North & Western | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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North & WesternNorth & Western

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Florida9 on 10-21-2012

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Fcolle2:
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy burnt golden in color with a big finger and a half white head that retains nicely.

Smell has traditional saison aromas forward with notes of black pepper and spice along with a big amount of hops with herbal notes along with pine and a lemon zest.

Taste follows nose with some Belgian spice flavors forward before some crisp lemony citrus hops come in with an herbal piney mild bitterness. Sweetness is moderate and lasts into the the exhale.

Mouthfeel is sticky from the malt and hop oils. Big carbonation helps cut the body.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch # 46
A- This beer pours a thick creamy off-white head which is supported by a clear deep copper body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles popping to the surface.

S- The full fruit cocktail hops fade into a pine hop resin aroma in the finish. Hints of saison yeast come through only when the beer is really warm.

T- The soft yeasty flavor gives way to some unripe fruit cocktail hops flavors that grow. There is a nice white cheese rind note that lingers a bit in the finish along with the hop flavor. Some soft chalky notes come through as the beer opens up a bit aswell.

M- The spicy fizz scrubs the flavor in the finish and there is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This nice saison yeast character supports the tasty fruit cocktail hops and the scrubbing fizz makes this very drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zonker17
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this bottle tucked away. Poured to Duvel tulip, darker golden with frothy thinner head that does not stick around. Smelling some age on the malt and some hops notes. Taste is rather good, saison yeast/esters is front and hops bring floral and fruity elements. Medium body and above average carbonation.

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3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North & Western, oh yeah that corner... not much to immortalize, that's the joke I guess, aside from the brewery being nearby.

Bright golden orange at first that hazes up a bit on the second pour, leaving the yeast sediment behind. Drippy lacing in the glass, lasting coverage on the surface. Looks pretty nice.

Big citrus aromatics, orange and banana creamsicle, big yeast esters, green botanicals.

Bitter pine and resiny hop slickness augments the dominant citrus and estery yeast spiciness, creamy body, dry bitter finish. Some lemon peel and citrus oils, some honeyed malts come through after the grassy hop bitterness subsides. Overall very enjoyable, reminds me of some of Haymarket's Belgian IPA/Saisons.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of KDawg
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Nice aromas, but somewhat muted, of spices, citrus, florals and oranges. Nice depth as well.

Extremely good medium feel that finishes nice and dry. Balanced with very good flavors of spices, citrus and floral notes.

While it wasn't as great in the aromas, it more than made up for it on the feel. A really good saison and very enjoyable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with Batch #438/439 printed on the label. A new saison style beer to me from Pipeworks. Expectations are high based on this knowledge.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice golden / burnt sienna orange colored body with three fingers of bubbly off-white head. Good head retention with some thick fluffy lacing. Adequate carbonation streaming up from the etching at the bottom of the glass. Looks very nice.

S - The smell of citrus hops hits me as soon as the beer was uncapped. Citrusy, floral, and lightly peppery. Smells very fresh and delicious.

T - The taste is comprised of bready pilsner malt, juicy citrus / floral hops - grapefruit, lemon, oranges, & spicy / earthy / peppery yeast presence.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Medium-light bodied with good active carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall, a very delicious, solid & inspired example of a traditional saison from the boys at Pipeworks. These guys have impressed me yet again.

Pipeworks North & Western ---4/5.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from jdhende, 650ml into a tulip. Batch 46.

Hazy orange, with a huge white head. Big chunks of lace, wall of retention along the side of the glass. Nose of lemons, line, pepper and saison yeast. Drying and zesty. Taste has lemongrass, herbal hopping, more citrus zest and some chalky yeast character. Medium body, herbal bitterness and grainy character well into the finish.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of cnbrown313
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Binny's for $9.49. I have to say, this is one of Pipeworks' least exciting bottle designs. But there have been a few hopped up saisons on the market these days that I really like, so I decided to give this a try.

A - Upon pouring, this beer looks really nice! It's slightly hazy, with a beautiful, deep orange color. There is also a generous 2 finger, off-white head that hangs around for a while.

S - Not super-strong, but there is a definite fruity / piney hop smell.

T - I'm not sure what kind of hops were used in the bittering or the dry hopping, but I really like it! Very fruity hop flavor. Like grapefruits, blood oranges, and tangerines. The saison characteristics take a back seat to the hops, but all in all I enjoyed the taste. Not overly malty at all either.

M - The mouth feel is medium bodied, with a fairly high amount of carbonation.

O - If you see this on your local shelf, I would definitely suggest grabbing a bottle now while it is fresh and hoppy!

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North & Western from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 89 ratings