Crimson Snapper
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #33
Ranked #366
4.43 | pDev: 7.22%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Imperial IPA brewed with honey & blood orange juice.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque amber appearance with slight white head. Aroma is a mild but pleasant citrus. Taste is a nice mild citrus that is smooth and very tasty. The honey really adds to the smoothness.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head from the bar pour. No lace. Mild haze. The color is dirty gold.

Plenty of grapefruit rind nose. Prickly and bitter.

The flavor starts with a mild pale malt sweetness which holds off the bittering hop bite until the swallow. The bittering flavors strengthen as the aftertaste continues. A bit of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, snifter glass. Pours a darker copper body, clear, with a one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is grapefruit juice, citrus, a bit of grapefruit zest, light grain, a bit of orange peel also. Flavour follows, a bit sweeter than the nose would suggest, but a nice sweet tangerine fruitiness, grapefruit and lemon zest, orange peel, mild grainy and toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium body, lighter carbonation which is still appropriately within limits of the style, mild zesty orange juice finish.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a orange copper color with a white head.

Smell - The beer had a nice ripe orange nose that revealed a little bitterness.

Taste - At the front was a syrupy oange presence that I assume was the orange and honey coming together. The orange leaned a little bitter with hints of rind. Grassy hops provide a clean element to the finish.

Mouthfeel - The honey gives a stickiness. Even with a heavier body, carbonation is noted.

Overall - In the fish line of Pipeworks IPAs, this one swims to the front of the line.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, I could find no bottling/freshness dating

Pours a nice dull shade of ruby/amber, medium haze, lasting khaki cap, leaves a coating film, ringed low sheeting and plenty of strands and bits of lacing.

Lime/citric infused nose, bright and pungent

Fruity, on the sweeter side of DIPA, citric with lime n grapefruit again shining through. Enough gritty hops to balance things out...densely flavor, brightly hopped, very solid DIPA. Nice night capper

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Photo of swenny916
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Living in central Illinois, we don't have a lot of great local breweries distributing here. Pipeworks just recently started so I had to celebrate with a new bomber I haven't had.

Color is a little darker, but still a light amber/orange. It's a smooth beer with a lot of orange right from the top. Delicious and very drinkable.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another awesome beer in the fish series. Pdubs is on point with their dipas.

The appearance was a hazy golden orange with a minimal head.

The aroma is an amazing mix of grapefruit, orange, stone fruits, dank herbaceous notes and pineapple.

The taste follows the nose along with some nice honey sweetness balancing out the hoppy citrus notes.

The palate is medium plus with a nice lingering bitterness that lingers well.

Overall this is an excellent beer that I would definitely get again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange with a thin, white head. Little carbonation. Some white lacing.
S- Lighter citrus smell with orange presence. Malty smell that allows some honey tones to show up. Slight lemongrass.
T- A very smooth taster in which the blood oranges produce a more subtle citrus, and the honey mixes well with the malt backing and transitions in the piney hop perfectly. Extremely balanced. Bitterness that hangs around brings the orange and honey with it.
M- Extremely smooth for an IIPA. Drinks very easy even with the 9.5% alcohol
O- Very unique IIPA that is incredibly balanced and smooth. The blood orange continues to come out more as it warms.

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Photo of FBarber
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brownish orange color. Clear once the beer settles. Thick frothy off-white head lingers for a long time. Tons of sticky white lacing. Lovely looking DIPA albeit a bit dark.

Smell is rather malty and sweet. Some notes of pine, orange, blood orange, general citrus, and honey. There is also a sweet candy like aroma on the back end.

Flavor is rather malt forward with some notes of caramel, piney hops, and blood orange. Mild bitterness, very balanced flavors. Lots of blood orange on the back end lingering on. Very nice use of the fruit.

Feel is very smooth, light (for a DIPA) and drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall another outstanding fish beer from Pipeworks.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 2016; drank 3/19/16 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque yellow/orange appearance.

Big bright white head; strong lace.

Blood orange peel, honey & faint pine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Blood orange & honey flavors up front; mildly dry pine notes on the finish. No booze heat. A sweeter, less bitter upgrade over past batches.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great balance of fruit and hops - the OJ is a delicious addition to this "fish series" DIPA. Probably up there with Spotter Puffer as one of my favorite Pipeworks.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.47/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber with a fluffy, uneven off-white foam.

I got more of a caramelly, malty, slightly hoppy red ale than a DIPA with added fruit and sweetness. Maybe the bottle was lightstruck or off--I will have to revisit.

Revisiting this beer in August 2017, the malt I get now is more graham like, with hops bringing red fruit, grapefruit, and rug. Frothy and soft but crisp with a semi-dry finish, I also get notes of pink Starburst, Spree and orange.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange color with off-white head. Aroma has lots of hops with orange and dank notes. Taste starts with a good dose of underlying malt sweetness and lots of earthy hops with orange and grapefruit flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a bit of alcohol warmth. Quite nice overall. Balanced, with a classic hop profile, just a bit too boozy.

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

Another excellent DIPA by Pipeworks! This one was nice and juicy just as you would expect. Had it very fresh which I would recommend as I have noticed that the DIPAs from PW do fall off a bit and get rather malty if they sit more than a week or two.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark orange, looks thick, small white head
Smell - fruity, dank citrus, blood orange is present for sure
Taste - honey, orange, citrus, nice balance
Feel - a little boozy, but still nice and juicy for the ABV
Overall - a great PW offering. Definitely one of their best offerings. A dangerously fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark orange and crystal clear. A very light, white head, but what little is there sticks around throughout. Moderate lacing is also present.

S: An explosion of sweet orange with hops and malt rounding out. Very fruity and bright. The smell alone is too sweet, but breathe in as you drink and it really completes the package.

T: The hops and malt definitely dominate more here. The sweetness on the nose is nicely mellowed. However, the orange is still definitely present and helps shape a wonderful combination. I've found that a lot of other blood orange brews either have too much or too little orange. I also very much enjoy that it retains a lot of the characteristics of an Imperial IPA.

F: Nice medium body that helps hold onto the hops at the finish. The carbonation is a little too much in my opinion, but it does help maintain the fruit side. Very dry, definitely encouraging drinkability.

O: As usual, another Pipeworks brew that really lived up to expectation. As I mentioned in the taste, it really fit my expectations of blood orange brews that no other brewery seems to have been able to live up to.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark orange but clear. Visible carbonation bubbles. Heavy lacing.

S- Fruity. Definitely get the blood orange and citra hops.

T- Sweet with a fair amount of bitterness. Well balanced. Blood orange isn't overpowering like with some other beers that use it.

F- Smooth, dry finish. Medium body.

0- A very balanced, well-made DIPA.

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Photo of SFC21
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous nose on this. Blood orange jumps out on first whiff, followed by sweet honey notes. Blood orange and honey are more subdued in the taste. Taste is more floral. Best way to describe it is tea like, with the tea having notes of orange and honey. Very dry finish. Super smooth, only mild lingering bitterness.

Excellent brew. Highly recommend

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Photo of napdynmite
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Juicy orange and sweet honey mix beautifully with a balanced amount of Citra. Smells like a dirty hippy as per the theme of this series. Nice alcohol kick with a slightly sticky feel.This is a really well-made brew.

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Photo of novamat
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark orange color with the right amount of haze, hefty ivory head and plenty of lacing. Smell is mostly of hops and malts. Taste is well balanced between the orange, honey hops and malts. Mouthfeel is excellent, perfectly carbonated. Overall, Pipeworks hits another one out of the park with this beer. Easily among the best DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark orange type color. Fairly clear...maybe a slight haze
Smell - Awesome! Tons of citrusy citra hops on the nose along with the blood orange
Taste - A very nice blood orange type flavor. Sweetness from the honey but balanced nicely with the onslaught of citra hops! tons of citrus, some herbaceous notes

Overall - Another great monster DIPA from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a pretty nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, very nice citrus notes, slight pineyness. The taste is very nice hoppy, citrusy, piney, nice little sweetness, very nice orangey note. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, very nice slight chewiness, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprised me, very nice DIPA. Recommeded!

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Photo of nhindian
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An imperial India pale ale brewed with honey, blood orange juice, and citra hops. Thanks, KidSalami!

Appearance - The body on this pale gold color with a tinge of haze to it. The head is extremely voluminous and dense, leaving large clumps of lace behind it. Small fountains of carbonation bubble slowly to the top.

Aroma - The nose is super juicy - both as a result of the hops and because of the actual juice used in the beer. Because of that, there's a nice play between the bitterness and sweetness. And there is a definite sweetness in the aroma with the juice and honey. There's a very nice tropical bouquet that lends a freshness to the beer.

Taste - This beer is packed with flavor from all angles. The hops are out in spades imparting a nice peace and tropical fruit note, the honey and juice give it a nice cut of sweetness that blends the hops right into it's clutches, and there's a touch of alcohol heat that pokes through in the finish. The one word I'd use to describe this is 'big'. Every aspect of the flavor goes hard which delivers in even the smallest sips.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is pretty thick and heavy which is sort of needed in a beer of this magnitude. The carbonation is a little low but otherwise it's spot-on

Closing Arguments - Overall, this is a unique beer. A lot of breweries nowadays are just loading their IPAs up with hops with little regard to the rest of the ingredients, but Pipeworks opts to augment this DIPA with some sweetness. It really works, even if it does come across as a little too sweet at times. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer offers upfront a sweet bready malt, hints of honey, with blood orange zest, a bit more of juicy orange complimenting that citrus flavor with lingering sweetness with a balancing resiny bitterness. Despite being the bready and honey sweetness, the beer does a great job at hiding its size and offering a swirl of hops and juice.

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Photo of emount91
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark Amber, nice Lacey head. smell is fruity and hoppy: oranges, little bit of pine, some malt on the end of the smell. taste it's a little maltier than expected but with the honey and blood orange juice it works nicely. oranges peaches that little bit of pine, then the malt with the honey mixed. feel could be a little more bubbly but overall a nice beer

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