Dark Matter Machine
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
Cream Ale
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 10.43%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
38
From:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by mfnmbvp:
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no bottled date. Delivered to stores 2 days ago. Fresh. "Coffee Cream Ale" "Iteration 1.0". Pipeworks collaboration with their friends at Dark Matter. Acquired for a good price, too - $6.99 for the bomber.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a hazy deep golden body, good clarity, with 1 finger of frothy soapy white head that lingers as a ring and a surface skimming. Leaves good scattered soapy lacing. Apt carbonation. Looks good for what it is. 4

S - An interesting aroma, if a bit light on the coffee. Notes of golden grains, wheat, some earthy lager yeast, with a very distinct crispness added from the coffee beans - notes of freshly grinded roastiness / nuttiness, cream, vanilla, along with some soft subtle notes of citrus on the back end. Very lightly fumey.

T - Taste is the same: strong grain bitterness, with freshly grinded nutty coffee beans coming in after. Soft notes of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, and an indistinct citrus fruit note on the end. What's here is good, but it could definitely use more coffee.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy. A light-medium body with good carbonation. Easy-drinking stuff with a moderate abv.

Overall, decent, but i'd say more coffee could be added next time.

Pipeworks Dark Matter Machine -----4/5.

Jun 09, 2016
More User Reviews:
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spycow from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jul 03, 2016
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hoosier222002 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 01, 2016
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imperialking from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 12, 2018
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jul 05, 2016
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 28, 2016
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thinwhiteduke from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 24, 2016
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 13, 2016
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socon67 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 06, 2017
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 19, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin brown.

Pungent coffee character and grassy hop aromas.

Hmm, at first sip I already know I'm not going to finish my glass. The strong coffee character in the aroma definitely comes through in flavor as well, but the mix of coffee and this style, not a good choice. It's prickly carbonation and lager like flavor with strong herbal/grassy hops, mixed with coffee is quite terrible.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, thin.

Overall, not going to lie this was a drain pour, pass on this.

Apr 21, 2018
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hilgart1 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 15, 2016
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NateMac13 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 20, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 5/30/16.

Has a kind of golden color, a little darker away from the light. Mostly clear, with a one and a half finger head, some creamy lacing. Lots of streaming bubbles on the first pour. Looks like a lager. Not a strong aroma, some coffee- a little stronger as it warms, a little bready, crackers, light malt and yeast. The taste leads with the coffee, although it's certainly not strong. Light malt, some hops, yeast, again a little bready. A light sweetness up front, some bitterness on the finish. Crisp, refreshing, fairly dry.

Ths is not a style I normally seek out, but this is a really good example of it. Liked it more as the bottle emptied. The coffee is definitely a positve addition. Another creative and solid effort from Pipeworks. Great price point, so give it a try.

Jun 26, 2016
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RichH55 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2016
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Davit from California

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 12, 2016
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jschott75 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 26, 2016
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Eziel from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 23, 2016
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bcm75 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 01, 2016
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rossracing from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 01, 2016
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ahbithwabm from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jun 20, 2016
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kidzord from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jun 22, 2016
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Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 01, 2016
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jgunther71 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 13, 2016
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lanciloti from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 04, 2016
Dark Matter Machine from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 38 ratings