Lizard King
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #29
Ranked #1,189
4.26 | pDev: 7.04%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Throughout the epic battle, the Ninjas and the Unicorns have been waiting for something, anything, to tip the scale in their favor. After all, The Unicorns and The Ninjas have been fighting this epic battle for nearly and epoch. In this age-old battle, will the Lizard King be the one to end the battle? Will there finally be peace among the two warring parties? Will this be the end of rhetorical questions?!
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Shiredave from New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It looks good - golden yellow color with a tinge of protein haze, persistent, bright white head, specks and smears of lace trails.
The aroma is understated old school - grain husks, sugar dusted lemon peel and sprucey hop.
Flavors are busy front to back.
More grain notes, sweet malt and fruit up front with cantaloupe and grapefruit mixed with honey followed by slightly sour flavor hops, hints of raw cabbage and German potato salad.
Body is medium yet still it lacks mouth feel and depth.
Interesting blend of contrasting sweet to nutty to sour complexity that sets this apart from so many of it's hop dominant, citrus forward competition in the market.
This finish is long and warm with alcohol and dry with lingering peppery hops.

Mar 01, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am one that prefers a more full-bodied and flavorful IPA ... This is a bit thin for my taste ... Perhaps crisp would be a more complementary adjective ... It does have some complex flavors that I'm enjoying but it didn't live up to its very high rating in my humble opinion

Feb 27, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: slightly murky dark yellow color with a hint of copper. fizzy, 1.5 finger vibrant white head

s: tons of Mosaic hops upfront. onion and garlic. a touch of kiwi, and bready yeast. a little bit of peach, and something almost soapy? a little bit of malts at the end. aroma seems a bit off

t: sweet citrus, onion, and garlic. a hint of sweet pineapple and a big crackery presence. a hint of pepper spice as well as a sweet floral note at the end

m: lighter side of medium, low-moderate carbonation

o: a pretty serviceable Pale Ale, and a nice showcase of Mosaic hops. the aroma is just not working for me though for some reason. taste is quite nice though

Dec 19, 2020
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Nass from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is a cloudy yellow with a thick, white, & foamy head. The taste is medium level pine & grapefruit & guava. I appreciate a pale ale or IPA where there is just enough sharp piney bitterness, not too much & not too little. The taste is a tad bit similar to a New England Style IPA. At the end of the day all I can say is if you've not had an east coast pale ale or IPA in a minute then will hit the spot the spot for sure mate. Cheers! A-

Dec 01, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can dated 5/6/20

Pours a hazy straw yellow with one finger white head. Spotty lacing, full ring and large continental surface bubbles.
Pleasant lemon, grapefruit, yeast aromas.
Big grapefruit, lesser lemon, guava, pineapple flavors.
Light bitterness to open, fruit flavors open up, dry finish, lasting carbonation. Light body, refreshing.
Good warm weather outdoor beer.

Jun 14, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice crisp pale ale that was quite refreshing. No date printed on can. Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a little fluffy white head and quite nice small rings of lingering lacing. Smells of fresh crisp grapefruit, lemon, orange and pineapple. Also malt, vanilla, bread and weaker floral hops. Taste follows the nose. Great balance and flavor. Juicy and enjoyable. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Refreshing and good with spicy food.

Jun 13, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - very pale light yellow/straw - nice 2-3 finger head with a solid pour from a 16oz can and into a pint glass - super frothy with very large bubbles (like a Belgian brew) - retention is alright - fades to lacing and a foam ring around the outside in a minute or two
Smell - Strong mango and grapefruit - some pine and citrus - touch of cattiness - biscuit and crackers
Taste - Slight bitterness before the fresh juicy tropical fruit kick in - moves towards tart citrus then back to pine - get a slight charred oak aftertaste in there - there's a battle between sweet and tart / back and forth quite a few times - very flavorful
Feel - Feels pretty light / light bodied - carbonation continues to die out as you go so it feels a bit flat
Overall - This is a really good Pale Ale that is more powerful and hoppier than many IPAs - enjoyable and will pick up again in the future - nice tropical flavors

Apr 18, 2020
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Doubtful_Guest from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a glass shaped like the New York Marathon. Pours a thick yellow like what happens after you get dehydrated. A nice poofy head that settles down into a delicate lacing reminiscent of a hateful spiderweb. The taste is predominantly inbred flounder gently rolled in the guts of its enemies, while the finish is pretty much just Pat Sajak. Awesome nose that makes me feel safe.

Mar 21, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very pale yellow color, vast ivory head, looking great.

In the nose: flowery and citrusy. Abundantly citrusy. Lemon and lime dominate, some orange lurks below. Big load of sunshine in this.

In the mouth: Big citrus, big bitter, and a mighty pucker, as well. Juicy, tangy, and oh, so tasty and refreshing. Ah! Pretty much nothing but Ah! Lean bodied, light malt, crisp and lively. A little juicy meets with the bitter. Nice stuff.

Feb 09, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into an imperial can-shaped glass.

Blonde. Light haze. Moderate carbonation. 1 finger of loose head.

Passion fruit, guava, peach, candy sugar, honey, and dank.

Passion fruit, guava, and papaya. Light peach and dank. Honey and candy sugar sweetness.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Smooth and tropical. A pretty great APA!

Jan 02, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a wispy, short lived head. Bright and tropical hop notes and some complimentary pale malts in the nose. Mango, blueberry, guava and pineapple in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and some mouth coating hop oils. The finish is moderately bitter with plenty of fruit notes.

A great APA with a lot of interesting hop complexity. Highly recommended.

Dec 31, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful artwork on can. Bought in fort collins colorado. Once I opened it the aromas hit me. Hoppy, lemony, citrus and straw; maybe a touch of grapefruit. Taste is super clean and crisp. Bitter lemons and the hops really pull through for a long finish and tickle your tastebuds. Thin white head with some lacing. A beautiful pale ale. Go Chicago.

Nov 05, 2019
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Wanzuki from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A nicely done Pale. The Mosaic hops are aromaticly very interesting. There’s a bit more boiled-hops bitterness than I think is optimal; that’s why I go to 4.5 If not for that, I’d give it a straight 5.0!

Oct 08, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden from the pint can, with a full finger of rocky head. Bright floral and citrus hop character on the nose. Very little malt evident. Quite clean, with lots of hop flavors but modest bitterness.

Sep 24, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited July 24th, 2020

Original ratings: 4.0 4.25 4.0 4.25 4.0

The appearance sports a thicker, more sculpted and lasting head. Milder aroma. The taste has less grain-forward taste but a more pronounced and pleasing light fruitiness. The mouthfeel is much the same but less dry, a bit more juicy.

I rather like this can version even if it is over a month old (06/17/20). It and the on-tap version are very close in appeal. It would be nice to have both side-by-side to compare, but I can only go with what's at the moment...
Crystal-clear body, golden yellow; one-finger thick head. Strong ester-infused smell; berries; very floral. Excellently balanced cereal grain base with a bold and lingering hop bitterness; mild fruitiness throughout. Medium body; crisp and prickly on the palate; dry feel overall.

A very fine pale ale experienced on tap at the N3 Tap House in Colorado Springs.

Jul 02, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - massive offwhite foamy head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - herb, orange, pine.

T - follows the nose. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-light body with higher than expected carb.

O - refreshing and sessionable.

Jun 30, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale brass color has a heavy rush of effervesce. Big stone white colored head is large and sudsy at two fingers standing. Bubbly along the walls, along with some big meaty laced deposits. Light shadow haze.

S: Aroma of mango, tropical hints, with mingling lime and strawberry. Dank citrus-herbal hops with some melon grind. A good strength overall.

T: Flavor of lemon and stone fruit makes up the base. Citrusy-herbal hops follow the nose, some orange-caramel and malt sweetness. Sugary grains with a light toastiness. Strawberry-melon accents, buttery malts and some tropical citrus rounds out, all of generally good strength and balance. Smooth caramel honey hints.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, very soft feel.

O: Overall a very smooth and well blended flavor. Tropical citrus, easy drinking, solid per style.

Jun 28, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pipeworks Brewing Co. "Lizard King"
1 pint can coded "02/14/2019" and sampled on 06/07/2019

Notes via stream of consciousness: The "Lizard King" pours a hazy yellow gold body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white foam. The aroma is resinous and fruity with notes of apple, sweet pear, berries, mango, grapefruit, and lemon. It's not the brightest aroma I've ever found in an American pale ale but it gets the job done. The flavor brings in the sweetness of the malt which seems to liven the hops a bit. Let me see, are all of the notes I found in the aroma still there? Yes. Is there anything else? Hmmm... maybe some tangerine and a hint of apricot but mainly it's mango, apple, berry, and lemon. A firm bitterness backs it and it finishes dry with some fruit and resin lingering. The head initially dropped, slowly, but still, yet it maintained a full surface covering. The lacing isn't bad either. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp before warming to become more airy and smooth. There's nothing really new here, but it's nicely done and quite enjoyable - a very good modern APA!

Review #6,597

Jun 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage; drank 10/17/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE bright white head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Pine needle & grapefruit notes in the nose.

Lime, pine & faint cilantro flavors up front; grapefruit bite on the finish.

Not really my hop profile, but above average over all.

May 03, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 14.83 (including tax)/four-pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.232/oz) from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 4/8/19.
Undated can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.5.
Body – Light yellow and dirty-hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 9.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, low density, average, diminishing to a three to eight mm lacy ring, and a rocky, thick, three-quarter cap. Head retraction also leaves multiple small three-dimensional islands of lacing on the interior of the glass.
Lacing – Excellent - a single continuous, three-dimensional, ring of tiny to medium bubbles.
First pour – Very light yellow, hazy.
Aroma – 4 – Tropical fruits and citrus. Weakens but doesn’t totally fade away.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with a light bitterness followed by some fruity, citrusy, tang. Ends slightly chalky. No alcohol (6 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – The carbonation balances the bitterness nicely, making an alluring tactual experience. The nose could be stronger. The flavor is mild enough to blend well with the palate, creating a very balanced and enticing brew.

Apr 08, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a hazy straw gold with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head the quickly sizzles and disperses. Nose is fairly nondescript - hints of lemon and pith as well as a trace of biscuit malts. Taste follows nose - mosaic is a little more present in the flavor profile, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, a decent offering; however not overly flavorful.

Mar 20, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 11/12/18, so 3 months of age, into the test glass
A - Hazy dark orange backdrop, almost glow a bit, strong carbonation feeds a beautiful loose knit white froth.
S - Tropical all the way, pineapple and some stone fruit,
T - Add to the aromatics a nice hint of pine, sweet malts, and wonderful balance
M - Soft water on this one, the start is semi sweet with a quick to dry finish
O - A very good pale ale, The hop structure is strong but not out of balance, with the malt base.

Feb 20, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tall glass at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a pale, straw colored yellow with a foamy head.
Smell: Strong citrus and melon, hop aroma lingers.
Taste: Light and citrus flavored. The hop profile is pronounced with a relatively dry finish. The malt profile is nearly nonexistent.
Feel: The mouthfeel is light and crisp. A light IPA that is not heavy, nor sweet.

Overall: This is an interesting offering. Based on the strong citrus aroma I can tell it is aggresively dry hopped with mosaic hops. However, it is a totally hop forward IPA with little to no malt balance. Aromatic, citrus-focused, and dry is how I would describe this beer. Lacks a malt balance, but definitely worth a try.

Feb 18, 2019
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dzni from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip glass

Slightly hazy orange with nice head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is strong of mango, pineapple, and orange.
Taste is of similar tropical and orange notes, with very low bitterness from the hops. It does taste a bit less intense than the nose.
Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, nicely balanced with strong flavors despite the lower ABV.

Jan 17, 2019
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jguzman718 from New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most polite beer I've ever had, this is the sort of beer you have if you want to taste something sweet and hoppy, without bringing just that up. It's a beer I could see myself drinking for any and all settings, pairing with most food, even perhaps with bitter spicy stuff.

Dec 17, 2018
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