Dysfunctionale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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89
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
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 Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of hawks10
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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...

Photo of NeutroMan
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of dandigsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head.

Scent of peach, grapefruit, citrus and hops. A nice tropical fruit scent with a good hop presence.

Taste of grapefruit, resin, hops and grain. A bit weaker than the scent led on, but still a good IPA.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and sticky with good carbonation.

A good beer, but it becomes a bit of a chore to drink it after a while.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hint of orange touched golden yellow with a thin white head that left webby lace behind.

S-Light citrus hop kick and a bit of sweetness.

T-Sharp citrus hop smack balanced well by a smooth slide of sweet caramel malt.

M-Ledium-light bodied with a crisp dry finish. Light lingering bitterness.

D-Lacking a bit on the aroma but makes up for it in the taste with the hop flavour. A very refreshing and crisp quaffer.

Photo of mjryan
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Realale
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kajerm
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red-amber with two fingers of white head and gobs of lacing.

The aroma is very citric and a little piney. The flavor opens up with some grapefruit and maybe pineapple from the hops, and finishes with strong bitterness. The malt backbone isn't really evident until the beer warms. Bright mouthfeel, super-drinkable. This one is growlerworthy for sure.

It's every Piece beer ever made, but it's pretty damn good anyway.

Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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..

Photo of kdog630
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of donnebaby
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average IPA with an exceptionally thin mouthfeel despite the powerful carbonation blast. Looks are mostly clear, dark orange with some messy haze. Nose is fruity hops with lots of citrusy orange. Taste, too, was citric and hoppy, and quite sweet. Led to lots of hoppy burping.

Didn't seem real balanced, and I didn't take a strong liking to it.

Served very cold.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerinator
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper, clear beer. Off white head quickly diminshed.

Aroma: Hoppy. There is a bit of citrus fruit present in the hop aromas. But it's also showing lots of floral and vegital aromas from the hops. The sweetness from the malt is heavily covered by the hop smells.

Taste: Nutty maltiness is eclipsed by the sharp grapefruit flavors on the tongue. The finish is a bit harsh and fast. The body is firm, but leaning toward rough near the finish.

Notes: This is a solid beer, but it's not terribly well balanced. Maybe it was super fresh, and it needs a bit of time to mellow, but I felt the balancing was a bit harsh.

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Dysfunctionale from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
89 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.