Close Encounter | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83.4%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 416 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

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…

Added by MasterSki on 03-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,599
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
416
Liked:
347
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
8.38%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
79
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Tbone2131
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of smutty33
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of runeatdrink
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papposilenus
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, dated 03/06/17. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours opaque mahogany-black with garnet highlights and an untameable four-finger-plus head of whipped mocha pouffiness. Retention is exceptional and leaves fat wads of clumping lacing.

Nose is disappointingly faint. A little bit of charred grain and something metallic.

Tastes of roasted-to-the-point-of-burnt grains, bitter chicory, burnt spilt coffee, toast scrapings and dusty bookbindings. Finishes with a little orange oil and lemon pith and a lot of charred, bitter chicory.

Feel is clean and dry, medium-thin bodied and well carbonated.

Overall, well, I wish I had had this a month or two ago. There was little hop character left here at the three month mark and, in fact, it drank pretty much like a good but rather thin-bodied porter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, roasted malts, coffee and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character up front that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus, chocolate and coffee. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on date of 03/06/17

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Tan, frothy two-finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of film across the surface. Strong lacing, with broken layers of sheeting found around the glass.

Smell - Roasty malt notes with hints of smoke and chocolate, off-set by some leafy, floral and slightly citric hoppiness.

Taste - Roasted malts as found in the nose, though the hops are more earthy, with just a hint of leaf. Hints of chocolate and citrus emerge mid-taste. Finish is slight roast and ash with lingering earth and faint pithy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with soft carbonation, making for a slightly creamy texture before turning slightly dry in the finish.

Overall - A pretty damn good India Black Ale. Hops could be a little more aggressive, but then this can is nearing the 3 month mark. This is a pretty hard style to master, it seems, so a commendable effort from Pipeworks here. I would definitely like to try it again, especially if I could find one a little more fresh.

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

Photo of SmangTown
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Roasty, hoppy, smooth. Big fan of beers that have an identity crisis - piney/citrusy stouts and roasty IPAs especially. Picked up a couple tall-boys and enjoyed within six weeks of canning. Beautiful black body with a lumpy khaki head that lingers for a long while; you can scoop it up with spoon if that's your thing. Big roasty, smoky aroma out of the can. Not picking up much pine or citrus on the nose. Taste is nicely roasty and bitter - chocolate, coffee grounds, smoke, burnt toast and light pine on the backend. Creamy mouthfeel with a full body. No alcohol heat. Easy drinker but more stout than IPA.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Black in color with just a hint of light seeping through. There's a massive and dense brown head on top. Light to moderate lacing. The aroma is of bitter dark malt. I'm tasting plenty of dark malt. In fact I'm really trying to search out the hop aroma and flavor as it says it is a black IPA on the can. I'm picking up a faint grassy to pine flavor at the back of the palate. The mouth is fairly dry and lightly sticky.

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

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

Photo of Abbott
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of agreenman19
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

A: Poured from the pint-sized can into a Duvel tulip. Body is black - on the pour and in the glass - with a half-finger tan head. Leaves behind some lace.

S: Faint nose. Modest grainy malt, some charcoal, some chocolate malt and piney hops.

T: Roasted barley malt, roasted coffee beans, burnt charcoal and some smoke and ash. Touch of milk chocolate sweetness arrives mid-palate. Finishes with a modest piney hop bitterness that battles with the char/ash flavors for dominance.

M: First impression is that it's on the thin side - Porter-like, I thought - though after a few sips and the palate adjusts, it doesn't seem quite so thin anymore. Carbonation is appropriate; a little subdued.

O: Good. A black IPA that leans toward the charcoal/smoke/ash/roasty side of the equation. Not the perfect version of a black IPA as far as my taste buds are concerned, but solid.

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Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.4% out of 100 with 416 ratings
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