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)
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.