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Worryin' Ale - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Worryin' Ale
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jackndan on 11-09-2002)
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4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma! A very drinkable pale ale and has a great citrus hop aroma. Goes great with the pizza that they specialize in as well. One of my favorites that they have.

It has a dark amber hue and is slightly cloudy. Heavy mouth feel but still is easy to drink. The wife even likes them. It is a strong rye ale and has a crisp taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 22:25:30 | More by Flippindiscs
Photo of Vonerichs


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a very slight head, no lacing. In fact, it was almost completely void of any head.

It smelled of caramel malt, slightly bitter hops, and strong rye.

It had an extremely bready, sourdough nose and a spicy, slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was just ok. It was very watery but left a nice earthy-spice flavor on the tongue.

This went down extremely easy and this is a beer you can drink all night.

This was a decent brew that I did enjoy and could see myself having again. If you like rye beer, the flavor was good but the watery texture takes away from the overall experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 21:02:05 | More by Vonerichs
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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Piece and served in a pint glass. This beer poured a darker golden hue with a short-lived head of off-white bubbles. Almost no lacing. The aroma consisted of sweet grainy malt and mildly herbal hops. The flavor was made up of caramel, moderately sweet malt, and a quick, clean hop finish. The mouthfeel was light and somewhat watery. Very drinkable. A nice session-style brew. Washes down the pizza quite nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 21:46:57 | More by mdm46410
Photo of Deuane


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a light tan head that left some spotty lacing.

S-Musty malt and bit of nuttiness and not much else.

T-Dry, woody, quite malty without being too sweet, interesting. I assume this dryness is obtained by the rye malt addition.

M-Medium bodies with a nice easy smoothness.

D-Malty smoothness, care free and easy. The rye make for nice dryness without using a ton of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2008 06:35:22 | More by Deuane
Photo of JDV


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish muddy chocolate color with a filmy white head. Smell is mild and well balanced between lightly aromatic hops and malt. Taste is fruity, with light hops but sweet and creamy as well. Very sessionable with prickly, bubbly carbonation. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 19:34:23 | More by JDV
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4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest Pale Ale I've ever seen. Decent tan head.

Smells nutty and smoky. Very malty.

Tastes malty with a slightly roasty characteristic and some hops at the finish. Smooth and medium-bodied.

A very distinctive pale ale in color and taste. Delicious from any perspective. I love it.

sampled 1/20/08 at the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2008 06:46:15 | More by tmitch75
Photo of AndyAle


4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque brown and brilliant clarity with some ruby highlights when held to light. Aroma of mainly pale malt, a hint of rye,and some noble hops sneak up toward the tail-end. The taste intially has a giant malt backbone and then the hops and esters do their thing in a great balancing act. Carbonation was one finger when presented in an imperial pint, head retention was normal with lacing throughout, and overall an entirely sessionable ale in any season. How many awards has this won? This could be easily catagorized as an ordinary or special bitter with rye added. Beautiful.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2007 23:36:18 | More by AndyAle
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a decent head a week after purchase. Not getting a lot of hop characteristics. Last time I had this, I thought it had a much better hoppiness to it. Getting more of a nutty aroma, maybe a little smoky. Definitely not the APA I thought it would be.

Taste is also very malty. Even so, the finish is nice and clean. Not a lot of hop in the finish, so I'm thinking this would be better classified as a brown ale or darker amber ale.

This one would be good for a cold winter night. I may have it again, but would rather go with their Dysfunctionale.

Serving type: growler

10-13-2007 14:02:11 | More by kdog630
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got out to Piece and man what a great pizza those guys make, but seriously...

Its brown, perhaps one of the brownist beers I've ever beheld. Not murky per se, just has a nice thick-looking consistency. Head is white and a decent 1 1/2-2 fingers.

I always have trouble smelling out of pint glasses, but with no snifter around I'll make do. Like I said it could be me, but the smell was moderately malty with just enough hoppiness to let you know it was a beer. Malts are sweet, however.

Once again the malts have it. Nothing extraordinary, but it is perhaps the maltiest pale ale I've ever had. For a malt-mouth like myself, that ain't bad. Hops are very delicate and come out in the aftertaste with a slightly bitter, resiny finish. A pretty sweet (as in tastes sweet) brew.

Felt like an ale. Carbonation was moderate and crisp. Not too watery and not too thick.

At 4.50 a pint, it wasn't so bad for a decent brewpub brew. A little bitterness behind a hill of sweet malts, this beer was a great warm-up for the evening. I would recommend this as a great first beer if you ever visit Piece. Goes really well with their pizza, too, as the malts and the pizza crust both taste like sweetened bread.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 16:39:22 | More by tapman
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3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and cloudy with a two-finger white head and good lacing.

The aroma is lightly roasted malts, not terribly challenging.

Taste opens up with slight malty sweetness, with very light hop flavor and bittering on the finish. The hopping was too slight to identify, but it might have been Brit hops. This really tasted a lot more like an English bitter than an APA.

Mouthfeel is light and moderate to strongly carbonated.

Very drinkable, and very much in the spirit of British session beers.

All of this is good, because I basically wound up racing through it to get to more interesting beers. It's not badly-crafted, though, and if you're in the mood for a shut-your-brain-off session beer, this would be a very good one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2007 19:13:24 | More by kajerm
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I was in Chicago, I made a point of visiting the Piece brewery, which I knew won several medals at the 2006 GABF. The beer was served in a UK pint glass.

The beer pores black with a white head. The aroma is one of caramel and malt with very little hop characteristics. The flavor is malty and just slightly sour. As the glass emptied, I noticed some hop character emerge. Mouthfeel was light on the tongue with only a bit of carbonation.

Pretty good...I bought a growl to take home to WI.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2006 04:08:39 | More by BeerBelcher
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/31/2006 visit to Piece, Chicago IL.

In the glass it was a deep dark brown liquid with garnet highlights around the edge. The head was a short-lived tight beige foam that fell to a wispy cap. The lace was spotty, but sticky.
The smell was sweet malts and light peppery hops. The taste was sweet malts, light spicy hops, a bit of sassafras, a vague mineral quality, and mild hop bitterness in the finish.
The medium-light body and carbonation level gave this one a crisp and clean mouthfeel.
I had more than one pint, so that should say something about the drinkability. I would have to say that while Worryin’ Ale is nothing stellar, it still is a well made and nicely balanced.
The Brewer reports the ABV at 3.8% to 4.5% making this one very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2006 13:58:41 | More by EvilKeith
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer has a deep brown body with a foamy white head that turns spotty after a bit. There is a soft carbonation at the sides of the glass.

S- The soft smell of brown malt finishes with a nice spiciness from hops.

T- The taste of dry biscuit malt and some brown malt that is a bit more neutral or sweet has some faint hint of chocolate malt as it warms. There is a nice spicy hop flavor that is not really bitter but it is bold and it is enhanced by the carbonic acid bite.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz texture in the finish.

D- This beer has some nice malt complexity with a great unique hop profile. It is an excellent session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2006 22:32:22 | More by rhoadsrage
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There is something decidedly mediocre about this beer. It is good, no doubt, but stands out as nothing particularly unique or special. There is a good mix of hops and maltiness, although I would have preferred a little more hops flavor. The beer poured a medium to dark brown hue with a small amout of head (from the pitcher). It has the makings of a great session beer however, because it is fairly light and goes down real smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2005 03:53:06 | More by pgroove
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't totally impressed by this beer. Dark, dark mahogany brown body and soft-looking offwhite cream flake top. Nose held a rich fruitness, dry and hoppy. Nice. Any taste was overwhelmed by the massive carbonation that made my belly very very bloated. An average pale ale, with a good roasted touch to it. Clean finish, little aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2004 18:26:29 | More by donnebaby
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3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review based on a beer-judging sized sampler glass: Nice amber ale color under a thin head. Lightly malted and hopped, but it leaves a good malty aftertaste (or is that the Wing Nut still in my glass talking?). Pretty good standard football-wachtin' beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2003 20:26:19 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Worryin’ Ale: On tap at Piece brewpub in Bucktown. An English style ale, very nice looking beer, with an off-white head and an almost ruby color. I like this style of beer, but was not overwhelmed with this edition. Seemed well balanced, and there was a flavorful hops bite. The beer seemed off in the malts, they seemed a little flat and lacking in flavor. This could be a fine beer, but the malts need to be tweaked.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2002 11:53:01 | More by jackndan
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