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Dysfunctionale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Dysfunctionale
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BA SCORE
89
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beerinator on 07-07-2004)
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-25-2013 05:45:17 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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birdsellam

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-11-2013 18:08:40 | More by birdsellam
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-23-2012 00:24:08 | More by oso
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 20:08:29 | More by Rifugium
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

What's a visit to a brewpub without trying out the house IPA, eh? It pours a clear gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises bright orange zest, grapefruit, peach, mango, and a touch of sweet caramel. The taste still focuses on the aforementioned citrus fruits, but now it seems as though the rinds and peels hold sway over the flesh. Some pine needles and a bit more caramel join in as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, kinda sticky finish. Overall, a nice IPA, but one that can't fulfill the promise given in the nose on the tongue. (Here's hoping that made sense...)

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 20:01:12 | More by TMoney2591
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mfavoino

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Piece.

Appearance: Hazy bright orange with a white head that settled quickly.

Smell: Hoppy on the front end that smelled mostly fruity. Nothing jumping out at me.

Taste: More flavorful than the nose would have had me believe. Really great citrus hop bitterness up front that balances out really well and finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite drinkable.

Overall: Nice balance and smoothness that should leave most palates happy. Great with some pizza.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 19:38:37 | More by mfavoino
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Treebs

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Piece. Served in a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a pure white head. Some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Nice balance between light fruit, grass and sweet malts. Definitely on the lighter end though and I really got to dig my nose in there to get anything.

T: Taste is a little richer with some grassy hops, mild bitterness, a little citrus rind and the sweet, malty finish to give it a little balance.

M: Medium to light bodied. Pretty drinkable with nice carbonation level as well.

O: Solid overall. Nicely balanced, but I prefer several other offerings from Piece in the hops category.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 21:45:26 | More by Treebs
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-25-2012 02:48:25 | More by JimGlonke
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csustar001

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-13-2012 19:24:50 | More by csustar001
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-12-2012 07:39:49 | More by gpawned
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WestSideAmish

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-09-2012 16:56:14 | More by WestSideAmish
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smurfbeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-27-2011 00:45:16 | More by smurfbeer
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-17-2011 22:19:51 | More by mhaugo
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-29-2011 23:33:24 | More by brandoman63
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: growler

06-27-2011 01:45:24 | More by brew3crew
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GOOD BEER, CHECK IT OUT!

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 14:26:01 | More by BeerLover99
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mryuk

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 16:41:18 | More by mryuk
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vande

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 22:30:29 | More by vande
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the pub... The body looks like a lightly unfiltered dark gold, ugly side. There is an off white head, ok retention and lacing... The aroma is pretty good but subdued; nice grassy hop, a hint of oranges, light alcohol finish. Smells great... The taste isn't as nice, has a rough finish to it, too much bitter pine and alcohol, seems like a dipa. Still pretty good, just not great.

One of their better ipas, I'd have again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 19:49:27 | More by jrallen34
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mpb3344

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 03:22:44 | More by mpb3344
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: growler

10-25-2010 04:47:04 | More by JohnnyChicago
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 02:52:06 | More by megahurts4
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Florida9

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 01:01:19 | More by Florida9
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hawks10

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: growler

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

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2010 03:18:14 | More by NeutroMan
Dysfunctionale from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.