Sure Bet | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 11-24-2014

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Photo of Ciocanelu
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.

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Photo of KingforaDay
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
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

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Photo of Mikaveli
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of TravisMason
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
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.

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Photo of Academymike
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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

Photo of Greywulfken
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...

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Photo of Vidblain
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.

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Photo of Aeroscorp
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
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

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Photo of gcamparone
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%.

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Sure Bet from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 607 ratings