Camel Toe Egyptian Pale Ale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-19-2007

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Photo of zook74
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Holy SMACK this is a huge beer. A big beer with a lot of aroma and tons of flavor. You drink a Camel Toe and you KNOW you're drinking a Camel Toe.

This was my first beer at Piece in Chicago and was probably a lit much to start the meal out with, but it was delicious. Brilliant dark orangish-golden body. Full up in the nostrils. All over the tongue.

Again, being a big, higher ABV beer I rated the drinkability lower, but this is a beer I would definitely crave if it were accessible.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wish I had time more time to spend here!
Served up in a stubby, not quite flared tulip-style glass.
Spotty lacing and light was low in the restaurant. Hoppy aroma with no dominating floral or citrus nose.
Mouthfeel-Hops-a-Kicking! Very nice citrus hop bomb! A good thick malt body balances it. The grapefruit pith lingers on the finish in a major way-good! Gotta be some Simcoe in there somewhere. Very impressed with this offering alone.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery this brew pours a hazy orange color with a sticky tan head. Wonderful retention, this head sticks to everything it touches.

The nose is real simple... nothing but hops. Big bold citrus hops. A lovely smell and a great sign of a good beer to come.

Taste is a hop punch to the mouth. This one socks you right in the chops with great grapefruit and pine flavors. A subtle malt tries to peak through but never has a chance to compete with the hop juggernaut. A lovely astringency that is nice and prickly but not offensive or over aggressive. Wow what a great IPA.

Warm down your pipes, you can't taste the ABV but you sure can feel it. Mix that with a carbonation that is way short of belligerent and you have a nicely balanced big beer.

Photo of DerekQXQX
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend and I went to Piece Pizza and tried a number of beers. This was highly drinkable and delicous. High ABV. I loved this one to death. I highly recommend. Camels are my girlfriend and my love animal. I wish it were hops. She is a total hop hater. sigh...

Photo of beerbrains
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the notebook, June 2009....
On tap at the brewery.

Pours on dark amber with a rocky off-white head that leaves a nice coating of lace in the glass.

Citrus and hops in the nose.

Big and malty balanced with an equally big dose of pine and resin, very well balanced. Some alcohol. Nice bitter finish.

Great body and chewy mouthfeel.

Awesome beer.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub the weekend of the Cubs-Nat's series, reviewed from cell phone notes

funny anecdote: The waitress spilled an entire tulip of this on my buddy's lap prompting me to proclaim it was the only chance he had all weekend of getting some camel toe on his lap - but i digress

appearance: served in a tulip, bright apricot-orange body, sticky rings of white lace

smell: apricot and bright citrus, low levels of alcohol

taste: Egyptian pale ale's are a close 2nd to Mongolian pale ale's in my book. This was a tasty DIPA that focused on sweet sticky fruits - orange, apricot, light ruby-red. Syrupy malt backbone with a light bitterness

mouthfeel: sticky and syrupy

drinkability: good, given 8-9% abv

Photo of hammer09
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing amber in a 13 ounce tulip glass, although color may have been affected by the dim lighting in the brewpub. However, color of the beer was very strange indeed, almost artificial. Head development was a good 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch with fine lacing. Smell is full and hoppy, but with a nice fruit aroma weaving between the hop bouquet. Taste is simply excellent. Very hoppy with grapefruit and mango flavors as discussed in previous reviews. Very good balance throughout. Carbonation is moderate and overall character is slightly dry. Drinkability is excellent, but as with many Piece offerings, abv is very high (9% in this case) which limits one's consumption of this incredible brew.

Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty and hazy dark orange color with a thin yet sticky head.

The smell is spicy and herbal with a ginger with a touch of west coast hops.

The flavor is spicy and herbal just like the nose, light sweet bready malts finishing eith a mixture of minty bitter hops. A bit of a lingerrring alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thick and resiny.

Kind of a spicy mess, I could finish it, but wouldn't drink again.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, well-done Piece...this is an impressive offering.

A 13oz. pour served in a tulip glass, with frothy, irregular foam. Nice concentric rings of sticky lace form on the glass as it is slowly emptied. Deep, tawny orange tone...pretty attractive.

Smell is resiny hop, sweet just a touch with citrusy fruit.

Taste is pure liquid hoppiness, sweet grapefruit, dry piney bitterness on the way out. Full syrupy mouthfeel coats the palate, but not to an unpleasant degree.

Glass disappeared all too soon, dangerously drinkable.
Appropriate music: Egyptian Lover "Egypt, Egypt"

Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a tulip at Piece. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy head

Very aromatic with lots of aromas of hops, pine resin, oranges and various citrus aromas. Very good depth on all of the aromas

Medium/full bodied with a very good and smooth feel. The flavors of hops, pine resin and oranges are slightly lacking in the middle

I'm always glad when this is back on tap. One of Piece's better brews. Dangerously you don't notice the alcohol on it, but it is a real balanced and good beer

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Piece 1/18/07. Special shout out to MsSara for the review assist.

A: Nice hazy peach color with a one finger head. No lace to speak of.

S: Aromas of apricot, pineapple, ripe mango, and hops.

T: HOPS! Big bitter hop flavors that are brought in line by flavors of sweet tropical fruit, mango nectar, and grass clippings. The taste is further balanced by a mildly drying malt quality that appears briefly.

M: Tart and prickly mouthfeel that abuses you orally, but the sweet fruit and malt flavors round it off and make it extremely palatable.

D: Drinkability is extremely good for something so hoppy, due in large part to the excellent balance of this beer. It's big and bitter and punchy, and sweet and you can't put it down.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Darker orange-amber pour with a medium white head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is basically hop-centric, notes of citrus and fresh pine. Similar taste, citrus zest, pine needles, solid bready malt base; lasting bitterness in the finish, but not too strong overall. Pretty basic DIPA, but pretty good as well. Medium body, a bit sticky, some alcohol heat, but well within tolerance for a higher ABV beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived a dark orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into a ring of lacing that leaves some foam on the glass. The aroma is of pine resin, grapefruit, and hints of citrus. The taste has everything from the aroma with the addition of a nice malty backbone. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than full bodied with appropriately moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good DIPA that I would certainly drink again. I really like how the taste and aroma don't completely mimic every other DIPA out there in the way that nearly all DIPAs I've tasted recently do.

Photo of markhobbs1
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cameltoe DIPA as they like to call it was a wonderful surprise after a long week of pathetic tasting beers in Chicago.

Enjoyed it in a 13oz. thin tulip glass. Perfect temperature, not much of a head, silky smoothe mouthfeel, a small rather acidic smell but the taste was outstanding. Was not overhopped which is good because some breweries just mess a good brew up by over indulgence...however these guys nailed it. It is one of those beers that although it might have nearly 10% ABV you couldn't tell it from the taste (only after you stood up). Perfect amounts of citrus overtones with that minute amount of pine resin that I love so much.

I live in Los Angeles and will certainly drive out of my way again while visiting Chicago next time. Good job fellas! Please change your rules about selling it in a growler. We would pay more for it if need be!!

Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Intrigued by the name we had to try this interestingly named "style".

A-Hazy, orangish copper with a thin white ring. Left no lace whatsoever.

S-Grapefruit, other assorted citrus notes and mango. Sweetness follows but hard to determine under all that hoppy goodness.

T-Whoa! Complex and intense. A ton of citrus hop goodness with a full spectrum of flavours. Sweet malt is there to help balance things out but certainly takes a backseat.

M-Medium-full bodied with a rich, almost syrupy, bittersweet finish. Bitey, tingling sensation in the aftertaste.

D-Wow! We had no idea what to expect before ordering and we get this massive hop bomb! A wonderful hoppy, sticky, malty tribute to hops. This beer became one of our "beers of the trip" to and fro the Great Taste of the Midwest. We even tracked it down at the Fest and had a second go around of it!

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Piece

Rich, deep, hazy orange pour with a minimal whispy white head.
Nice tropical fruits on the aroma

Very clean and enjoyable. Heavy notes of apricot early leads to some tangerine and pineapple at the middle and back end. The malt profile here is semi sweet yet ultra smooth, serving as the perfect vehicle to carry the hops through. Some would describe this as balanced. I would describe this as delicious.

Slightly chewy but very smooth. The alcohol is never evident is taste, even after two tulips. Only the pleasant fogginess and the joy of watching Brett Favre suck the proverbial bone hinted at the encroaching buzz. Worth the stop for certain. Nicely done!

Photo of mcallister
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey, deep flourescent orange and nicely carbonated. Thick off white head with significant retention. A thick nit lace forms it's way too the elixir.

Dave nailed it. Mango, with large underlying grapefruit. Sweet and juicy of citrus, not much malt up front but it balances nicely.

Balanced, complex and delicous. Full rich almost syrupy, almost sweet finish. Malt is vivid and lively and keeps the hops at bay. Full of mango, and a peachy, grapefruit, thickly resinated hop coating finish.

Photo of kdog630
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber in a tulip with a 1/4 inch head. Very rich looking. Aroma was a rich malt with what I sensed were spicy undertones. Hops became more pronounced as the glass was drained and the aroma became even richer.

Excellent mouthfeel with a flavor that hit the sides, top and back of the tongue. Definitely some ABV in this one. Was good for a cool Oct. evening, but could be even better in the winter months. Not for the weak!

Photo of number1bum
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Egyptian Pale Ale, like a DIPA? Alright then. Served in a tulip glass. Amber in color, half finger of head but minimal lacing and stick.

Smell consisted of floral hops with some nice citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Some sweet malt and a spicy (hop?) aroma, as well. Nothing eye (or nose, I suppose) popping, but a nice DIPA nose.

Taste had some nice floral and lightly fruity hop flavors, but for DIPA the hops really didn't jump all over my palate. Bitterness was moderate for a DIPA, with a honey/caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was a hefty medium body with appropriate carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not especially slick and smooth for the style, however.

This is a good, but only good, DIPA. Nothing particularly special or interesting. Solid brewpub offering.

Photo of TheKindleman
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Great beer at the brew pub.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Piece, thought it was a pale ale from the name but described as a DIPA. If it was a pale ale my rating would jump up b/c this would be awesome! I guess the Alc% should show its true color.

A-deep amber color with a nice haze that blocks some light, thin one finger of head leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-nice hop aroma of tropical fruit, grapefruit and citrus, with a light malt backbone bringing an earthy/bready malt

T-very tasty with a nice hop profile, lots of pine, some nice citrus, finishing with a slight bitter hop profile

M-smooth and click on the back of the throat, a little too crisp with lots of carbonation

D-very smooth and great flavors make it easy to enjoy, there is a lot of carbonation mixed with a bitter finish making it hard to enjoy over and over again, i'd eventually need something else.

Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark caramel to orange colored and is semi clear. Smell is fruity, hoppy and fresh with lemony, tropical notes. Taste is hop forward and well balanced at the same time. Just mildly bittered and the flavor is really great despite being a tad light bodied. Definitely recommended!

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ Piece Brewing

Pours deep orange, once again very hazy, the color is on its way to amber. There is a very small head - which leaves a little bit of lacing. In my notes, I wrote 'copy notes from Full Frontal', which was the beer I drank previously. The smell is like well-hopped wort. Very raw smelling, pungent, leafy, floral, herbal, and grassy, with hints of citrus zest buried underneath. There's also an incredible bready sweetness to it. The taste starts off with a kick of maltiness, that kind of munichy, biscuity taste with a light caramelly sweetness. Then the hops kick in, with notes of orange creamsicle honestly, with a hint of lemon and lime zest. There's a malty creaminess paired with an orange hoppiness that is very interesting and enjoyable. And there's a hint of bitter grapefruit in the finish. Very nice. The mouthfeel is very full, not quite as dry as I would expect from a DIPA, but I don't think this is quite supposed to be a DIPA. There's almost a soda feel to it, almost syrupy, but not cloying. There a kind of resinous citrus peel feel to it, but overall it's a bit sweet. This one is really a sipper. There's so much to look over (in the taste, an odd sense metaphor once I noticed it, but I'll leave it), the extra sweetness slows me down, but the flavors are really interesting. I doubt if I'd ever have more than one. I'm almost certain that the menu said this was not quite a DIPA, but I might be wrong. Overall, I found this very pleasant and interesting, worth a drink if you get the chance. There's something about the combination of hop profiles and malt profiles in this place that is really orangey and a bit different.

Photo of brew3crew
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

A- hazy orange color with little to no head. Only real flaw in the beer, so to speak.

S- nice citrusy notes on the nose.

T- alot like it smells. Great citrus taste and a crisp clean finish.

M- medium body and so smooth

O- good beer. Exceeded my expectations

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark orange with finger white head. Lots of small bubbles rise to the surface

S- mostly citrus but cannt pick out specifics

T- sweet citrus amd malts. Citrus and pine bitterness near end

M- medium body and high carbonation

O- good dipa, could use a bit more citrus to come through in the aroma and taste

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Camel Toe Egyptian Pale Ale from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
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