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Dysfunctionale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beerinator on 07-07-2004)
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Photo of rhoadsrage


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer is a warm orange hazy body with a creamy white head that last a good while. There was no sign of carbonation due to the hazy body.

S- The smell of green hops with a soft aroma of orange Tang or creamsicles in the background got me interested. No real aroma of malt or alcohol even as it warmed, it was all just hops and orange.

T- The green hops did not taste as orange as they smelled but they did have a citrus note with some pine flavors as it warmed. There was pale malt flavors along with some sweet lightly toasted malt that gave a bit of support to the hops. The finish was a very soft bitter hop flavor but the bulk of the hop flavor was at the front.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz texture that cuts the flavor short.

D- This had some nice flavor but bit it was a bit one-dimensional with citrus hops playing the lead and not much support from other hops or malt or even alcohol.

04-18-2006 01:59:18 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of jbphoto88


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at the brewery this beer is described on the menu as being a "big malty ale with an obscene American hop character." Lets put that claim to the test. It pours a hazy amber orange with a thick sticky khaki head.

The smell is hops baby. This one delivers with some bold citrusy notes and a good balance of malt in the background.

Taste is initially bitter with a citrus bite with a strong malts. Nice astringency but this beer shines in the balance of hop and malt. Well done.

The finish is sweet and malty with a lovely pinch to the tongue. Moderate carbonation makes this beer really work.

11-29-2008 19:54:16 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Southernbrew


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

Orange with a small foamy head.

The aroma was full of citrusy hops without any real malt to back it up. Fairly enticing though.

Full bodied and very smooth. The flavor is mostly of floral hops with no real bitterness. There is some spiciness in the finish.

This is a fairly easy drinking, session IPA. It's not the greatest I've had but I could drink a few of these no problem.

08-25-2004 17:40:52 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of falconxman


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-28-2013 19:14:42 | More by falconxman
Photo of ItsGotaBeUrBull


4/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2013 15:42:32 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
Photo of oso


4/5  rDev 0%

11-23-2012 00:24:08 | More by oso
Photo of xxcxme


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-17-2013 21:02:51 | More by xxcxme
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev 0%

10-25-2013 15:42:53 | More by emerge077
Photo of CaptainNomihodai


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-25-2013 05:45:17 | More by CaptainNomihodai
Photo of Bierguy5


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

6.5% ABV. Pours a cloudy gold/orange color. Fluffy white head holds together well for a few minutes. Nice patches of lace.

Juicy citrus, and a whiff of pine in the nose. Slight caramel malt note as well. Smells well hopped.

A bit of a lighter caramel malt backbone opens things up. Big juicy, citrusy hop flavors. Still very well balanced. Alcohol very well hidden.

Medium body, with good carbonation. Very easy to drink. A very nice selection here.

05-25-2009 16:10:54 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of injuredreserve


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-30-2013 04:02:02 | More by injuredreserve
Photo of megahurts4


4.45/5  rDev +11.3%

Piece Brewery Dysfunctionale served on tap

Appearance and Smell: Small head with good lacing. Dark-golden clear with a WONDERFUL hoppy flower and fruit/berry aroma.

One of the most flavorful IPA I've had. Not as malty as described, but it is very tasty. I would be sure to have another next time I'm in Chicago.

10-09-2010 02:52:06 | More by megahurts4
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Picked up a growler from Piece brewery. I just have to say, the Sunday special is truly epic. Large pie and growler for $25; a steal! Anyways, poured into a tumbler from the growler.

A: Pours a pretty hazy homebrew amber.

S: It has a soft citric hop scent but the malt is also noticeable.

T: The taste follows the smell. Subtle hops well balanced by the malt. Delicious! Very flavourful!

D: Excellent drinkability! The alcohol is completely masked and the beer has the perfect level of carbonation.

Overall: This is a very well made beer. It is a great example of the no-coast IPAs that are carving their own name in the great American craft beers. It is just bursting with flavour and although there are better IPAs out there, this is definatley not one to pass up. Couple that with the excellent bargain and great food available from Piece and its a steal!

Note: I went to Rome for a month last summer and like nearly everyone, was blown away by the pizza. Out of the many pizzerias I've eaten at in New York and Chicago, this is the closest to a Roman pizza that I've had. This beer is also the perfect brew to pair with their delicious margherita pizza.

Do yourself a favour and get over to Piece!

10-25-2010 04:47:04 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of Etan


3.94/5  rDev -1.5%

On tap at Piece.

A: Copper-gold with a decent white head.

S: Sweet sticky citrus and tropical fruits (clementine, apricot, pineapple, mango) with a malty base.

T: More fruity hop notes with some hefty malt sweetness. Vanilla cake, grapefruit, peach, mango. Some clove-like esters as well.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Good fruity hop notes here, with a malt/ester character that almost reminds me of a hefeweizen. Interesting.

05-16-2013 03:35:30 | More by Etan
Photo of ystazi


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-01-2014 00:33:28 | More by ystazi
Photo of Drucifer


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-31-2013 14:35:02 | More by Drucifer
Photo of csustar001

New York

4/5  rDev 0%

07-13-2012 19:24:50 | More by csustar001
Photo of WestSideAmish


4/5  rDev 0%

01-09-2012 16:56:14 | More by WestSideAmish
Photo of Thorpe429


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-03-2013 14:51:22 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of granger10


4.08/5  rDev +2%

Deeper bronze color with a medium bright white head. Not much lacing. Smells nutty but the very grapefruit dominate. A touch of earthy hop flavors as well. Taste is rounded with softer malty caramel flavors. Heightened acidity from the hops on top of the caramel. Juicier in flavor than I thought it might be from the smell. A touch of biscuit in the back. Finish has some ice tea character and a bit drying but still a touch of juice character. Piney bitter flavors increase in the end as well. Medium bodied, lower carbonation, very easy to session.

09-17-2006 20:04:27 | More by granger10
Photo of woodychandler


3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

This was an IPA and it arrived with no head on a very cloudy, deep-amber colored beer. The nose was highly hoppy and the mouthfeel was medium with a good, hoppy presence on the palate. The finish was so grapefruit-citrusy that it left little question as to what style of beer it was.

10-02-2006 08:36:43 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Review from notes. Clearish golden-yellow pour, with about a half inch of fizzy white head that displayed moderate retention and a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma was hop-driven, citrus and light notes of tropical fruit. More malty goodness in the taste, citrus zest, tropical fruit rind, over a solid sweet malts base. Pretty basic, pretty good. Light-medium body, sufficiently bitter and dry in the finish, moderate carbonation, pretty easily drinkable.

10-14-2012 20:08:29 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Realale


4.4/5  rDev +10%

Hazy dull gold with orangish highlights. Decent white head dissipates rather quickly.

Gorgeous nose of citric American hops mixed with deep crackery malt. Orange rind and tangerine in spades, with an underlying spiciness. Great balance and complexity.

The promise of the nose carries through to the palate where all of the components of the beer hit the palate as a seamless wave. The hops barely dominate the malt, and both are wonderfully intense, but not at all overwhelming. Great beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thick side, but it lends a sensuous character to the experience. Carbonation is nice and low, allowing the beer to have its way with the palate.

Very delicious, sessionable beer and a terrific example of the style.

01-03-2008 05:55:07 | More by Realale
Photo of dandigsbeer


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

This is quickly one of my favorite IPAs. It has a lighter hue and the texture is so smooth. It rolls across your lips and goes fantastic with pizza. The flavor has orange hints that mix spectacularly with the right balance of hops. It is not always on tap at Piece in Chicago. But when it is, do not pass it up.

02-06-2010 20:22:30 | More by dandigsbeer
Photo of harrylee773


3/5  rDev -25%

08-24-2013 01:24:45 | More by harrylee773
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Dysfunctionale from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
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