Spotted Puffer
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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From:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #87
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #722
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 8.24%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
376
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 09, 2022
Added:
Jun 10, 2015
Wants:
  173
Gots:
  45
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Imperial IPA with passion fruit, honey, and Citra hops.

The first fresh fishie is finally in cans! Same recipe, but now in a new format - we're so stoked that Spotted Puffer is back with a fresh look! This beer is brewed with tart and tropical passion fruit puree, balanced with wild flower honey, and packed with aroma from late addition Citra hops. It's a tasty and smooth beer.
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Rated by T_Blizzy from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
As expected,,, another well balanced dipa from pw
Sep 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by sd123 from Georgia

Jul 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Samnem from Georgia

May 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by DruC4 from Michigan

Nov 13, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled summer 2015 ("batch 744-745"); drank 6/27/15 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque pale orange appearance.

HUGE fluffy white head; a frothy curtain of lace.

Guava & faint honey notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Guava & honey flavors up front; grapefruit bite on the finish. No booze heat.

A tasty, nicely balanced DIPA.
Oct 08, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice imperial IPA from brewery that’s new to me. Tasty and refreshing, easy to drink and crisp - just a little disappointing considering the other amazing reviews here. Looks good, honeyed yellow-orange color with a little white head and very scant lingering lacing. Smells of ripe mango, passionfruit, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine. Also some weaker malt, vanilla, bread and herbal hops. Tastes similarly, good clean slightly juicy feel but again I was a little let down by the lack of intensity, complexity and depth. The higher ABV was very well hidden. Didn’t really detect much honey. Slightly sticky, mild, smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation. An enjoyable beer, just not one of my top imperial IPAs.
Aug 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.98 by vande from Illinois

Aug 12, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by Hop_God from California

Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois

Aug 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by BarrelAgedG from California

Aug 09, 2019
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can, date stamped 07/19/2019. Deep copper-amber colored DIPA with a foamy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. Bold tropical passion fruit aroma with caramel, honey, pine, and mango. Insanely juicy and tropical with bold & tart passion fruit leading the dominance on the palate; guava, mango, melon, sweet honey, and caramel, meld in well. Full body, ample carbonation, more sweet than bitter on the finish, alcohol burns the throat a bit, which aids in taking the sweetness away. Overall, this didn't meet expectations. It has some great flavors but seems to be too sweet at times and too harsh at times - I think it's the passion fruit. It was still good, but a bit of a disappointment given the price and it's high BA score.
Jul 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.26 by cpbadhair from California

May 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by porters4life from Illinois

Apr 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Its_Dipset_Eyy from California

Apr 04, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
6/23/2018
Jan 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by cp45 from New Jersey

Aug 21, 2018
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Rated by Badger2121 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tropical fruit on the nose and taste. Super solid ipa.
Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Jul 11, 2018
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer wasgden orange in color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was light was citrus notes and hops.

Taste - The initial impression includedmango, honey, and a spicy bitterness toward the back. The spice and citris overtones continue in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The beer had an exceptionally full mouthfeel that the carbonation struggled to penetrate.

Overall - It is not Pipeworks’ best IPA, but very solid.
Jul 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Jun 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by Chris7482 from Illinois

Jun 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jun 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jun 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by BAsbill from California

Jun 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by jschott75 from Illinois

Jun 16, 2018
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Reviewed by DavidR_9 from California

4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very passion fruit and lime like juice forward. Definitely a tart component in the middle followed by some hop bitterness. Very fresh and juicy/bitter with restrained malt profile. Alcohol hidden completely. The passion fruit puree is a bit overbearing for me but I could see this brew being balanced differently batch to batch.
Jun 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by Atodd21 from Illinois

Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Jun 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

Jun 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Dec 15, 2017
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours hazy with an amber hue and a one inch cap; shards of lacing hang around

Smell: Pineapple, orange and passion fruit with a hint of honey

Taste: Orange forward, with overripe pineapple building; the passion fruit adds a jammy bitterness; there are some mead-like honey tones that emerge, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I found this bottle in the back of the fridge and it could well be a couple of years old; still drinkable but I will need to try a fresher version to rate this more accurately
Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.3 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Aug 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Jun 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Jun 24, 2017
Spotted Puffer from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 444 ratings