Close Encounter | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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3.94/5
Very Good
424 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:
#6,109
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
424
pDev:
8.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
82
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 424 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czarkazm
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7.0% ABV printed on the can. Pours a dark chestnut brown color with some red highlights shining through. In the glass, it's black, topped with a dark tan head of tightly packed bubbles. The aroma provides qualities of both a stout and a hoppy ipa - as advertised. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, clementine, pine, deep roasted malts, milk chocolate, brown sugar, some coffee, and an underlying earthy/spicy hop smell. The mouth feel is medium-thin, heavily carbonated, with a creamy roast texture and good balance of bitterness from both a char flavor and the hops. In the taste, I get roast characteristics up front, a clean char, roasted espresso, dark chocolate, molasses sweetness, followed by the bitter citrus rind, resinous pine, earthiness, and slight tropical hops on the back end. A good black IPA overall, but lacks the thick mouth feel for me to consider this a hopped up stout.

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Photo of Nurt20
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Great lacing. Smells of dark malt, slight hops and little citrus.
Very big on the chocolate/nutty malt. A little licorice as well. Piney hops are abundant. Bitterness lingers. a medium body makes this an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AMCimpi
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roast and piney hops with a little fruit.

The flavor is roast chocolate malt with lots of piney fruity hops and a little black licorice. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy stout / black IPA.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robwestcott
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moestavern
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WiggyKGB
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of njcraftguy
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good stout but not great. Pours a nice dark color with light head. Tasty but nothing overly special. I love Pipeworks but this one left me a tiny bit disappointed - their IPA's and Ales are outstanding. Stouts don't seem to be their strength. Not a bad brew - but not one I'll seek out.

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

Photo of Leag0002
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirt286
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Philcassella
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 424 ratings
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