North & Western | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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North & WesternNorth & Western

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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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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 88
Photo of _YellowBird_
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass, a slow pour sprouted a giant fluffy white head with a strong desire to stick around. From this fluffy greatness lunged very spicy aromas gleaming of earth and pine, weaved with clove, peppercorn, horse blanket, pear, and lemon. Fighting its way through the head, the beer rejoiced upon reaching my mouth by way of citrus peel and spicy herbal yeast. Mid-palate sees the light of fruity sweetness reminiscent of apple and pear. It fades away in a long dry fashion, letting the spicy yeast esters claim victory.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of midnitesun11
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had to try this beer since I've lived down the street from these dudes for 3 years! I watched these guys transform the desolate building on Wabansia and Western into what is one of the top up in coming breweries in the U.S.

North & Western pours a murky golden straw like color with a thick white mountainous two finger head. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a big lace trail along the glass.

The aroma is of citrus, wheat, and hops

Not too sweet but has a nice citrus taste to it with a big hoppy/ wheat taste. Also has a bit of a fruity taste as well.

It's a medium bodied mouthfeel with a descent amount of carbonation to it. The finish has a spicy bite to it and a slight lingering bitterness.

All in all it's a pretty good beer! Nice to have while relaxing on the couch on a frigid mid April day in Chicago!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 46.

A: a bit of yeasty haze, amber, full, incredibly thick and creamy head that lasted
S: saison yeastiness, medium nose
T: floral up front, bitterness finish, definite strong saison yeastiness and esters
M: highly drinkable and thirst quenching

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Fcolle2
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of zonker17
4.1/5  rDev +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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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a hazy dark orange with a 2" white head. Big ring and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big citrus notes (oranges, lemons), spices, Belgian yeast and slight pine.

T- sweet lemon and oranges, lots of spices, citrus rind and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry and frothy.

O- nice saison that tastes more like a Belgian ipa. Nice citrus and spice notes.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sucker was a gusher... foamy to the 10th power.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Looked good in sort of an orangy kinda way. Cloudy and with a MASSIVE head. Perhaps I should have a) let it breathe a couple minutes and b) not poured it down the middle.

S: Spicy but not in wacky Wit territory. Piny for sure, with a funky disposition. Citrusy, but not too sugary.

T: Ahh... so refreshing. So may not appreciate that, but I certainly do. Fresh filtered water flair, not too much Belgian funk, and a good bit of citrus.

M: Infinitely well carbonated and frothy, lots of lacing, and not too sugary at all. Pretty nice on the mouth front.

O: I'm a saison freak and this was right up my alley. I enjoyed it more than most. Go ahead and sue me.

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy apricot color. Forms a sizable white head that reduces down to a thin surface coating and a ring around the edge. Some light lacing.

S: Moderately aromatic. Aroma is primarily yeast and yeasty esters. A little banana and a little spice. Then there are the hops, mostly citrus, with a little floral.

T: Taste certainly leans more to the Saison. Mild toast maltiness, a bit of sourdough bread, some citrus, yeast, green apple, and mild citrus hops on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Very dry on the finish.

O: A nice Saison. I like the way the hops add a bit to the beer, but don't distract from it the way adding other odd additions might (I'm looking at you Sichuan peppercorns!). Results in a hop forward Saison, but still a Saison none-the-less.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - straw/OJ color with a finger of dense off-white head. good lacing and retention

S - bready muskyness, slightly spicy and oranges

T - light citrus and slightly tart. lots of grainy/bready peach flavors

M - medium bodied smmoth mild carb grainy

O - tasty grainy peachy relatively thick and smooth

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of KDawg
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 KFBR392
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Traditional golden color with a slight orange tint. Light fluffy head that was a major player throughout. Above average carbonation.

Smell: Banana, mango, nuts, wild yeast, light citrus, and some orange peel.

Taste: Light, refreshing, very drinkable. Hop bitterness on the front of the brew which is followed by a crisp blast of citrus. The yeasty body gives this brew some depth. 7% abv is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable but at the same time has a very solid body. Hop dryness is at a minimal on the palette. Texture is very pleasant and kept me coming back for more.

Overall: Another really excellent brew from pipeworks. Worth a shot for sure.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a taster pint.

A - Giant white foam settles to a thick collar and splotchy lace. Lightly hazed pale golden body. Very attractive stuff.

S - Citrus and herbs; seems like a mix of American and continental hops? Grain, sharp wheat, peppery yeast, although some of the spice might be from the hops as well.

T - The taste has more of a lemony note, with lightly peppery farmhouse yeast. Orange citrus hops, and some pear and stone fruit malt sweetness come out more as the beer warms up. Hop bitterness grows over time, but never gets excessive, and there's no obvious alcohol.

M - Zesty carbonation, dry and mildly gritty texture, medium body, and no alcohol warmth.

D - An easy to drink, hoppy Saison. Nothing crazy, but well done, with a nice integration of hop and yeast flavors. Could definitely have a glass or two of this one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, Batch 82
White wine glass

A: Hazy, golden yellow orange color. Didn't get a lot of head. Thin layer of white head that formed a collar on glass. Still looks like good carbonation. Leaving some sticky white lacing.

S: Not getting as much spice as I thought for this style. Nice hop character: citrus and light pine. Getting that light malt base.

T: Little bit of spice up front that I didn't originally smell. Good hop bitterness. Citrus for sure. Lemon rind. Orange. The back end has lingering bitterness past the dry Saison finish.

M: Light medium. There is some body there.

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Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch #46

A: Pours a clear amber color with a bubbly white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a foamy ring that leaves sticky splotches of lace down the glass.

S: A nice citric hop note is present up front with a spicy Belgian yeast body. Peppery with some fruity esters, the yeast is

T: Slightly bitter and piney, the dry hopping adds another layer of flavor that compliments the dry and yeasty body. Nice fruity esters and a light peppery spice make up the majority of the body of the beer. There is a subtle, underlying sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium high carbonation with a little prickly mouthfeel. Medium-light body with a smooth finish.

O: A definitely liked the extra bitterness and light citrus aromas the dry hopping added to this beer. A unique take on the saison style and it's easily drinkable as well.

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Photo of NSK79
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pipeworks snifter from bomber - batch 46

A - One of the creamiest this lustrous heads I've ever poured, lots of residual lacing. Hazy pale yellow in color.

S - yeast and bananas with some fruit, dark fruits as the beer warms.

T - Citrus, spices, banana, yeast, and hop bitterness

M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated

O - a really fine offering, plenty of complexity in flavor, not a style I purchase typically, but this was enjoyable enough that I would recommend it to anyone whether they enjoy saisons or not.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Hey, I've been to that intersection! *massive cartoon-y thumbs-up!* This stuff pours a hazy golden topped by a bit over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, cracked wheat, light coriander, sweet flowers, and a light blanket of mild Belgian yeast. The taste ramps up the yeast-borne spice and mild funk, whilst still maintaining the components of the aroma. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice hoppy saison, one whose hoppiness and yeastiness aren't in competition, but rather in cooperation. Right on.

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North & Western from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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