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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 623
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 30.23%
Wants: 384
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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 kscaldef
2.09/5  rDev -52.5%
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.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
2.81/5  rDev -36.1%
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

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Suds_Suds
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Excellent nose: mango, ripe fruit. Rich mouth-feel, but had a bit of yeast sedimentation in the bottle and even some hop particles. I'm glad I picked one up this year, but not sure what all the hype is about.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what I wished hopslam to be, smoother with less bitter bite allowing the honey to show up. Citrus & honey is what makes this beer, not a hop bomb but something very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a fresh bottle at a bottle share on Memorial Day 2015. Very cloudy and like all of their beers unfiltered and full of sediment. Very tropical and nice to drink. Love the flavors but the look of these beers are not pleasant.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Domvan
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellowish-orange with a plenty of pure white head. Big hop nose, as you'd expect. Pine, citrus, dank, and get a little of that sweetness from the honey. The taste follows the aroma exactly, with enough malt to balance out the hops and plenty of sweetness from the honey. Nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of FLima
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.