A Real Gem
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,992
Ranked #39,005
3.43 | pDev: 13.41%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Oat IPA with Guava

So much fresh guava went into this textured IPA. This beer has a creamy texture bursting with an intensely tropical bouquet. The hops we used in this, mosaic and heull melon, bring support and structure to the guava and oat malt based beer. All around, it is a real gem even if it's not a real gem.
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Reviews by RollDamnTide:
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4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of MilaMila
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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Photo of NelCet
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mush
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLover99
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

L: Tan, yellow with tons of big thick floating yeast or something.

S: Big fresh guava, refreshing.

T: Hard to get past gobs of chucky sediment. Solid bitter and sweet blend.

F: med body, light oily but not dank. Just too much big thick sediment, roughly an inch thick at the bottom.

O: I love Pipeworks, have tried a ton of their beers, and will continue to try their delicious brews. I have also enjoyed plenty of beers with sediment. I think I got a really bad batch, perhaps bottle of the barrel. If they were going for floating gems kind of vibe like the can. They nailed it.

After nearly 20 years of loving craft beer, this is only the 3rd or 4th time, I had odd bottle or bad brew experience.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, no apparent freshness date. Clumpy and curdled looking yellow-golden colored ale with a thin beige head. Not sure why so many lumps and clumps - it looks quite awful. Sweet tropical guava aroma is much more pleasant than its appearance. Sweet and tart in flavor with the guava predominant; mango, grapefruit, melon, and oat mix in. I let the clumps settle into a sediment, so the top is good, but as I get to the bottom it's lumpy and I feel like I need to chew the beer - not cool. Finish is bittersweet and tart. I'd pass on this one. Definitely not worth the $4.50 I spent on a can tfhat I can only drink half of. Sarcastically this is a real gem. I expect better from Pipeworks. Just a little filtration would have redeemed this one.

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Photo of defunksta
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It pours a pale, hazy yellow color with a strong but light white head that fades. There is visible sediment that settles at the bottom of the glass.
Aroma: Complex aroma of guava, pineapple, banana, strawberry, canteloupe, honeydew.
Flavor: It's a little different flavor. Stonger strawberry, melon, and citrus on the flavor. A decent amount of unripened pineapple bitterness on the backend. Still light and not dank.
Feel: Extremely lighter bodied and crisp. Not creamy. Lacking in carbonation. Finishes mildly bitter.

Overall: This is a nice summer creation. Strawberry, guava, and light tropical flavors. Really makes you feel on a sandy beach. Much lighter and crisper than expected. Yet there is visible sediment that settles in this beer which I am not familiar with. Must be oats or something grainy, but it is not creamy. I think most people will prefer a creamier offering, but this one pushes the style with trialing a crispier summer style. Not one I would seek out, but for the summer it fits the bill.

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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NappyB
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love pipeworks and many of their beers. This one is just a bad miss. Almost like a hybrid between a sour and an IPA. The flavors just don't mesh. After a few sips that was enough.

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Photo of FBarber
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a disclaimer, I saw the reports of the beer separating with large amounts of sludge in the bottom of the can so I was careful to not get any of that in the glass when I poured this.

Pours a cloudy yet bright gold color. Thin, weak white head dissipates quickly leaving nothing behind. Nothing, nada. Even with a partial pours lots of chunky yeasty floaters

Aroma is ridiculously pungent with strong guava notes. In fact, it just smells like guava juice ... slightly tart, quite sweet. Did I open a box of Jumex? No malts ... no hops ... just juice. Smells great, just the juice is too strong.

Taste has notes of ... you guessed it! Guava juice. Sweet guava fruit juice with some slightly bitter hops on the back end. The hops provide some bite on the back, but the balance is still skewed so far on the fruit juice side.

Feel is medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Smooth with a prickly carbonation.

Overall, even as unbalanced a beer as this is, its pretty tasty especially for these hotter months. If they work out some of the kinks in this one it could be a really nice beer.

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Photo of Brew_Betty
2.61/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

L - poured out like yellow beer mixed with cottage cheese. Let the pour settle for about 30 minutes the first time. This beer was 25% yeast.

S - Huge aroma of guava, apricot and mint. Pretty sure some fruit concentrates are used and dosed with ham fists.

T - Guava and strawberry with a chemical finish that lasted for days. Can't drink more than one pint in a sitting. Total palate wrecker in the worst way.

F - Tart. Dry. Artificial.

O - Probably the worst beer I've had in a long time. Certainly the worst so called NEIPA I've ever had. This catastrophe was $20/4 pints. I've had an adequate supply of overpriced Pipeworks' botched beers to write them off for a loooong time. Bye Pipeworks!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on June 19, 2019. Oat IPA brewed with guava. Smell is tropical fruit. Taste is guava. Feel is creamy.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Released 6/14/19; drank 7/5/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance (NOTE: I had heard the detritus was out of control with this beer, so I poured VERY careful & stopped about 75% of the way through).

A slow pour yielded a small white head; almost no lace.

Guava, strawberry & pink lemonade notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Guava & strawberry flavors; a bitter, aspirin-like finish.

This smelled great & the taste up front was awesome, but there was a pill-like bitterness that killed this...and this was WITHOUT the incredibly prolific detritus in the glass. An interesting mis-fire.

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A Real Gem from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 13 ratings