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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 372
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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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 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 yourefragile
3.57/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, thanks Pat.

Typical Pipeworks. Overly malty and sweet, juicy citrus, sweet caramel malt, cloying, rought DIPA.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 FLima
4.44/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Florida9
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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 brewcrew76
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Brams17
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Don't have detailed notes about this beer as I drank it on 12/02/13, but I recall it being one of my favorite beers from this brewery, and one of the finer DIPAs I've had.

I poured it into a snifter glass, and the tropical fruit aroma that hit me was huge. The taste followed with Tropical fruits and citrus. Loved this beer and I wish they'd brew it again.

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 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 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 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 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 Getalegup
4.8/5  rDev +6%

Huge sweet fruity smell. Strong grapefruit, resin taste. Almost oily, creamy texture. Wow! One of the best!

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 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 Fcolle2
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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.

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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Square Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.