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Full Frontal Pale Ale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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87
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-04-2007)
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much a year-round staple at Piece.

Had this after a Camel Toe IPA, and I have to say this is Camel Toe Lite (or Amarillo Brillo Lite). Extremely sessionable, "aggressively hopped" according to the menu notes. All the elements are similar to the aformentioned IPA's, but toned down 50%. Piney with a tropical hint of hop resin, some lacing tops the hazy orange body. Nice residual bitterness, a touch dry but juicy with hop character. A bit slick feeling, but easily drinkable. If I didn't already have a growler of IPA in my fridge, this would be a good #2 substitute. Try this at least once when you visit Piece.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2007 05:20:18 | More by emerge077
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Review from notes. Slightly hazy peach-amber pour with a small foamy white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma, citrus and pine hops slightly edge out the caramel malt sweetness. This is reflected in the taste: citrus hops, fresh grass, wort, caramel malts. It's a pretty typical APA, and that's not a bad thing. Light-medium body, easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 19:59:06 | More by Rifugium
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2011 23:33:34 | More by brandoman63
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dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

appearance: served in a pint glass, hazy apricot body with a full fluffy white cap

smell: a burst of hops, orange citrus, grapefruit...the citrus overwhelms the pine and the malts are all but buried on the nose...hopbomb!

taste: superhoppy APA - love it. strong grapefruit hops, orange peel, apricot, high bitterness, hints of almonds and general toasted nuttyness...if this was my local APA, i would drink it with very high frequency

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, strong hop bite

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2008 03:32:00 | More by dirtylou
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap into a tasting glass at Piece. The beer is light gold with a nice lacing. The aroms is super nice, tons of fresh cut grassy hops. The taste is really nice as well, same as the aroma, grass and hops, super smooth and easy to drink. Nice feel, wow.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 18:33:22 | More by jrallen34
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-23-2013 23:27:43 | More by WoodBrew
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Piece

A-nice hazy orangish color with a thick 2 fingers of white head leaving a nice lacing on the glass

S-light tropical fruit notes, grapefruit with some citrus

T-lighter flavors including a pale malt taste up front with a touch of sweet caramel. this is followed by a citrus hop flavor, which is also relatively faint.

M-smooth and lighter bodied with a nice level of carbonation (present but not overpowering).

D-the flavors are light and for a pale ale it isn't bad but i'd like more flavor and up next to something like alpha king it wouldn't hold its own

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 02:47:53 | More by cpetrone84
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Holland

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-22-2011 15:48:56 | More by Holland
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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy dark amber. Served with a smallish off white head. Little retention, but moderate lacing. 3.5

S: Mildly aromatic. Citrus grapefruit and caramel malts with a touch of the floral. 4.0

T: Taste is similar. Light notes of biscuit, bread, grapefruit rind, and some light pine. Light sweet caramel. A little bit of bubble gum on the finish. 4.0

M: Lighter bodied. Heavier carb. Low bitterness. 3.5

O: Overall a decent beer, but nothing too exciting. 3.75

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 00:37:46 | More by Florida9
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Piece 1/3/07.

A: Hazy golden color. 1/2 finger head dissolves to foam skim and ring. Tons of lace.

S: Huge notes of hop infused grapefruit. Unbelievable hop aroma. Can smell it from 2 feet.

T: Major hop flavors balanced by an assertive malt backbone. Keeps the the "grapefruit" from getting out of control. Hops gain a piney characteristic in the finish. Delicious!

M: Perfect for the style. Not too thin and not too thick and syrupy. Just right. Hops lend a puckery and astringent quality to the mouthfeel.

D: Yikes! This is a perfectly drinkable APA. Wonderful hop flavors balanced by just the right amount of malt. Whew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2007 02:30:59 | More by GbVDave
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- unfiltered is a understatement! Very cloudy dark copper with tons of whole leaf hop remnants. 1 finger off white head

S- caramel malts and citrus hops

T- dark caramel malts, orange peel, and nice pine hop bita at the finish.

.M- medium body, hop leafs are less than be desired.

O- its a good pale, but all the hop leaf remnants knock the appearance and mouth down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 18:00:28 | More by kawilliams81
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-07-2013 22:42:51 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Piece, served in a pint glass.

A: Clear brass with a small white head.

S: Nice fresh citrus aroma. Cream, orange peel, grapefruit, a bit of mango.

T: Light pithy bitterness, clementine, papaya, light cracker malt. Very citrusy with a nice clean malt base.

M. Light-bodied, creamy feel.

O. I was pleasantly surprised. A really nice, citrusy APA with a good feel to it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 06:27:08 | More by Etan
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Piece.

Hazy orange color with a very slight, almost non-existant head.

Light smells of orange citrus, pine resin, and a slight sweetness. The smell is faint.

The hops are not overpowering, but are present. It has a piney nose and then it's nothing but sweet orange flavor backed by malt. This is not very bitter at all.

Medium to light body, crisp, and refreshing.

This goes down extremely easy and of the few beers I've had at Piece this is easily my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 13:45:44 | More by Vonerichs
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bcm75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-30-2013 15:43:48 | More by bcm75
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Drucifer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-31-2013 14:37:42 | More by Drucifer
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oso

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-23-2012 00:24:00 | More by oso
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is easily an IPA, as opposed to the listed APA. Much too hoppy for a pale. I don't believe it is a winter seasonal either. Anyways, it's tough to sell since Piece doesn't provide any information about their beers other than a name.

The beer pours to a slightly hazy ruby red color. Moderate off-white head. Decent retention, though little lacing.

The smell is great. Lots of grapefruity hops aromas with a hint of pine and grass. Reminds me very much of the Bear Republic Racer 5 I had earlier that day. A little pale malt sweetness hiding below, but mostly just hops aroma.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. A bit sweet up front, followed by an intense rush of grapefruit and pine. Huge grassy finish. Not overly bitter, but still plenty of hops.

The mouthfeel is weird, and something I've noticed in all the Piece beers I tried. Seems a bit chalky, as if there was some type of powder coating the palate before it gets washed away in the swallow. Fairly dry finish with a lingering grassy aftertaste. Carbonation is quite crisp. Very easy to drink. I would have it again, but I doubt I will find myself at Piece any time in the near future, if ever again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2007 18:20:18 | More by neonbrown82
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach color with nice floaties. Looks like this had been dry hopped in the kegs. Nice one finger head holds nicely with decent lacing. Citrus fruit notes are pretty hefty. Pineapple and pine notes round out the nose. Cascades, amarillo, and centennials definitely in there somewhere.

Citrus fruit notes are most abundant. Pineapple, pine needles, and citrus fruit notes. Bitterness is pronounced but towards the finish lasting well into the aftertaste. Dry finish makes this quite quaffable. Had two of these and enjoyed each. Could have drank these all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2007 01:56:33 | More by bjohnson
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-25-2013 05:49:30 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Sweffin

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

01-19-2014 19:26:04 | More by Sweffin
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birdsellam

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-11-2013 18:09:05 | More by birdsellam
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MCain04

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler fill from the brewery poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Deep amber/ruby opaque color. Pure white head of 2 finger head, not very dense though. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Floral, piney, some tropical fruits, mango/pineapple/orange/lemon zest.

Taste: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma. A little malty. Not very bitter or dry.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp with moderate carbonation, a tad sticky on the finish, not very dry or wet but easy to drink.

Overall: Solid APA from a local brewery. I'd have this again, although they had a better offering (Camel Toe) at the brewery that wasn't available in growlers. I'm satisfied polishing off this growler with my pizza - above average brew. Don't seek it out but give it a try if you're there.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2013 02:31:28 | More by MCain04
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-31-2013 04:17:16 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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harrylee773

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

11-12-2012 01:19:16 | More by harrylee773
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