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This is just an amazing brewery from Chicago, Illinois that has exploded in the craft beer world. They make the best small batch beers available in the market. Unfortunately, they also have an extremely limited distribution market within the Chicago area. Getting your hands on some, consider it a treat just like with Lawson’s Finest, Hill Farmstead, The Alchemist, and Three Floyds. I am fortunate enough to have a beer buddy who takes care of me with beer from Pipeworks.
9.5% ABV. Pours nice golden orange. Aromas of grapefruit, orangey citrus, little pine, tropical fruit, dankness, and some faint malt behind the Citra hops. Flavors of orange, grapefruit, bit of tropical fruit, juicy hop with some bitterness on the tongue, some malty sweetness, very faint ABV presence in the end. Mouthfeel is medium and decent throughout. Overall, a really nice Citra beer.
9.5% ABV. Pours an orange-amber hue,. A decent haziness, frothy whitish head atop sticks around and laces well throughout. Aromas are firm and vibrant citrus, showing good grapefruit, lemon, and some pithy rind. Florals, grass, a bit resiny. Grapefruit juice and rind meet lemon, florals, and grass. Not complex, but by the book with flavors that flow well and work well together. Middle shows a sustained fruity hop presence, big citrus, some bready malt, soap and florals meet some decent resiny dryness in the back. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, I think I liked this one over the Citra. I also had a sample of the Simcoe Ninja at Dark Lord Day and I think I liked that one out of the three ninjas discussed here. 😉
9.5% ABV. Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head that lasts throughout. Aroma of orangey hops, wheat, some resin and syrupy caramel malts. The taste brings out pungent resinous hops, tropical fruits, oranges, and slightly syrupy caramel malts. Quite an astringency from the hops, yet the caramel malt is very prominent as well. Medium bodied as well. theBeerAuthority: B+
Coffee Break Abduction Imperial Stout
10.5% ABV. I tried a sample of the Raspberry Truffle Abduction Imperial Stout at Dark Lord Day and was hooked! I was able to land a bottle of the Coffee Break Abduction and was glad about that. Pours black with little toffee head that recedes quickly. Aroma is dark and roasted malt with coffee notes and some herbal, hoppy hints. Flavor is dark roasted malt with notes of oak and coffee and otherwise follows the nose. I was also able to pick up faint vanilla and molasses as well. Creamy texture, full body, soft carbonation and a lightly sweet finish. Overall, what a hell of a coffee beer and I want more of this stuff!
P.S. – I also tried Santa v. Unicorn Barleywine, Blood of the Unicorn Strong Ale and Unicorn’s Revenge DIPA which I wasn’t too crazy about. These beers were solid nonetheless! I’ll gladly take anything from Pipeworks!
Revolution Fistcal Cliff IPA
6.3% ABV. An IPA also brewed from Revolution Brewing Company in Chicago in collaboration with Half Acre, Three Floyds, and Bluejacket for the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference where I got to try it at ChurchKey (Washington, DC). Pours a well carbonated and lively glowing amber hue, a touch lighter, some mellow haziness, orange gold bottom and a frothy off-white layer atop films a bit, stays small and laces well throughout. Aromas are oranges and tangerines, some grapefruit, earthy hops and some touches of bready and pale malts, cereal grains. Firm dry bitterness tapers off a bit into the middle of the flavors. Cereal grains, bready, and some gentle sweetness. Fruit sweetness, citrusy orange and grapefruit. Floral, grass, a touch of cotton candy sweetness but not offensive. Backend is citrus juices, grapefruit rind, a firm dry bitterness. There was some lemon, tapering bitterness that seemed to die out in the back finish. A pretty solid IPA, the front end and nose were the winners for me though the malt offering did seem a bit unfocused and interfered that more robust, complex hop profile.