Standard Issue IPA | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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 FullObs
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.9%
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 jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of alpenglocken
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +4.6%
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 JonathanSuarez
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +4.6%
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
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 65 ratings