Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Imperial IPA
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
Jul 30, 2018
Aug 02, 2016
Notes: Pipeworks Grüngeist may be the most illusive shadow warrior. This phantom fighter trained at the Hop Head Farms school in the interstitial space between the known and the unknown. Sightings of the specter on shelves is an omen of incredible white flower aroma and peachy hop flavor, but only if you possess the clairvoyance to procure the palatable poltergeist featuring the hop Grüngeist! Wiz-ee-wig!
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Rated: 4.09 by lochef81 from Michigan

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jul 02, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by broadway848 from New York

Jan 28, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of lychee fruit are present in the nose—they were so powerful that I got a sniff of them as soon as I poured a glass and without holding my nose over it.
T: The taste has flavors of lychee, oranges, and peaches with virtually no associated hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA is extremely “juicy” but has virtually no bitterness nor discernible alcohol flavors. As such, it is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by drstalker from Illinois

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by Niqk from Illinois

Dec 16, 2017
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Reviewed by bnes09 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Light orange color with ample white head. Bright flower, tropical aroma. Hop character is mostly tropical with nice apricot notes. Not overly bitter and more fruity/juicy overall. Creamy, medium body with plenty of soft bubbles. Very nice palate and drink overall.
Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by eppCOS from Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dig it. Bought 2 bombers of this at West Lakeview Liquors, no bottle date, no info, so have no idea how old it was, but in line with what you'd expect from PW. Smooth, balanced, slightly sweet and dank, proper to the IIPA and their more than usual 9.5% weight (how do they do it?). Appearance is golden-hazy, but nothing too turbid. Unfiltered, but not chunky, perfectly disguises the booze and its own weight. Has a peach-pit profile to the hops, not too malty. Loved it for its style. But I think I'd rather drink just a regular N v U on most days. Still glad I bought them.
Nov 27, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Nov 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Nov 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Spinaltapped from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Drank out of a Transient Artisan Ales Tulip glass.

Look: Poured with two fingers non-dissipating creamy white-yellow head, beautiful thick ring lacing, cloudy as all hell, mostly opaque as a result, good amount of slow moving down-up carbonation.

Smell: Bright candied citrus, canned mandarin orange packed in syrup, lychee, nectarine, peach cobbler or sweet pastry, light pine, a decent heap of resin. I'd say the aroma is much more towards the citrus end than what I would consider traditionally 'grungy', but it's one of the most unique smelling IPAs I've had recently.

Taste: Candied citrus on the front followed by a blast of pine and lingering resinous bitterness, lemon. A bit unbalanced, but I think this may be an older batch. The 'grungiest' aspect comes out a lot more in the back palate, so there is a good punch of grassy/pine/vegetal flavors. Almost feel like this would have worked better as a single IPA so the sweetness was less overbearing.

Feel: A typical Pipeworks IIPA which is to say, GREAT mouthfeel. Medium bodied, good balance of carbonation, slick, a tad coating. Good job.
Jan 26, 2017
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into a sniffer. Bottled 9/1/16, had 9/12/16.

Pours quite yellow and lager looking, mostly clear, with a half inch head and a trailing ring of foam. A little cloudier on the second pour. The smell brings a variety of citrus- pineapple. lemon, some tangerine. Also some malt, yeast. light resin, peaches. The taste replicates the pineapple, lemon, peaches and light resin. Light malt, grapefruit shows here, slightly peppery. Some hop bitterness throughout, not strong. Smooth. refreshing. well carbonated, light bodied but not thin.

A really different hop/flavor profile, very enjoyable. Not at the top of my list for the Ninja series, but still above average and well worth a purchase.
Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois

Nov 07, 2016
Rated: 4 by OneEye78 from Texas

Nov 02, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerGuy8315 from Iowa

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bomber into a snifter. No bottle date evident.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-orange color with a one inch, frothy, paper white head with good retention. Thick, billowy, white lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of citrus including grapefruit and orange rind. Somewhat earthy/grassy notes accompanied by piney hops. Slight floral elements as well.

T: Begins with notes of grapefruit and other citrus fruits followed by piney and earthy hop bitterness. As the beer warms, notes of pineapple, mango, and orange purée come through.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a good DIPA. Fruity, but well balanced with earthy hops. Very drinkable. Would like to have tried this fresher.
Nov 02, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by johunnic from Illinois

Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by chicagobeerguy from Illinois

Oct 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Kurmaraja from California

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of the champs of the ninja series. The look is solid - spotty rather than real lacing. But aroma and flavor pop with dank tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is soft and round but not mushy; there are still boundaries here. One of the best hoppy beers Pipeworks.
Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by majorlance from Illinois

Oct 25, 2016
Rated: 4.32 by REVZEB from Illinois

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 15, 2016
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Immense Thanks & Maximum Respect to Ms Hopgoddess312 for this gem
Pours a burnished brass with an astounding clarity capped by a generous fluffy head of 3 fingers. This settles to a consistent half inch of milky froth that leaves a sticky trail of lace.
Smells pop forward with a burst of juicy tropical fruits with an underscore of peach, and hints of orange rind.
Taste is easier to pull apart than the nose. Starts with a melange of tropical and citrus. Some pineapple and earthy mango come through first but the citrus marches right in with some orange, and subtle lemon in the background. There's also a really juicy peach whispering in the back of my mouth, almost reaching up the back of my throat trying to recharge the olfactory aspect of this beer. As it warms, a hint of onion comes through as well. For a DIPA, this is a sipper. A LOT is going on here, and it's all good.
Mouthfeel is spot on. Smooth drink with a slight hint of warmth from the alcohol.
Overall, a solid DIPA. I don't know if the slight onion notes were what they were shooting for on the end, or if I perceived something that wasn't there. I'd do better without it, but it was subtle.
Oct 15, 2016
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle served in a Blue Moon shaker pint (I'm at my in-laws, my glassware's slightly nicer). I couldn't find a date on the bottle in the store, and decided to take a chance anyway. I'm not in Chicago often.

Pours clear yellow with a fairly good sized white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a medium sized layer that looks like it's trying to climb up the sides. Smell is piney and citrus. Some leafiness. Definitely some lemon.

Taste is lemon/citrus, a little floral (actually, a lot of what I call honeysuckle sweetness).

Mouthfeel is something else. Creamy and rich and fluffy. Overall, very nice.
Oct 13, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Timato from Colorado

Oct 11, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by Pletser from Belgium

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Oct 08, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Damian74 from South Carolina

Oct 06, 2016
Rated: 2.25 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Oct 02, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by FBarber from Illinois

Oct 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by BeerOps from Illinois

Oct 01, 2016
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass no bottled on date.

A: Huge soapy chunky white head. Body is a pale orange with fairly good clarity, slight haze.

S: Tons of sweet tangerine candied resinous smell. Very citrus forward with a n almost butterscotch sweetness on the end.

T: That tangerine comes through, but also an overripe melon taste of cantaloupe. Not very bitter nice sweetness. A little hey sneaks out as well.

M: Medium body, surprisingly low carbonation. This could be due to the aggressive pour

O: A very nice juicy fruity hopped beer. I have never experienced this hope before but if you like Simcoe cross bred with maybe Citra you will enjoy this hope. I would drink this again.
Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 29, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by dabear85 from Illinois

Sep 28, 2016
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on September 25, 2016.
Sep 25, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by sahd-1 from Illinois

Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Sep 22, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by CSO from Illinois

Sep 20, 2016
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