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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 599
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 373
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
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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 snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle brought here in a suitcase by my in-laws from Chicago. 41214E0010545 is stamped on the bottom of the bottle. Not sure what that means. Label has a 2015 copyright on it. I'll contact Pipeworks and ask them to improve their dating. I did not heed the warning on the side of the bottle, asking me to leave some of the beer in the bottle due to the sediment.

Consequently, it pours a hazy light amber. Medium-small head, stands up well. Moderate carbonation. Smell is very nice, tropical and piney resin. Very nice smell.

Taste is not as pretty as the aroma, but still nice. It's more citrusy, less tropical, less bitter and piney. Much sweeter. Not to say that it's lacking bitterness, but it's lacking some bite to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Overall, very nice beer. (810 characters)

Photo of KMachHops
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Juicier version of hop slam without tasting boozy. The honey adds just a tad of sweetness to complement the hop flavors. It's very easy drinking for a DIPA. (156 characters)

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 22oz bomber. Golden color, nice head. Citrus and good dominate the smell. Taste is excellent, citrus and pine. I love citra and mosaic hops, and this was well done. (187 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy gold with a half inch foamy head. Smell has notes of mango, lemon, grapefruit, and pine. Taste follows suit, but with lemon and a heavy grapefruit up front followed by citrus with mango and orange that ends in a nice piney bite. Feel is nice and light, but with an oily staying power. Overall this thing explodes with flavor and has nice complexity. Top notch, though I place it behind Sure Bet in the Pipeworks pantheon. (464 characters)

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this one! Get a beautiful bouquet of honey in the mouthfeel along with a touch of alcohol. Really has a nice bite that keeps you begging for more. Cheers to KevinPitts for sending this my way! (207 characters)

Photo of chefbrady
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic ipA, tropical fruit nice balance of piney hops, there's a tad but of dryness it's not overly sweet or syrupy at 9.5%. Masterfully crafted would love to have Another. (177 characters)

Photo of wolfpac255
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow haze. Smells amazing strong citra aroma on the nose. Taste is strong in citra with a honey bitter undertone. Very delicious and another great IIPA from Pipeworks. (183 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Good standard IPA appearance, attractive. Fairly dank hops in the aroma, and a wave of malty sweetness. Again in the taste, decent hoppy quality, but somewhat overwhelmed by the sweet malt, and a bit of solvent. Not bad. Maybe not at the peak of freshness, but definitely not an old can. (293 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden color. Has a fragrant floral hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is hops all the way through. A citrus n pine nite with a nice solid hoppy presence all the way. Really nice beer (202 characters)

Photo of BrentLepping
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture HopSlam, only if it had taken a Tony Montana sized gagger right before being bottled. A honey inspired DIPA on steroids. There's still plenty of citrusy goodness on the nose and taste, but it definitely leans more towards a thick, sticky, resiny IPA. I think the 9.5% is noticeable once the beer warms a bit, but the entire flavor profile works from start to finish.

Glad I finally got to try this one..... (416 characters)

Photo of Domvan
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with a medium head
Not much of an aroma, but I think honey seems to be a hard smell to portray in beer
The taste was sweet and a mix of hops and malt
I'd say this goes in the category of Hop Slam, very similar.

If you are looking for hop forwardness than this is not the beer for you, it is more sweet syrup with a nice balance. (356 characters)

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)

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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.