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
Reviews by mfavoino:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of sgoro
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hornsup
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of aussiebeer
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ak555667
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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3.91 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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