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Reliquary - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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88
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.63%
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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gjoker321

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

WARNING: I HAVE NEVER LIKED ANY BELGIAN IPA I HAVE EVER HAD.

Appearance: Orange with straw-orange highlights. Small, lacy, off-white head that quickly fades. Lacy with hints of legs. Out of a tulip glass.

Aroma: Kumquats and tangerines, light maltiness underneath that strengthens as it warms. Some subtler notes of pine and white oak as a secondary. Hints of light phenolics might be present as very light plastic (in a accent of the hops way).

Taste: Citric notes with acidity up front that follows into light malty notes. Lemon and orange pith flavors follow. It seems that the minor phenolics present are accenting the harsh bitterness and hiding some of the lighter hop flavors. Nice depth of characters but it trails off into a negative phenolic (plastic, burning circuit board) flavors that leave the beer with a negative impression.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with light astringency on the tongue. Finishes with an unpleasant phenolic astringency. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Wonderful aroma with just enough belgian intrigue (light phenolics) to add complexity but the phenolics combine with hop astringency to overwhelm the delicacies of this beer. As it warms some of the phenolics blow off but it leaves the beer some what flat in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:43:29 | More by gjoker321
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 20:47:05 | More by TMoney2591
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-30-2013 05:05:42 | More by Gonzoillini
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-24-2014 22:09:43 | More by beersdmf17
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-07-2013 12:55:10 | More by cnbrown313
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Jerry

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-30-2013 23:34:18 | More by Jerry
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-12-2013 03:14:14 | More by CityofBals
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emyers

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Batch #114.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale gold with a one-and-a-half finger white head. Good head retention andleaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Interesting mix of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast esters. Unfortunately I feel the yeast and hops fight each other more than complement each other. It ends up a bit messy.

Taste: A lot more malt presence than I was expecting. Caramel malt and toasted biscuit up front along with a nice tropical fruit hop presence. The Belgian yeast comes in on the finish along with some floral sweetness. I really like the hop profile, but again I think this just gets too busy and the yeast clashes with the rest of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation level. It goes down very smooth and dries the palate on the finish nicely.

Overall: One of the only "misses" I've had from Pipeworks - I get the concept behind the beer, but it just doesn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 06:41:32 | More by emyers
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bradner

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-03-2013 02:21:54 | More by bradner
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Ncpogs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-17-2013 03:31:19 | More by Ncpogs
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-14-2013 23:12:40 | More by BeerOps
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-12-2013 20:38:20 | More by imperialking
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Capone's by Alison! Thanks a bunch. Served in a New Belgium tulip.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Hazed dark orange-amber body. The darkness tinge reveals this is a double version of a Belgian IPA, and on the whole it's quite attractive.

S - Very sweet, with loads of banana, caramel and honey malts, mild tropical fruits, and only light phenolic yeast notes. Reminds me more of an American-made tripel, but with some aggressive hopping.

T - The flavor is an improvement, with a nice mix of tropical fruits, estery yeast, juicy citrus, sugary malts, and a mild amount of zesty bitterness in the finish. More balance, and less cloying here.

M - Medium body, with a smooth, chewy texture. Pleasant carbonation, with a nice dry finish. Pipeworks does a pretty good job with bottle conditioning.

D - Too sweet for my tests and I much preferred Glaucus I had immediately afterward. I wanted a bit more Belgian yeast character and a bit less saccharine malt. Otherwise, I suppose this was 'to-style' (Belgian IPA is a strange catch-all to begin with) and was drinkable on the whole - just not what I was really seeking.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 13:52:06 | More by MasterSki
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Florida9

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:06:55 | More by Florida9
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CanisMajor

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-02-2013 02:37:47 | More by CanisMajor
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Turney

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-07-2013 23:37:16 | More by Turney
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-30-2013 05:10:46 | More by spycow
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-26-2013 02:44:17 | More by Kaveman
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-14-2013 04:39:53 | More by jplopez21
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IPx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-29-2013 07:18:21 | More by IPx
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Farnswurth

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-11-2013 21:54:50 | More by Farnswurth
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PatB1987

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-05-2014 19:06:00 | More by PatB1987
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PeterMeschede


4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-08-2013 05:33:24 | More by PeterMeschede
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-04-2013 02:42:03 | More by ystazi
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-08-2013 19:58:26 | More by DerekMorgan
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Reliquary from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.