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Standard Issue IPA | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 09-06-2012

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 65
Photo of KFBR392
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light copper color, slight tint of orange. Carbonation was pleasant throughout, around 2 fingers of head on the pour. Nice lacing on the glass with each drink.

Smell: These Pipeworks IPA's smell incredible. Similar to the Unicorn's Revenge without the off the charts potency, feels like the New Zealand hops in smaller doses. Such wonderful tropical fruit accents, undertones of syrupy pine, oranges, and lots of hops.

Taste: Some sour hops hit on the front, which quickly yields to a wonderfully palatable soft fruit backbone. Grapefruit, honey, citrus, and oh yeah hops. The finish is dry and really cleans off the tongue. Biting hops really make you remember this one. Could go down a little smoother, but no doubt is left behind with this IPA.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, medium to heavy body feel, doesn't feel like a small brewery's craft.

Overall: I've just been thrilled with Pipeworks. Continue to impress me with their products, especially their IPA's. I may have to stock up on some of this stuff and trade it off so the rest of the country can bask in the glory.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Typical Ipa copper hues and orange undertones. of white eggshell head. plenty of lacing.

S- Smells like mango dipped in butter. tropical no coast ipa

T-MIld mango, slightly tangy, with a nice britterness, that lashes the outside of my tongue. Maybe some pine in the very back. Kinda hard to pinpoint one attribute that stands out, pretty balanced but still leaning to the hops of course. Pretty damn tasty, really fruity and just overall a pretty good ipa.

m- medium body, plenty of carbonation, very easy to drink and inviting to try more.

0- Pretty damn good ipa, clean and very refreshing easy to drink and what i would say represents a midwest ipa pretty well. If you see any ipa they make pick them up they truly are amazing.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch # 76

A: Pours a light amber orange, just a touch on the hazy side with 2.5 fingers of fluffy foam.

S: A rich and bright fruity aroma. My favorite part of this brew.

T: Quite different from the smell, the taste has a nice piney bitterness with an interesting somewhat nutty finish.

M: Crisp and medium bodied.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Its a fresh batch and a different recipe from the last time they brewed this (in August I believe). Picked it up at The Beer Temple at the corner of Elston and California. The owner informed me that this new batch incorporated Galaxy hops (of which I'm a fan). This is a huge improvement over their last batch which was indeed very standard and unimpressive. I suggest they change the name as it no longer applies to this far superior revamped version.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 35 poured from bomber bottle into tulip glass. Hazy orange with nice head retention and lacing.

Aroma is sweet bread, orange, malty, with subtleness of hops. Reminds me of some Michigan IPAsin aroma.

Not sure what hops were used for bittering but its too earthy, resinous and dull with limited complexity. I pick up some sweet malts of caramel. Needs a different bittering hop and more finishing hops in late boil.

Mouthfeel is medium body, not clean finishing like some other IPAs.

I like Pipeworks overall but the hop bitter character doesn't work for me. Beer lacks a level of complexity. Maybe the barrier is too high these days. I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large, lingering, fluffy white head with some nice soapy bubbles. Brew is hazy (unfiltered) orange color. Lacing is present, but not admirable.

Aroma is very bitter! Caramel and apricot dominate. Bready and a standard IPA aroma.

Bitterness is very prevelent, sweetness is also right there with it, almost too much sweetness. Carbonation is nearing too much, but comes in a just right medium-high. Flavors are bland until the sip has passed and has been allowed to aerate..

A solid AIPA, but far from the best. It was a nice addition to a box from Vande, Thank you!! Recommended.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #35 consumed & reviewed on 10/30. Bomber poured into shaker pint glass.

SIIPA pours a cloudy, rust color...very pumpkin in hue. A solid inch of foamy white head lays on top, with excellent retention. On the nose, more bready/grainy malts than anything else. I was hoping for that hop-pop that I've gotten from their other offings thus far. Down the hatch, this does offer some complexity. Definitely balanced: citrus hoppiness with more grainy malts to balance. Lingering bitterness to be certain: like chewing on grapefruit rinds. Mouthfeel is heavy-medium. This gets better as the pint glass becomes more empty.

Another solid offering from PW. I enjoyed "Something Hoppy" a bit more, but this is a nice addition to the family. PW: keep brewing, and I'll keep drinking. '47 represent!

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into nonic pint glass

A: Orange-ish gold and clear, thick, smooth head that stands at 2 fingers and just stays, very nice head

S: A nice grainy sweetness come through in the aroma, no caramel, hops smell clean too, floral, pretty restrained

T: Much more bitter than the aroma let on but still not much in the way of flavor, still has that grainy malt backbone, no caramel at all though, hops definitely have a distinctly floral character, a little resiny as well, alcohol comes through easily too

M:Semi-thin and dry with no caramel, it needs a little more body

O: A very meh beer, nothing really stands out as a highpoint, but not much as a low point either. Lacks flavor, and that lets the alcohol show though too much.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber in color. Forms a moderate-sized white head that sticks around pretty good, reducing down to a fairly thick surface coating. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is quite nice and quite hoppy. Citrus and tropical fruit with a candied orange peel. Then a light note of caramel malts.

T: The flavor is nothing like the aroma. Flavor is heavy on the grapefruit and pine and is fairly earthy compared to the light, bright notes of the aroma. Lower malt levels.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate-heavy bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Yes, the name seems to be quite appropriate here. A well made, but rather ordinary, everyday IPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

There goes my idea for a GI-PA... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear blonde topped by almost two fingers of wan-cream-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, mild mandarin orange flesh, light sweet caramel, very light toffee, and a few pricks of stoic pine. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grapefruit is slightly less bright and more rind-y, the pine comes through more strongly, and a hint of earthy greens and what seems like spearmint come in around the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, nicely balanced (though with the focus clearly on the hops) and not overdone on any front.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, batch 35, poured into a nonic pint.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with a massive fluffy, creamy white head. Really great retention, and lots of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S- Nice aroma of earthy hops, some grapefruit and pine. A bit of grassiness and pale, bready malt.

T- Really great hop flavor, very bold earthy, dank hops and some grapefruit rind and pine. Malts are more bold here, and let a bit of honey and bready caramel sweetness.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, slightly sticky, dry finish.

O- This is the first Pipeworks I've had since I moved away from Chicago and damn I missed this stuff. This is a very nice IPA, great hop character and drinkability, definitely worth picking up a bottle or two.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Giant creamy white foam has excellent retention and slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving glass-coating splotches of lace behind. Largely transparent golden body with some tiny bubbles flowing upward.

S - Super earthy and piney hops, grass and flowers, with some lemon and grapefruit zest as well. Malt character is present but largely unobtrusive and bready in character. Perhaps a bit honey as well.

T - The taste is a bit sweeter, with some pale malt adding to the citrus flavors as well. Mid-level citrus peel and pine bitterness. Perhaps a hint of astringency as it warms up. Nothing mind-blowing here, but fairly solid.

M - Some light warming alcohol. Medium-bodied, with moderate-to-low carbonation, and a dry finish. Resinous and oily residual texture.

D - A solid, if kind of 'old-school' IPA. The name is strangely appropriate too, as this is what I'd expect from an excellent year-round IPA circa 2008. I preferred the Ubiquitous Pale Ale a bit over this one. Still, I had no problem finishing the 22oz bottle.

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Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Bell's stemmed tulip. Batch # 35.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a very thick off-white head forming on the pour. The retention is long and it leaves some sticky webbing of lace.

S: Grapefruit rind, some slight grassy notes with a bit of piney bitterness. Orange sweetness with a pale malt note coming through as well. There is definitely some honey and flowery notes going on in the periphery as well.

T: Follows the nose, but with a tad more sweetness. Semi-bitter grapefruit flesh with a flowery sweetness, some orange peel, honey and sweet oat malts. The finish has some slight pine and grassy bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a high drinkability. There is some mild stickiness to the body as well. A medium carbonation level is evident with a sweet finish.

O: Super solid. It reminds me slightly of Two Hearted with sweetness level. I definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A- pours a dark golden with a 2" thick, off-white head. Nice waves and blotches remain on the glass.

S- caramel, toast, some citrus, big grassy pine notes.

T- light sweet caramel malts, some floral and earthy hop notes, and big grassy bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, slightly syrupy feel with lingering bitterness on the tongue.

O- nice pale ale but definitely leans towards the grassy, pine bitter hops than citrus (which I prefer). Very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny golden orange into a tulip glass. Copious foam that puffs up into a biscuit shaped dome on the surface, slowly revealing sheets of drippy lacing as the glass is sipped. Great long lasting head retention, never breaks up or fades.

Pungent citrus peel hop aroma, orange and grapefruit zest. Grassy green botanicals behind that. Moderately bitter with a resiny sticky feel left behind. Dry hop bitterness lingers for a good while. More citrus peel dominating, bitter dandelion, fresh greens an cut grass in the mix. Hints of pale malt surface briefly. Smooth resiny feel, very drinkable. Hope this is in the regular rotation... Cheers Beejay and Gerrit!

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Standard Issue IPA from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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