Reliquary - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-30-2013)
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Reviews by Florida9:
Photo of Florida9
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear orange-tinted amber in color. Forms a modest white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasantly aromatic, though a bit cloying. Strong candied citrus notes, with some yeast-derived spice, ripe stone-fruit, and grapey-gooseberry. Possibly Nelson Sauvin?

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but much more disjointed. Moderately sweet, orange and kumquat. A little dry spice, a touch of black pepper. Citrus pith bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low-medium carbonation. Sweet, yet with a spicy-astringent bitterness.

O: I feel rather conflicted with this beer. There are certain things I like a lot and others that I don't at all and I just feel as if this beer is fighting with itself. Sweet, yet astrigently dry. Strong citrus qualities with equally strong spice notes. Its not that any of the flavors are bad, but just as if all the flavors want to be in the forefront at once.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
Batch 114
A- This beer pours a dark apricot body with a touch of haze and a touch of density to it. There s a bubbly thin wispy head with a few strands of microbubbles trailing up the glass.

S- The full fruit cocktail hops grows as it opens and takes on more of a green hop/unripe fruit aroma.

T- The green woody hops taste turns into fruit cocktail with a green earthy hop finish. There is a touch of sweetness in the malt but the finish is dry and has a nice peppery phenol to it. There is a gentle bittern pungent hop flavor in the aftertaste that compliments the sweetness nicely.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz finish with a soft alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has a nice full hop flavor with good depth and a nice yeast character that is underneath. The sweetness is a nice balance to the bitterness of the hops aftertaste but the bitterness keeps growing and the sweetness doesn’t.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name and creative label for this one.

Bright clarity, saturated orange color with a compact head of white foam, splashy bits of lace that stick to the walls of the glass.

Some phenolic Belgian yeast, light bubblegum and clove, accented by southern hemisphere hop varieties.

Creamy feel with some citrus peel, malt and tangerine sweetness, pink grapefruit and more Belgian yeast presence. Medium bodied with some sweetness that lingers, into a lightly dry bitterness in the aftertaste. As far as Belgian IPA's go, Glaucus is a favorite of mine, but this one is good too.

Photo of PatB1987
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of PeterMeschede
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Inglewood
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kubrickx
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of BrentSeifts
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cnbrown313
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mcc1654
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CanisMajor
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ralerwen
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Nachos4two
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Every time I hear the word "reliquary" I think back to "Anastasia". I know, I'm upset with myself... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, leek, light pine resin, and a hint of sourdough. The taste brings in more of the same, with a slightly decreased leek character, a light touch of mint, and a light toasting for the bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay BIPA, but one whose hops just didn't meld quite right, and one whose Belgian yeast comes across nearly expressionless.

Photo of powz87
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked as Batch #77 into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a fairly deep, darker amber capped by a snowy white two finger head. Above average retention and significant splotchy lacing. Bold citrusy nose--pineapple, passion fruit, kiwi, with just a hint of tripel yeast. Pineapple, very prevalent honey notes, passion fruit, pomegranate, Juicy Fruit bubblegum. and a touch of clean sweet malt. Finishes semi-dry with initial fairly intense bitter notes, most likely the contribution of Galaxy hops, that slowly relents to some more honey-tinged sweet malt. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth and satisfying. Overall, a very enjoyable brew. I would have liked the Belgian yeast to be a bit more distinguishable, however it seemed to overpowered by the intense hop presence. Tasty, nonetheless.

Photo of KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a slightly burnt orange color with a cloudy appearance. Very thin head. Some nice carbonation. Not much lacing and I enjoyed this brew out of a goblet shaped glass.

Smell: A really pleasant hop presence which is evened out very well by the yeast. The biscuit accents in the aroma are playing in harmony with the bright citrus. The hops are probably the biggest player but allow many of the other factors to be contributors.

Taste: Hops splash the palette right away at the front. Bright and wonderful, these hops bring a sweetness which makes the drinker think of tropical fruits and honey. The yeast can be found more in the body of the brew which is a little light and would be my only gripe about the taste. 8% abv is no where to be found. The sweetness finds its way back in the aftertaste, to my surprise. I expected a more dry hop/yeast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, incredibly drinkable. There is a slightly tacky/sticky feeling on the palette but for the most part this brew leaves a very clean palette behind.

Overall: Excellent brew, Pipeworks has continued to impress me with each beer I buy. The belgian IPA style has also exponentially grown on me recently, I've enjoyed both of the best aspects of the styles. I could see myself drinking this beer all day on a warm summer day or warming myself up on a cold night. Very versatile beer. Very awesome beer.

Photo of Turney
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with two fingers of creamy off white foam.

S: Fruity esters, Belgian yeast, a slight "barnyard" funk, and a whiff of soap.

T: The taste follows the nose with some pine, nuttiness, and a touch of lemon rounding out the flavor.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy, yet crisp and well carbonated. No noticeable alcohol.

Overall, this was a pretty nice Belgo-American double IPA. It looked great in the glass, had a complex and interesting aroma and taste, and went down relatively smooth for 9%. Another solid beer from Chicago's new darling, Pipeworks Brewing.

Photo of Hoozierdaddy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Reliquary from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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