Lizard King
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #25
Ranked #975
4.27 | pDev: 7.03%
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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Reviews: 311 | Ratings: 1,471
Reviews by rob99er:
Photo of rob99er
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely tastes and drinks like a session. Very Good beer. However, doesn't touch ZD. I have to believe the people saying this are Pipeworks fanatics. I'm a huge fan of Pipeworks, but I'm sorry Lizard King you don't get my "blows ZD away" approval. I hope some of the ZD guys really like this beer better, that only means more Zombie for me.

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Photo of pagriley
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can into snifter. super fresh (8 days old)

L - Pours quite a light pale straw. Slightly hazy with a relatively thin white head that recedes to leave some lacing
S - Quite dank up front. Relatively subtle notes of pineapple, grapefruit and a touch of passion fruit
T - Lightly flavored with tropical notes and grapefruit. Lightly bitter, with a bit of dank onions on the finish with just a touch of sweetness to balance.
M - light bodied, medium carb. Pretty poundable.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer

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Photo of darkwing1
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, move over Zombie Dust and Sue, this pale ale is the best I've ever had. So much flavor!! I'll be buying as much as I see. PW's is proving to be unrivaled since moving into the new location and putting out those cans! Pours a hazy golden color. Smell is over the top mosaic awesomeness, Flavor is grapefruit for days. Not overly carbed. Overall this beer is glorious!!!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw body, tuft of egg white head that eventually dissipates.

S: Boatloads of mosaic hops: grapefruit flesh, tropical fruit, faint grassiness. Also moderate malt sweetness and and a dab of caramel malt.

T: HUGE mosaic hop flavor: grapefruit, guava and a little bit of grassiness. Bitterness is present but not overwhelming, considering the style. Supporting malt sweetness.

M: Medium-light body, medium carb.

O: This beer is like drinking Zombie Dust in an alternate reality where Mosaic hops and not Citra is king. This APA/IPA borderland beer is bursting with hop flavor while keeping bitterness and ABV in check. Probably Pipeworks' most successful hop-forward beer, which is saying something.

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Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Strong aromas of citrus and mangos are present in the nose along with some hints of pine.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has dominant flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of mangos and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Slight hints of pine are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is rather crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with intense aromas and flavors from the hops but is very drinkable and rather light on the palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the best American pale ales I have ever had. close my eyes and smell, I could swear it was made in Vermont. it has that look too, real pale yellow, hazy and washed out looking. not the biggest head in the world, but I don't mind because of how attractive this is in all the other aspects. the nose is amazing, bursting with the best parts of mosaic hops. juicy and fruity, everything from pineapple to lemon to even blueberry in the aroma here, all from the hops. seems like a simple grain base too, maybe a bit of wheat for body and feel, but that's about it on top of the pale barley malt. the hops are amazing in the flavor too, there is a pinch of bitterness at the end, but mostly just the fruity oily goodness. feels like vacation to me. its so so so good, easy drinking and unique even though there are a million mosaic hop beers, this is special and distinct. a little yeast flavor too, bready but light, I like that its there. the hops really are incredible in this, I imagine a heavy dry hop was the ticket, but its there through the whole drink. thanks a million to my brother for saving a can of this, it was one of my favorite beers in a session that included some seriously heavy hitters. brilliant and delicious and worthy of the hype. one of the best ales in production right now I am sure of it. not to be missed, I thirst for more, even on this hangover...

edit: this holds up stupidly well too, we had a can a few months old the other night and it tasted brand new, much to my surprise. the hops didnt fade at all. crazy uncommon in the style. this is a brilliant beer!

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Photo of Bearshawks85
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost a perfect beer. Love the mosaic hops. Great price point and love the 16oz format. Great artwork. Perfect ABV. This will be go to now for me.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had about 4 cans in 4 different runs of this beer.. to me it is too thing.. mouthfeel is lacking severely for me.. mosiac comes through which is nice but this beer has no body...

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - A bit hazy pale yellow with a Nice white head. White lacing all along the session

S - A bit tart with gooseberry, grapefruit and other citrus, kiwi, good malt balance, a bit bready

T - Follow the smell but less complex, a bit more on the bready side, and citrus with a herbal tea bitterness and some sweetness

M - Low carbonation, a bit juicy

O - One of the best apa I've had to date but very far from being as good as PseudoSue

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Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Straw-colored with some cloudiness. Thin white and consistent head.
Smell - Fruity juicy tropical goodness. An absolute burst of mango, grapefruit, papaya. Little to no earthiness (I love you so much, Mosaic).
Taste - Crackery dry start that's immediately overtaken by smooth bitterness in the guise of grapefruit pith and lemon. No caramel, no melanoidin.
Feel - Medium carbonation, right amount of astringency for the style, none too slick. A lil' watery.
Overall - Delicious & decent and on that fringe between APA & IPA, but would benefit from another complementary note or two. More of a juicy brethren to Daisy Cutter then a Mosaic ZD (and competitive, given the price point). My favorite of their canned offerings so far.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical and juicy and floral. Great balance, not too hoppy or bitter. Let's just call it like it is: Mosaic Zombie Dust! At 6% ABV this one is extremely sessionable for me, I finished 2 cans in half an hour and wanted more.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maaaan, this beer is really good. Like, really really good. This is one of the few beers I've purchased a second four-pack of tallboys of in a while, so that has to tell you something.

First of all, it pours a consistently cloudy, hazy yellowish golden color with a foamy, fuzzy head of pure white bubbles that laces spectacularly as it fades out. It even laces well as I sip the beer! It's not a pure sheet of lace, but rather cobweb-style trails of lace coming from whatever part of the glass I'm not drinking from. The body has almost no evidence of particulate hop or yeast matter despite its cloudy nature and evidently high hopping rate. Well then. What can I say? It's clean yet cloudy... a beautiful brew.

Nose is a fun and unique combination of mango, guava, funky and earthy pine resin and white grape skin... Mosaic, ladies and gentlemen! This hop does some really weird stuff at times, and that's no different here, but it does slightly flex its "green" muscle, showing off some slight green onion and cut-grass notes among the fruity tropical cocktail base it lays out. This beer is really playful and enjoyable in the nose, which is one of the big reasons I've loved coming back to it time and again. I have a storied history of finding Mosaic single-hopped/Mosaic-focused beers to be inconsistent, and I still think that from time-to-time, but this really does bring out some of my favorite aspects of the hop.

Flavor is heavy on the oily and resinous "West Coast" style pine/citrus fruit with some slight nods towards newer-school flavors ranging from papaya to guava with some light underripe melon notes as well. The oils from this stick on the palate, combining with the crackery malt backbone and helping to deliver a delayed bomb of resinous lupulin on the back of the tongue. I start picking up some interesting esters as this sits in my glass... almost banana-like in a sense but very muted. Chive and pine growing towards the end of each sip.

Feel is really well-moderated with an easily-drinkable stature containing intense complexity from the hops. Still, the smoothed-out bitterness and simplistic-yet-deft malt backing help this achieve insane levels of drinkability. Carbonation prickles in the back of the palate, right as the hops hit you with the greener flavors, which kind of enhances the desire to take another sip to remind yourself of the tropical and fruitier flavors that take up the vanguard. This is an awesome beer that I will be very happy to constantly purchase and enjoy. A new staple in my fridge for the upcoming New England Summer.

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Photo of Prager62
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I snagged the last refrigerated four pack on a recent beer run to Illinois. I can't find a canning date, but I know it's a recent release. I poured it into a 12oz. tulip glass.

Look- Pours a very boring straw color with very little foam or carbonation.

Smell- Tropical and amazing! Passion fruit forward with pineapple and guava. Liquid fruit salad.

Taste- Passion fruit up front with guava and some pineapple. There is a bit of a butyl taste in the finish.

Feel- Very thin and slick. A bit of hop bite in the finish.

Overall- A tale of two beers. Very boring to start when poured, the aroma is tropical heaven as is the flavor, the feel is rather thin. The aroma and flavor more than make up for it's shortcomings. A liquid fruit salad of a pale ale I'm hoping becomes a regular by Pipeworks.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ One Mile House NYC. Regrettably brief impressions:

A: No head. Just a weak white ring.

Body is a hazy yellow-copper. No yeast or sediment is visible within. Why the lack of cleanliness and clarity?

Sm: Citrus. Lemon. Floral Hops. Pale and Pilsner malts.

Hop profile isn't particularly pronounced, which isn't what I expected. Still, this aroma does suggest a balanced brew.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Lemony twang, pale malts, floral hop character, lighter (Pilsner?) malts. Balanced, sure, but also fairly shallow. Really lacking in terms of intricacy and depth of flavour.

There is a nice blip of Mosaic hop-redolent blueberry. It almost elevates the beer; if only it were more prominent.

Mf: Somewhat refreshing. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Complements the taste decently, but there's not a perfect harmony between the two.

O: A lemon-forward pale ale, but little else. Not up to par with the finest beers in the style, but it's certainly drinkable. I like it, but I hoped for better given Pipeworks' reputation.


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Photo of greenspointexas
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best pale ale ive had. Absolutely incredible. Could drink gallons of this. Light, refreshing, and bitter enough to enjoy the mosaic hops that abound in this beer. Buy as much of this as you can

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Photo of butters_mcgee
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellow, like other beers.
Smells like other beers as well. The good ones though.
Tastes pretty good. I'd like to have this again sometime.
It feels good to drink a beer that looks, smells, and tastes like this one.

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Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a lightly opaque gold.

The aroma offers kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, passionfruit, honey, white grapes, lemon. An insane melange of fruits.

The flavor is less explosive, but still with that lingering berry note, white grapes. Light hints of honey sweetness, white breadiness, onto an egg shell flavor, leaning towards a Berliner. The finish is clean, lingering hints of honey sweetness. The finish lingers of light hop resins, medium minus bitterness.

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Photo of spycow
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of Pipeworks best efforts to date. Great beer

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Photo of Marvolo
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle stamped 12/28/17, purchased in IL.

L: very hazy and light, yellow and almost white. Not super into the color (as weird as that sounds). Great foam and lacing. The can art and comic book story-line is pretty awesome.

S: mild and piney. Some fruit overtones, but not as extravagant as other have mentioned. Enjoyable.

T: very good, one of the better beers I’ve had recently. Some of that hop “funk” but not off-putting. Wish there was a bit more bite. Very drinkable.

F: perfect carbonation and balance.

O: will definitely buy again and really enjoyed it. Positive recommendation is definitely influenced by the price point of $9.99 (even for it for a $1 on sale). If it stays at this price, will definitely be back for more.

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Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/14/16: Pours hazy yellow color with bubbles racing up the brew to a thick foamy 2 finger bright white colored head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating very, very slowly, creeping down as craters formed and leaving really impressive spider web foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of zesty citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, fresh cut grass, starfruit, coriander, dry floral hops, peppery spices, faint grains, hints of caramel, biscuit and earthy tones. The citrus is very present but not dominant, allowing the malt back bone to add balance yet still remain zesty with nice fresh citrus hops as the star of the show.

Tastes like it smells with lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, yuzu, robust citrus hops, biscuit, fresh cut grass, starfruit, lemongrass, coriander, white pepper, floral hop cones, spruce, piney hops, wheat bread crust, light brown sugar and yeast or dough before it trails off sweet. Complex, refreshing and very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with average carbonation, a medium bitterness level, and a slightly heavier than average feel for an APA. It's hoppy enough to seem like an IPA or session IPA, but has enough malt to keep it real and balanced.

Wow, that is a great session beer. Crush-able yet complex and tasty enough to drink slow and enjoy it. That's a really good APA which I'm glad I got fresh. Split a 4 pack and could have drank them all by myself in one sitting.

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Photo of doublej584j
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what set this one one apart from the many other IPA was its super balanced hops and slight malt was not necessarily a perfect amount of hops or malt backbone but when combiecombined together it made a world class IPA...Dust and Sue killer.

for whatever it's worth I took this beast down straight from the can.

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Photo of Toynk
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Grapefruit. Passion Fruit. Schnozberry. Hops. Summer taste lockdown. Zombies are left in the dust. You west coastians do not want this; but NEED this now! Pipey bangs it again. What can't these brewmasters do?

Damn... I can't stop thinking about this magical juice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can in a Lagunitas mason jar.

There are days I kinda miss Jim Morrison, despite the fact I was never alive to see him. Just sayin'. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange zest, mild pine sap, honey, and a touch of caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, the citrus finding some lime and passion fruit joining the party, the pine is a touch stronger, and the caramel maintains its caboose status, though everyone's pleased it's there. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, indeed. It's plenty hoppy without blasting your tongue, and I never tired of drinking it. Good times.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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