Killer Queen
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
4.31 | pDev: 6.26%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled late 2015; drank 12/28/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque red/purple/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Honey, blueberry & fresh ganja notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Honey, blueberry & sweet orange citrus flavors; faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Nice flavors, but this was too sweet for me to truly love.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA. The honey and blueberries give this one a very well balanced, just slightly sweet taste. The end result is an incredibly easy drinking, delicious IPA

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a dark amber, purplish blue type color. Unique, very cool looking.
Smell - Wonderful aroma on this beer. Berries, citrus and honey all jump out of the glass
Taste - Blueberries, cotton candy, citrus, honey sweetness, white grapes, some pine

Overall - I typically do not like my DIPAs to be overly sweet, but it totally works for this one! Sweet but not cloying. Awesome flavor. Pipeworks is always willing to step outside the box.....and usually it's a home run!

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Photo of unclekeith
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy honey hue with a thin off white heads that dissipates quickly to a collar
A:Citrus hops, a bit of blueberry
T: Nice bitterness up front, city hops, blueberries, hop resin in the back, nice malt backbone
M: Full bodied, well carbonated
O: A nice balance of hops, bitterness, malt with some berries in the background - very nice

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on December 25, 2015. Look is deep amber purple blend with an off-white head and lingering lacing. Smell is tropical, citrus, blueberry, honey blossom and caramel malt aromas. Taste is mango, kiwi, blueberry, honey and caramel flavors. Feel is medium in body with a creamy finish.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amber with a hue of purple. Thick white head. Great looking beer.

Smell: Citrus hops with a good amount of blueberry. Blueberry is there but not overpowering.

Taste: Citrus from the Citra hops. Blueberry comes through and creates some sweetness with the honey.

Feel: Medium body. Very little alcohol for the 9.5% ABV.

Overall: Another great Pipeworks DIPA. The blueberry adds an interesting and good dimension.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous deep amber color with hint of purple. Not typical of an IPA and obviously influenced by the blueberries but I like the look.

Dank earthiness with mango, white grape and berry. Reminiscent of a mosaic hopped brew. Maybe it's just the berries.

Touch of sweetness too. Overall well done.

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Photo of brewskis
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with slight purple hue. Produced a finger of an off-white, purple-tinted head. Looks unique due to the blueberries added.

Aroma is dominated by dankness, juicy berry, and juicy grapefruit. Behind that I get some mango, pine, tangerine, pineapple, and peach; all of which are light and juicy. The blueberry and honey come through when warmed up.

Taste is a nice balance between the fruit, hops, and honey. The honey is well-integrated and does wonders to smooth out the beer. The hops and fruit bring dankness, grapefruit, red grape, berry, light tangerine, light peach, light mango, and of course blueberry. The finish brings a grapefruit peel and resinous bitterness that is balanced nicely by the lingering light honey sweetness and juicy fruits.

High medium body. Crisp, creamy, and sticky. Oily and slightly warming finish.

I enjoy Pipeworks' fruited honey DIPA's and this one is no different. This one continues the tradition of wonderful balance between hops, fruit, and honey sweetness. Not my favorite offering from them, but it is full of flavor and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddest India Pale I've ever had. Very much like most of the PDubs Imperial Indias with honey, the strong hoppy juicy beers with the underlying sweetness. However, I'm not getting much in the way of blueberries. Crisp, tangy, and creamy, yet another winner from Pipeworks.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A beautiful red color that invites--no, demands--more attention. Somehow, the red looks even better once one knows it's from BLUEberries.

Aroma: Whoa, fruit! It grabs the nose and won't let go. Following with a full blast of bumblegum...

Taste: All the nose promises, plus catpee and grapefruit. Changes throughout the taste. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and light on the tongue.

Overall: Fun!

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Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on September 3rd, 2015 from a bottle marked "batch 717/718". Poured into a Teku glass. Slightly murky orange/yellow with a fine, white, one finger head. Nice lace.

This is an aromatic beer; the assertive smell hit my square in the nose a few seconds after opening the bottle but before the pour. Resiny, earthy hops are the main notes, but when the beer warms up a few degrees, there is also fruity, berry undertone.

Flavor is much like nose: lots of strong hop character up front with pine and dank earth notes. Mid-taste reveals some honey and berry, then finish is a moderately bitter affair that lingers a long time.

Mouthfeel has a bit of alcohol warmth. Slightly thick and slightly dry.

Overall, it's a nice DIPA. The honey and blueberry adjuncts act as grace notes and do not dominate the flavor, which is a very fine thing.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a strange color, at first glance it is almost reddish orange but upon a closer look it is orangish with a blue/purple hue. a two to three finger purplish-white head, with strong retention and a strong frothy lacing behind. completely opaque and hazy.

Smell: a hoppy fruitiness, ranging from juicy berries to grapes. toasted grains and slight sweetness.

Taste: opens with hops, a mix between white grapes, tropical fruit, and herbs to lemon grass. malts come through a bit with slight toasted grains. some honey-like soft sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium to full-bodied. moderately strong bitterness that lingers a bit. sweetness comes through nicely to balance. fairly dry and nicely refreshing.

Overall: a very nice DIPA. I like the uniqueness of it. This is a hard hop profile to nail down but Pipeworks nailed it. the blueberry is hard to pick out specifically but I can see it influence in the color easily and can place its influence on the taste.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to snifter, batch 717/18

Pours a hazy golden red with a half finger of foam that disippates pretty quickly to a frothy ring. Lacing isn't bad

Smells great. Lots of catty tropical fruits behind sweet blueberry. A little bready malt on the finish with some alcohol. Not much of the honey comes through

Taste follows, lots of tropical notes along with catty pine and a touch of blueberry. The blueberry comes through on the after taste with a bit of honey. A touch of malt and alcohol at the very end

Feel is a moderate body, moderate bitterness. Alcohol is concealed, sips well

Overall really impressed. Blueberry and honey are light on the back and the front is Pliny-esque

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Photo of PEDXING
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber, almost looks like a red IPA. Aroma is fruity, a little piney. Flavor a little more piney; can really taste the honey; I really didn't get a blueberry flavor until several minutes after finishing it, and that might be in my head? If it's actually there, it's way on the back end. Really crisp and smooth, not malty like a lot of IIPAs can get. This was my first Pipeworks, and wow, I want more.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass. Not the most attractive pour - essentially a rusted orange/yellow. A faint blue hue on the head? Solid aroma, but nothing remarkable for an IPA. This beer earns its 'stinger' on taste. Fantastically clean and crisp mingled with perfect sweetness. Don't specifically taste blueberries but it does not matter. Wish I had more. Pipeworks can't miss right now with their hop game.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The scent is dominated with resin, but sugar, honey and blueberries are apparent. Tastes exactly the same. This is the first Imperial IPA from Pipeworks I've had that doesn't suck.

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Photo of stortore
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a Pipeworks snifter, some into a teku glass. Batch #717-718.

Pours a hazy, bright orange/amber, light head with a good amount of lacing. Smell is lead by fragrant citrusy hops, followed by the more dank Hallertau hops. Also picking up some malt, a little bit of a berry aroma- slightly more as it warms. Still not much, though. Taste has a good amount of bitterness at first blush, then is tamed by the malt and significant presence of the honey. Again, only a hint of the blueberries, but a little more towards the bottom of the bottle. But, the berries seem to mute some of the sweetness. Really like the Citra- Hallertau combo, great taste. Very smooth, good body, good aftertaste.

Another really enjoyable spawn of Square Grouper, very well constructed and blended. While the blueberries were not very apparent to me, they helped to make everything fit together. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazey puce color with big pillowy head. Great lacing. Citrusy hop nose with sugared fruit presence. Taste is a deffinative citrus and honey front, grapefruit mixed with tropical fruity notes, nice balanced malt presence, with light hint of blueberry at the back end. Very little bitterness clings the palate as more sweet notes linger. Dangerous at 9.5% abv. Pipeworks does it again with an interesting yet very tasty DIPA. A very nice brew that should be sought after!

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

22 oz. bottle, Batch #717/718 printed on the label. The latest DIPA creation from the masters at Pipeworks, this one an "Imperial India Pale Ale Brewed With Honey & Blueberries" per the label. Interesting bottle art, as always.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a juicy pinkish-purple tinted body, with about a finger of pinkish-purple-white bubbly head. Good scattered spotty lacing all over. Looks very unique and appealing.

S - A pleasant aroma, if somewhat restrained. The juicy blueberries are noticeable, as are the grapey / vinous Hallertau Blanc hops. Slight elements of grapefruit & pine, but the blueberries dominate. A fresh, fruity, & floral aroma.

T - Again, a very interesting and unique flavor profile. The addition of blueberries and wildflower honey works nicely with the grapey / vinous tendencies of the Hallertau Blanc hops. Grapefruit and piney bitterness imparted from the Citra. A slight tanginess / citrus element in there as well.

M - A very smooth & juicy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and extremely easy-drinking for the moderately high 9.50% abv. Apt carbonation.

Overall, another unique DIPA creation from Pipeworks. Would definitely like to see more variations of brews like this.

Pipeworks Killer Queen -----4/5.

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Killer Queen from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 150 ratings