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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 333
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2013

Our buddies at Four Hands in St. Louis rang us up a couple of months ago with a proposition. They wanted to brew an Imperial IPA and they just happened to have a bunch of Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic hops. We though that sounded like a pretty good idea so they came on up here to Chicago and we did the damn thing. We also added 60 lbs of honey at the end of the boil. The beer that then flowed out of the tanks and into your bottles is a dank symphony of tropical fruit, citrus, mango, pine, fresh cut grass and stone fruit. This was only a single batch and may not make another appearance for a long time. Drink early Drink often.
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Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1822nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pipeworks Snifter


Thanks Logan for the bottle.

App- A top bursting orange with a small bit of yellow edges. A very nice and think long lasting 2 finger head. A great cling and lacing trail was left behind. A good amount of nucleated bubbles from the bottom. Looked really good and inviting in the glass.

Smell- All over the map but really aromatic for me. A start of a peach skin/rind aroma with what I could only call apple juice and then into more of a sticky and sweet hop aroma. A small ending sweetness is there.

Taste- More so than most beers in the west coast do for me. The east and midwest IPAs follow the nose moreso. This was much more of a soft peach and apple flavor balanced with some great sticky hops and a touch of bitter. Again as the beer warmed a little sweetness opened up.

Mouth- Along the lines of most beers in this category, its more of a lush medium body with a soft carbonation, although lending itself to a medium carbonation line. A small creamy feel and a bit of a residual medium hop bite.

Drink- A very solid IPA again from Piperworks. I was lucky to have a buddy do a goandpickitupformebro in Chicago. This beer was quite flavorful and bubbly. Lots of fruits and small hops.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndyEdgar for the trade.

Delicious. L: dark honey with a three finger bone-white head that dissipates into a full cap. S: pineapple and citrus with some fresh herbs - lemon thyme. T: Honey! Fresh pineapple! Also some mango and tangerine, soft herbs in the background. Excellent balance. F: medium mouthfeel, with the weight coming from the sweetness. Fresh hop linger - more fresh herbs than bitter. Fantastic!

Photo of kscaldef
2.09/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

A: Raises a good head, slightly tan. On the darker side for an IPA, but good clarity.

S: Initially quite complex. I get a variety of tropical fruits, including a distinctly creamy / buttery note (_not_ diacetyl), almost a little like banana. Is this perhaps coming from the honey? Over a few minutes, the lighter fruity notes seem to dissipate and it shifts towards overripe melon

T: Whatever that creamy buttery thing is, it comes full force in the taste, along with some grassy and canned vegetable notes. Really coats the mouth and lingers unpleasantly.

M: Well carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel.

O: I just don't get the hype on this beer. I need to go open something else to get the taste of this out of my mouth.

Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Fucking Shit this be good...

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glad I finally tracked this down!!! Very fruity hop notes! Almost juicy!! Great stuff!!

Photo of owen-wrx
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber

slightly hazy amber in color
hops, citrus, sweetness aroma
well balanced hops with slight fruity sweetness, slight bit of alcohol at the end.
crisp and nicely carbonated.

Great DIPA from Pdubz. very drinkable, but dangerous. No overwhelming in your face hop attack or extreme malt bomb that some DIPAs can have. reminds me of Hopslam, but better.

i hope this becomes yearly.

Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, March/April 2015 release, poured into a Pipeworks Teku glass. Enjoyed on 4.4.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy copper orange color, no activity in the glass with a thick, foamy off white head, about 2 fingers high that has fantastic retention and yields lovely striations of soapy lace. The aroma has loads of juicy hops, fruity and snappy, citrus and tropical fruits go hand in hand, light pininess as well, pale grain, mild alcohol, but generally this is really clean and bright, just a touch of wildflower in there helps to balance things out. Juicy hops are again the star of the show, plenty of fresh pineapple and mango, tangerine and grapefruit tanginess as well, touches of pine and wildflower with some grassiness as well, the malt comes across much stronger on the tongue, lingers well, pale and sweet, plenty of honey character with the malt as well, assertive alcohol warming. Very reminiscent of Hopslam, but with a much juicier and pronounced hop profile, though sadly a much more aggressive alcohol impression. The mouthfeel is quite nice, coating, crisp, juicy at times, moderate carbonation that feels really smooth, nice finish that has a good dry kick.

Verdict: An impressive DIPA from Pipeworks and Four Hands, lots of bright hoppy goodness here, but again, I find myself getting caught up on the prominent booziness and alcohol warmth. This is a marked improvement from nearly every hoppy beer I've had from Pipeworks so far and very enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

Photo of cducap
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe the hype. Amazing IIPA. Ranks with the best.

Photo of Kraj30
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Double IIPA.. Almost too smooth and dangerous ABV... amazing beer

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 672-676 tasted from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 3, 2015.

Photo of RyBrew54
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright honey amber, slight haziness, with big fluffy head. Nice lacing throughout. Smell is sweet citrus zest, tropical fruit, and light caramelized sugar. Taste is very clean and refined with sweet malt balancing out citrus hops. Notes of honey define this brew, mild bitterness, with less grapefruit or pine notes than one might expect. The balance and feel are outstanding as this big brew is very drinkable. Clean is the best way to describe the palate after sweet notes reside. An outstanding DIPA that rivals some of the best around. One of the best brews by Pipeworks I've ever had. A must get!

Photo of Vincedinuzzo
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great hoppy beer with tons of honey on the back end.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Right there with Freak of Nature as my favorite offering at Lupulin Festival

Photo of bdelonj13
3.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't a fan of this offering. Surprised so many high ratings. I am a big Pipeworks fan, but this one didn't do it for me.

Photo of prior2two
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. When pipeworks stays in their lane, they kill it.

Photo of yourefragile
3.57/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, thanks Pat.

Typical Pipeworks. Overly malty and sweet, juicy citrus, sweet caramel malt, cloying, rought DIPA.

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours slightly hazy, golden yellow with a definite, but light orange hue. A thick head of off-white foam.

Tropical and citrus fruits, mango, melon, and resinous.

Bright and delicious tropical notes, citrus, mango, and honey in perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, sticky, and resinous.

Overall, one of the smoothest IIPAs I've had to date.

Photo of Getalegup
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%

Huge sweet fruity smell. Strong grapefruit, resin taste. Almost oily, creamy texture. Wow! One of the best!

Photo of FLima
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber orange color with a thick head with short retention, but leaving laces.
Very nice tropical aroma with notes pineapple juice and cantaloupe.
Flavor with lots of citrusy notes, tangerines, spices, American yeast, grapefruit, mango, toasted malts and tangerines. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation.
One of the best DIPA I ever had. Very well balanced and tons of tropical and pine flavors.

Photo of JasonGoodfriend
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Bright, floral, citrusy, sweet, complex. Beautiful bright orange color; avery drinkable iipa. Drank the sediment on this one!

Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks wtc11 for the trade. Batch 527 - 528. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that really lasts. Tropical fruit with a hint of dank on the nose, a great smelling IPA. Not overly bitter on the palate with tropical fruit, hint of herbal and floral hop notes with a good malt backbone - it develops nicely in the glass. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Overall, a truly world class IPA, balanced, complex, and extremely drinkable even at 9.5% ABV. A home run!

Photo of Sparty1224
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Serving: 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled 10/2/2014... so 17 days old.

A: 1/4-finger foamy white head. Golden, orange body, not completely transparent, but not cloudy.

S: Man, home run. Best smelling IPA I've had in a long time. Huge, fresh mango, tangerine, pineapple, cantaloupe. Smells like a fresh fruit stand with someone slicing up some fresh tropical fruits.

T: Just explodes with citrusy-hop goodness. So much fresh fruit. Soft bitterness, not overwhelming. Honey is noticeable only because I know it's there, but it does lend some nice balance and cohesiveness to the beer.

M: Nice and full. Not too dry or sticky on the finish. Very nice.

O: This is the best DIPA I've had from Pipeworks, and I've had Citra and Unicorn Hits Rock Bottom. This one is the most balanced and bursts with the most flavor and aroma. Their other IPAs tend to be too overwhelming for me and too "in your face". This one is just right.

Recommendation: A must-try for any hop-head, if you can find it.

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

Excellent nose: mango, ripe fruit. Rich mouth-feel, but had a bit of yeast sedimentation in the bottle and even some hop particles. I'm glad I picked one up this year, but not sure what all the hype is about.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy mother of...just wow. This was amazing.

Bottle procured in a trade with capnmike. Many thanks.

Pours a golden, slightly dark orange/yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells just delicious, big citrus notes, some herbal dankness, a tiny bit of pine, but not a whole lot. Smells so inviting.

This is just outstanding. A++++ for effort here. It's only mildly bitter, with some insanely juicy hop flavors- grapefruit, orange, peach, mango, all in unison. The finish is sweet, but in a natural, not sugary way. There's a bit of a candied fruit flavor to this one- which is the only way the malt really shows up at all.

This is so damn drinkable. It goes down dangerously easy for the higher ABV. There's a medium amount of carbonation, with a crisp and really juicy mouthfeel.

This is in the top 5 IPAs I've ever had. It's that good.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sweet 527/528
A-Pours hazy golden with tall white head.
S- dank hops, sweet citrus
T- Sweet citrus, lime,lemon, grapefruit, piney. Great hop mix without being rediculously bitter
M- medium

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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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