orange and some honey and malt sweetness to back it up. Medium carbonation, it feels a lot like an IPA and not a double, also drinks like one which is awesome considering the ABV. A little heat at the end and feels a little syrupy at times.

Price/Availability: 22oz bomber for $10 and its a rotating option. This is one of their most popular beers and definitely moves quickly.

Overall: Another exceptionally done IIPA from Pipeworks. I could smell this beer all day, it is so dank and juicy. I tend to avoid beers with fruit additions as I find it gimmicky and just usually adds a fake syrupy taste and feel to the beer. I will say I am glad I went against my judgement and grabbed one of these though, the mango puree does what it should, it complements the already great fruit notes from the hops and doesn’t compromise the feel of the beer. I would definitely grab this one again when it pops back up in the store and it is definitely worth seeking out.

Grade: A

Beer Review: Pipeworks Lizard King Pale Ale


I buy this beer a lot but I usually drink all 4 of them before I get around to jotting down some notes so I can actually review this beer. Pipeworks Lizard King is certainly one of my go to beers, especially fresh. Glad I am finally getting around to getting it up on the site. Lizard King is Pipeworks Mosaic Hopped American Pale Ale and one of their flagship canned options. Lizard King comes in at 6.5% ABV.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with a soapy 1/2 finger head, nice lacing. A really nice looking beer. As usual Pipeworks has great artwork.

Nose: Huge mosaic nose. Grapefruit, lemon, floral, orange rinds, tangerine, melon, honey dew and kiwi. Really nice deep tropical fruit notes, really dank APA.

Taste/Mouth: Follows nose closely with lemon, citrus, melon, grapefruit and floral hop notes. Grassy with some biscuit malt and piney on the back end. Hits on a lot of different flavors. Really easy to drink and crushable but still nicely complex and keeps you very interested.

Price/Availability: Regular release from Pipeworks. 4 pack of 16oz cans for $10. Pretty always readily available and easy to find fresh in the Chicagoland area.

Overall: Pipeworks really nailed this one, this beer is so close to being perfect. As I mentioned before this is one of my go to beers and one of my favorites to session. I love getting to the store and seeing a 4 pack of Lizard King under a week old, instant buy no questions asked. Definitely one of the best APA’s you can get here in the Midwest. Mosaic is perfectly displayed in this beer, would love to start seeing this on draft more.

Grade: A

Beer Review: Pipeworks Lil Citra Session IPA


Pipeworks is further extending their line of  4 pack 16 ounce cans by adding a new Session IPA in Lil Citra. I was excited for this release as I am obviously a huge fan of Citra as a hop and Pipeworks really hit a homerun with Lizard King. Lil Citra comes in at 4.9% ABV,

Appearance: Very slight haze, golden copper color with a small head and some decent lacing. As usual the can art is outstanding, Pipeworks has some incredible visuals on their beers.

Nose: Big dank citra aroma, mandarin orange and orange juice. Citrus zest with some biscuity malt aromas. Earthy and floral hops. Big nose for a session IPA.

Taste/Mouth: Juicy citrus fruits, oranges, mango and some earthy flavors as well. Some biscuit and cereal malt as well. Finishes clean with some lingering fruity flavors. Real easy drinking with some decent depth to keep you interested.

Price/Availability: New in cans around $9/4 pack and availability in Chicagoland seems to be good.

Overall: A nice addition to Pipeworks increasing line of canned offerings. Lil Citra is an easy drinking session IPA that excels in the aroma department while also offering some good depth of flavor. I still prefer Lizard King, although it is an APA and Lil Citra is a session IPA, they still seem comparable and Lizard King is still the top dog. This will be in my rotation though and is a great warm weather beer.

Grade: B

Beer Review: Pipeworks Lupine Imperial IPA


Lupine Ninja is up next in my relentless pursuit of reviewing every Ninja out there. I love how Pipeworks literally reveals nothing about this series on their site, just the abv of the ninjas and everything else is just blank. Was excited to see Pipeworks take on this new hop variety. Lupine comes in at 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: Very light, hazy, golden yellow color. 1 finger head with some great lacing. Standard ninja bottle showcasing the eyes of a brewery employee, I believe.

Nose: Super interesting nose on this one. Some unique flower and earthy notes followed up with a big hit of white grapes. Tropical fruit, mango peel, lime and lemon are also quite prevalent. The white grape make for an interesting aroma, definitely an extremely unique hop.

Taste/Mouth: Really nice flavor, super juicy and full feeling. Finishes bitter and slightly dry with a nice tingle and heat from the alcohol. Some of the notes from the nose make there way into the taste such as the white grape, mango and tropical flavors. Really nice flavors and just like the nose, very unique.

Price/Availability: This is a newer Ninja but I suspect it will be rotating as the rest of the series is. $10 for a bomber so the price is right.

Overall: Very unfamiliar with this hop variety but sign me up because after this beer I am certainly a fan. This is a fantastic double IPA and I ended up buying a few of these and enjoyed them a lot. I will continue to grab any new beers from this series and continue to revisit my favorites when they are re-released, add this one to the list!

Grade: A

Beer Review: Pipeworks Hallertau Blanc Imperial IPA


You guys know the drill by now. Pipeworks makes single hop Double IPAs dubbed the Ninja series. I buy them all, I review them all, I drink most of them every chance I get. This one is a showcase of one of the hottest hop varieties out there, Hallertau Blanc. This particular Ninja, Hallertau Blanc, comes in at 10% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thick and pillowy white head. Really awesome sticky lacing all the way down the glass as you make your way through this beer. Standard ninja label art.

Nose: Really strong tropical fruit nose. You get pineapple, berry, mangos, passionfruit and get ready for this one, starfruit! Super awesome to get so many unique tropical fruits and to get really great notes from them all. You get some citrus fruit in there as well, especially grapefruit. Some malt sweetness of course, to be expected on a 10%er.

Taste/Mouth: Citrus comes through first with some lemon and grapefruit flavors followed up by strong tropical fruits. The sweet malt comes through as well. Not as much heat as you would expect at 10%. Very sticky and dry finish, which makes taking the next sip a no brainer.

Price/Availability: Rotating with hop availability (although I think at this point they have only done this one once). Decent price as with all the Ninjas, in the $9-$10 ballpark.

Overall: Another successful Ninja. A great showcase of one of the most popular hops in the game currently, Hallertau Blanc, which has some really amazing unique flavors to it and this is a great way to explore those flavors uninhibited. Keep them coming Pipeworks, I will continue to drink them!

Grade: A-