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Close Encounter | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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3.94/5
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453 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Close Encounter is a bold venture into depths unknown. The best of both worlds co-exist between a rich roasted malt er’n character and an aggressive hop presence that will probe your taste buds like +thing you have experienced before. Don’t fear the unknown, embrace it! You never know who or what you may encounter…

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,278
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
453
pDev:
8.38%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
88
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewme
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a single can as part of a mixed six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for $11.99. Canned-on date date of 12/17 (thanks Kappy's). Not my usual style, but decent brew, would like to try fresh.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerLover99
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a good-sized, light brown head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, pine and toasted caramel. Piney and bitter with a sweet caramel backbone.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger and a half high tan head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a little stronger flavors of dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The roasted flavors linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite crisp, and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Black IPA isn't as bitter and roasty compared to other beers in the style but is very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color where light barely passes through the center. Small head which finishes as rim bubbles. Some minor streaks on the glass for lace.

Mild aroma, almost imperceptible, of alcohol and deeply toasted malts.

The flavor starts off innocuous but by the swallow there's a strong near bitter malt and a definitive bittering hop presence. A positive step up from the smell. The body is appropriately thinner than most beers. Moderate carbonation. Overall, a surprisingly good ending to the taste.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flaskman
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an IPA glass. Looks black with a generous head. Smells like a stout on steroids with decent lacing. My first impression is that it tastes like a very good stout with plenty of hops. It reminds me of Beezlebub by Alchemist. The roasted malts are very present and complimented well by the hops. Aggressive but well balanced. I like it.

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3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown/black colour. Smells like chewy molasses and cocoa nibs, bitter, and roasted malts. Big flavoured, quite bitter, heavier body, pine-resin notes, bitterness coats the mouth, earthy spice, baking cocoa, bitter coffee, and burnt malt finish.

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Photo of morimech
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color that is black in the glass. A finger of dense, cocoa colored head forms. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Aroma that is a combination of herbal pine and cocoa. I can taste the black which is a good thing as some of these Black IPAs you cannot taste the darker malt. This also has a lot of hop flavor. I get pine, herbal with a bit of mint, and maybe even some spruce fruitiness. But this also feels a bit thin. It is a letdown.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark brown with a huge tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is very malt forward with slight cocoa notes. The flavor is burnt roasted coffee up front with a little hop bitterness in back. The feel is fine, well carbonated, but overall not a beer that I would purchase again.

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Photo of TooGood
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_if_you_can
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones
Dark brown bordering on black with an off white head that persists. Earthy resinous pine with a bready caramel and hint of choc and roast. Pretty nice Black IPA.

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Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 453 ratings