Ubiquitous Pale Ale | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Florida9 on 08-06-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 47
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 43
A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a rocky light beige head that takes up half the glass. It sticks to the class in sheets and is supported by a tiny carbonation.

S- The plastic note turns into a new sneaker hint and is taken over by a slight yeasty green hop aroma that finishes with a bit of a caramel malt hint popping through.

T- The spicy hops note leads to a creamy pale malt flavor that changes to a green pungent hop finish. There is some woody hop character to the finish with a cardamom quality to the hops as it opens.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz in the finish.

O- This is a nice easy sipping pale ale with a spicy pungent hop flavor that takes on an odd plastic smell. This just got put on the shelves at the local Binny’s and I didn’t realize it was from batch 43 until I cracked it open. I hope to find a fresher sample and re review.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip glass. Dark golden color, a bit cloudy with nice two finger head. Leaves alot of lacing around glass.

Aroma pungent pine, resin and citrus rind with some slight sweet malt overtones.

Taste more muted than the aroma. A quick burst of intense hops and clean finish with very little malt overtones. Very creamy that backs off the bitterness but not too sweet, real balanced.

Medium bodied beer, good carbonation with clean finish. Very drinkable like a a pale ale so was surprised by the ABV on the bottle.

An excellent example. Probably my second favorite Pale Ale after 3F Zombie Dust. Another winner in my back yard. I wish the ABV was lower, like 5-6%:).

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

This particular beer ain't as ubiquitous out here in the "Burbs... Anyway, it pours a clear brass topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, dirty toffee (this makes more sense in my head than it does on the screen...but I've got no other way to put it...), and pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toffee isn't as straightforward as in the smell; rather, it starts off somewhat subtle and increases in intensity as time progresses. The hops, though well-balanced with the toffee, maintain a healthy brightness throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid, enjoyable, and true-to-form pale ale. Nicely done, gentlemen...

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 27, bottled 8/2/12.

Ubiquitous indeed, a classic style done right in this case.

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer has a foggy glowing haze to it, saturated orange in color. Long lasting creamy foam and a series of concentric rings of lace adhere to the glass.

Citrusy orange peel, light florals, a touch spicy. Hop driven all the way, but nuanced.

Smooth, medium bodied, creamy feel with a moderate and persistent hop bitterness. Earthy, aspirin, leafy green botanicals. Pine and resins, finishes dry and clean with a kiss of pale malt and popcorn kernels. Carb is light, allowing the hop character to take center stage. Overall a highly drinkable American Pale Ale.

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Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a solid orange/gold color with a nice and foamy head.

There is a good dose of hop driven notes with aromas of citrus, oranges, pine cones and some pineapples as well.

Medium bodied with a lot of fresh flavors. Balanced, but slightly clipped on the finish with notes of pineapples, citrus, oranges and some florals as well.

A really good pale ale. It is in IPA abv territory, but really delicious. Too bad the finish is a bit clipped for me, but this is a really good hop forward brew.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden-straw body with a generous head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Grainy and earthy with some floral notes.

Taste: A bit of citrus fruit is balanced with a grainy malt backbone. Definitely a grass/earth bitterness as it finishes.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, well-carbonated, and a dry finish.

Overall: I didn't get the fruity hop character that I've experienced with most Pipeworks beers and it left me slightly disappointed. Too grainy for me.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a FW tulip. Batch #27.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head. Airy with good retention. Nice sticky lace is left down the glass.

S: Grassy hops with light tree fruit, berry and some sweet cracker malts.

T: Grassy hops with a sweet, fruity undertone. There is an assertive hop bitterness that comes ou mid palte, but the sweet cracker malts cut the bitternes to balance it out.

M: Light bodied with a nice bubbly carbonation. The finish is slightly drying in nature.

O: Great balance to this guy. I really like the bitter hop bite that showed up in the middle as it added a nice layer of flavor to the over profile.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip. Batch 27.

A- Pours a hazy golden with a 2" off-white head. Big mountains of lacing remain on the glass.

S-Caramel, lots of citrus (grapefruit, pineapple, lemon), pine and some wheat.

T- Nice pale malt and caramel flavors, citrus, some wheat, pine/earthy hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. The wheat gives a nice creamy feel to this beer.

O- Very solid pale/ipa. Nice citrus and caramel flavors and the wheat adds a nice layer.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into Duvel tulip; Batch 27 consumed on 8/15/12.

My custom is to smell the bottle immediately after opening: wow! Citrus City from the first wiff! Was curious to see how this would turn out, listed as a PA at 7.5%. After the pour (amber, generous eggshel head), malt backbone comes out in the nose (bready). Down the hatch, great citra presence. I get a bit of funk on the palate on the back end of this one, similar to the back end of a beer from NW IN with the initials of ZD (my frent!).

If this was to become my go-to beer, I'd be a fortunate & happy man. Go get some!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - Creamy white foam settles to a thick cap and some thin splotches of lace. Hazed golden body with a nice glow to it.

S - Lots of bitter grapefruit and piney hops. Doughy malts, with a touch of caramel and toasted grains. Good punch, but somewhat East Coast in the hop profile.

T - Taste is also heavy in bright citrus, herbs and pine, fairly neutral bread and grain malts with low sweetness. Moderate bitterness.

M - Zesty and slightly high carbonation, medium body, quite dry, with some resinous hop oils lingering. Not much alcohol even though this is on the high end for the style.

D - It's ubiquitous alright, but pretty enjoyable and well executed. Not my preferred hop profile, but I imagine others will enjoy this quite a bit.

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Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, darker shade of gold in color. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick and stable surface coating. Leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S: moderately aromatic with a blend of piney and citrus hops, a touh of orange and a bit of caramel malt and bread. There is a slight pungent note as well.

T: starts off with a moderate caramel malt backbone, before the hops really start to show through. Lots of pine, a bit of pine resin, some citrus, and a touch of sweet orange on the finish.

M: medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness. On the drier side.

O: Well, this might not be the best IPA I've ever come across, but it certainly is on the better side of the spectrum. Malts are quite as light as a West Coast IPA, but they are restrained whereas there hopping is quite generous. A respectable beer and quite the easy drinker.

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Ubiquitous Pale Ale from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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