Sure Bet
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #20
Ranked #272
4.46 | pDev: 7.62%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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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DMillerTampa from Florida

4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Roguer from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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Stooven from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Holderness from Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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churchillps from Texas

2.53/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very nice take on the west coast style by Pipeworks! One finger head on a dark auburn filtered brew. Smells mostly of bubblegum (chicklets), papaya and a little mango. Tastes even more on the Bubble gum side but is very enjoyable and not hot, though my friend and I did get some indigestion soon afterwards.

Jun 21, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of Pipework's better malt-forward IPAs featuring the unicorn on the label art. This one still has a great hop character to it, accented by honey. Not too much evidence of the mango puree, just a general tropical fruitiness that I could believe was a product of the hops on their own.

Apr 21, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear amber with a small white head

The honey is strong on the nose with notes of tropical fruits, caramel and resinous hops. Orange
The taste is quite fruity and resinous
The mouthfeel is nice with a good balance between the bitterness and the sweetness

Jan 24, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark golden color with off-white head. Aroma is quite malty with overripe oranges and orange rind. Taste is also citrus forward with overripe oranges and tangerines and a slightly nutty malt backbone. Medium body and carbonation. Quite bitter aftertaste. Not bad but quite disappointing. Maybe I got an old bottle.

Nov 24, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: amber gold with a light haze under a 1.5" white blanket of foam

S: Earthy, resiny hops lead the aromas with mango and honey in the background supplemented by some citrus and citrus rind

T: The honey and mango flavors are subtle, providing support and balance for the malt, alcohol and hop flavors

F: really creamy with a medium plus body and very soft, medium carbonation

O: an after work beer for when you do not have to drive

Oct 01, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of mangos and orange citrus along hints of candi sugar (somewhat like what you would expect in a Belgian tripel) There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the combination of mango and oranges in the smell and taste of this IPA. It was very drinkable considering its strength and I only got some hints of alcohol in the finish of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 06, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Between MN distribution & a good trading partner, I’m rapidly becoming a huge Pipeworks fan. This is the latest 22 oz. bomber to show up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Split with my wife.

The pour is light-skinned peach with virtually no head. The nose, is mango & sugar & citrus, oh my. Supremely sweet up front; let’s see how that carries over.

Sure Bet states it contains mango puree, but it might BE mango puree. Ever sat underneath a mango tree with mango syrup streaming into your mouth? It’s like that, only the tree, ground, & air are all mango too. Might be a mango too far. Additionally, there’s mouth-rending pure sugar (the honey, I presume), citrus, & low level of bitterness playing hide-and-seek with my tongue. Thick. My sweet tooth says “this is easy to drink”.

Too crazy sweet & too crazy mango – not even sure the base is beer. Pretty good brew.

Aug 19, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slight hazed golden color with a white head. Smell had citrus and mango. Taste was fruity with alot of mango the honey muted the mango puree is a good way very tasty. Slight bitter mouth feel with a pine like feel had and orange and mango finish.

Aug 14, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head. Lace. Golden orange color. Clear, not hazy.

The mango purée shows a lot. Floral and herbal. Orange citrus. Some resin and stickiness. Abv is hidden pretty well.

Not bad for an imperial, but I still prefer the haze.

Aug 02, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear only slightly hazy amber/orange with a huge pillow of white head that sticks around and leaves fabulous lacing. Aroma is sweet ripe tropical fruits. Flavor is honey and fruit, no bitterness to speak of. Feel is thick for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Overall a nice beer that (IMO) needs a little more bitterness in the finish to offset the sweetness of this beer.

Aug 02, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Features honey and mango puree, and Citra and Mosaic hops...

Poured an orange-amber color, hazed to translucency, with a finger of creamy white head on top... Was braced for something super-sweet, but this is a fairly restrained beer in that regard - tropical fruits, like mango - come through on the nose and sip, but have a very green character to them - making me think not or sweet, ripe, mango, but rather, the green skin of an unripe fruit... The honey is subdued, too, and there is more of a bitter tang to the beer than I expected, with a little soft honey sweetness rounding off the edges... Medium body has a tautness to it, which I appreciate, but I thought this would be a sweeter, fuller-bodied beer... Had to adjust my expectations as I drank it... I'll have to see if my impression changes with the second half of the bomber, but for my tastes this was really nice - reminds me a bit of a more bitter version of a Southern Tier DIPA I had the past coupla days, Help! On The Way!, which also featured mango...

Jul 29, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's funny to me that this is one of Pipeworks' highest rated beers, while their stouts haven't made top 250 - funny how the world spins.

Pipeworks distro in MN is still a bit in flux it appears as this bottle popped up in different places over a week or two - thankfully, I was able to grab one before it had too much age on it. This is one of those IPAs that I'm not sure I'd worry too much about age. It's not loaded with sediment and haze, so I think it might weather a bit better. It pours a much cleaner tangerine sort of color with a very nice, clean, sweet nose. The taste is similar, though it does seem to open up a bit as it warms. It has a bit of a ragged edge while too cold. Again, it's awfully sweet - that honey definitely comes through, while the mango provides plenty of tropical fruity sweetness. It's almost cloying in texture and mouthfeel - very rich, very thick.

I like Sure Bet - it's a pretty excellent IPA. As sweet as it is, I'm not sure I could stomach more than a glass at a time - so it's more of a novelty to me than anything. Great beer, but certainly not a go-to for me.

Jul 27, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb+of eggshell colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Citrus, pine, breadyness. Mango shines through as it warms

T: Huge breadyness & mango presence along with dryness from the honey up front, faint orange notes as well. Dryness, mango, a little pine mingle as this warms, plus a little more orange. Finishes citrussy, a little dry with a little apricot & plenty of mango

MF: Fairly chewy, subtle carbonation, nice balance, becomes warming down the home stretch

Mango is the star, drinks great

Jul 22, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Teku.

Pours a pretty clear orange body with a frothy white head that reduces to leave chunky retention and lacing.

Aromas are malty and sweet, lots of honey with some peppery hops in there. Taste matches the nose with sweet honey and a touch of fruityness sitting in on a substantial malt backbone, lightly bitter resinous dank hops in there too. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation, insanely drinkable for 9.5%.

Jul 13, 2018
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ksimons from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear light orange with three fingers worth of white head

S-caramel malt, citrus, and pine

T-grapefruit and other citrus fruits, light tropical fruits, honey, and a tart finish that seems out of place

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a really nice aroma, but the taste was too tart for my liking

Jul 09, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled recently in past couple weeks but no date available.

Semi-clear amber/copper body with a thin white frothy head. Foam sticks to the glass.
Nose of mango with readily apparent alcohol heat, floral, green, some honey quickly followed by grapefruit, tangerine, and more booze.
Taste is grapefruit, tangerine rind, mango, and a honeyed booze character.
The mouthfeel is fairly sticky and oily. I find that the mango puree imparts somewhat of a syrupy texture into the beer that really makes it less enjoyable.
This beer has a lasting sweetness that somehow reinforces the alcohol burn in an unpleasant way. I could see this beer being tweaked and hitting the right balance but this bottle didn't really do it for me.

Jun 21, 2018
Sure Bet from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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