Dysfunctionale | Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerinator on 07-07-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
77
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
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4
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 77
Photo of donnebaby
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average IPA with an exceptionally thin mouthfeel despite the powerful carbonation blast. Looks are mostly clear, dark orange with some messy haze. Nose is fruity hops with lots of citrusy orange. Taste, too, was citric and hoppy, and quite sweet. Led to lots of hoppy burping.

Didn't seem real balanced, and I didn't take a strong liking to it.

Served very cold.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer is a warm orange hazy body with a creamy white head that last a good while. There was no sign of carbonation due to the hazy body.

S- The smell of green hops with a soft aroma of orange Tang or creamsicles in the background got me interested. No real aroma of malt or alcohol even as it warmed, it was all just hops and orange.

T- The green hops did not taste as orange as they smelled but they did have a citrus note with some pine flavors as it warmed. There was pale malt flavors along with some sweet lightly toasted malt that gave a bit of support to the hops. The finish was a very soft bitter hop flavor but the bulk of the hop flavor was at the front.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz texture that cuts the flavor short.

D- This had some nice flavor but bit it was a bit one-dimensional with citrus hops playing the lead and not much support from other hops or malt or even alcohol.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head.

Scent of peach, grapefruit, citrus and hops. A nice tropical fruit scent with a good hop presence.

Taste of grapefruit, resin, hops and grain. A bit weaker than the scent led on, but still a good IPA.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and sticky with good carbonation.

A good beer, but it becomes a bit of a chore to drink it after a while.

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Photo of kajerm
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red-amber with two fingers of white head and gobs of lacing.

The aroma is very citric and a little piney. The flavor opens up with some grapefruit and maybe pineapple from the hops, and finishes with strong bitterness. The malt backbone isn't really evident until the beer warms. Bright mouthfeel, super-drinkable. This one is growlerworthy for sure.

It's every Piece beer ever made, but it's pretty damn good anyway.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

What's a visit to a brewpub without trying out the house IPA, eh? It pours a clear gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises bright orange zest, grapefruit, peach, mango, and a touch of sweet caramel. The taste still focuses on the aforementioned citrus fruits, but now it seems as though the rinds and peels hold sway over the flesh. Some pine needles and a bit more caramel join in as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, kinda sticky finish. Overall, a nice IPA, but one that can't fulfill the promise given in the nose on the tongue. (Here's hoping that made sense...)

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an IPA and it arrived with no head on a very cloudy, deep-amber colored beer. The nose was highly hoppy and the mouthfeel was medium with a good, hoppy presence on the palate. The finish was so grapefruit-citrusy that it left little question as to what style of beer it was.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Piece.

Appearance: Hazy bright orange with a white head that settled quickly.

Smell: Hoppy on the front end that smelled mostly fruity. Nothing jumping out at me.

Taste: More flavorful than the nose would have had me believe. Really great citrus hop bitterness up front that balances out really well and finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite drinkable.

Overall: Nice balance and smoothness that should leave most palates happy. Great with some pizza.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Review from notes. Clearish golden-yellow pour, with about a half inch of fizzy white head that displayed moderate retention and a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma was hop-driven, citrus and light notes of tropical fruit. More malty goodness in the taste, citrus zest, tropical fruit rind, over a solid sweet malts base. Pretty basic, pretty good. Light-medium body, sufficiently bitter and dry in the finish, moderate carbonation, pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of Treebs
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Piece. Served in a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a pure white head. Some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Nice balance between light fruit, grass and sweet malts. Definitely on the lighter end though and I really got to dig my nose in there to get anything.

T: Taste is a little richer with some grassy hops, mild bitterness, a little citrus rind and the sweet, malty finish to give it a little balance.

M: Medium to light bodied. Pretty drinkable with nice carbonation level as well.

O: Solid overall. Nicely balanced, but I prefer several other offerings from Piece in the hops category.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the pub... The body looks like a lightly unfiltered dark gold, ugly side. There is an off white head, ok retention and lacing... The aroma is pretty good but subdued; nice grassy hop, a hint of oranges, light alcohol finish. Smells great... The taste isn't as nice, has a rough finish to it, too much bitter pine and alcohol, seems like a dipa. Still pretty good, just not great.

One of their better ipas, I'd have again.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a small foamy head.

The aroma was full of citrusy hops without any real malt to back it up. Fairly enticing though.

Full bodied and very smooth. The flavor is mostly of floral hops with no real bitterness. There is some spiciness in the finish.

This is a fairly easy drinking, session IPA. It's not the greatest I've had but I could drink a few of these no problem.

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Photo of beerinator
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper, clear beer. Off white head quickly diminshed.

Aroma: Hoppy. There is a bit of citrus fruit present in the hop aromas. But it's also showing lots of floral and vegital aromas from the hops. The sweetness from the malt is heavily covered by the hop smells.

Taste: Nutty maltiness is eclipsed by the sharp grapefruit flavors on the tongue. The finish is a bit harsh and fast. The body is firm, but leaning toward rough near the finish.

Notes: This is a solid beer, but it's not terribly well balanced. Maybe it was super fresh, and it needs a bit of time to mellow, but I felt the balancing was a bit harsh.

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Photo of Etan
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piece.

A: Copper-gold with a decent white head.

S: Sweet sticky citrus and tropical fruits (clementine, apricot, pineapple, mango) with a malty base.

T: More fruity hop notes with some hefty malt sweetness. Vanilla cake, grapefruit, peach, mango. Some clove-like esters as well.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Good fruity hop notes here, with a malt/ester character that almost reminds me of a hefeweizen. Interesting.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery this beer is described on the menu as being a "big malty ale with an obscene American hop character." Lets put that claim to the test. It pours a hazy amber orange with a thick sticky khaki head.

The smell is hops baby. This one delivers with some bold citrusy notes and a good balance of malt in the background.

Taste is initially bitter with a citrus bite with a strong malts. Nice astringency but this beer shines in the balance of hop and malt. Well done.

The finish is sweet and malty with a lovely pinch to the tongue. Moderate carbonation makes this beer really work.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hint of orange touched golden yellow with a thin white head that left webby lace behind.

S-Light citrus hop kick and a bit of sweetness.

T-Sharp citrus hop smack balanced well by a smooth slide of sweet caramel malt.

M-Ledium-light bodied with a crisp dry finish. Light lingering bitterness.

D-Lacking a bit on the aroma but makes up for it in the taste with the hop flavour. A very refreshing and crisp quaffer.

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Photo of vande
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty hoppy IPA.There's definitely a malt backbone buried in there. Went very well with my spinach and garlic pizza! Not a heavy amount of citrus, but its there... a hazy orange pour with some lacing left behind of the quick receading head... Definitely want to try and get in for a pie & growler buy on the Sunday -- what a great deal!

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Photo of granger10
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deeper bronze color with a medium bright white head. Not much lacing. Smells nutty but the very grapefruit dominate. A touch of earthy hop flavors as well. Taste is rounded with softer malty caramel flavors. Heightened acidity from the hops on top of the caramel. Juicier in flavor than I thought it might be from the smell. A touch of biscuit in the back. Finish has some ice tea character and a bit drying but still a touch of juice character. Piney bitter flavors increase in the end as well. Medium bodied, lower carbonation, very easy to session.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The orange glow of a sunset sneaking through a big billowing head of fluffy white clouds.
The heavy smell of a citrus orchard. Intense, yet enticing.
The bitter humor is watching some old bitch get squirt in the eye while eating her morning grapefruit.
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A very good, heavy hopped IPA.

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear medium-gold color. Huge white head stand that persists throughout and leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Prominent hop aroma with a citrusy, piney, grassy character. Some fruitiness is present, as well.

Taste: Medium-high hop flavor with citrus, floral, and pine aspects. Hop bitterness is somewhat less than I expected, although it in no way detracts from this IPA. Medium malt flavor that is mostly clean.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Mostly smooth; medium-bodied. Medium-dry finish. This is a fantastic piney hopped IPA that is not overbearing with the hop bitterness and thus is quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright golden body, trace head, occasional lacing evident

S: mild citrus, clean pine/grass

T: firm citrus, pine/earthy middle, nice solid bitter finish

M: med. body, hint of slick/oily feel

O: Surprised me, nice beer from a brewery I didn't even know existed.
Big flavorful American IPA.

GOOD BEER, CHECK IT OUT!

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from Piece brewery. I just have to say, the Sunday special is truly epic. Large pie and growler for $25; a steal! Anyways, poured into a tumbler from the growler.

A: Pours a pretty hazy homebrew amber.

S: It has a soft citric hop scent but the malt is also noticeable.

T: The taste follows the smell. Subtle hops well balanced by the malt. Delicious! Very flavourful!

D: Excellent drinkability! The alcohol is completely masked and the beer has the perfect level of carbonation.

Overall: This is a very well made beer. It is a great example of the no-coast IPAs that are carving their own name in the great American craft beers. It is just bursting with flavour and although there are better IPAs out there, this is definatley not one to pass up. Couple that with the excellent bargain and great food available from Piece and its a steal!

Note: I went to Rome for a month last summer and like nearly everyone, was blown away by the pizza. Out of the many pizzerias I've eaten at in New York and Chicago, this is the closest to a Roman pizza that I've had. This beer is also the perfect brew to pair with their delicious margherita pizza.

Do yourself a favour and get over to Piece!

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

pours an unfiltered gold with a finger of head.

smell is yeasty with a bit of hops but not too much coming through.

taste is very smooth with a nice bitter finish of piny hops.

mouth is medium bodied with good high carbonation.

overall this was a very enjoyable ipa. had on tap at the brewery/pizzeria.

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

This is quickly one of my favorite IPAs. It has a lighter hue and the texture is so smooth. It rolls across your lips and goes fantastic with pizza. The flavor has orange hints that mix spectacularly with the right balance of hops. It is not always on tap at Piece in Chicago. But when it is, do not pass it up.

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Photo of kdog630
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since discovering Piece a few years ago, I've made it a habit to visit every time I'm in the city. This is the first time I was able to try the Dysfunctionale. It was well worth the wait.

Poured a rich amber color with a decent head that left abundant lacing down the entire glass.

You notice the hoppy aroma from quite a distance and it is really prominent when you raise the glass to your nose. The brewer must have used significant amounts in the brewing process and you get the feeling it was dry-hopped as well.

The rich malt flavor fills the mouth to the back of the tongue before making way for hops in the finish. The flavors are so well balanced with an exceptional mouthfeel.

This beer ranks up there with my favorite APA selections. I took a growler home and my hop-head friend was equally bowled over. This beer doesn't last long on tap apparently. Piece visitors must share my enthusiasm.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-nice orange color with a white head that quickly disapates

S-very nice fruity smell. Grapefruit. Very pleasant

T-alot like it smells. Very suprised with how good this is. Bitter but makes my mouth water for more

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-very solid beer. This is good. Way better than the double ipa

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Dysfunctionale from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
4.03 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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