Attack Of The Devil's Lettuce | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Attack Of The Devil's LettuceAttack Of The Devil's Lettuce

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with 18th Street Brewery, Gary, IN and Dark Matter Coffee, Chicago, IL, featuring Sorachi Ace hops and Devil's Lettuce blend coffee.

Added by emerge077 on 05-15-2014

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 5/9/17, had 6/4/17.

Pours a cloudy amber, with about a one inch foamy head, some foamy lacing. Smells of light resin on the open, coffee, light malt, some yeast, some lemon, light lactose. A bit earthy. The taste is malt, coffee, light resiny hops, some citrus-lemon, from the Sorachi hops, and more of that on the finish. Yeasty and bready, a little earthy. Smooth, somewhat creamy, a good near medium body, well carbonated- close to too much.

The Sorachi hops and coffee compliment each other well. Very well balanced overall. I like coffee IPA’s, and this is a good one. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of deereless
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours very hazy amber gold with a big pillowy off white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is an odd mix of roast coffee and fruity piney hops.

The flavor is sweet slightly fruity malt with roast chocolate and coffee with a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's a bit of an odd mix of roast coffee and fruity hops but it kind of works.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is somewhat hazy amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that left wisps of bubbles not eh surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having light to moderate flavors of coffee beans along with some underlying caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is definitely more coffee than IPA as you hardly get any hops or bitterness in the taste. It's rather deceptive for a 9% abv beer and hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of agreenman19
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BSiegs
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich amber orange in color, about 50% clarity, essentially right in the middle of opaque and clear. Two fingers of bright white foam with excellent retention. The aroma is primarily dark roast coffee, espresso like. Mild notes of herbal, dank, piney hops. Somewhat vegetal. The taste is more balanced. Still dark roast coffee, but also pine and earthiness from the hops. Notes of breadiness and caramel from the malt backbone. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. Low bitterness. Based on previous reviews, this beer blew my expectations out of the water. Perhaps the 2017 batch was tweaked. An excellent coffee DIPA.

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Photo of smithj4
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Poured with A LOT of head. Leaving good lacing. Nice hazy golden in color. Bubbles streaming up the center of the glass.

S: Some slight hints of coffee. Maybe some caramel sweetness. I'm getting more of the malty backbone than any hoppiness.

T: Not my favorite. I've had some coffee IPA's before and they were better than this. The coffee clashes with the hops on this one. It's got a vegetable-like quality to it (not sure if that has anything to do with the name).

F: This beer is heavily carbonated. There are a lot of bubbles in the mouth. It finishes better than it starts. There's a little bit of an alcohol burn on the way down.

O: I really like Pipeworks, but this beer isn't really doing it for me. Like I said, I've had some very well-balanced coffee IPA's, and this one doesn't quite compare.

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Photo of rkarimi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of BeerOps
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffKowalek
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pipeworks/18th Street Attack of the Devil's Lettuce

A: This coffee IIPA pours an almost entirely clear brassy gold with about two fingers of soft-yet-dense white head that really sticks around and perfect, plentiful carbonation. Lacing is sudsy and could be a bit thicker with more staying power, but it probably suffers from the rather high 9% ABV. That said, there are no obvious alcohol legs. This is very well-executed and ticks all the boxes, even if it is very standard. 4.25/5

A: There are few hops as obvious as Sorachi Ace, and this beer showcases them well: dill, lemon, peppercorn, and an odd vegetal tone that is not at all unpleasant can be traced back to the primary hop here. The coffee is not entirely typical coffee-in-beer aroma, as The Devil's Lettuce from Dark Matter is a fairly atypical coffee. Notes of classic roasty, chocolatey "coffee" are there, but there is a strong undercurrent of underripe berries and a profound earthiness. An almost vanilla-esque creaminess melds with the lemon and creates a sort of creamsicle element that receives a bit of bump from honeyed, caramel malt tones. Fans of the awkward combination inherent in coffee IPAs should love this one (or would if the very weird Sorachi hops and strange blend of beans do not put them off). 4.5/5

T: The taste is just as good as the aroma and even stranger and more complex. All the same tones are there (lemon, roasty coffee, sweet cream, peppercorn), plus ample bitterness, some orange peel, and particularly a piney dankness completely absent from the nose. The dill and earthy coffee combine for a flavor that teeters on savory, and there is even some mint in the back end along with the sweetness of the malt and/or alcohol. It is all going so well, until the strongly vegetal aftertaste takes over, somehow recalling the feeling one gets when chugging orange juice after brushing one's teeth. The aftertaste almost requires a chaser, meaning a serious ding on what could otherwise have been a very high-scoring beer (taken against other coffee IPAs, of course). 4/5

M: This is the only real point where this odd beer stumbles a bit. The mouthfeel is simultaneously on the thin side and syrupy and sticky. The bitterness and astringency (perhaps helped by the coffee), dries the mouth almost too much. The 9% adds a surprising and unpleasant amount of burn where other 9% beers would show nothing. The carbonation is still perfect, however. 3.5/5

O: This is not a beer or a style for everyone. Many might think it obvious that coffee and IPA would be like orange juice and toothpaste, but, in fact, this is the first beer of the substyle that I have felt that about. Something here just does not work. Initially, it is great and very interesting, but something falls apart along the way, hurting a very unique and mostly delicious beer along the way. Pipeworks other beer in a similar vein, Machine, a coffee cream ale, is a better example of what coffee can do in lighter styles to create a uniquely delicious beer. This is not bad and is surely worth a try, but the weirdness goes past the acceptable point, however briefly. Pair with avant garde weirdness that does not necessarily work perfectly, such as Peste Noire. 3.75/5

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Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat hazy, solid yellow body topped with a thick, creamy, white head. Bakery aroma; perhaps a twinge of coffee. The taste delivers an amped-up version of the smell; dark bread crust; coffee notes; somewhat harsh bitterness; buttery with some alcohol presence. Medium bodied; rather coarse on the palate; mostly dry finish.

This is a rough, messy big IPA. There is little in the way of appealing hop aroma and the bitterness just doesn't seem to match up well with the other flavors. This is a different beer yet not entirely worth a second visit.

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head.

Smell had aromas of coffee, an herbal almost earthy hop aroma and some peppery notes. Very unique for a DIPA. The coffee really trumps the other aromas since its so strong.

Taste has lots of coffee, but more green coffee not roasted coffee. There is an earthy almost peppery aspect to the taste. Not much hop flavor comes through outside of some herbal bitterness. Lots of green coffee bitterness comes through as well. Its certainly unique - I'll give them this, but it just tasted like someone poured a bitter IPA into a cup that had some old cold folgers coffee in it.

Feel was fine - medium carbonation, decent body, exactly what you;d expect in a DIPA.

Look, I love Pipeworks, and love their experimental stuff, but this just didn't jive with me. Its a weird combo of flavors and some people seem to love it, I did not. As a DIPA, well, it wasn't good.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Spieglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow orange with a thin full head.

Very organic smell on the nose. Peppery and lightly roasted coffee. But lot of that pepper.

Tastes like a spicy cold brew blended with a malty IPA.

Very interesting beer. Really eschews the typical coffee IPA less of that plodding coffee taste and more nuance from the roast.

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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 159 ratings