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Reviews: 42
Hads: 556
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 3.42%
Wants: 373
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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 homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden with sticky white head, heavy lacing, and some head retention. The nose features all of my favorite qualities of Mosaic and Citra hops. Bright stone fruit notes paired with lemon, grapefruit, mango, and hints of resinous pine in the background. The taste feature a nice balance of bitterness to hop flavor. It is evident that this brew is loaded up on late hop additions and tons of hops come through in the flavor, but with a very tame bitterness. The alcohol content is also dangerously hidden beneath waves of tropical fruit, stone fruit, pine, and an ever so slight touch of honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is spot on, again it hides the big malt bill and drinks like a lighter brew with a crisp finish. Overall, this is a amazing brew from Pipeworks. They are killing it with their latest hoppy releases, looking forward to what comes next. (873 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy, barely translucent orange brew, topped with an off-white, cream-tinged head. Decent head size and retention; excellent lacing.

Aroma is all juicy, tropical hops; Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy, you say? I say pineapple, mango, earth, and herb.

Flavor follows, and really brings out the juice of those hops onto the palate. There is a slight, sickly sweet undertone, but that's the bulk of the translation of the danker elements of the hop profile. Peach, mango, ruby red grapefruit, grass, wildflower honey, and pineapple round out a very juicy profile.

Malts are mostly lost on the palate, but they represent clearly on the body. Without looking, I knew this brew was around 10% ABV (turns out it's 9.5%); the body is fairly thick and slightly syrupy, although there's no alcohol heat. (795 characters)

Photo of Josh012012
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks nice.. golden and hazy
smells great.. lots of citrus.. but also a prominent booze note. which I personally find appealing
tastes packs a lot of citrus and some sweetness from the honey.. no booze here.
some real body to this which complements the beer well
overall I really like these pipework's ipas (306 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a beauty! Went fishing at my local bottle store and reeled in this little winner. Pours a hazy golden hued, honey color with a pillowy white head. Deep pine, floral and dank notes on the nose. What a treat for the senses - and the taste delivers up to the smell and looks. Overripe mango plays well with the honey here. There is an oiliness that coats the mouth and leaves a warm sweet, bitter aftertaste. Outstanding! (423 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No batch number on the new Pipeworks labels apparently, but this one was newly released.

A- Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a small amount of head that quickly fades to the side.

S- Citrus and sweet honey aromas on the nose.

T- The citrus and honey on the smell isn't nearly as noted in the taste. I get mostly piney hop characters, with an overall "dankness" as noted on the label.

M- Medium bodied, hoppy and refreshing, this one drinks very easily.

I'm always looking forward to trying a new DIPA from Pipeworks, and this one does not disappoint. (601 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Honey is the strongest characteristic of the scent, but sap, pine, resin, sugar, mango and apricot come in for a nice balance. The flavor is heavy with resin initially, with grass, sap, honey and pineapple following. Very bitter. (229 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reminds of a Sosus/King Sue hybrid in juiciness and smooth balance. Honey is noticeable and really tempers ABV. The body and mouthfeel/carb level is impressive compared to other PW DIPAs. Very citrus forward and juicy but not into the bitter grapefruit level. More tangerine with that honey playing a major role. (313 characters)

Photo of GPorto
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best double IPAs you could have. The honey sticks out more than you would imagine. Any pipeworks beer with a fish on it, is something that you should definitely seek out (181 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
2.81/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L - Golden like my retriever

S - This is seriously what a whale smells like

T - Shet, very disappointing with the insane smell this beer has.

F - Like when you blend up all the food bits from the week that are left in the sink drain protector

O - Like a new Jay Z album that has only one good song on it (307 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Dark amber in color and transparent. Foamy cream colored 2 finger head.

S. Nice tropical aromas. Mango, pineapple, kiwi.

T. I'm getting the same tropical fruit flavors with some sweet bready malts and a bit of pine. No much bitterness and a grassy aftertaste.

M. 6 out of 10 on thickness. A fuller bodied DIPA. Smooth tho. Pretty clean aftertaste.

O. A very nice DIPA. Little heavy but that can be welcome at times. Flavor and nose is excellent. Will def get again if given the chance. (541 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received a bottle of this yesterday (4/22/15) via trade and consumed it right away. Delicious! Poured into a tall 7venth Sun tulip-style glass.

I was very impressed by the balance of this beer. The color was very nice and was just what I was expecting. The aroma and taste exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed this one. This is one of the better Pipeworks beers I've had, so far; it definitely is in the top 3 of PWs I've tried. Looking forward to trying it again in the future.

Thank you for the trade, Morgan! Great stuff. Definitely, IMO, worthy of at least 4.5 stars. 4.5/5 or 95-98/100. Not 100% perfect, but ... it's close. I don't know ... maybe it is perfect? I'm not going to nitpick about this one. (716 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrn1ceguy (Reddit) for this one. Originally planned to share with rudzud but he got his own damn beer!

Also been reading a lot of Dr. Suess, so this souper de grouper ala Peter T Hooper will rhyme.

Head pours nice and fluffy, like a 1 finger puffy,
slow fading grace, leaving some nice lace,
mostly clear honey orange red hue, streaming bubbles to keep the head at a cue.

Nose erupts with tropical fruit, like the zinzibar zanzibar Brazillian tree groot,
Some citrus and mango with pith and rind too, sweet candy malts keep the sweetness high ku,
some alcohol esters tickle the nose, and recinforce the sweet syrupy heavy prose.
A weird pencil shavings aroma makes me go HUH?!, but doesn't last long as the tropical hops go buh!

Taste brings juicy malts, lots of malts and more malts and candy,
sweet syrupy candy with caramel toffee and Randy.
Candied orange peel, and citrus zest around,
Tropical fruits as well, generic style but still abound,
A little mango and papaya cut through with ease,
But don't dominate like the candy malt my tongue sees.
Some warming hot booze cuts through like a cruise,
but a 9.5% beer pays it's dues and the beer doesn't quite lose.
A sticky sweet finish brings more warming alcohol,
more hops and malts but I can't rhyme with alcohol.,
Mild tropical fruits lingering with citrus and peel,
it's a big heavy sweet malty beer for a DIPA feel.

Mouth is a bit hot and boozy, but super sticky sweet too,
Decent carb there but the med to full bodied I feel like I have to chew.

Overall OK, but not quite what I hoped.
It has some nice hops, tropical like mango and papaya eloped,
But the big heavy malts and super sweet candy,
Bring too much booze to balance quite dandy,
still a tasty sipper beer and hard to drink much,
Like the truffala trunk of the sweet hanging such. (1,818 characters)

Photo of MLDucky
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/copper color. Nose was Simcoe hops for me, slight honey aroma. Initial taste was straight mosaic. Earthy feel, I didn't get any pine on the nose or taste. As it warmed the honey came through and balanced this out nicely along with the strong malt backbone. I felt the alcohol was hidden very well in comparison to other close to double digit abv DIPAs. Overall, nice DIPA. (384 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jegross for the trade. Batch 672-676 which translates to a 3/26 bottle date.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear light gold hue with a good fat one finger head that fades to leave a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of honey sweetness, light stone fruits, nice brighter tropical fruits, little bit of mango and orange. Faint flashes of pine and an almost candied pineapple thing going on. Little bit of grass too, no detectable alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Much more honey sweetness on the taste, somewhat harsh alcohol notes. The pine is more subdued, the grass is gone, the tropical notes are very subdued as well. More candied fruits, light mango and candied orange peel. Little bit of stone fruit.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch heavy due to the honey and noticeable alcohol.

O - Overall I had very high expectations for this beer, however, the taste was sooo far off from the really aromatic nose that there was really no going back. Plus, I think this for my taste suffers the same fate of every other Pipeworks hoppy beer I've had...overly sweet. The alcohol is also not hidden too too well compared to other DIPAs I've had that are around the same ABV. So yeah, think this one may be over hyped.

Serving Type: Bottle (1,261 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1822nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pipeworks Snifter

22oz

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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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! (424 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: golden/amber color
S: big hop nose, a bit tropical
T: Like the smell, but has a nice sweet finish to it
F: like a beer should..
O: this is a great IPA. Solid tropic flavor with a great sweet finish (202 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.09/5  rDev -52.3%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of owen-wrx
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,527 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (609 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
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! (495 characters)

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I had in 2014. The honey adds so much body and just kicks the mouthfeel up an extra notch. Citra hops make this a top notch IPA. Love it. (158 characters)

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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.