Quintessential | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by KDawg on 08-15-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 45
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 88.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of csparace
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 88.

Wheaty wiffs wight from the beginning. Very creamy smell with big vanilla notes. Pours a surprisingly clear lemon color with a white frothy head measuring in at a solid finger thick. No carbonation rises. Taste is similar to the smell. Creamy with a vanilla presence. Pretty darn smooth. A decent hop crunch sits on the tongue in the middle of it all. Slightly citrus as I start to notice some awesome lacing. Now the smell is reminding me of white chocolate. Not terribly sweet, but that seems to be a main idea. Balance is not outstanding, id like more wheat than I'm experiencing. As you'd expect, the 7.5% is hidden well. Carbonation levels in the mouth are satisfactory. The beer lingers pleasantly for an extended period. This specimen makes the cut.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, batch #88 2/20/13
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly hazy bright orange color. Soapy lacing. Faint really. Sticky lacing sheets left.

S: Certainly getting that bright citrus character. Orange peel. Lemon. Tangerine. The wheat malt bill pops out with those grassy hops.

T: Mild hop bitterness up front. Really soft. Some hints of spice and citrus. Medium malt bill. Those grassy hops are there. Dry crisp close. As mentioned, good summer beer.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

"There goes the quintessential Norton..." (I couldn't resist: Every tine I hear the word "quintessential" I think back to My Cousin Vinny.) This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises a bushel of fresh Valencia oranges, with a dash of coriander for variety's sake. It's incredibly simple, but also incredibly pleasant. The taste theoretically brings in more of the same, but now the oranges are less flesh and more rind, producing a pronounced bitterness that malingers for a while and is accentuated by some very green grassy notes that pop up from time to time. Throughout, a potentially pleasant (or, at least, inoffensive) taste experience turns into a mildly twisted version thereof. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, I gotta say that this beer just didn't do it for me. It came across as too bitter for is own good, and, to me, anyway, strayed from the "quintessential" idea of an American wheat ale.

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 28, bottled 8/21/12.

Huge fluffy head of white foam, lots of sticky lace all around the edges. After a few sips the foam breaks but retains itself well. Semi-hazy orange that glows faintly In the light.

Bready grains and grassy floral hop aroma, somewhat herbal and piney.
Mellow smooth feel, moderate bitterness, slight resiny slickness and a little bit of wheat in the aftertaste. Light hop flavors of dried citrus peel and botanicals. Easy to drink and refreshing. Pretty seamless for the style.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a nice golden color with a 1 finger off-white head. Small blotches and trails of lacing.

S- straw, light caramel, citrus and some pine.

T- bitter lemon zest, light caramel malts, lemon bitterness builds tHroughout with some pine t the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Wheat adds some nice creaminess.

O- very good pale wheat. Sort of a bigger lil sumpin sumpin. Bigger body and beer but could still drink on a hot day easily.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to thin cap but minimal lacing. Lightly hazed golden body with some slow-moving bubbles visible.

S - Intense tropical fruit hops, with a hint of orange zest as well. Mix of wheat and sugary pale malts rounds things out. Quite potent and enjoyable aroma.

T - Taste is similar, with a bit more citrus zest and hint of pine in addition to the tropical fruits. Some wheat and yeast in the finish, along with moderate bitterness.

M - Pleasant carbonation, medium bodied, with a lightly grainy texture. Surprisingly minimal alcohol presence for a 7.5% ABV beer.

D - Really easy to drink, and a nice take on the style. A bit too pricey to drink over Gumballhead but I'd certainly order this again if I saw it on-tap somewhere. Another well-made hoppy offering from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Treebs
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared the other day. Bomber served in a FW tulip.

A: Pours an apricot color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a heavy ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Sweet fruit and grass. Tropical fruit notes with some slightly tart peach yogurt. Great cracked wheat as well.

T: Sweet fruity berries and tropical melon. Peach notes with grassy undertone and light wheat body.

M: Light to medium bodied with a semi sweet wheat finish with a nice lively carbonation. Easily drinkable.

O: The nose on this guy was huge and it was really great. Great hop bite and easily drinkable, even at 7.50%.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow/straw color with a finger of frothy head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Huge aromas of wheat, citrus fruits, and some grass.

Taste: Sweet and fruity, following the nose quite nicely. The wheat is not over the top. Wheat and bready malt as it finishes with a slight hop quality.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp, and adequate carbonation.

Overall: A really wonderful wheat that has much more flavor than most. Only question mark is the high abv.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pleasant shade of yellowish-amber in color. Only a slight haziness. Forms a large fluffy white head that leaves a copious amount of lacing.

S: Rather aromatic. Lots of citrus, though predominantly orange with a nice wheat, bready quality to it.

T: Taste starts off with with a mix of mild pale malts, some wheat, then a citrus hops. Unfortunately, it then takes a turn for the worse. with tastes of toast and earth. Finishes dirty.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Toasty. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: This beer starts off great with a wonderful aroma and citrus hops, but then it just drops off with a dirty, earthy quality that didn't blend well with the juicy, citrus notes.

So far this has been my least favorite beer from Pipeworks.

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Photo of KDawg
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with a small head.

Fresh and balanced with aromas of wheat and grains with some herbs and hops.

Medium bodied with a very smooth feel. Well balanced with really good notes of wheat, fresh herbs, and a nice cereal finish.

This was really enjoyable. Fresh and crisp with a really good feel. There is an herbal/grassy quality to it that I liked, but may not work for everyone.

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Quintessential from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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