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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 372
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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 MikeWoj
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pipeworks best effort to date

Photo of McNazz
3.57/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A tad too sweet For my taste.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
2.81/5  rDev -38%
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

Photo of martinimike82
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's good, but wouldn't go nuts trying to find it again.

Photo of BigBadBaptist88
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is 10 times better than Heady Topper. This one tastes like a cleaner, better version of fresh zombie dust. I wish they made this more.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.26/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of tjk135
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

These days it's rare an IPA lives up to the hype in my opinion. This one does. Mildly bitter with a wonderful citrus punch in the aroma and taste.

Photo of M_J_Z
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sticky icky malty, noticeable honey, lots of zing in the mouthfeel

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of MLDucky
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of MylesRobinson
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the best DIPA I've had to date. It beats all of the big vermont ipas (focal, heady, sip, second fiddle, etc.). The taste on this beer was one like I've never had before. Seek this out!

Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -53.9%
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 +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Fucking Shit this be good...

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +4%
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 -10.2%
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
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Kraj30
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -0.7%
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 +1.8%
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 +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.