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Dysfunctionale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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67 Ratings
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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 mpb3344


4.93/5  rDev +23.3%

Sunday special is pretty awesome...Large pizza and a growler at Piece in Chicago for $25. I originally wanted the Captain Kick Ass which they were out of and was pleasantly pleased with Dysfunctionale. The smell is my what I expect out of great IPA's. Hoppy Pine and robust citrus. Wish I could drink it through my nose. The taste is not far off from the smell. Bitter and Hoppy to my hearts content. Gotta say that this is one of my favorite IPA's to date. Pizza here isn't my favorite, but I'm definitely go back for the beer.

01-31-2011 03:22:44 | More by mpb3344
Photo of mjryan


4.93/5  rDev +23.3%

Pours a hazy orange with a big head. Good sticky lacing. Tremendous hoppy aroma. Resinous pineapple and apricot. Tastes awsome. Huge pineapple and apricot flavour with a noticable but smooth bitterness. Sweet malt character barely peeks through. The malts are there but subtle. they do their job but get the hell out of the way of hops like they should in this style of beer. Body and mouthfeel are very smooth. Easy drinkin and super good beer. Kind of makes me want to start looking for jobs in Chicago.

08-18-2008 20:43:53 | More by mjryan
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.6/5  rDev +15%

pours into a nonic golden with orange hues. lots of bubbles beneath a truly determined head. creamy and fluffy with a pock-marked surface, the white stuff here leaves some picturesque swiss cheese/italian bread crusty lace.

aroma wafts off this beer in spades.. unbelievably rich and floral mix of citrus and sweet fruits with freshly mowed grass and other mild green botanical smells. something also reminds me of apple-cranberry juice. overall, exactly the kind of refreshing, sweet-tooth sensation i want on an 86-degree day.

medium-thick body with lots of dancing carbonation allows this beer to go down like a true champ. medium bitterness levels from the ridiculous hop additions remind you that this is an ass-kicking flavor bomb, but do not interrupt the drinking process ala stone. pineapple flavors appear with grapefruit rinds, a touch of fresh honey and a field of wildflowers. this is a luxurious liquid delivery vehicle for fresh, fruity, mouthwatering hops. if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. sure, we have some nutty malt flavors here also, but nothing to write home about. this is not your mommy's lagunitas ipa.

sure, this isn't the most complex brew, but i'll be damned if it doesn't do the job nicely and leave me wanting more.. more.. MORE! gotta get my ass to piece one of these days..

05-30-2006 00:07:01 | More by goodbyeohio
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-17-2011 22:19:51 | More by mhaugo
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-01-2013 12:15:04 | More by mishtif
Photo of hawks10


4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from a fresh growler into my FFF's pint glass...

Pours a hazy golden amber, copious fluffy white head, 3 fingers worth. Head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves tons of chunky lacing all the way down the glass...

Citrusy hop presence, bit of pine behind the fruity aromas...very nice...

Wow, this is one fine tasting beer! Nice and hoppy up front, grapefruit, lemon, with some grassy/floral flavors as well. Hops are prevalent but balanced perfectly with the bready malt background....

Pretty damn near perfect mouthfeel, very smooth and creamy. Thick and coating. Medium bodied with good carbonation...

What a great beer, very pleasantly surprised by this one. Sharing a growler with some friends and kinda wish I was more greedy and just horded it all for myself...

02-19-2010 02:22:49 | More by hawks10
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 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 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 brew3crew


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

A-nice orange color with a white head that quickly disapates

S-very nice fruity smell. Grapefruit. Very pleasant

T-alot like it smells. Very suprised with how good this is. Bitter but makes my mouth water for more

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-very solid beer. This is good. Way better than the double ipa

06-27-2011 01:45:24 | More by brew3crew
Photo of kdog630


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Since discovering Piece a few years ago, I've made it a habit to visit every time I'm in the city. This is the first time I was able to try the Dysfunctionale. It was well worth the wait.

Poured a rich amber color with a decent head that left abundant lacing down the entire glass.

You notice the hoppy aroma from quite a distance and it is really prominent when you raise the glass to your nose. The brewer must have used significant amounts in the brewing process and you get the feeling it was dry-hopped as well.

The rich malt flavor fills the mouth to the back of the tongue before making way for hops in the finish. The flavors are so well balanced with an exceptional mouthfeel.

This beer ranks up there with my favorite APA selections. I took a growler home and my hop-head friend was equally bowled over. This beer doesn't last long on tap apparently. Piece visitors must share my enthusiasm.

04-27-2006 18:51:38 | More by kdog630
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-30-2013 04:02:02 | More by injuredreserve
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-31-2013 14:35:02 | More by Drucifer
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-15-2013 23:50:11 | More by Hobo
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-08-2013 03:02:46 | More by Gww1864
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-26-2013 16:51:29 | More by cfh64
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
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

pours an unfiltered gold with a finger of head.

smell is yeasty with a bit of hops but not too much coming through.

taste is very smooth with a nice bitter finish of piny hops.

mouth is medium bodied with good high carbonation.

overall this was a very enjoyable ipa. had on tap at the brewery/pizzeria.

04-09-2011 16:41:18 | More by mryuk
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4.2/5  rDev +5%

A: bright golden body, trace head, occasional lacing evident

S: mild citrus, clean pine/grass

T: firm citrus, pine/earthy middle, nice solid bitter finish

M: med. body, hint of slick/oily feel

O: Surprised me, nice beer from a brewery I didn't even know existed.
Big flavorful American IPA.


04-30-2011 14:26:01 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of NeutroMan


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Clear medium-gold color. Huge white head stand that persists throughout and leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Prominent hop aroma with a citrusy, piney, grassy character. Some fruitiness is present, as well.

Taste: Medium-high hop flavor with citrus, floral, and pine aspects. Hop bitterness is somewhat less than I expected, although it in no way detracts from this IPA. Medium malt flavor that is mostly clean.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Mostly smooth; medium-bodied. Medium-dry finish. This is a fantastic piney hopped IPA that is not overbearing with the hop bitterness and thus is quite drinkable and enjoyable.

02-15-2010 03:18:14 | More by NeutroMan
Photo of Florida9


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

The orange glow of a sunset sneaking through a big billowing head of fluffy white clouds.
The heavy smell of a citrus orchard. Intense, yet enticing.
The bitter humor is watching some old bitch get squirt in the eye while eating her morning grapefruit.
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A very good, heavy hopped IPA.

03-22-2010 01:01:19 | More by Florida9
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 vande


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

A pretty hoppy IPA.There's definitely a malt backbone buried in there. Went very well with my spinach and garlic pizza! Not a heavy amount of citrus, but its there... a hazy orange pour with some lacing left behind of the quick receading head... Definitely want to try and get in for a pie & growler buy on the Sunday -- what a great deal!

03-24-2011 22:30:29 | More by vande
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2013 15:42:32 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
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Dysfunctionale from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.