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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #81
Ranked #734
4.36 | pDev: 6.42%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Notes: This shadow warrior's ability to stun the senses are the result of an intense, focused meditation on the essence of stone fruit and cirtus notes. This merciless mercenary is also known for attacking stealthily with unexpected pine aroma, which the muthical unicorn always expects but can almost never deflect. Pipeworks Mosaic beckons from the battle ground, "Come at me, brah."
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Photo of REVZEB
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An ode to the wonderful mosaic hop! Sticky and clear dark gold body with some white foam. Smell is rich with mosaic, so all kinds of stone fruit and tropical flavors plus some orange to go with hop bitters and pine. Taste is similar, plus some herbal qualities, but really let the hops star with a sticky resin, even with the sweet malt. Feel is chewy, sticky and creamily languid for a dipa. Really enjoyed this

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Photo of darktronica
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a February 2019 batch issued in pint cans, rather than the old bomber format. Pleasant orange-brown color, very lightly cloudy, full finger of head that lingers and produced plenty of retained lacing. Great balance of malty biscuit, pine resin, citrus hop character on the nose. Great mouthfeel for a DIPA weighing in at 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a creamy, dense and persistent white head.
Citrus fruits lead the aroma with pineapple, cracker and a touch of caramel.
Tasty indeed. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit, a little sweetness, slight bitter pith and a very clean finish with some boozy warmth.
Medium and smooth.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a dark reddish amber with a thick frothy head with beautiful tiny bubbles.

Not a lot on the nose very earthy with a really concentrated pineapple aroma.

Taste is like an exaggerated version of the aroma with a little bit of orange blossom honey at the end. Where's the 10% on the taste, because I could get weird drinking this one.

Magically delicious.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Oragne/red/brown. Medium head that has a long last.
S: Some soft pine, herb, caramel & some fruit. Hoppy
T: Tasty with some citrus flavors but also some of that caramel & darker fruit. Some malt, but the biggest positive is how well it controls the alcohol.
F: Fairly thick. Smooth. Appropriately carobnated.
O: I can't describe it, but while this beer was good, it just wasn't great too me. Maybe it's just a bit too much malt. That said, I did enjoy it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours clouded tangerine Amber, long lasting off white cap, leaves Che looking sheeting up and down the glass.

Hopped up nose, with some soft pineapple coming to mind.

Simply delicious DIPA, with more pineapple. Smooth, tasty and easy on the palate. Alcohol nowhere in sight. Tropical fruits in control, big and sassy...great stuff...go get some

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Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost bronze orange color. White pillowy head slowly dissipates leaving some sticky lacing and a thin white head.

Smell is rather subdued and very dank. Some hints of citrus with a ton of herbal qualities to the beer.

Taste follows the nose with a distinct mosaic hop flavor. Incredibly floral and herbal with a strong bitter herbal finish. Don't understand the term dank in relation to beer? Drink this and you will.

Feel is spot on for a DIPA - pipe works just has the feel down. Medium carbonation. Super smooth.

Overall a really nice DIPA. I felt the hop aroma was a bit subdued, but that could just be my bottle.

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Photo of larryi86
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bstyle for this
22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- An almost clear copper with a three finger white head.

S- Tropical fruits, sweet oranges, citrus, touch of caramel and alcohol.

T- Dank/piney finish, sweet oranges, citrus, tropical fruits, some caramel malts

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty IIPA, easy drinking. Mosaic hops don't seem to have as much mango as some of the east coast hop bombs, but it is still well done, worth seek out!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy medium amber (light brown). Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Almost world class nose rich in citrus (orange, pineapple), tropical (mango, stone fruit) and a hint of spicy spruce over a solid malt backbone with ample caramel notes. As it warms, a surprising dank aspect emerges.

Medium body that is quite smooth and has oily and creamy aspects. World class carbonation that is perfectly matched to body - an effervescent surge in the middle and a finely bubbled rollicking prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. Intensity is at just the right level to allow the complexity to shine in this brewers masterpiece of balance. The hop flavors of the nose all appear. Orange rind leads, flows into the mango and stone fruit and takes on a slightly sweet middle. The middle has a soft moderate bitterness that is more rind like than pine, although spruce is subtly present. The middle also lets a very small amount of alcohol to become uncovered with just a hint of astringency. As the finish approaches and sweetness fades, a subtle pineapple note arrives. The finish is semi-dry and leaves you with a laid back rind note. Like the nose, as it warms a dank aspect emerges and reveals itself in the finish and lingers. Like the stealth of a Ninja, this beer shifts shape and surprises you. Start with it cold, but allow it to come reach room temperature as well. The transformation is amazing.

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Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle purchased at The Well, Brooklyn, NY
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The nearly crystal clear, dark amber colored body was capped by a creamy, frothy, two finger tall, off white crown. Outstanding retention. The head slowly dropped to a lasting mass of bubbles that was encompassed by a thick, foamy halo. Droplets of lacing coated the glass on every sip.

The nose was quite hoppy. Citrusy hops came through strong. Loads of zesty orange and tangerine. Fairly sweet. Subtle tropical fruit notes. Bit of musty passionfruit. There was a crisp, fruity, yeasty quality as well. The beer had almost a Belgian ale-like quality to it. The fruitiness was really unique and intense. I thought I picked up some strawberry notes as the beer warmed. The aroma then went back and forth between sweet orange peel and fruity, berry-like notes.

Zesty citrus notes dominated in the flavor profile. Loads of candied orange peel. The beer was anchored by a stiff malty backbone. Definitely some caramel malts. A bit sweet for my palate. White grapefruit appeared on the back end. Grapefruit rind and pine sap came through in the finish. Just a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel was somewhat lighter bodied for the style and contained a fine, subtle effervescence. Soft and smooth on the palate. Slightly creamy.

Pipeworks Mosaic is a solid double IPA, but it was a bit heavy on malty sweetness and it lacked the intense tropical fruitiness found in many of the best Mosaic hopped beers out there.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass. This is way too sweet, I get next no hop balance here and zero notes of what you expect with a beer that has mosaic in the name.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle $8.99. Orange color, clear, lots of lace. Aroma is pine, spruce, blueberry, reminds me of when I once smelled the blueberry strain of weed. Smells like Christmas trees. Flavor is super piney, sweet, hoppy, touch of alcohol. Overall a delicious IPA, I've already bought four bottles.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A buttery element to this batch. With Mosaic being one of my favorite hops and with Pipeworks Lizard King so perfectly capturing it's dank mango / pine / stone fruit ... this just comes across as sweet. The hops can't get above the malt to achieve any nuance.

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Photo of Panama69
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hop flavor with solid body.

Had as a part of an IPA tasting party that included Blind Pig, Pliny, Pure Hoppiness, Nelson, Enjoy By, Racer X, Sculpin and Ninja vs Unicorn. The consensus was that Mosaic was the best on that day.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, so really good DIPA - medium gold body, a dense off-white head... Aromas of citrus and pale fruits preview the plunge into a soft and sweet bitter hop delight - fans of Mosaic will not be disappointed! sharp and crisp and bitter, with a solid medium body. Waves of bitter tingles lead to a lingering finish as darker notes of sweet pine resin emerge. Get it.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark golden color/almost amber, clear in appearance, two finger off whiteish head
Smell - That lovely mosaic smell. Tons of blueberry, sweet pineapple, some dankness, candied orange
Taste - Blueberry, pine, grapefruit, dank, hints of booze
Feel - big beer, nice mouthfeel, alcohol warmth on the back end

Overall - An awesome display of mosaic hops by Pipeworks in this one. Would be a 5 star beer if they dialed down the ABV a tad.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours hazy amber orange, finger white head fades to a ring. Big dark fruity aroma. Taste follows with that familiar dank ninja taste, dark fruity hops with citrus notes and sweet caramel malt. Oily soft mouthfeel. Mild alcohol and a little pepper in the finish. Good brew as expected.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on November 15, 2015. Look is deep gold with a thick head and lingering lacing. Smell is citrus and pine. Taste is stone fruit, citrus and pine. Feel is medium in body yet smooth in the finish.

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Photo of mschrei
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised I haven't even rated this one before. Bottled November 5. Poured into NvU snifter. Gold and brown, light lasting foam, thin lacing, slightly constant carb. Hop bomb-zesty, bitter, juicy. Slightly creamy, the aftertaste has a mild burn, which is where they must be hiding the 10+%. Very well balanced, up there with the best of the Ninja series.

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Photo of Sleepy_Cecy
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold verging on amber pour with 1 finger of foam. Nice lace, but it dissipates quickly.

Aroma: White flowers, grapefruit, bread dough underneath it all, and dank, funky white pepper. Loved the nose.

Taste: Very much in line with the aromas, but the longer this was exposed to air, the less citrus/bitter grass bite this had, and the more round funkiness came out. Dinner rolls, grapefruit, rosemary, and a hint of soapiness on retro. Bitterness seizes the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with small but zesty bubbles. Matches the flavors to a tee.

Overall: Very nice. This whole series has been extremely instructive with regard to hop flavors. This is the third brew I've had in their Epic Battle series. If you're expecting an amped up Lizard King, however, this is not it. It's sharper, harder, and more focused. A theoretical beer rather than an sessionable one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to freefs119 (Reddit) for this one. Shared with rudzud and Kyle.

Nice fizzy fluffy smaller head, light lacing, hazy copper orange color.

Nose bright citrus, fruit with little mango and musty orange grapefruit thing, then typical mosaic it turns grassy and piney, dank musty armpit, little fluffy creamy orange, a little generic tropical, guava papaya.

Taste is more of the same, dank musty fruit, tropical with mild citrus, guava, passion fruit, mango, papaya, creamy citrus orange juice, etc, then mild spicy piney as typical pine resin, etc. Hint of watery sweet malt, nice bitterness, little lingering pine and grassy notes, spicy, dank, etc.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, no booze.

Overall pretty nice, but still Mosaic being, well, mosaic. Despite that a decent DIPA.

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Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. Batch #683

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a nice thin fluffy head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of nice light stone fruits, dank dank hops, light pine, very faint tropical fruits. pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light pine and tropical notes, faint malt sweetness, Nice very dank hops. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty, not too malty. Good mosaic notes.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Soloveitchik
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A dulled copper tone. One finger of head with thick/bubble white lacing maintaining itself all the way to the end of the pour.

S: Brilliant nose, very sweet and inviting. You can tell that this beer is Mosaic hopped from right away. I am picking up on some tropical notes (pineapple, mango) as well as the sweetness of the malts. Is honey used in this beer?

T: Marvelous! Mosaic is absolutely one of my favorite hop varieties. So diverse, yet so satisfying. Almost like my tastebuds don't know which signals to send to my brain first. This is definitely a sipping beer and as it warms (a bit) the floral notes become more and more pronounced. A rich dankness is followed quickly by an explosion of juicy/fruitiness which gives way to a clean finish. Very little bitterness.

F: Great feel. Moderate carbonation. Not syrup-y or boozy like many other IIPA's. Feels like a 7.5% IPA.

O: Search out and try this beer if you are at all interested in IPA/IIPA syles. While this one is 10% the alcohol level is disguised well. A bit on the pricier (10$) side of bombers that I would purchase so I can not wait until Piperworks begins to offer their beers in 16 oz format. Another great beer from one of Chicago's stand out breweries.

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Photo of vic21234
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch #683.

A- Pours a nice clear orange color with a small amount of white head which quickly fades.

S- Amazing smelling beer bursting with citrus notes, but also some hints of pine as well.

T- Smell carries over into the taste, though the pine and malts seem a bit more prevalent. Citrus hints are noted as well.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation, hoppy and bitter, very easy drinking for 10% ABV.

Pipeworks do DIPAs great, and this does not disappoint.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Spycow. Thanks man! Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, but minimal lacework. Dark, hazed orange body.

S - Lots of Mosaic hops with balancing malt; pretty similar to other Pipeworks DIPAs in that regard. Tropical fruit, blueberry, sugary malts, perhaps a hint of alcohol. It's hard to articulate here, but it's exactly what you'd expect from a Pipeworks DIPA with Mosaic; if you like Mosaic hops you'll like this.

T - In an odd turn, the malt character seems more subdued in the flavor, with stronger citrus zest and bitterness, and more secondary berry and tropical fruits. This actually drinks more like an 8% DIPA in terms of balance; quite nice.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, minimal alcohol, dry finish. Spot on for the style.

D - I kind of wish this Pipeworks beers weren't so heavy on the alcohol, as it would improve the drinkability. That being said, it's another well-made DIPA from a brewery that has been pretty locked in recently.

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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 283 ratings