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Full Frontal Pale Ale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Full Frontal Pale Ale
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87
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

smurfbeer, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of ChiPool
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chicago boasts a handful of noteworthy APAs. You can add FF to the list! Gives you what an APA should offer: a nice, balanced, drinkable brew. My only complaint would be that FF is a tad sweet, but it doesn't overwhelm the palate.

Overall, a nice, smooth APA. Nicely balanced between sweet maltiness & citrusy hops. Would love this to be available in cans!

ChiPool, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Holland, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +1.8%

rwilde, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into tulip.

A- Pours a hazy dark amber with a two finger head that sticks around for a while that slowly dissipates leaving a thin cap and lines of lacing behind.

S- Caramel and toffee malt upfront, with pine, orange peel, grapefruit and floral hops.

T- A nice mixture of caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with citrus peel including orange, grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Pine and grassy hops follow as well as some floral notes.

M- Medium carbonation and body. A nice crisp mouthfeel that finishes a bit bitter and dry.

O- Had no problem having a couple glasses of this. Very easy to drink and pretty flavorful. Nothing too crazy or complex, but it's nice to have a simple APA once in a while.

iadler, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of NeutroMan
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangeish-amber color with a solid 2 finger thick white head that left rings of sticky lace.

Citrus blast in the nose, along with piney, resiny hops. For such an intense aroma, the taste is somewhat mild, though certainly still rather robust. Malty sweetness asserts itself and nicely complements the Cascade hops and orange zest. Medium-bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation.

NeutroMan, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
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.

kawilliams81, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of carssportsbeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed with this beer. I try every pale ale and IPA I can get my hands on (I've tried probably 50 different ones in the last 60 days). As of late, I thought Alpha King from Three Floyds was the best I've tried until I tried this. This beer is citrusy and sweet and nicely balanced, yet has quite a bit of hoppiness. Very drinkable.

I'm surprised a local brewery could put out a pale ale that competes with the world's best. It's certainly the best pale ale of the Chicago area brewers IMO. Great stuff.

carssportsbeer, May 19, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, May 09, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
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

cpetrone84, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ Piece Brewing

Pours out a haze orange color, moving into amber - actually, if it was less hazy, I bet it would look darker. There was a very thin head on it - .5cm or less, which basically remains as a tiny ring of wispy bubbles. It actually leaves a bit of lacing, but not a whole lot. The smell is pure citrus, not quite grapefruit though, a little too sweet for that, more like lime and lemon, a bit of acid, and some orange - with a hint of sweetness. A bit of cherries and Sprite come to mind when I smell this. It actually tastes a bit like sprite upfront - like lemon-lime soda, then comes the malty, bready kick, some caramel sweetness. It finishes with a bit of orange juice flavor. There are also some notes of honey and crackers, and some very mild esters - not much, but you notice them. Interesting and kind of unique flavor, which I like. The mouthfeel is nice and full, with a bit of crisp carbonation - it bites without stinging. You get a nice bready fullness, which wavers between sweet and dry depending on the last sip. Very good. Overall, a very good beer - it drinks pretty well, doesn't hit too hard, is pleasant with or without food, good flavor. I only have to say that looks can be deceiving.

taylorhamrick, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
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.

Vonerichs, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Archajex
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served in a nonic with a minimal amount of head; a small ring of lace clings to the edge as small islands of foam are strewn randomly across the surface. Full Frontal is a hazy burnt tangerine, although not dark in color this beer is fairly opaque - trying to view your partner in crime through the glass would prove fairly difficult.

S - Bitter, with a poignant floral aroma as the glassware is slightly agitated. Hints of orange peel, lemon zest, and a pleasingly faint apricot nose. Drifts of spruce and pine are hidden amongst the citrusy aromas.

T - As the aroma suggested, the taste is enjoyably bitter with a modest to high amount of international bitterness units without losing the citrus and floral qualities. Suggestions of apricot and grapefruit lingers towards the back of the tongue as pine notes dance across the front. A well done balancing act without overwhelming the tastes with IBUs which is often done with American pales. I would venture to guess Amarillo and Cascade hops are the culprits.

M - The unfiltered and hazy nature of Full Frontal make this mouth-feel a 'funky adventure' (in a good way). And though I feel only a slight presence of alcoholic warmth I have a feeling it has a strong presence that's only hidden by it's delicious texture.

D - Which leads me to drinkability, this American Pale is highly drinkable with a more than adequate amount of IBUs and Alpha acids for the most discerning IPA/APA drinker. A lovely balancing act and regular offering from Piece Brewery.

Archajex, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint poured from a pitcher. Pours light amber and very cloudy, with two fingers of off-white soap-bubble head and plenty of lacing.

The aroma is straight Amarillo hops-- mangoes, peaches, and grapefruit. This is a good thing. The flavor opens up with the same hop flavors, but this finish really isn't very bitter at all. I like when brewers tone down the bittering and jack up flavor and aroma, but I feel like this beer is pulling punches.

The mouthfeel doesn't help in that department. It's smooth and tasty, but a bit on the thin side. Thicker versions of this beer are called Wingnut, Crucial, and Dysfunctionale. If this one's not on tap, they probably will be. I'm definitely nitpicking to some extent, though, because I could easily knock off a pitcher of this one by myself.

Another fine beer by Piece, but I wish the brewmaster spent as much time thinking up new beers as he spends giving them naughty names.

kajerm, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
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.

bjohnson, May 01, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
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.

neonbrown82, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
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.

GbVDave, Jan 04, 2007
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Full Frontal Pale Ale from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
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