Cap'n Kickass
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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American IPA
Ranked #1,480
Ranked #12,541
4.09 | pDev: 7.58%
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every store that makes and sells pizza must have a terrific IPA on their menu to redeem and sort of credibility. And Piece does not disappoint. Packed with sharply resinous bitterness, the beer effortlessness slices through the pies with confidence and sheer refreshment.

Light caramel in color, the beer casts highlights of orange and amber when back lit. Mild in carbonation, the beer seems influenced by English cask ales with a low shouldered off-white head that caps the beer and laces gently. Although the beer gives the eye all that is needed, it's somewhat underwhelming.

What it gives up in aesthetics it makes up for in scent. Ripe citrus fruits, tropical sweetness, and the slightest backing of caramel malts provide a hop-dominant aromatic matrix that favors potency over complexity.

The focus on hops continue in taste as the malts coat the palate with a thin crystalline caramel sweetness in preparation for the spicy and acidic lupulin flavors to come. The mid palate delivers the citrusy onslaught of ruby red grapefruit juice, freshly zested oranges, apricots, mango, freshly muddled grasses, herbs, and chives. There's just enough sweetness to provided a 'candied' effect to the fruits and happens just before the citrus taste turns resiny bitter to finish. Clean, crisp, and refreshing the beer lingers in aftertaste with the cleanest of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's low-lying carbonation allows the beer to sit weightedly on the tongue for its style. With the zesty hop flavors and pizza pairing, I need the the additional zip of carbonation to create more of an impression of acidity, bite, and snap. A late waiver of malt allows for minty alcohol warmth and hop dryness to close the beer cleanly and refreshingly.

Cap'n Kickass is a wonderful IPA that settles both the palate, stomach and mind with confidence and pleasure. Even though the beer is absolutely dominated by hop character, there's a lot of finesse and skill working behind the scene to avoid any harshness or blandness from occurring.

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Photo of Treebs
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. This was my first beer of the night. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a one finger light yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and leaves soapy lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice citrus aroma with a mango sweetness, light pine and some mild resinous hops that are balanced by a pale malt body.

T: Floral and citrusy up front. There are nice tropical fruit and pineapple flavors with a light lemon grass and mild hop bitterness as well. The finish is of Hawaiian sweet bread and pale malts.

M: Medium to light bodied with a semi sticky, tongue coating texture. Nice carbonation with a sweet malt finish.

O: Very surprised to find out this is 7.50% ABV. It really doesn't show at all and drinks like a heavy pale ale. I recommend you try this nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Piece while killing time before No Tell Motel at Debonair. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served in a quarter-finger of foam that settled to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few splotches of lace. Hazy dark orange-bronze body. I suspect this would have had better head volume, but I appreciate the honest pour.

S - Big ripe citrus flesh and zesty rind, touch of grass, a bit of sugary malt in the periphery. A tad understated, but quite nice.

T - The taste is again heavy on orange citrus juiciness - guessing there is a hefty dose of Centennial and/or Cascade hops here - as well as a touch of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Finish is a tad herbal, with bitterness that grows to a moderate level by the end of the glass. Malt character is largely in the periphery, and there's no perceptible alcohol either.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, dry finish, some residual hop oils. No obvious alcohol presence. A few too many bubbles for my liking.

D - A solid, well-crafted IPA that is a bit of a Chicago-area sleeper. I like this better than the majority of hoppy offerings from Haymarket, Revolution, or Goose Island. The listed 7.5% ABV seems a touch excessive for the style, but I strongly considered getting a growler.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Piece 3/10/12.

A: Exceedingly cloudy, bright copper color. Just off-white head that does a decent job of sticking around before melting away and not leaving too much lace.

S: This just stinks of hops. Grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruit.

T: See above. A hint of earthiness that is complimented by the aforementioned citrus, pine, and tropical hops.

M: Very well balanced. Just the right amount of malt heft and restrained sweetness. Spicy hops lay a beautiful beating on my tongue.

O: Very nice IPA. Could nail a growler if this...more so if it weighed in at 5-6%.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light copper color with a white head and some good lacing. The nose brings some bright pine hops and a tad bit of pale malt. Taste is slightly resinous and has a bit of backing malt. Nice and bitter with a light to medium body. Drinks well and is a nice offering.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is a bit paler than most IPA's. an orange amber with a off white head. a tint caramel. smell is lemon, a mild pineapple, a bit candy and some woody yeast. the foam is delicious. lightly sweet pineapple with a hint of vanilla. the beer has great balence, fruit character, lemon zest, mango, breadiness, and a hint of astringent drying hop. lightly peppery. a great beer. one of the best i've had here.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I got a growler of this, which at the time I didn't realize how lucky I was. It's their policy not to growler higher ABV beers (7% isn't really), but the sun was shining that day, and a holy hand came down and filled a growler for me. Hallelujah!

Dense orange body, dense foam as well. Lazy carbonation, at a somewhat low level.

Tropical aromas of peach, mango, and orange. This was one you couldn't help but sniff before every sip. Absolutely lush and packed with fruit.

Fairly full bodied with a zesty citrus punch of hops. Maltiness plays a supporting role, and the hop bouquet is deep and resiny. Long bitter finish.

I really wanted to drink the whole growler myself, but it was better that it was passed around. Captain Kick Ass lived up to his name, and would be a challenger to the reigning champion Dreadnaught in the ring.

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Photo of zook74
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me start out by saying that if you're in the tri-state area you owe it to yourelf to get down on some Piece Pizza. That place flat out freakin' rocks. Awesome pizza, excellent beer and Captain Kick Ass was the perfect growler to drag back to Wisconin.

Appearance and smell were both very good if slightly unremarkable. Nice and citrusy in the nose, a bit mellow.

The flavor of this brew was fantastic. Great malts. A bit dark, but mellow. Very pleasant.

Due to the slight heaviness and the higher alcohol content I rated a bit lower for drinkablity. I hate having to moderate myself ;-) so I prefer a bit lighter, lower alcohol beers. But that's just me.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was quite dark for an ipa, more brownish than orange with a slight haze. good head and lacing. loads of nutty malts and piney, floral hops in the nose. medium malt sweetness upfront with big, bittering hops throughout. there were roasty/nutty qualities to the malts rather than the usual caramel malt flavors in most IPAs. moutfeel was medium-heavy. this was very good but at 9% i can't have too many of these.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a hazy caramel brown body that lets light glow through it with a soapy head with a light tan hue. It last for a good bit with some nice lacing on the sides.

S- The smell of fresh pale malt has some nice character but is quickly overrun by the smell of juicy pine hopes with a faint herbal quality.

T- This beer has a soft malt taste with a light toasted malt note in the background and it is a bit dry. There is a bright citrus, herbal hop note that has a nice big taste of pineapple weed coming through. There is a spicy note to the hops that gets stronger as the beer warms.

M- this beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish that really boost the hop flavor in the finish.

D- This beer has a good supporting malt flavor and the hops have a great depth of flavor without being to bitter. That makes this beer a great session beer while still being a hop monster.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

unfiltered hazy orange appearance with soapy foam. bright and vibrant amarillo fruit jacked nose with spicy centennial west coast balance. perfumey sniff with the tiniest bit of wacky yeast sourness. perfect medium body and coniferous botanical wonderment to the flavor. much less overpowering than it smells, which makes it an easy drinker. when the waitress returned and answered my abv question, i about fell off my chair.

this is the kind of west coast ipa that most brewers in other parts of the US lack the understanding of hops to make. when this style is done right, it's awesome.. when wrong, its usually an abrasive mess. in my glass was nothing more than success with a sweet pineapple aftertaste.

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Cap'n Kickass from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 22 ratings