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Square Grouper - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 5.82%

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2013)
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Photo of jeonseh


3.86/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden yellow with a white rocky head 4

S - Fresh grassy and earthy hops with a slight mango fruitiness from the mosaic hops

T - Grassy and fresh dank hops up front. There is some light bitterness, passion fruit and mango. The finish is really clean with minimal aftertaste as it's not too flavorful overall

M - Light body with light carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with light stickiness

O - Decent IPA from PW but not one of my favorites from them as I didn't think it had a lot of flavor compared to their better offerings

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:59:06 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Fcolle2


4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy golden amber in color. A surprisingly little amount of light makes it through the beer for an ipa. Head is about one finger, white and has good retention.

Smell is awesome. Great tropical fruits, crisp pineapple, fresh mango,and a light hoppy herbal aromas. Light grainy aromas follow along with a sweet floral and butterscotch aroma.

Taste is awesome and follows the nose. Bright tropical fruity and milder herbal hop flavors are forward. A crisp tangy flavor follows before a yeasty butterscotch flavor typical to pipeworks. Very mild dry bitterness finishes the brew and helps balance all the bright flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Mild carbonation and a good stickiness from the malt and hoppy oils.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:39:09 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of brewcrew76


4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- muddy (resiny) copper with a fluffy white head and thick lace.

S- tropical fruit overload. Papaya, mango, passio fruit, candied citrus, light pine and Simcoe cattiness.

T - juicy fruit, resiny hops, papaya, mango, passion fruit, candied citrus, just enough sweet malt to balance, light pine and cattiness.

M - medium body, creamy, dry and resiny.

D - I think I am in love with Mosaic. This is tropical fruit overload in the best way possible. Sticky, juicy, tropical fruit goodness.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:55:16 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of koutkid41


4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was absolutely amazing. I tried Heady for the first time last night and now drank this one tonight and the aroma itself made me check to see if I didn't open up another Heady, aromas matched up pretty well.

S: Candied fruit, citrus, mango, berry, apricot, subtle pine.

T: Fruity, mango, pine

O: I enjoy this way more than Heady, aroma's match up, this one the palate is more bitter and not as balanced as Heady, but the flavor is better overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 12:53:39 | More by koutkid41
Photo of ozzman54


4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer from Pipeworks/4 Hands. Comparing it to all their other IPAs, this is by far my favorite. Great pour with some very good lacing. Smell was sweet and fruity mango and pine. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety. Taste was an explosion of hops. So many great flavors. It tastes just like it smells. Keeps you wanting more and more. Hopefully they team up again and brew another batch of this, because it's just too damn good to be a one off. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 20:01:25 | More by ozzman54
Photo of Florida9


4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Fairly clear yellowish-orange in color. Forms a large, bubbly white head. Decent retention, but eventually fades to a thin surface coating. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is tropical and juicy. Mango, passion-fruit, pine, orange zest and a slight touch of Simcoe's cattiness.

T: The taste is incredibly juicy. Starts of with a moderate sweetness. Orange juice concentrate and marmalade. Turns more tropical before a blend of earthiness and pine dominates. Notes of passion-fruit and papaya. Pine resin on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Moderate bitterness comes through strongest a good 30 seconds after the swallow. Lower carbonation level.

O: This is a very good beer and showcases what PW is capable of doing with hops. IMO, PW needs to stop brewing all of those silly flavored milk stouts and focus on these hopped up creations. And as odd as it might sound, I'd love for this beer to be brewed again and hit with a dose of Brett after the primary fermentation was complete.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:51:20 | More by Florida9
Photo of Vonerichs


4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and hazy. An inch of white head with generous webbed lacing.

Fresh and juicy tropical fruits. Mango and pineapple. Piney and a touch of ammonia.

Very clean taste. Again with the tropical fruits. Sugary sweet. Mostly tropical fruit with pine, some white sweet tarts.

Creamy and heavy for an IPA. Slightly boozy.

Wow. What an incredible IPA. It's just like I like the style and lacks any noticeable flaws.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:11:54 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #258 printed on the label. A collaboration between the masters at Pipeworks and 4 Hands. Expectations are high, based on this knowledge. Awesome bottle art.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours three big fluffy creamy fingers of off-white head. Body is a beautiful bright yellow-orange color. It looks like a delicious godly nectar, if you ask me.

S - Smell is mouthwatering. Tropical fruits - grapefruit, mango, pineapple, papaya, pine, strawberry. The usual trademark Pipeworks creaminess. A tad soapy. Bready caramel malt. A touch of alcohol. Not picking up on any distinct honey smell, but it smells amazing.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit, mango, papaya, pine, strawberry, cream, brown bread, caramel malt, and some brown sugary sweetness that must be attributed to the honey.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, with mild bitter pine resin and grapefruit lingering.

Overall, another wonderful beer from Pipeworks. Truly delicious, fruity, juicy, and fresh, this is probably one of their better DIPA offerings in recent memory. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks Square Grouper ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:06:10 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of frankjjcc


4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To me, this was definitely one of the best beers I've had from Pipeworks. Big, fruity DIPA, couldn't taste the honey as much as the floral and citrus flavors that I was getting from it. Sad that it will only be a one time only beer, hopefully they will do some sort of collaboration again in the future. Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 05:24:10 | More by frankjjcc
Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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