Lizard King
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #30
Ranked #1,078
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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Photo of sjdevel
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

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Photo of Doubtful_Guest
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
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!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

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Photo of Highaltituderun
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.

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Photo of Wanzuki
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!

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Photo of darktronica
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.

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

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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
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.

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Photo of SABERG
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.

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Photo of defunksta
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.

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Photo of dzni
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.

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Photo of jguzman718
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.

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

A very well-made beer. Here goes:

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a very large head; the head readily dissipates, however, leaving a lot of lacing. The body is also very well carbonated.

S: Scents of tropical fruit and herbs pervade the smell. Can detect lots of lemon with faint smatterings of grapefruit and orange. While the beer is somewhat grassy, the fruity scents really dominate it. Good

T: Follows the nose. Lots of grapefruit and lemon rind complemented by grass and other herbal flavors. Good.

F: Perfect. Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

O: A fine beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 2" off-white cap with fair to good retention

S: berry, flower, topical fruit, melon and grass

T: Fruit, berry, grass and tangerine lead the flavors. It finishes with an assertive yet clean bitter with a bit of citrus rind

F: This medium bodied beer is creamy with medium soft carbonation

O: a flavorful, easy to drink American Pale Ale

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 07/16/18 into a tulip glass. Slighty hazy yellow with nearly 2 finger of medium density white head with good retention and left mixed lacing. More grassiness than I expected, dank and floral undertones. Taste followed the nose well, more dank prominence. Finishes with moderate bitterness and slight acidity, drying the palate a bit. Low-medium bodied with medium carbonation, lively on the tongue, slick on the swallow. Nice Mosaic APA that I'd definitely grab again.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Willimantic Brewing Co.

Pours a golden straw hue with a moderate white head.

Aromas of bready malt, fragrant rose, light lemon, bright but restrained orange, and grassy hops on the finish; incredibly balanced and approachable.

Taste brings plenty of earthy grass, a great balance of malt and hops, pine, light grapefruit, and plenty of orange peel, too; citrusy and really balanced.

Mouthfeel is dry, juicy, and ridiculously quenching.

Sessionable, easy on the palate, and the type of beer I could drink anytime, anywhere; subtle but impactful; a pale ale done very right.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden yellow body, with orange highlights, hazy, with fine bubble lacing.

S - Strong pine and pineapple and mango.

T - Follows the nose, resin and fruit, subtle sweetness, and a tart brisk close.

M - Strong carbonation, medium weight and prickly in the finish.

O - Tasty beer, superb. A touch sharp, but quite worth it. Delicious.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 5/17/18. Stemmed tulip.

A: wow is that a light yellow for a pale ale. Pours a remarkably light straw yellow with a thin white head thatvrecedes quickly. Little visible carb, not much lacing.

S: peppy, poppy citrus peel. Lemon peel. White peach. Gasoline? This smell really wakes you up and punches you in the face with how bright and alive it is. I’ve never had a beer this peppy from a can before.

T: dry arrival, crisp, lemon rind, lingering citrus peel, unripe peach. Fruity bitter.

M: way more carbonation than the still appearance let’s on. Exceptionally clean and attenuated. I would not call it light bodied, but it is lighter than any midweight beer I have ever had. Somehow fills the mouth with texture, but finishes clean and crisp.

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