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Close Encounter | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
420 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:
#5,866
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
420
pDev:
8.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
80
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 420 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Cath
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i cant imagine anyone not liking this. although i think its more black ipa than stout, its awesome beer, rich in flavor and feel, and another example of why pipeworks is so awesome. i see multiple listings here, and the label has changed on the four pack of pint cans this year, but i reckon the beer is the same. i love the beer, it looks like a porter, almost a porter on nitro, with a huge and dense micro bubble grayish tan head with excellent retention and well defined rings when i sip on it. it smells like centennial or some other heavy high alpha northwestern varietal, oils and sap, foresty and huge, and only exacerbated by a bigger dark malt grain base with some burnt coffee and soily notes, like compost and wet organic matter, growing medium, i bet this beer would sprout some seeds pretty well. almost no sugar in the flavor either, the only sweetness there is that honey hop thing, piney and awesome, but more than tempered by the bitterness of the dark malt. raw cocoa and unbrewed coffee grinds on the base, but flush and full, like some oats are involved too. i like these guys a lot, they sort of gender-bend some styles, but all of it is distinct and well done, and i am so glad they have found their way to colorado. this is one of the more interesting and delicious four packs i have procured in awhile. killer beer here!

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Srbelow
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shawner
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OsoRojo
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of thepenguin
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a lighter shade of black with a small creamy tan head. Good foam retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Coming awful close to a Black IPA. Resinous hop notes of pine with some grapefruit, paired with some dark roasted malts.

T: On the drier side with very assertive piney hops and some dry roastiness. Has a long bitter finish with resinous hops giving way to .

F: Medium-light body with medium-plus carbonation.

Thoughts: Not a terrible beer but it really comes too close to a Black IPA without offering much nuance. It’s a bit too dry and light, and all around one-dimensional.

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

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

Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

16 ounce can into snifter, no can dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and roast/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Black IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

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

Photo of ryanflc
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GDawgs34
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 420 ratings
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