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Sure Bet | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: American Double / 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 aroma...so good.

Added by MasterSki on 11-24-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#193
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
550
pDev:
6.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
57
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 550 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by tywhite:
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4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber bottle poured into HF wine stem.

batch# 710-711.

Appearance: Completely opaque orange bodied beer. This beer looks exactly like orange juice, especially if this beer did not have any head. Bone white colored head that pours three fingers tall. Great head retention that slowly drops down to a thick, but uneven cap leaving heavy clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet oranges, mango's, and pineapple go on for ever in the aroma of this DIPA. Bready malts and honey covered biscuits are representatives of the malt profile and sweetness for the aroma. AND even a little bit of dankness from those hops just for good measure. This beer smells absolutely ridiculous!

Taste: Almost but not quite a moderate level of bitterness. Hops are perfectly balanced with the malt profile. Loads of juicy juicy mango's and pineapple, a nice sweet orange/tangerine presence is noted as well; a hint of honey and bready malts impart some sweetness to balance the hop profile. The malt profile acts like a blank canvas for the hops, mango's, and honey to be showcased; all in a perfect harmony. The dankness of the hops comes through in the finish and you also taste an orange zest note which adds a light, but lingering bitterness to the finish. The balance of flavors in this DIPA is absolutely insane and delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Really easy drinking DIPA; if I didn't know any better, I would have thought this was an APA. No booze at all and its almost 10% abv. Geez... You can literally gulp this beer down it is that drinkable.

Overall: Sure Bet is the best hoppy beer that Pipeworks brews. It is even better than squared grouper hands down and I think that squared grouper is fantastic as well. This is gotta be the best hoppy beer that is brewed in the midwest beer region. The mango's in this beer are extremely well balanced and the honey accentuates the sweetness of the malt profile to balance out bitterness of the hop profile it is absolute genius by pipeworks. I am pretty excited by the fact that this is a local shelf turd; I will be revisiting a bomber of this again as often as pipeworks brews a new batch. That's a guarantee. Highly recommend that you try this beer. Beg, barrow, or steal to get a taste. Seriously.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky and opaque, dark orange with a swampy brown tint. Several fingers width of creamy foam, white with a dripping crown of lace ringing the glass.

Pungent aroma of dried pineapple and mango, lightly floral, resinous and dry.

Big punch of resiny bitterness, dried papaya/mango, light alcohol presence. Resiny dry pine in the aftertaste. A light mango orange juice sweetness flashes for a second and segues into bitter resiny greenery that lingers long into the aftertaste. Not as juicy as expected. It's nice, though not really as tropical and more piney than Square Grouper.

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Photo of wesside89
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Simply put, this beer is amazing. If you dig beermosas, this is it. So much mango it even looks like juice. This stands up to any iipa out there and one of the truly great brews ive had in a very long time. Kudos to Pipeworks, they kill it once again.

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Photo of Morey
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy unfiltered appearance. Plenty of Mango/Orange on the aroma along with other citrus fruits. Taste follows the nose with huge mango with some sweetness towards the middle. Thankfully the hops also lend some lingering bitterness on the finish. On the meaty side as far as IPAs go, which I like.

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Photo of Kword55
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I loved the murky, opaque pour of this beer. Nose was incredible, as tropical and citrusy as most of the best DIPAs are. Mango flavor is on point, I just couldn't get over the very peppery and spicy finish. Has to come from the rye malt but it almost ruins this beer for me.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delaced21
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayGreezy
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CBucks12
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NWatters
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Juicer
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of williamjbauer
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dohm179
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours nice golden hue with lacing that sticks around for majority of beer
S: Damn, Mango, Citra, and a boat load of other tropical fruit
T: Very similar to scent
F: Near perfect with the honey smoothing out any unnecessary bitterness.
O: This is PW best IPA. Hands down.

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Photo of johnyb
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hops_slut
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

This is one amazing beer, but I must say I am quite bias of Pipeworks.

The color is so orange it looks almost like a cheap artificial orange juice.

The smell is amazing. The second you open the bottle it reeks of fruity hops... I had squared grouper about 2 months ago and this beer has a much stronger aroma. its fantastic, you can have a stranger smell it and they can tell you there is some type of fruit added.

It has a similar taste to the ninja beers and squared grouper (obviously). It has such a strong IBU, you can taste the bitterness which is balanced with an alcohol taste. I love pipeworks iipas, and this one along with squared grouper are fantastic with the sweetness due to honey. You must try this beer if you like pipeworks iipas!

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Roland7792
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks very opaque and cloudy with slight head but wicked lacing on glass. Aroma is definetaly tropical fruit with mango (duh) and bit of dank citrus. Taste follows with that mango fruit (but not as much as I thought I'd pick out) and an earthy floral dankness. There is also a very pleasant peppery spice in the finish, probably from the Mosiac hops...but I like it!

Moderate bitterness that's slightly astringent...Not like Scarlet Betta though which i didn't care for. Feel is spot on and the pepper/floral hint almost becomes part of the mouth feel.

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Sure Bet from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 550 ratings
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