Camel Toe
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #636
Ranked #3,546
4.16 | pDev: 8.65%
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Illinois, United States
Notes: This classic Egyptian Pale Ale exemplifies excess in a glass. Similar to a double IPA this beer has massive hop flavor and aroma (5 lbs. per barrel)balanced by a sturdy malt backbone.
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Photo of FightGame
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: golden, cloudy, no head

Smell: very hoppy, citrus and pine

Tastes: slight sweetness, floral notes, bitterness is not overwhelming

Feel: light body with hardly any carbonation

Overall: tasty IPA'ish beer that is surprisingly refreshing

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Photo of DerekQXQX
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend and I went to Piece Pizza and tried a number of beers. This was highly drinkable and delicous. High ABV. I loved this one to death. I highly recommend. Camels are my girlfriend and my love animal. I wish it were hops. She is a total hop hater. sigh...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Darker orange-amber pour with a medium white head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is basically hop-centric, notes of citrus and fresh pine. Similar taste, citrus zest, pine needles, solid bready malt base; lasting bitterness in the finish, but not too strong overall. Pretty basic DIPA, but pretty good as well. Medium body, a bit sticky, some alcohol heat, but well within tolerance for a higher ABV beer.

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Photo of KDawg
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a tulip at Piece. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy head

Very aromatic with lots of aromas of hops, pine resin, oranges and various citrus aromas. Very good depth on all of the aromas

Medium/full bodied with a very good and smooth feel. The flavors of hops, pine resin and oranges are slightly lacking in the middle

I'm always glad when this is back on tap. One of Piece's better brews. Dangerously you don't notice the alcohol on it, but it is a real balanced and good beer

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Photo of Holland
2.99/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: very cloudy pale orange and yellow color with a small head when it got to me, but lacing kept up just fine.

S: garlic smell comes out first and hits me, but there are some good notes like heavy citrus, bitterness, and sweet malt.

T: taste is the same with a heavier emphasis on the bitterness and citrus. Not bad, but there is still some garlic or onion. It goes well with pizza.

M: medium carbonation with medium-heavy body. Just like a DIPA should be.

O: average Double IPA overall. This was fine with pizza, but I'm not picking up a growler of an IPA that smells of garlic/onion hops. Is that the simcoe or summit again? Ehh, won't have again. It's fine, but for $7 for 12 ounces it's not worth it.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy yellow. Served with minimal surface coating of white head. Light lacing. Aroma is ratheruted, but what is there is mostly citrus with a little floral. Taste is mostly citrus: grapefruit and lemon with a mild pine quality. Moderate bitterness, but alcohol is apparent. Medium body with lower side of medium carbonation. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Nice amber orange color with a fingers worth of white head. Hazy and opaque. Sporadic lacing.

The nose is sweet citus infused akin to orange and lime rind. A nice balancing sweet malt lingers.

The taste has a unique twist on tradition ipas. There is some tropical fruit up front like mango, pineapple, and clementine. A slightly bitter finish is matched with a bit of wheat and malt.

The mouthfeel is crisp medium-full bodied with a juicy comfortable feel.

Overall, great fresh twist on an ipa. Very juicy, fruity, and drinkable.

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Photo of Treebs
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Piece. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Hazy chilled amber with a thin off-white head that sticks to the glass the whole way down. Looks very nice.

S: Lots going on in the nose. Fruity and spicy notes with some sugary sweetness as well. Nice citrus with a slight grapefruit.

T: There is a hop explosion in the taste. Fruity, citrusy, and a little pine all rest on a nice malt backbone. There is a slight bitterness on the finish as well and that mixes with a slight booze twinge.

M: Medium bodied with a sticky, coating quality that leaves a slight bitter fruit on the palate. Nicely carbonated as well.

O: This was a very nice beer. There was a lot going on in the flavors, but nothing really stepped on each others toes.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark orange with finger white head. Lots of small bubbles rise to the surface

S- mostly citrus but cannt pick out specifics

T- sweet citrus amd malts. Citrus and pine bitterness near end

M- medium body and high carbonation

O- good dipa, could use a bit more citrus to come through in the aroma and taste

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Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty and hazy dark orange color with a thin yet sticky head.

The smell is spicy and herbal with a ginger with a touch of west coast hops.

The flavor is spicy and herbal just like the nose, light sweet bready malts finishing eith a mixture of minty bitter hops. A bit of a lingerrring alcohol.

The mouthfeel is thick and resiny.

Kind of a spicy mess, I could finish it, but wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

A- hazy orange color with little to no head. Only real flaw in the beer, so to speak.

S- nice citrusy notes on the nose.

T- alot like it smells. Great citrus taste and a crisp clean finish.

M- medium body and so smooth

O- good beer. Exceeded my expectations

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Piece

Rich, deep, hazy orange pour with a minimal whispy white head.
Nice tropical fruits on the aroma

Very clean and enjoyable. Heavy notes of apricot early leads to some tangerine and pineapple at the middle and back end. The malt profile here is semi sweet yet ultra smooth, serving as the perfect vehicle to carry the hops through. Some would describe this as balanced. I would describe this as delicious.

Slightly chewy but very smooth. The alcohol is never evident is taste, even after two tulips. Only the pleasant fogginess and the joy of watching Brett Favre suck the proverbial bone hinted at the encroaching buzz. Worth the stop for certain. Nicely done!

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Photo of beerbrains
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the notebook, June 2009....
On tap at the brewery.

Pours on dark amber with a rocky off-white head that leaves a nice coating of lace in the glass.

Citrus and hops in the nose.

Big and malty balanced with an equally big dose of pine and resin, very well balanced. Some alcohol. Nice bitter finish.

Great body and chewy mouthfeel.

Awesome beer.

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Photo of markhobbs1
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cameltoe DIPA as they like to call it was a wonderful surprise after a long week of pathetic tasting beers in Chicago.

Enjoyed it in a 13oz. thin tulip glass. Perfect temperature, not much of a head, silky smoothe mouthfeel, a small rather acidic smell but the taste was outstanding. Was not overhopped which is good because some breweries just mess a good brew up by over indulgence...however these guys nailed it. It is one of those beers that although it might have nearly 10% ABV you couldn't tell it from the taste (only after you stood up). Perfect amounts of citrus overtones with that minute amount of pine resin that I love so much.

I live in Los Angeles and will certainly drive out of my way again while visiting Chicago next time. Good job fellas! Please change your rules about selling it in a growler. We would pay more for it if need be!!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Piece, thought it was a pale ale from the name but described as a DIPA. If it was a pale ale my rating would jump up b/c this would be awesome! I guess the Alc% should show its true color.

A-deep amber color with a nice haze that blocks some light, thin one finger of head leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-nice hop aroma of tropical fruit, grapefruit and citrus, with a light malt backbone bringing an earthy/bready malt

T-very tasty with a nice hop profile, lots of pine, some nice citrus, finishing with a slight bitter hop profile

M-smooth and click on the back of the throat, a little too crisp with lots of carbonation

D-very smooth and great flavors make it easy to enjoy, there is a lot of carbonation mixed with a bitter finish making it hard to enjoy over and over again, i'd eventually need something else.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

It pours a dark orange with a white head, but it doesn't last long or have very good lacing.

The aroma is strong lots of citrust and hops, with a touch of spice.

The taste is great but very strong throughout. Notes of orange and lots of hops from start to finish.

The beer sticks to your mouth and its very drinkable.

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Photo of number1bum
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Egyptian Pale Ale, like a DIPA? Alright then. Served in a tulip glass. Amber in color, half finger of head but minimal lacing and stick.

Smell consisted of floral hops with some nice citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Some sweet malt and a spicy (hop?) aroma, as well. Nothing eye (or nose, I suppose) popping, but a nice DIPA nose.

Taste had some nice floral and lightly fruity hop flavors, but for DIPA the hops really didn't jump all over my palate. Bitterness was moderate for a DIPA, with a honey/caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was a hefty medium body with appropriate carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not especially slick and smooth for the style, however.

This is a good, but only good, DIPA. Nothing particularly special or interesting. Solid brewpub offering.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ Piece Brewing

Pours deep orange, once again very hazy, the color is on its way to amber. There is a very small head - which leaves a little bit of lacing. In my notes, I wrote 'copy notes from Full Frontal', which was the beer I drank previously. The smell is like well-hopped wort. Very raw smelling, pungent, leafy, floral, herbal, and grassy, with hints of citrus zest buried underneath. There's also an incredible bready sweetness to it. The taste starts off with a kick of maltiness, that kind of munichy, biscuity taste with a light caramelly sweetness. Then the hops kick in, with notes of orange creamsicle honestly, with a hint of lemon and lime zest. There's a malty creaminess paired with an orange hoppiness that is very interesting and enjoyable. And there's a hint of bitter grapefruit in the finish. Very nice. The mouthfeel is very full, not quite as dry as I would expect from a DIPA, but I don't think this is quite supposed to be a DIPA. There's almost a soda feel to it, almost syrupy, but not cloying. There a kind of resinous citrus peel feel to it, but overall it's a bit sweet. This one is really a sipper. There's so much to look over (in the taste, an odd sense metaphor once I noticed it, but I'll leave it), the extra sweetness slows me down, but the flavors are really interesting. I doubt if I'd ever have more than one. I'm almost certain that the menu said this was not quite a DIPA, but I might be wrong. Overall, I found this very pleasant and interesting, worth a drink if you get the chance. There's something about the combination of hop profiles and malt profiles in this place that is really orangey and a bit different.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived a dark orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into a ring of lacing that leaves some foam on the glass. The aroma is of pine resin, grapefruit, and hints of citrus. The taste has everything from the aroma with the addition of a nice malty backbone. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than full bodied with appropriately moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good DIPA that I would certainly drink again. I really like how the taste and aroma don't completely mimic every other DIPA out there in the way that nearly all DIPAs I've tasted recently do.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a review of the spring batch of '09

pour is amber honey toned. with a small head. some murk. nose is hops blended well with alcohol. well places. pineapple. lemon zesty. palate is sweet tea lipton, somewhat english start, quite sweet, not so much english finish... lemon tang, with a candy cirtus, then peppery hoppy finish. nice. very light body. bit too... watery. would like to see more density and have on different batches. a balanced palate. good beer. great for a chicago local.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at the brewpub.

A: pours orange with a slight white head and minimal lacing.

S: first whiff I thought it was orange juice!

T: sweet citrousy, hoppy flavor with a slight bitter finish.

M: smooth with above average carbonation.

D: I could drink this over and over again.

Definitely picking up a growler of this to keep around next time I'm here.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery this brew pours a hazy orange color with a sticky tan head. Wonderful retention, this head sticks to everything it touches.

The nose is real simple... nothing but hops. Big bold citrus hops. A lovely smell and a great sign of a good beer to come.

Taste is a hop punch to the mouth. This one socks you right in the chops with great grapefruit and pine flavors. A subtle malt tries to peak through but never has a chance to compete with the hop juggernaut. A lovely astringency that is nice and prickly but not offensive or over aggressive. Wow what a great IPA.

Warm down your pipes, you can't taste the ABV but you sure can feel it. Mix that with a carbonation that is way short of belligerent and you have a nicely balanced big beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Intrigued by the name we had to try this interestingly named "style".

A-Hazy, orangish copper with a thin white ring. Left no lace whatsoever.

S-Grapefruit, other assorted citrus notes and mango. Sweetness follows but hard to determine under all that hoppy goodness.

T-Whoa! Complex and intense. A ton of citrus hop goodness with a full spectrum of flavours. Sweet malt is there to help balance things out but certainly takes a backseat.

M-Medium-full bodied with a rich, almost syrupy, bittersweet finish. Bitey, tingling sensation in the aftertaste.

D-Wow! We had no idea what to expect before ordering and we get this massive hop bomb! A wonderful hoppy, sticky, malty tribute to hops. This beer became one of our "beers of the trip" to and fro the Great Taste of the Midwest. We even tracked it down at the Fest and had a second go around of it!

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub the weekend of the Cubs-Nat's series, reviewed from cell phone notes

funny anecdote: The waitress spilled an entire tulip of this on my buddy's lap prompting me to proclaim it was the only chance he had all weekend of getting some camel toe on his lap - but i digress

appearance: served in a tulip, bright apricot-orange body, sticky rings of white lace

smell: apricot and bright citrus, low levels of alcohol

taste: Egyptian pale ale's are a close 2nd to Mongolian pale ale's in my book. This was a tasty DIPA that focused on sweet sticky fruits - orange, apricot, light ruby-red. Syrupy malt backbone with a light bitterness

mouthfeel: sticky and syrupy

drinkability: good, given 8-9% abv

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Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark caramel to orange colored and is semi clear. Smell is fruity, hoppy and fresh with lemony, tropical notes. Taste is hop forward and well balanced at the same time. Just mildly bittered and the flavor is really great despite being a tad light bodied. Definitely recommended!

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