At Her Majesty's Pleasure
Pipeworks Brewing Company

At Her Majesty's PleasureAt Her Majesty's Pleasure
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IPA - English
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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At Her Majesty's PleasureAt Her Majesty's Pleasure
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JoEBoBpr from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with an awesome 1.5 inch pillowy white head. Qute dense and frothy and very sticky and with great retention.

Aroma start off grassy and fresh. Herbal and clean. There is some slight resinous pine notes but its mostly herbal notes. slight citrusy present. There is also a nice malty caramel backbone with some nice English style notes to it.

Flavor starts off with intense and interesting Nelson hop kick. Notes of herbal grass and hay with some slight grapefruit notes. Mild notes of tropical fruits such as papaya is also present. There is also a nice midl resinous note to the brew and it taste quite dank actually. The Nelson hops blend so well with the more traditional malt backbone. This features some slight caramel notes with a more bready and earthy backbone. That might be why it blends so well with the more earthy and robust hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp and slightly dry with a good bitter finish and a mild tartness that can be noted form the citrus note.

Overall, very impressed by this take on the EIPA. Pretty good hop choice for the malt body.

Jul 26, 2013
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bschinelli from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, batch number 37, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellow hay color into the glass, with, in my batch, a lot (three fingers) of dense tight white foam that slowly drops into the beer, leaving a patchwork of sea foam style lacing.

S- A muted hop signature, but pleasing. A little orange in the citrus aroma.

T- Strong, earthy hop signature when the brew hits the tongue, lots of bitterness as it rolls back torward the tongue. Some bread and astringency in the aftertaste. Lots of carbonation, but not unpleasant.

M- Medium body, I get a lot of hop oils on the tongue.

O- An interesting and worthwhile beer from a new brewer in Chicago.

Apr 27, 2013
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BeerBuckeye from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with a brownish-amber tint. Small, white head.

S - Quite malty, honey like. Biscuits, light hops, citrusy and zest. A scent of grape win as well.

T - initially very sweet. The grape wine taste is fairly strong. Hops are there, but in the background. It's a very interesting mix. I like it.

M - clean and crisp

Overall - I liked this one,and I admire the difficulty of this style. It seemed like it was lacking something though.

Mar 08, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch #83 1/7/13
Riedel unmarked tulip

A: Cloudy dark yellow/orange like color. About a half finger of loose bubbles bright white head. Nice carbonation with tiny bubbles streaming up sides of the glass. Some lacing sheeting.

S: Definitely getting those Nelson hops, that white grape like wine-ish scent. Not getting the coriander but certainly some citrus and orange peel. Not much malt character.

T: Tip of the tongue, you get those Nelson hops and some pine like bitterness too. That white grape is certainly evident. You do get a touch of a spice bill that wasn't as pronounced on the nose, so maybe that coriander. That citrus sweetness comes through as well. Close is crisp and light and somewhat dry. Nice summer brew for sure.

M: It's a light medium, because of the nice carbonation.

Mar 07, 2013
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SerialHiker from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden caramel with a couple orange hues…it’s a very creamy, dense caramel color…not transparent at all…a nice off white head formed and settles to a thinner layer…but when I swirl it a bit, it thickens right back up…a very inviting brew…(4.25/5)

Smell: Wow, that is very light and fresh and mouth watering…I’m getting mango, pineapple, kumquat (!!!), tangerine, mandarin…tropical without being flowery…just a hint of pepper bite…some pale/sweet/light caramel malts in the back rounding things off…it’s refreshing and flavorful without being pungent…again, very inviting…(4.35/5)

Taste: Starts very muted, nothing really explodes onto the tongue right away…the flavor definitely builds, it’s actually a bit watery at first and really only catches flight in the after taste…flavor-wise though, I get pale/light/caramel malts up front…it’s very soft and really hits the front of my tongue…the front of my mouth is watering…after I swallow the first sip, I get a strong citrus (orange/pineapple)/piney resin bite that covers my tongue in the back…two very distinct flavors and reactions happening in my mouth – light, sweet and wet caramel malt in the front and zesty, mildly bitter citrus/piney hops in the back…the citrus/piney hops taste fresh, zesty and slightly robust…it’s a great taste that lingers well into the after after taste…one good drink lasts a few minutes…(4.4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body, light to medium carbonation…it does fluff up a bit bringing citrus (lemon/orange/pineapple) bitterness and zest to the party…it’s almost watery but has an undeniable chewiness to it that saves it from despair…citrus/piney bitterness lingers well into the after taste leaving a wonderful flavor to chew on…(4/5)

Overall: This is a good brew, definitely worth the price tag, $8.99 for a bomber…west coast APA and IPA influenced, there’s tons of citrus/piney/resinous hop flavor to satisfy any hop heads’ hop craving…the texture of this brew is kinda weird and is really the only downside…it’s almost like drinking a black and tan with it’s contrast of light and robust all in one sip…very drinkable, buying a couple of these from the Binny’s in Lakeview and dragging them over to your local bro-fest is a great idea…Pipeworks is a newish beer company from Chicago that is growing in regional/national notoriety for producing solid brews and with good measure…this being my first toe dip into their waters, I can say that at least a clue to what a good brew should do…highly recommended! (4.5/5)

Feb 16, 2013
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tut2528 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1st offering of Pipeworks.
GI Tulip

A: pours a murky light orange almost yellowish body, with an absolutely massive 3 fingers worth of head formation (yet this was a somewhat aggressive pour). definitely did not expect there to be so much head formation. nice lacing... and I love the artwork on the bottle!

S: very nice complexity... i get a huge rush of tropical fruits such as pineapple a slight pear, lemon zest and orange peel and some apricot. there is also a slight biscuit and bready presence in the background. a touch of honey.

T: when comparing this to the smell, i find it rather lacking. there is a big bready backbone, hop bitterness, mellowed out tropical fruits (none of which really make an established presence in my opinion), and a slight spiciness.

M: on the lighter side of medium bodied brew. leaves a piney hop bitterness on the palate that creates a bit of salivation. moderate carbonation.

O: i personally found the taste to be lacking in this one. but with this being my first offering by Pipeworks, I'm not disappointed by any means. And will definitely try to "tick" away at their offereings!

Feb 01, 2013
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KFBR392 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A light yellow color to this brew. A little less then a finger worth of head on the pour which dissipated quickly. The sediment in this brew floated in place nicely.

Smell: A strong bread/yeast aroma to the front of the aroma. Some light fruits play a nice role in the undertones. A very unique combination

Taste: Wow really unique. There is a light champaign flavor to this beer. The Nelson Sauvin hops certainly lived up to the hops. A crisp refreshing hop taste. The spices in the brew really add some depth to the overall body of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Really sweet smoothness which yields to a slight hops bitterness which is very pleasant.

Overall: Very good. Bought it to support a local product and try out the Nelson Sauvin hops and I was very happy. Definitely a good hop fix with some unique twists and turns.

Jan 21, 2013
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, batch number 53, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a weird looking murky yellowish copper, the color is strange for an IPA but it's not a big deal, topped with a finger of white head that leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S- Some hops, a bit of fruit and grapes, malt is light and bready.

T- Subdued earthy hop flavors, some spice and orange. Has a considerable grape skin flavor towards the finish, which is quite tannic and actually a bit tart. Some light bready malt.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth feel with a very dry, vinous/tannic feel to the finish, very interesting.

O- An interesting beer, the hop profile is really unique, although I easily prefer NvU or Blood of the Unicorn.

Jan 12, 2013
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cosmicevan from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to mjohnson17 for hooking up the pipeworks love (and yeahnatenelson for the pipeworks glasses!!!)

batch #53

a - brew poured a murky yellow orange with a thin bubbly head that fizzled away quick. could not see through it when held to the light.

s - nice fresh dank hops. good grapefruit and citric. hop dominated, but not a slam you in the face hop bomb.

t - the hopping in the nose is on the flavor, but more subdued. lots of other spices in there to balance things out. some orange peel and grape. very soft, but nice flavor.

m - good prickly carbonation. smooth feel, no bitterness from the hops. a bit like an ipa with some water added to mellow out the hop blast.

o - overall, really nice english ipa. soft and easy drinking with subtle hopping on the flavor and nice hopping on the smell. rather impressive.

Jan 12, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dense hazy deep yellow body with a tight bubbly white head that has strands of bubbles gently feeding it.

S- The green herbal hops and a dry coriander note give a nice full aroma

T- There is a vinous white wine quality to the green hops with a pine needle quality growing. The finish has a taste of grape skins and green hops and is just on the dry side. There is also some coriander notes that come through as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish and an alcohol heat on the exhale after each sip.

O- This is an interesting beer and the hops make my tongue tingle a bit. The hop flavor is full with a lot of nice depth and no bitterness, making this very drinkable.

Jan 02, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked a bomber of this up at a local Binny's while visiting family over the holidays.

Presently the #6 ranked English IPA here on BA. I'm stoked!

A: Poured a very hazy orange color, somewhat on the darker side, and with of tinge of bronze poking out around the edges. Nice frothy head.

S: Inviting citrus component, with orange peel, mild grapefruit, yeast, and a bit malt backbone. The potency is just what one might expect.

T: More grapefruit on the taste than I was expecting which was perfectly fine by me. The overall profile of this resembled "Dreadnaught" to my mind and tastes. Think orange/grapefruit juice blend with a yeasty bill, and candy-coated booze.

M: Ridiculous lacing, warm booze, and only a slight bitter lingering.

O: Even though this is an English-style ale, it's a pretty big beer. Lots of awesome flavor. Kudos!

Jan 02, 2013
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dpodratsky3 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into tulip glass

A: Completely opaque gold, the dense look makes it seem darker but its pretty light, you can see shadows through it, head starts lofty but reduces to a pure white covering foam

S: Definitely has a unique hop aroma and that's what stands out the most, it has the smell you'd expect for an IPA (says british, but doesn't scream british IPA to me), does have some sweetness to it as well, the orange peel seems to have a major contribution

T: I've never had Nelsen Sauvin hops before and they really do taste like grapes, just like some hops have the grapefruit or tangerine flavor, it tastes like grapes in a good way, very juicy green grapes, the orange peel may add a little in the way of a citrus zing to bring it all together, but it stars the hops for than the peel, bitterness is firm but not too strong, alcohol comes into play a little bit at 7% abv. but without resiny hops it doesn't seem harsh (resinty hops and alcohol burn ruin a lot of strong IPA's for me), the malt is just a pleasant backbone and it needs it but you don't even notice which is the point, has that citrus/tart taste that you associate with grapes

M: Pleasantly dry and almost a little tart/tannic (like grape skins), neutral body, really lets the beer shine

O: A very good beer, kind of took me by surprise, just solid overall, pipe works is a little hit or miss (they make a lot of beers though, so experimentation is a good thing), this one is a hit

Dec 17, 2012
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from jdhende, thanks bro! 22oz into a couple of tulips. Batch #37.

Murky orange juice, both in colour and apparent texture. Offwhite head that looks like some orange juice pulp. Interesting. Nose is fantastic, mango, pineapple juice and some grapefruit. Brilliant hop profile, very much straight up fruit juice. Taste has more tropical fruit and citrus juice. Pineapple and mango again, loads of Nelson Sauvin character. Bready/biscuity malt validating this as an English ale, with some light spice and malt sweetness. Minimal hop bitterness, it's all hop flavour. Medium full feel, almost pulpy texture. Crazy nose and flavour, a stand out for me amongst a whole load of recent beers I've tried.

Nov 23, 2012
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dirty yellow orange with a small head and wisps of lace.

S - White grapes, herbal, tropical fruits, grainy malt, orange peel.

T - Herbal and citrus hops, orange zest, slightly vinous from the Nelson Sauvin, sweet malts and a touch of alcohol. The orange comes out as it warms.

M - Medium body with low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D - A bastardized version of an English Pale. Interesting. I like the creativity of the Pipeworks guys.

Nov 21, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Javier, thanks!

Slightly hazy orangish yellow with an inch of white foam that lingers for a minute. The aroma is a super expressive tropical cornucopia featuring pineapple, mango, and very strong guava notes. There's a bit of white grape as well. The malt backbone is lightly bready and it imparts a little sweetness. The taste is also full of tropical goodness, though not quite on par with the aroma. A soft bready profile backs up a smooth upper low level of bitterness and ample hop flavor. Lots of guava, mango, and pineapple with a smooth finish. Medium in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky. This was a pleasant surprise. Recommended.

Oct 31, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 37

Appearance: Very cloudy goldenstraw with an impressive head; great retention though not much lace

Smell: A delightful aroma, with floral tangerine and white wine grapes blended with coriander

Taste: Hop forward, with the tangerine and white wine grape flavors asserting themselves through mid-palate; the malt takes a back seat, adding a bit of wheat bread that underpins the hops; the coriander peaks through, after the swallow, but never challenges the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: My favorite Pipeworks beer to date; as others have noted, a bit of a hybrid Wit/IPA - while others have brewed that style, nobody has come close to this one

Oct 31, 2012
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warnerry from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a vey hazy orange/brown with one and a half fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some decent lacing.

S - Lots of juicy citrus, with oranges being most prominent. Faint marmelade aroma with a nice hop presence and some white grape. The coriander aroma is pretty subtle.

T - Interesting and enjoyable. Tastes a bit like a hoppy witbier. Very nice citrus taste, with coriander being a nice compliment. Seems to be a Belgian yeast presence, though I don't know if this is brewed with a Belgian yeast strain. Whatever it is, this is really tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a bit of earthy dryness bitterness in the finish.

O - My first beer from Pipeworks, and I am impressed. This seems like hybrid of English IPA and witbier and it really works well. Looking forward to trying more from them.

Oct 30, 2012
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KDawg from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange/gold color with a foamy head.

Deep and pungent aromas of hops, navel oranges, Meyer lemons, some malts, a touch of caramel, and a variety of spices.

Med/full bodied with a really nice feel. Well balanced and complete with spices, navel oranges, hops and some caramel as well and some pine resin on the back end.

This is fantastic. Real good depth on both the aromas and flavors.

Oct 14, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Isn't that the title of some campy grocery store romance novel set in the Middle Ages? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset gold topped by over a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises tangerine zest, light pine resin, soft caramel, and a touch of buttercream. The taste brings in more of the same, with some mild lemon zest finding its way in there as well. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty tasty beer, but I'd say it's closer to an American wit than an English IPA...

Oct 10, 2012
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pastel yellow in color. Extremely cloudy. Forms a large white foamy head on an aggressive pour, but it settles fairly quickly leaving just a faint surface coating and some light lacing. Aroma is quite peasant: citrus, lemon, white wine and some light tropical fruits. Taste is similar and can best be described as "juicy." more of the white wine, some lemon and passion fruit. Finish is bitter and soapy. Lighter side of medium on the mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Overall a decent and rather interesting beer, but not at all in the English style.

Oct 01, 2012
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Treebs from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in a Great Divide cervoise. Batch #37.

A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a two finger height of white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick cap and collar that leave sticky splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Definitive white grape with some rind and pithy bitterness. Slight dried grass with some honey malt sweetness.

T: Grassy with some sweet honey malts. White grape with a subtle, under ripe greenness to it. The Nelson Sauvin hops really add a nice dryness to the beer.

M: Light bodied with a medium to high carbonation level. Subtle drying finish with some sweet green grape to it.

O: Not really an English style, but I don't really care. It's a really well put together beer that hits it on all levels, especially with the addition of the Nelson Sauvin hops. I'm looking forward to more beers from the PW guys with these nice New Zealand hops.

Sep 23, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second bottle of this, first was shared, this one is a solo effort. It pours a murky pastel yellow orange with a thin layer of foam on the surface. Looks more like a Witbier than anything. Some delicate soapy lacing forms as the glass is sipped. Head retention is average, it breaks apart on its own after a few minutes.

Brief fruitiness in the aroma, some citrus and banana, wheat and graininess in the back.
Medium bodied with a creamy feel, moderate citrus peel bitterness. Lightly spicy with some green botanical hop notes in the middle and the finish has a light dandelion bitterness present. As it warms a note of alcohol surfaces briefly before the lingering bitter aftertaste eclipses it. Comes off like an imperial Witbier/white IPA mashup more than anything remotely English in style. Not bad, though it didn't really make much of an impression either.

Sep 22, 2012
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DrinkingDuck from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Cloudy Yellow-Orange tint with a 1-2 inch creamy yellow-white foam settling slowly to a solid light foam around the top of the beer. Bits of lacing left along the glass as consumed but not too heavy.

Smell- Tropical fruit smell immediately noticeable, then hints of white grapes and spices secondary.

Taste- Light tropical fruitiness with a citrus and light yeast combining with the malt for a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a very light carbonation. Little to no alcohol warmth detected.

Overall- A variety of aspects effectively using the Nelson-Sauvin hops, making this English Style Ale a flavorful and delightful brew that in my opinion could be enjoyed even during the transitional seasons.

Sep 19, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's - Lakeview. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Creamy white foam settles to a solid cap, chunky collar, and fingers of splotchy lacing. Hazed witbier-esque body that's a creamsicle sort of color. Doesn't look much like an 'English' ale but it's fairly attractive.

S - There's a ton of Nelson Sauvin hops in here - white grapes, tropical fruits, some earthy notes, and a touch of onion. Malt character is fairly minimal, but what's there is a mix of bread and cracker.

T - The taste is somewhat similar, with Nelson Sauvin hop flavors dominating and only a touch of sugary malts and yeast in the finish. There's a bit more of an herb and citrus vibe to the hops, with a tad less tropical fruit brightness. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is well-disguised.

M - Medium body with moderate-to-low carbonation. Fairly dry finish, with only a bit of residual stickiness. Minimal alcohol warmth.

D - This is not at all what I was expecting, but thankfully it's the good kind of surprise. I suspect the English would be horrified by this beer for a number of reasons, but it's a big hit for my Amero-centric palate so bollocks to them! Probably my favorite Pipeworks release so far - I had no problems crushing 22oz on my own.

Sep 18, 2012
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A- pours a very cloudy burnt, orange with a 2 finger white head. Leaves big clumps and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- big vinous grape notes, orange and lemon and some nice spice aroma.

T- sweet orange and lemons, grapes, nice amount of spices and slight spicy, pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very easy drinking and slight effervescent.

O- not sure how many English strong ales I have had (more use to American SA's), bout I really like this beer. This is very tasty and refreshing hat would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Sep 18, 2012
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 85 ratings