Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,007
Ranked #13,329
4.11 | pDev: 5.84%
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Illinois, United States
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the heels of Cap'n Kickass and finishing the post-pizza session with a savory sweetened IPA with more of an alcohol punch and the same familiar taste of hops that are found in the regular American IPA.

Pouring with an almost bright light amber hue, the beer releases a firm but slight statured head of pillowy white foam that retains the session well with mild lace. It's a fine looking beer but I'm not writing home about it.

Deeply aromatic with seemingly candy-soaked citrus fruits that start with perfumy zest and peel but develop into richer aromas of ripe pulp and juices. Spanning the gamut of grapefruit and oranges to apricots and mangoes, the beer might be pulling ester aromas from the yeast to supplement the hops. Even decorated with more pungent scents of herbs- fresh cut grass, mulled tea leaves, and light onion; this beer doesn't ignore any influence from hops.

Deliciously flavored as the thin caramel and honey taste introduce first, then come the hop flavor full of the glory of zesty citrus and tropical fruits just as the nose promises. But then the fruit juice and sweetness turns decidedly bitter in finish and take on the pleasant bite of grass, tea, herbs, and pine resin. The beer does all this hop-work without completely releasing the malt sweetness, instead it retains just enough taste to provide slight support to the hops even in finish.

Residing on the high side of medium, the beer's body foregoes high carbonation in favor for the weight of malt to plant firmly on the tongue and letting the resin hop dryness and alcohol warmth to close the beer with semi-dry textures that linger well into the next sip.

Any hop head will find sheer enjoyment swimming in a glass of this not-so-hop dominant imperial IPA. It continues to refresh the palate and tantalize the taste buds sip after sip.

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Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Piece. Served in a tulip. Freshly tapped that day. It's been a while since this was brewed so I was definitely excited to have it.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring and sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Piney hops with a slightly fruity sweetness melding in there. Caramel and bready malts balance this hop bomb out.

T: Great semi-bitter hops resinous hops are upfront with some mild pine flavor. It mixes nicely with some mango and pineapple citrus sweetness. The hops are taken back down to earth by a nice caramel malt body.

M: Medium bodied, slightly sticky in feel with a nice prickly carbonation.

O: This had some great hop flavors and it was very refreshing. Easily drinkable for the ABV. It seems Wingnut is back and better than ever. Get it while it lasts.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange amber color with an off white head. The nose is citrus with a bit of rind and some mild spicing. Maybe herbal qualities. Taste is citrus and orange. Fairly bitter with a finish in the dry side. Drinks well and was one of the better beers I had there. Piece's hoppy offerings are defintely above the rest of their brews.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tap into a tulip at the brewery.

It pours a nice medium orange that is cloudy with a decent white, pretty good lacing.

It smells floral, with citrus and hops.

The taste is smooth and orangy but bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is ok, very drinkable.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful cloudy orange color with light white head. Lots of lace. Looks beautiful in the tulip glass they serve it in.

Smells of hops all the way. Fruity, floral, and fantastic.

Decent malt up front but the hops come quick, sweet and citrusy. Alcohol taste is in there too.

Mouthfeel is full and rich. Creamy and wonderful.

Great beer. Perfect after finishing a couple slices with sausage and banana peppers. Highly recommended.

sampled at the brewery 1/20/08

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Photo of kajerm
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip with a nice big slice of pizza. Pours cloudy reddish-amber with an enormous white and lots of lacing. Great color, but I've got a thing for red hoppy beers.

The smell is American hops, and lots of them-- citric and tropical; if I had to guess, I'd say simcoe, maybe amarillo. The aroma really reminds me of Dreadnaught, but with some light biscuit character. Calling this beer an American Strong Ale is a copout-- from appearance, aroma, and ABV, this is a double IPA for sure (and the menu agrees.)

Tastes like it smells, with tons of citric/fruity hop flavor. Light malts present as a drop of mid-palate sweetness and biscuit flavor, and as creaminess throughout. It's bitter (as it damn well ought to be), but bittering is either light in comparison to flavor and aroma-hopping or toned down a bit by the malts. This is a quality I really love in a hoppy beer, and it has the added bonus of making it much more accessible to the n00bs-- nearly all of my friends (including a few IPA haters and some girls) thought this was great. They might have been placating me, but I stand by it-- hops aren't an acquired taste, bitterness is.

The palate is moderately heavy and creamy, a product of the strong malt backbone.

In spite of the ABV, drinkability is great on this beer-- it's so refreshing and super-hoppy without being aggressively bitter. This is a great beer, and the craft really shows through at every level.

NOTE: I'm not entirely sure that one or both of the other reviewers drank the same beer as I did.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real flakey foam's dry on the intake and drifts up against the tulip. Pretty active in the glass, bubbling up slowly through the thick liquid. Nose is almost absent with only some distant sweetness and spiciness.

Taste is highly tasty, of mellow spices and subdued malt body. Notes of cloves and ginger candy imbedded in the grains. Bitter hops sit on the aftertaste. Alcohol is well-covered up but shoots through to hit the throat more as it warms. Definitely more and more rough-around-the-edges as it warmed. Dry.

Interesting Belgian strong ale replica.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fascinating brew. The waitress said it wasn't made to any style, I'd call it either a very malty IPA or a very hoppy wee heavy. A fine white well-behave head that leaves a little lace. Dark, cloudy brown body. Very bitter hop nose and nut brown malts, even a hint of peach brandy. It's one of those that tastes like it's been barrel aged, but really isn't.

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Wingnut from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 18 ratings