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A Foolish Wit - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Wit brewed with amchoor (sour mango powder) and sumac!

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-23-2012)
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BeerOps, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

cnbrown313, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

BRD14, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

atomic, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

PHBoiler, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of NSK79
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber batch 45 to a Pipeworks snifter

A - Very cloudy gold with bits of sediment. Very little residual head, and no lacing. This batch is fairly old at the time of tasting to be honest.

S - Bready belgian yeast with notes of orange and lemon

T - follows nose with the orange, citrus, lemon, etc.

M - This is definitely the game changer as it is more of a full bodied beer, with light carbonation. I believe this style is generally a light bodied.

O - Fine beer, not the best Pipeworks I've had, but it definitely brings it on flavor and body. Wit Beers are not something that I seek out, this example is far more interesting and enjoyable than most I have had due to body and flavor.

NSK79, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Rimbimhoot, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Nachos4two, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jaminjohnson, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

warnerry, Dec 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew picked up in trade from rmcnealy... Thanks a bunch Rob... this is soooo very odd even for a witbier.

Poured into my slim tulip.. nice white head... the brew is hazed dark golden..

The nose shows bunches of weird tropical fruitiness that would NEVER BE called for in a witbier but somehow meshes with the background lime profile.. I guess I get some mild clove phenols.

The palate is thick for the style... heavy fruits and a bit of kaffir lime leaf... odd sour notes coming from the Sumac I guess.... The flavors just don't jive for me... too thick and ultimately too muddy.

Really, this is just an interesting heavy bodied witbier.. I APPLAUDE Pipeworks for doing a wit with ingredients that obviously took a lot of work to gather and make things happen.

3.5 across the board is probably too high... but the adventurism with the witbier ingredients brings it back into higher realms.

JohnGalt1, Dec 28, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy pale pastel yellow. Forms a rather large white head, but it falls to a faint surface coating fairly quickly. Does manage to leave a moderate bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Lemon and lots of it. There is a tart or sour quality to the aroma, presumably from the mango, but there really isn't much in the way of actual mango in the aroma. Some yeast and a little coriander spice.

T: Lightly sweet. Mild yeast. Tart, sweet lemon, reminiscent of lemonade. Very citrusy, an attribute most likely from the sumac addition. Quite refreshing.

M: Lighter side of medium. Lower carbonation. Mild tartness. Very minimal bitterness.

O: This beer turned out to be far better than I was expecting it to be. Actually thought about passing it up because I really wasn't expecting much out of it all, but the combination of flavors really play well with each other and end up making a beer better than the sum of its parts.

Florida9, Nov 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

mkennedy119, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

imperialking, Oct 19, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediately after pouring, there's a white bubbly head that dissipates quickly into a blotchy veil. The color is completely opaque, which is typical for the style. The color takes on more of an apple cider orange, than golden yellow.

On the nose I get banana and pear esters, sweet malt, and some bright citrus. It's exciting to be able to detect the malt backbone in the aroma. All the smells mingle very nicely with each other.

Flavor starts with banana-like yeast, but is quickly beat by some bright citrus fruit. I get just a very small hint of alcohol in the middle as the glass warms. The finish is quite dry and sweet malt flavor lingers along with the fruity esters.

The feel is light-to-medium and full of light carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable and well-executed Witbier and therefore is definitely one for fans of the style. I think what makes this brew stand out is the appearance and the higher than average ABV. The latter point makes the malt backbone more apparent, relatively speaking. I hope Pipeworks makes more variations of this style.

TotallyHosed, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

thewimperoo, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure if this was the "sour mango wit" mentioned as coming soon, or the base beer for it... A Foolish Wit is a very solid (nearly imperial) Witbier.

Straight down the middle our into a tulip glass generates a billowing head of foam, which recedes with plenty of sticky lacing. The color and clarity leave something to be desired, a dull opaque brownish-orange rather than the usual light pastel yellow-orange. Head breaks u fairly quickly also.

Aroma is fruity, orange eel supplanted with plenty of smooth wheat and moderate coriander.

Smooth feel, medium bodied, a light natural fruit tartness initially that segues quickly into seamless wheat softness. Not overly spiced, more fruit forward with plenty of wheat character in the middle and end. Lingering orange eel and soft traces of coriander. Very well put together, no flaws in my mind other than the appearance, which is pretty minor anyway. Can't wait to see a fruited version, if that ever comes to fruition (groan, lol)...

emerge077, Oct 08, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch #38.

A: Pours a dirty orange color with fluffy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film that leaves some sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Definite sweet yeast presence with nice citrus backing. Some toasted grains with a little orange as well.

T: The taste follows the nose. Some sweet yeast, a little chalky, but nice smooth citrus notes as well. Some light peppery notes with a little lemon peel.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice medium high carbonation. The body has a little more weight to it than a normal wit, but it's still very drinkable.

O: A very solid wit. I'm sold on the addition spices added as it gave the beer a light kick that made the drink a lot more enjoyable.

Treebs, Oct 07, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a very cloudy, dirty orange with a 2" thick white head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big orange and lemon aromas along with lots of spices. Definitely smell a Belgian yeast strain in there.

T- follows nose with citrus being more dominant over the spices. Lemon, oranges, spices.

M- medium body and high carbonation. More acidic with higher carbonation.

O- not you typical witbier for sure. Has the spice, but more of a citrus take compared to banana.

kawilliams81, Sep 29, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a weizen glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacework. Murky straw orange body. As usual, these Pipeworks beers are very attractive.

S - Coriander, mild orange peel, lightly phenolic yeast, sweet pale malts. It's a witbier alright!

T - Taste is more grain and wheat-forward, with less of the spices. There's some banana and orange citrus sweetness in the back end.

M - Grainy, wheat chaff, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This isn't going to wow your hardcore Beer Advocate crowd but it's a solidly made and enjoyable witbier. I was actually somewhat surprised to see it was 7%, as I assumed it was 5% or so. In any case, it's a good beer to have in your portolio to convince Blue Moon fans to 'drink local' instead.

MasterSki, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ichtegems tulip glass at Local Option.

I was surprised to see a Pipeworks brew on tap, but I guess the Fuckin' Catalina Wine Mixer means A-game all the way, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy sunset straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light wheat, coriander, clove, cardamom, and grapefruit rind. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch of red apple flesh for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly prickly feel. Overall, a very nice "imperial" wit, one that brings everything on with some strength behind it, but also without overdoing it.

TMoney2591, Sep 23, 2012
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A Foolish Wit from Pipeworks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.