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I went into my go-to store by my office on a mission for IPAs the other day and snatched this next beer up the moment I saw it.  I’m a big fan of both Beer’d and Pipeworks and was feeling pretty confident a collaboration between the two would be something to experience.

Beer Name: Dogs vs. Shinobi

Brewery: Beer’d Brewing Company (Stonington, CT) & Pipeworks Brewing Company (Chicago, IL)

Style: NEIPA

ABV: 6.5%

Description: A collaboration NEIPA playing off the name of each brewery’s popular, year-round hoppy offerings.  It was double dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic and brewed with an addition of guava puree.

Appearance: It poured to a murky yellowish-amber body topped by a thin foamy head.

Smell: Burst of tropical fruit with an added blast of orange and tangerine on the end.

Taste: Lots of tropical fruit juice (lead, appropriately, by guava) and pulpy citrus notes.  These were followed by a smooth, slightly creamy transition toward a mild haze haze of resinous bitterness beneath a second wave of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel: It had a fairly thick juice-like body with below moderate carbonation.

Hype: I was pretty excited to try this personally, but I don’t think there was much in the way of external motivation.

Overall: Really, really good!  It has a delicious tropical profile and just enough bitterness on the end to fulfill that craving for hops.  Very pleased by this pick up.