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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A storm is brewing and with it comes a wicked carnival of hops. The dark carnie leader’s skin is emlazoned with many a vine, including Columbus, Cascade, and Sorachi Ace. So whether you’re a Halloway or a Nightshade, you had better run, for with this carnival, Something Hoppy This Way Comes.

Added by MasterSki on 08-22-2012

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54
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371
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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Photo of ArrogantB
2.14/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle $9.99. Look sliek a typical DIPA, orange, good head. Aroma is weird and sweet like a dessert. Flavor was sickly sweet, reminded me of pound-cake or something. Myself and two others found this undrinkable and poured it right down the drain.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Batch #104

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice two fingers of frothy cream-colored foam.

Smell: Big lemon, grass, and onion notes hit the nose pretty hard. There's a nice layer of tropical fruit (pineapple and guava) lurking underneath but the onion and grass are so potent that it's hard to focus on and enjoy the sweeter, fruity aroma lying beneath.

Taste: Follows the nose unfortunately but minus the tropical fruit. Lemon, grass, more onion, dill, hints of lime and herbal spices with a thin caramel malt backbone. Buttery is not a term you should have to use in a beer review but that's exactly what this tasted like. Didn't pick up much alcohol, surprisingly.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, and quite smooth and velvety.

Overall, this one just didn't do it for me. I knew going in that it incorporated Sorachi Ace, a unique Japanese hop varietal known for imparting unusual aromas and flavors, but I wasn't sure how prevalent it would be. Something Hoppy was brewed with Columbus and Cascade hops as well but Sorachi unfortunately steals the show here. It's a personal preference but I'm just not a fan of this hop. I had heard people use "onion" as a descriptor in beer reviews before but this was the first time I'd actually encountered it for myself and it was a doozy.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #144, poured into pint

A: Translucent orange, slight white head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing remains as the beer is imbibed. Looks like a delicious, citrusy, IPA

S: It starts to get interesting. Lots of lemongrass, sweet creaminess, orange. There are slight buttery notes, really kinda smells like a Thai curry soup

T: Ugh, this is where it goes downhill. Tastes like drinking a buttered biscuit with lemon Halls melted inside. Very malty and buttery at first that quickly dissolves into a medicinal lemon taste. You get used to it like you get used to lemon cough drops. Not good.

M: Full bodied creamy mouthfeel that sticks to the tongue and palate. This would be an excellent thing if it tasted good so I will give this a good score....

O: It looks, smells, and feels like a best in show DIPA. Based on the color and mouthfeel, it looks as if I could be getting ready to enjoy a nice Double Jack. Unfortunately, upon smelling and drinking, I was immediately transported to Thailand to drink a rich, creamy, lemony, Thai yellow curry. While I love Thai food, a good DIPA these flavors do not make. If you are a fan of Sorachi Ace hops or lemony crap like Stone's 16th Anny, this may be a 4.5 beer for you. Alas, I am not. Since it is Pipeworks, I gave it a shot and they did everything correctly except for the money shot (taste). Stick with their Ninja series and other excellent offerings and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-deep golden color with a off white single finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- I'm not getting much of anything on the smell besides some sweetness and deep mango.

Taste- deep lemon, mango and grass with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- highly carbonated yet creamy around the tongue.

Overall- very different take on imperial ipa. I'm familiar with Columbus and cascade style hops but not the sorachi ace varitey. Must be the promanite hop in the beer.

This beer was from batch #36

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Photo of emount91
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

pours a slightly hazy Amber/orange, foamy white head that retains well. smell is piney but somewhat sweet, like honey. lots of sweet heavy malt on the nose, no hops apparent aside from the pine. taste is very sweet and boozy, hop-resinous and sticky, not picking up any fruity/citrusy/tropical notes whatsoever from the hops. this is actually reminiscent of apple juice that has started to turn bad. also getting a tinny/metallic taste. mouthfeel is actually pretty good, cuts the thick texture down. this beer was less than decent, I hope it's not like the rest of their beers that I'm eager to try, wouldnt get this one again.

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Photo of KDawg
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy head.

Very interesting aromatics of guava, pineapples, spices and florals as well. There is something in the spices that isn't working for me though.

Full bodied with a very smooth feel. Nice depth with spices, guava and pineapples. The spice note is dominating here as well.

This isn't my favorite pipeworks. There is some spice that isn't doing it for me. It could also be that sorachi hops don't work for me.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a tulip. Batch 143

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Very sweet hoppy aroma to this one, maybe the sweetest IPA ive ever smelled. Oh wow, this beer is incredibly sweet. super sweet, holy shit. liquid sugar? its close. i cant even taste anything else other than the huge sweetness. extremely buttery feel. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall...jesus. if you want an incredibly sweet IPA, this will be your go to.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I feel Tim Curry should be popping outta the label or something... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, peach, light white grape, bright greens, light pine needles, and a touch of sweet caramel in the background. The taste eschews the fruit in favor of their rinds and the pine, all the while leaving the caramel to wallow in its death throes in the back room. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly sticky finish. Overall, a solid DIPA, but I think it would have really shined if the citrus and tropical fruits from the smell came through on the tongue. Still, not bad...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

you know, i am baffled that this beer gets so much positive acclaim. for me, its one of the least impressive pipeworks beers to date, and is a bit of a mess at times. a huge ipa, ill give them that, but the taste just doesnt match the description, perhaps the most obvious of which is that there is very little sorachi ace hops influence at all, basically none, and that being a favorite hop of mine, i was let down. it also doesnt taste all that fresh form the tap, like the kegs are a little dated, which would be a shame in a new market thirsting for their beers. seems impossible. looks great though, and smells pretty good too. not even off in the taste at all, just not bringing the hop flavor to match the malt richness and the eventual bitterness. it makes no sense to me how it ended up this way, over malty and without the northwestern and foreign hop profile it claims to be seeking. boozy and sweet, bitter too, and all around not up to the high standard these guys have set with their other hoppy beers. i still like it, but i wouldnt order it again. the first generic and underwhelming thing i have had from this awesome midwestern brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Earlycaquid for sharing this one.

Batch # 229-231.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop presence in the aroma.

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

Batch 419. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a bid 1 inch off-white head.

Smell: Big citrus and floral hops up front. Caramel malt definitely has a presence with sweetness complimenting the floral hops. Just a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: Floral hops are dominant here. Interestingly the malt is nowhere near as prevalent as the nose would suggest - I get very little caramel malt sweetness breaking through the hop-forward flavor profile. Some citrus and grassiness is in there along with the primarily floral profile. I'm not getting much of the Sorachi Ace - just an extremely subtle hint of lemon on the finish. Not much alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for the style. Medium carbonation level.

Overall: Solid offering from Pipeworks, although they make much better DIPAs than this in my opinion.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with nice clarity and a thin lay of head. The nose features resinous and floral cascade hops. A touch of savory/onion is in there as well beneath the dank bitter notes. The taste features bright floral notes with pine sap, honey, light caramel, and a fair amount of bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is sturdy with mild carbonation. Overall, another in your face hop forward dips from Pipeworks. I would describe the hop profile as unique, which I did not enjoy as much as some of the other hoppy brews from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 36 (the second batch)

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber in color. Forms a small to moderate size lightly tanned head that slowly reduces to patchy surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Very aromatic, with a lot going on. Lemon and lemon zest dominate, with some grapefruit and then a sugary sweetness. A bit of herbal "green" spiciness, green peppercorns, and a faint hint of butterscotch mixed with a light alcoholic note.

T: Unfortunately, the taste is not as appealing as the aroma. The Sorachi Ace brings a lot of lemon to this beer, but it also brings a resiny lemon oil, and worse yet lots of lemon and grapefruit pith. Notes of toast, pine, and mild herbaceous hops, but the lemon pith still manages to push everything else to the side.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Strong pithy bitterness that borders on being acrid. This isn't a pine resin bitterness; it's an almost chemically bitterness. Aggressive and unrelenting.

O: This is a very hoppy brew, which I like. Unfortunately, Sorachi Ace is the dominant hop and it's a hop I can't stand. Which is too bad, because this beer is very well balanced with a nicely hidden 10% ABV. It's quite the fine beer, that is, if you like Sorachi Ace.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Something very hoppy came this way with this beer. It poured a hazy golden with thin head that left a spotty lace. The scent carried fresh hops which leaned more towards bitter citrus. The taste has very hoppy and bitter...but not overly bitter. There was enough malt to help balance the beer. Grapefruit was the primary driver for this fine ale. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this was a good beer....but 10% abv and the price keeps it from being a go to. Certainly worth a try, but I would go out of my way to search for this.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #s 229-231

a: Light opaque copper. Small white head which recedes rapidly

s: Loads of citrus hops (pineapple, mango, apricot) - smells juicy. light toasted caramel.

t: Starts off malty and buttery than transforms into an injection of sweetness and finishes off with piney, resinous lemony bitterness/astringency at the end.

m: Sticky, finishes slightly dry. medium carbonation.

o: There is an alcohol bite to this one no doubt. Don't recommend finishing this one solo. The bitterness/astringency at the finish is quite strong and lingers for some time - there may be scars left. Certainly not my favorite DIPA from Pipeworks but if I ever have a need to get punched in the face with bitterness I know which one to crack.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 105. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Golden yellow, with an off-white head that resembles whipped egg whites.

S - Grapefruit, orange and other various fruits assault the nose. This definitely smells fresh & hoppy. Some grassy or dank qualities as well.

T - First sip is REALLY boozy, on par with Unicorn's Revenge. A definite alcohol bite is paired with immensely sharp hops. Lots of sweet fruitiness. Quite unbalanced, in my opinion. This will put hair on your balls.

M - A slick mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation. Mild drying of the mouth, but quite tingly.

O - I would not recommend trying to tackle this bomber solo. I'm glad my friend Chris is here to help me take this down. Very flavorful & an incredible freshness, but the booze is quite apparent. Not necessary a negative thing, but something to keep in mind.

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Photo of Rope
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Nothing special, yellow goldenrod body, and no head to speak of.

Smell-
Nothing like the smell of fresh hops. Smooth sweetness with a balance of sweet and spicy.

Taste-
Hop juice explosion, the choice of hops really shines through. Part of it is a mellow coconut sweetness, then it gets a little spicy, and then the cascade hops crash through with some bitter. Malt is a side thought during this flavor bonanza.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and oily, 'nuff said.

Overall-
A great hop curio that super highlights some flavors you can find easily in the hop world, and some you can not.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head on cloudy deep yellow body. Hoppy aroma. Nothing like it smells, rather than solely citrus, getting pineapple and tropical fruit. Above average mouthfeel, not the palate eraser some DIPAs are. Very good drinkability.Thanks John for this little gem.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Earthy hops, grass and pine, some malt with a slight citrus.

T-Starts with earthy hop notes. Ends with some banana and malt. Mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins.

O-Would have liked to have seen more citrus in the taste but still a good beer.

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Photo of Brams17
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Just a quick review from my notes.

I poured this into a snifter. Poured with a nice orange color and a finger of off white foam. The aroma and taste of this beer had a lemongrass note to it. It's a good beer, I just don't think I'm a huge fan of Sorachi Ace hops. There's a bit of an odd taste in there, not sure if it's the hops or not. One I loved about this beer though was it's creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch 32.

A:Pours a deep amber color with a chilled haze and clearing up as the beer warms. A dense head of foam, light yellow in color, forms on the pour and recedes slowly to thin cap and large collar. Splotches of sticky lace are left down the sides of the glass.

S: Big grass and grapefruit rind are the initial smells, but then the huge aromas of lemon zest, semi-bitter rind and lemon grass explode from the Sorachi Ace hops. It comes in waves, but the Sorachi is leading the charge towards the finish. Thankfully there is a heavy does of sugar cookie malts to balance out the hops. Very little noticeable booze.

T: Definitely zesty with some rind bitterness. Almost like a lemon tart when combined with the burnt sugar and plain cookie malts. Slight grassy notes with a sugar covered grapefruit balance, but the Sorachi hits you over the head again with big burst of lemony goodness. Barely any booze up front and only slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

M: Leaning towards the heavier side of medium bodied. There is a medium to high carbonation level which definitely makes it more drinkable. Sticky hop resins are left across the teeth and palate.

O: Big Sorachi Ace hops with a big malt backbone to carry it through. Very drinkable for 10% and the booze is barely noticeable. I still think I like NvU a little more for the drinkability, but I will be purchasing more of this. Especially if it sees regular production.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch #104
Bottled 3/21/13
Unmarked tulip

A: Slightly hazy bright orange color. Not a lot of head. Thin layer of bright white bubbly goodness. Still leaves some lacing. Mild alcohol feet.

S: Big tropical fruits. Almost juicy fruit like initially. Peach. Apricot. Juicy mango. Ridiculous honey comb sweetness. There is also come pine and spice in there. But can't get over that fruity hop character.

T: So juicy. Bitterness on tip of tongue. Pine and fruity hops. Middle of the mouth you get that malt body. It's actually larger than I had expected. This is a 10% beer though, so it happens. But still a hop bomb. Finish is dry and bitter.

M: Medium bodied leading to big medium. Definitely body here with those malts.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

picked up in chi-town the other day right out of the case before it was even on the shelf...fresh to death. bottle split with the mrs into 2 pipeworks glasses.

a - brew pours a rich, yet transparent copper with generous head...spotty lacing.

s - big booze on citric sticky resiny hops.

t - again, booze is big, but the dank resin hops make it tasty. the booze adds an element of sweetness and crispness.

m - a bit thin and crisp from the booze, but palateable. a bit syrupy in the taste despite the thinness of the body...which surprisingly works in this beer's favor, and makes for an easy drink.

o - overall, i dug it, but i'm a big fan of these big boozy ipas. would have again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow body with a fluffy white head. There's a copious amount of spiderweb like lacing down the glass.

The aroma is tropical and citrus. Lemon, orange, and papaya.

The lemon characteristic of the soriachi ace is unmistakable. Spicy papaya and grapefruit, modest buttery malt.

Fresh and clean mouth feel, a little bit tart and dry.

It's another fantastic IPA from pipeworks and is highly drinkable for 10%.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw yellow with some mild orange hues. Head is about 1 finger, white frothy and has decent retention.

Smell is great. Lots of tropical fruit aromas, mango and Papaya are the most notable. There is some good butterscotch yeasty aromas and caramel malt aromas typical to pipework.

Taste is good. Big piney herbal hops are forward an have a moderate amount of bitterness. Lots caramel malt and slightly sharp butterscotch flavors. Finish has a slightly dry rind like finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of hoppy oils with mild carbonation and a dry finish. Medium body keeps it a good sipping beer

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