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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 353
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 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 tjk135
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Photo of JasonGoodfriend
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #258. Someone told me this was re-brewed... I guess not. Oh well.

Appearance - Bright hazy orange. Nice white head, but it doesn't last. Medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Kinda dank. Grapefruit. Herbal quality. Lots of caramel malt.

Taste - Bright orange hops. Immediately herbal. Honey-like sweetness. Toasted malt. Bitter herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. I guess medium, but heavy for an IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Well I was afraid this would be too old and too Pipeworks, but it's neither. Still very good and doesn't have the issues I've found from other Pipeworks IPAs.

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 Vonerichs
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
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 mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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

22 ounce bottle, batch #'s 672-676 bottled on 3/26/15, into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours a light, golden/orange color, hazy but bright, with a small head and clingy lacing. Smells of dank and citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit, good amount of pineapple, some orange and mango. Smells great. Taste begins with a good amount of citrusy bitterness- the grapefruit and pineapple, far less of the Mosaic hops in the taste than the nose. A solid, but not intrusive malt backbone tames the bitterness on the way down. It's sweet, honey sweet, but I like that, so it doesn't seem like too much, to me. It's really well balanced overall and the different hops are also well blended. Smooth, refreshing, great lingering aftertaste.

I think this is a great beer, very enjoyable. Certainly in the top group of my favorite DIPA's. Second time I've been lucky enough to get this and will grab it any time I can.

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 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 Sparty1224
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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 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 Bosoxfan20
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
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 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

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.

Photo of ozzman54
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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.

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 atomic
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Second Batch (batch 500 something) is so much better than the first! Without a doubt the best IPA I've ever had. Shiii.....

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 prior2two
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.