Sure Bet
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #26
Ranked #349
4.44 | pDev: 7.66%
Jan 18, 2022
Nov 24, 2014
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Notes: If you enjoyed Square Grouper, this one might also strike your fancy. We're certainly pleased with how this turned out. The aroma on this...even the thought of the talk of the good.
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3.74 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 18, 2022
3.91 by DaveCash from New York on May 15, 2021
3.93 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by DMillerTampa from Florida

When you open the can, a wonderful sweet nose immediately. The sweetness continues throughout the flavor, a combination of citrus, sweet and hoppiness.

Mar 23, 2021
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3.13/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Sure Bet from Pipeworks. Purchased 11/13/20 for $6 (Including tax) for 16 oz can ($ 0.375/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/20/20.
Marked on bottom rim of can “08/28/20”. In reefer at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.9 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), clear.
Body – Pale gold (SRM 4), opaque. When held to direct light, translucent with a haze noted.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.2 cm, aggressive center pour), ivory, high density, average retention, leaving an eight to eleven mm undulating crown fed by effervescence, some scattered foam islands on the glass as the head collapses, and a thin complete cap with rocky islands. Second pour produces a 0.2 cm head.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide bands of near-microscopic bubbles with a few small thrown in. See also above.
Aroma – 3 – Weak honey and lemon, no mango, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 3 – Weak malt, no hops, no yeast, no mango, no honey. A bit bitter. No alcohol (9.5% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Weak gastric warming eventually occurs. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25. Leaves an oily mouthfeel and nasty aftertaste. Still no mango.

Dec 20, 2020
4.35 by unclekeith from Alaska on Nov 26, 2020
4.27 by Samdaddy from Massachusetts on Nov 02, 2020
3.9 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Oct 23, 2020
4.39 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania on Sep 29, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

Clear yellow.
Ok white head.
Very good retention.

AROMA: tropical fruit. Lemon, grass, rain,

TASTE: honey and citrus are a nice mix. Rice and cracker backbone. Little tropical finish. Liking more as I go (as it warms).

FEEL: smooth,

Sep 25, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

Decent head production and retention. Crystal clear golden body. Nice lacing.

Juicy and dank nose; a touch onion-y. A bit of a throwback, reminiscent of Enjoy By. Mango, kiwi, papaya, melon, mandarin orange.

The mango puree presents sharper on the palate than the nose, where it's mostly lost among the hops. Not as sweet as you might fear given the honey and mango puree; fairly dank kiss on the finish. Similar flavor profile, favoring tropical fruit.

Lively; a touch oily; very smooth for such a high ABV IIPA.

Sep 24, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Stooven from Illinois

Looks like beer; not quite 2001 Space Odyssey but not bad. Smell, full disclosure I have seasonal allergies so whatever doesn't make me sneeze makes me happy. The honey was strongest. Taste is well balanced IIPA. Not much alcohol. Malt-forward, honey, though I don't get much mango. Feel was more oily than I like. Overall, 3.5 because for $5/can I've had better.

Sep 24, 2020
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2.88/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Canned 3 weeks ago.

L -- Copper-hued body with near total clarity and two fingers of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and lacing
S -- Something really weird is going on here. It smells like a dirty baby wipe. I think it might be the mango. This is, like, really wretched smelling....
T -- Definitely redeems itself somewhat on this front. The mango character is still weird -- slightly sour but only somewhat prevalent -- along with some citric and herbal hop character and a fairly light malt backbone
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. It feels fine in the mouth, it's just the aromas are sooooo weird
O -- Good grief, what an all-over-the-place beer. It might just be the damage it takes making its way through the distribution chain from Chicago to Boston, but this is the second highly-rated Pipeworks offering I've been quite let down by, after Emerald Grouper. In both cases, they had these incredibly strange aromas that unfortunately impacted the flavors as well

< 60/100

Sep 23, 2020
4.25 by Skellbop from New York on Sep 19, 2020
4.33 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Jul 10, 2020
4.29 by Hopelessly0 from California on Apr 30, 2020
4.25 by stmoorea from Illinois on Mar 26, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

16oz can, date stamped 01/03/20. A frothy ivory head caps a somewhat hazy tangerine colored DIPA. Big juicy aroma at the crack of the can. Closer inspection reveals orangey citrus, mango, and light caramel malt. Full flavored, bittersweet flavors of mango, Mandarin orange, grapefruit, honey, and caramel. Full body, excellently carbonated, sticky sweetness with some resinous bitterness. World class and worth the hype that surrounds it.

Mar 14, 2020
4.25 by Juggerr from New York on Mar 08, 2020
5 by doctorgary from New York on Feb 29, 2020
4.91 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 27, 2020
4.64 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois on Feb 25, 2020
4 by monty79_1997 from Missouri on Feb 25, 2020
3.46 by Lucoli from New York on Feb 18, 2020
4.34 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Feb 18, 2020
4.29 by notchucknorris from California on Feb 04, 2020
4 by Stevedore from Oregon on Feb 03, 2020
3 by Lare453 from Florida on Jan 31, 2020
4.5 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on Jan 29, 2020
4.27 by Nunya from Ohio on Jan 25, 2020
3.79 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Jan 23, 2020
4.44 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Jan 14, 2020
4.65 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Jan 10, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Clear amber color, one and a half finger white head, messy lacing, no carbonation. Like...tea with a bit of head.

S: I poured the glass and the room was filled with hop aroma! So good!

T: So hoppy but smooooth West Coast DIPA. Slightly bitter on the back end. A dream!

F: Medium bodied, smooth as silk, highly drinkable and full of hops. Nothing more to ask for.

O: World class West Coast DIPA. 'Nough said.

Dec 30, 2019
3.38 by Mpontiakos from Virginia on Nov 27, 2019
4.42 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Sep 20, 2019
4.5 by Noahallen23 from Illinois on Sep 04, 2019
3.95 by campfirebrew from New York on Jul 28, 2019
4 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island on Jul 24, 2019
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2.53/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by churchillps from Texas

Smells great, tastes awful. Way, way, way too sweet. Also a bit effervescent which is unpleasant on the mouthfeel. Could only bring a few beers back from Chicago, unfortunately I gave this one suitcase space

Jun 24, 2019
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