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Close Encounter | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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3.94/5
Very Good
420 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…

Added by MasterSki on 03-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,887
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
420
pDev:
8.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
80
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 420 |  Reviews: 79
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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Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cfalls
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jaxon53
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GtBoros
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved the creamy richness.

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on February 4, 2017. Canned on 1/23/17. Look is nearly black with a thick tan head and sticky lacing. Smell and taste is almost all roasted malt and very little hop flavor. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 1/21/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; a curtain of lace.

Orange citrus & roasted coffee bean notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & roasted coffee bean flavors up front; creamy oat notes on the finish. Stout my ass, this is a(n above average) black IPA.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Close Encounter indeed looks like something from outer space - deep space. The beer is a virtual black hole; not only does this inky liquid emit no light but it snuffs out hue and transparency entirely, even when held directly against IKEA's finest, brightest desk lamp. The closest thing to colour you'll get is the head, a semi-dark mocha brown.

I try not to let my personal tastes affect my reviews. I honestly like all varieties of beer and can appreciate and enjoy well brewed examples of even my least favourite styles. But I'll be open about it: the combination of leafy-green, resinous hops and roasty, espresso-like malt is one of my favourite flavour profiles. Period.

So my scores for Close Encounter - which blends citrus peels, pine and spruce tips with rich tiramisu and chocolate ganache notes - may be slightly inflated. But they are well deserved nonetheless. The brewer obviously spared no expenses when it comes to ingredients; malts and hops were both used with reckless abundance.

This is referred to as a "hopped up stout". No kidding. All the earthy, herbal characteristics of an IPA and all the decadent, roasty, mocha-laden malt of a stout are present, but they're bent and twisted up and put back together in a different order. Chinook blends with caramel and chocolate malt, Falconer's Flight with flaked wheat and roasted barley.

Pipeworks beers have catchy names and absolutely phenomenal artwork, but they aren't all as good as they sound/look. I had a number of their offerings on my 'want' list for years and was really disappointed after finally getting to try them. Mind you, that doesn't apply to Close Encounter - it's every bit as sexy as the busty space alien lady on its label.

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Photo of kkazemi
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of myuncle
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtk21351
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the can.

Appearance: Thin black body with an extra thick head rising at least one fingers length above the body. Drops after two or three sips, with slightly sticky lacing.

Smell: Hoppy scent, citrus skin and quite a bit floral.

Taste: heavy hops and quite bitter, still smooth to a sense but if you pay close attention you feel a light coffee hint to the brew.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation with crisp floral undertone.

Overall: Pipeworks might call this a stout, this my friend is a black IPA. Good brew no matter what just need to

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Photo of ibrubeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Sweet malty aroma. Opaque black color with tan head of tiny bubbles that lingers. Nice lacing. Very nice malty flavor with just enough bitterness to balance. A little sweet. Full bodied. Overall, a very nice stout!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Oil black colored pour, thin coffee colored head, lots of legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Earthy chocolate with light citrus.

T - Earthy, chocolate, and with a sweet bitter citrus finish.

M - Medium body, wet finish, slippery texture.

A - This is a confusing beer.

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