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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Reviews by chanokokoro:
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1.85/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours amber with darker brown hues some orange highlights and capped by a slightly off-white two finger head. Slightly below average retention with traces of lacing. Unpleasant stale coffee, herbal notes, and citrus accents. Opens with clashing acrid coffee and citrusy hops some malt sweetness midpalate. Finishes with a wholly unpalatable bitter combination of more stale coffee bitterness and bitter lemony hops. Smooth mouthfeel, heavy medium to light full body. Moderate carbonation. Nothing works from beginning to end here except a decent mouthfeel. I really enjoy the large majority of Pipeworks brews, but I have to be honest with this one: it's an absolute mess that lacks even a trace of cohesiveness and just plain tastes terrible.

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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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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2.34/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Look: Amber brown with white foam. A nice looking beer.

Smell: Malty with small amount of citrus hops. Coffee and vanilla are slightly present as well.

Taste: Really hated this one. I couldn't even stomach it and actually had to pour it out. The first beer I have ever poured out.

Feel: Thick for a DIPA. Maybe slightly undercarbonated.

Overall: A real downer for me, as I usually love PW DIPAs.

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Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of boogerisu
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cwehr13
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rossracing
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rust orange in appearance with and quickly dissipating thin head.

Smells of sweet roasted coffee, caramel, and slight hop tang.

Immediately got a taste of sweet cotton candy drizzled in mocha syrup, tasty but out there.

Mouthfeel is a bit more thin than I would like in an IPA.

Overall a mediocre brew but tasty nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished off a pound of Devil's Lettuce coffee today, seems like the natural progression to try a beer made with it.
The coffee was described as herbaceous, though I never really picked it up.

Dark amber orange, somewhat hazed with ample foam and drippy lacing all around the glass.
Golden orange in the lower meniscus of the glass.

Soft roasty coffee aroma, slight undercurrent of Nelson Sauvin that lends a slight lemon tea note.

Starts a little mellow, coffee and hop bitterness builds and intertwines well. Bitter roasty coffee aftertaste, toast with lemon marmalade. Medium bodied and smooth, an interesting mix that drinks well, the coffee comes to the forefront, though the hops do bring out it's alleged herbaceous qualities.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #708 bottled 4 days ago. It doesn't get much more fresh than this!

Look: I really like the appearance of this beer. It pours a medium/dark copper color with an eggshell color head. Awesome lacing on the glass.

Smell: I mostly get coffee on the nose with a bit of hop presence. The coffee is definitely herbaceous like Dark Matter Coffee's Devil's Lettuce blend which this is brewed with. The smell almost has a slight spicy character to it.

Taste: Initially getting the herbal coffee in the flavor than it moves to a slight fruitiness. The coffee bitterness mixes well with the hop bitterness. Slight alcohol sweetness.

Feel: Nice amount of carbonation with a sticky mouth feel.

Overall: My first Coffee IPA. Interesting beer and I really like how the coffee adds to the IPA style. It is not a style I could drink all the time but I feel it is another excellent offering from Pipeworks.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatB1987
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I swear I tasted lettuce the whole way through, too. Totally psychological, I'm sure... Anyway, I wasn't as wowed by the coffee as I'd expected, but I totally dug the drinking experience. I got lots of herbal and pale dry citric impressions to go with the malt sugars and abv. Reminded me a bit of Café Racer 15...

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #537-538 printed on the label. Finally got a hold of this coffee IPA from Pipeworks, courtesy of my local beer store.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a coppery burnt sienna orange body with about a finger of frothy white head. Leaves good sticky spotty lacing behind on the glass. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is nice and pleasant - smooth juicy citrusy / herbal hops - mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and the authentic grinded / roasted coffee beans. Notes of vanilla, cream, and lactose are apparent also.

T - The taste is pretty much exactly what I would have expected from a Pipeworks coffee IPA. Juicy & citrusy / herbal, with just the right amount of bitter coffee bean roast. Some sweet, milky lactose sugars are apparent players also.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy, medium-bodied with good carbonation. Lightly sticky / sugary on the aftertaste, with mild coffee roastiness lingering.

Overall, a very nice take on the 'coffee IPA' from Pipeworks; sort of a mish mash of everything I like about their beers. Definitely worth picking up if it is available to you.

Pipeworks Attack Of The Devil's Lettuce -----4/5.

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Photo of Enochase04
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Inglewood
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mgr78704
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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