Crimson Snapper
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #33
Ranked #368
4.43 | pDev: 7.22%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Crimson SnapperCrimson Snapper
Notes: Imperial IPA brewed with honey & blood orange juice.

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4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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 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 Johnny_Cardboard
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has become my favorite DIPA of all time. It has everything in my opinion. The fruitiness is there from the Blood Orange and the Citra Hops, sweetness from honey is there, and yet the hops is not masked. I had to stock up on these but no matter how many I acquire will not be nearly enough.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pipeworks Brewing Crimson Snapper
Bottled: June 5, 2015

I am really excited to try this beer from Pipeworks, they brew some fantastic IPAs. This double IPA is brewed with honey, blood orange juice, and citra hops.

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. As you can tell from the picture below, this beer is a beautiful reddish orange color with a nice off-white head with solid lacing and retention around the glass. The aroma is fantastic with a ton of citrus from the blood orange juice and citra hops. Also, the nose features a nice hint of sweetness from the honey. The first thought upon sipping this beer is "Wow!". Upfront you get a lot of sweetness from the malt and honey. This makes way for a nice bitter citrusy finish with a lingering bitterness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is damn near perfect for the style. Overall, Crimson Snapper is a fantastic IPA that I thoroughly enjoyed in every aspect. Cheers!

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Photo of Ipaguy516
3.84/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a gandhi bot tulip
A- pours dark golden yellow/orange with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass and some on top
S- fruitiness, pineapple, blood orange, grapefruit
T- smooth initially with a metallic/hop bitterness to the finish. Fruit notes forward then I get the honey coming through on the far end of the finish. A lingering bitterness from the hops is a little unpleasant.
M- smooth at first but finishes sharply/unbalanced. A long sticky lingering presence of the honey and alpha acids from the hops.
O- a great beer upfront. The nose is really good, but the finish is long and not necessarily as balanced. Not sure why pipeworks has to bring all of their DIPAs to 9.5%, out of personal preference I think it would be better at a slightly lower abv to be more balanced.

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Photo of dleigh
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I'm just not into IPAs with fruit juice added? I didn't really like grapefruit sculpin either. Nice juicy taste, but I don't get that amazing hop smell that really makes an IPA for me.

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Photo of sahd-1
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mythaeus
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeanBond
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome citra-centric beer from Pipeworks. It seems that ever since they hit their stride with Citra (the Ninja series) they've been getting better and better at DIPAs. They hit a home run with Square Grouper, and have now parlayed that into one after another of critically acclaimed, fly-off-the-shelves brews in the same vein.

Like Sure Bet, this has honey in it, which smoothes out the bitterness at the end, and helps to give the beer more presence in your mouth. The blood orange adds a little extra acidic tang (kind of like the grapefruit in Grapefruit Sculpin), but the dominant taste of the citra hops overwhelms most of the fruit taste.

If you like citra hops, you'll love this beer. I happen to love citra, and this is one of the best beers I've had in which they're featured. Killer.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevin_Young
4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Qbdoo
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy burnt orange. Has the classic citra aroma of tropical fruit: mandarin, pineapple. Taste is similar but there's a lot a sweetness within the tropical fruit. You can really taste the honey, and perhaps the sugars in the blood orange. Yet that doesn't manage to mask to alcohol burn, which is why I marked this down in taste and feel from most of my Pipeworks DIPA ratings. Beautiful, aromatic, but a bit of a mix-up on the palate.

Update: almost a year later and I'm trying it again. Still think the flavors are mixed up. Aroma is amazing but I don't think the hops, fruit, and malt are well integrated. Gets better as it warms but not nearly one of Pipeworks best.

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

Okay I have been in the hunt for a bottle of Crimson Snapper for over a year and finally Pipeworks went crazy and released a ton of it and I was able to get a few bottles. It exceeded my expectations in every way. Need I say more?

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Photo of Mbragado
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jdm5161
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of aussiebeer
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spinaltapped
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Great head and lacing, the color is a cloudy amber to medium gold. A bit too dark to be a noteworthy 'beautiful' beer, but beauty is only skin deep.

Smell: Papaya, mango, citrus, honey sweetness, pineapple, a bit of floral notes.

Taste: A giant hit of tropical fruit, a bit of acidity from the orange, overripe clementine/tangerine, the sweetness isn't as assertive as in the rest of PW's fish series and is balanced very well.

Feel: Medium bodied, slick for an IIPA, a bit of dryness on the finish most likely from the acid. Really interesting beer.

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Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - deep orange to red with fine 1" head that quickly laced the glass

Smell - BLOOD oranges, with a bready backbone

Taste - GLORIOUS.. seriously could tell it was sweetened with something out of the ordinary "Honey" and the impact of the blood oranges was phenomenal with the hop profile

Feel - this is where it lost me. The beer became sweeter as it warmed and eventually made me think about putting it down. Cold this beer was glorious and kept you guessing. Warm it became "Syrup"

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jscheuf
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AD17
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crimson Snapper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 445 ratings