Pipeworks Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #28
Ranked #333
4.42 | pDev: 8.37%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Notes: Our Imperial IPA hopped with so many, really just so many, pounds of Citra hops is one of our favorites to brew, mostly because it's one of our favorites to drink. Cheers! Drink early and often.
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, date stamped 12/20/19. Light amber colored body with slight haze and a foamy ivory head. Juicy and tropical Citra hop aroma hinting at mango, orange, grapefruit, pine, and light caramel. Bittersweet flavors of mango, pine, orange & grapefruit zest, pineapple, light caramel, and honey. Full body, resinous with pleasant carbonation and a bitter finish that is backed by a decent malt backbone. Wow - really good!

Jan 19, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint can from Pipeworks' first run of canned Citra (as opposed to previous batches in bombers). An absolute delight of a standard DIPA, single-hopped with Citra, as the name would suggest. Pours a translucent light copper with a touch of unfiltered cloudiness, a full finger of head, and good retained lacing. Perfect balance between malt cracker and hop bitterness. Not bursting, but full of flavor, pink grapefruit, orange zest, wildflower honey, biscuit, ripe avocado, pine resin, and pineapple.

Nov 18, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours clear deep golden color with huge fluffy white head. Lots of spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Citra hops are the star of this show. Orange, light mango, light malt hiding underneath. A great mixture of citrus peel and grapefruit also shining through.

Taste - Very soft mellow flavors. Mild orange tangerine very nice balance of sweet and light malt/hops. Soft hint of caramel, Citra hops again shine. So well balanced no hash or dominating flavors at all.

Feel - medium bodied pretty soft feel just a touch of dryness on the finish and some light warming from the alcohol.

Overall - Well done Imperial IPA, great flavors dangerously easy drinking soft feel.

Nov 10, 2018
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark copper color with bright tangerine edges and a two finger pillowy off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Excellent retention taking a while to settle and coating the glass wih large chunks of soapy lacing on its way down. A little darker than expected but retention and lacing are impressive.

Dank floral hop aroma with a nice balance of earthy resins, strong tropical fruit notes and s sweet malt backbone balancing things out. Ultra freh and juicy right now with dank buds, fresh cut grass, pine needle/sap and spruce tips. Really nice dank and floral kind bud presence without being too funky or one dimensional. Strong juicy tropical/citrus fruit sweetness in there with grapefruit, pineapples, blood orange, guava and mango. Slightly overpowered by caramel malt sweetness with hints of toffee, biscuit and cracker. A bit heavy on the malt for me but the dank earthy hops and sweeter fruit notes stand out.

Very similar to the aroma with slightly stronger malt presence and a little less tropical fruit sweetness. Dank and earthy hop bitterness lingering throughout countered by citrus/tropical fruit and a sweet caramel malt backbone. Grassy pine needle and dank juicy nuggets with a really crisp juicy hop bite. Subtle sweetness at first but as it opens up there's a bit more with strong grapefruit, pineapple and orange zest flavor. This is followed by caramel malt sweetness, biscuit, grainy cracker and faint toffee. Stronger malt profile than I usually prefer but it provides nice balance without hindering hop bitterness. The sweeter tropical notes are slightly overtaken but not too much. Well balanced with complex hop flavors and little to no heat/boozy sweetness. Dangerously drinkable.

Jun 17, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HIGHPA for this 22 oz. bottle, which comes after some post Huna Day detox. I probably shouldn’t drink until May. Split with my wife.

The pour, sans a bit of sediment, is a clear golden color a few shades darker than macro, with a strong, persistent cap of white foam. One of the stronger noses I’ve had off of an IPA in a spell: overripe citrus, pine, grapefruit zest. Nice.

Pipeworks Citra tastes like it’s been aged on third grade chalk. You know, the kind Mrs. Butler was always making that horrible sound with spelling out “Mississippi”. Soft, dry, soft, soft chalk. The taste leans to cantaloupe, pine resin, with a base of minty herbal tea. No alcohol. I’m sure. Nice to slug or sip.

I haven’t encountered an IPA with this radical mouthfeel. Very good beer.

Mar 15, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a white head that left thick lacing.

The smell is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus.

The taste follows with a deep citrus flavor along with some pine. There's no hint of the 10% abv.

The mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily.

A really nice beer that's scary easy to drink at 10%.

Feb 14, 2018
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edthehead from New York

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark rust / gold murky appearance, with a nice foamy lasting head. Pine and caramel on the nose and palate. Nice full mouthfeel for and IPA. East coast and west coast come together nicely on this one.

Nov 07, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: dark amber with great clarity. Small white head with tiny creamy head laces the glass nicely.

S: Cantaloupe, Honeydew, mango, citrus, grass, and a little lemon. A little sweetness on the end.

T: tons of cantaloupe, honeydew, light lemon, sweet grass. Nice huge Citra hops a little juicy and a decent malt backbone.

M: medium bodied softer carbonation.

O: This beer is great if you love Citra hops. This is one of those beers I think ppl would have loved a couple years ago and won't be as impressed with now. I think it is still pretty impressive.

Jul 31, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt, very nice citrus, with some pineyness. The taste is hoppy, slight malt, very nice citrus, with some nice pine notes, picking up some nice bitterness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a really nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew.

Apr 17, 2017
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic, big DIPA. Had it on tap at Odyssey Gastropub in Colorado Springs CO just last night (2.19.17) and it was fresh as hell. Looks and tastes like a proper DIPA, and the smell is heavenly (I thought; piney mango woods!). There's a bit of harsh finish due to the high ABV, but in a good kick-in-the-teeth Ninja way. I mean...after all it is part of their Ninja series. Definitely try it if you see it. My only mistake was having it early in the evening; everything else seemed way weaker and less interesting after that one... Delicious!

Feb 19, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma is juicy with overripe fruit notes and dank hops. Taste starts quite sweet with dank, resiny hops and some fruity notes. Finish has a medium bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Medium plus body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a quite good DIPA but a bit harsh on the alcohol.

Jan 20, 2017
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to find this extra in a trade! Pours a deep orange hazy with minimal white head. Mild citrus nose, taste is stronger citrus. Definitely get a little alcohol bite too. Definitely worth seeking out.

Jan 14, 2017
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Kendo from New York

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy coppery-amber that's more orangey-amber when backlit. Thin wisp of a whitish head on top.

S: Surprised to note a strong scent of bread-doughy malt up front. After that is the fruit: grapefruit juice, oranges, some lemon, and tropical fruit.

T: Starts out with that sweet malt - at times I think caramel malt, other times it's more bread doughy or even sugar cookie dough. As for the hops (and the feel), it's definitely on the Juicy, NE-style side of things: grapefruit and grapefruit juice, pulpy orange juice and orange peel, a touch of pineapple and faint lemon on the aftertaste. Heat from the ABV is noted on the sides of the tongue, and as a drying effect on the aftertaste, but it's fairly well-hidden for 9.5%. . . .

M: A wee bit flat in feel; call it medium-to-full in heft, a bit on the syrupy side - which isn't much of a surprise for the style.

O: Very good stuff.

Dec 31, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled fall 2014; drank 11/7/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange/red hue.

Big eggnog-colored head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap & mild grapefruit nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mango, fresh soap & caramel flavors; a pleasant champagne bite on the lips. A nice balance between sweet, bitter & smooth; damn fine!!

Dec 30, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big citrus--lemon, tangerine, and dried apricot. Slightly bitter, medium carbonation, and medium bodied. Juicy, but not as juicy as some New England style IPAs. Makes for a tasty sipper. One that I will search for again.

Dec 28, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a cocktail glass (hotel beer). A slightly hazy golden amber color with a foamy white head. Nice lacing. Huge orange aromas with grapefruit pith, pineapple, resin, and pine. I got big pineapple on the front palate. This was followed by an earthy resiny note which shifted back to a bitter grapefruit. A slightly caramel-sweet malt presence but balanced. Medium bodied and and clean finish.

Dec 20, 2016
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Happy to have been able to get this one again. It is probably my favorite beer from the guys at pdubs.

The appearance is a really pretty hazy golden orange with a nice two finger head that lingered well.

The aroma is big juicy orange, pineapple, grapefruit, resiny herbaceous dankness and a hint of malt sweetness.

The taste follows the nose with a punch of citrus and tropical fruit along with a resiny bitterness. Some boozy sweetness as well.

The palate is medium plus with a big lingering dank bitterness and malt sweetness that mixes well.

Overall this is still one of the best dipas I've had and my favorite beer from pipeworks. Always such a treat to have such a great beer.

Dec 18, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle, couldn't find any sort of bottling date info.

Pours lightly hazed, nice looking tiny bubble film, low sheeting and ample higher scattered lacing...nice looking brew..

Sniff reveals pinapple juice goodness.

Densly flavorfull offering...solid maple malt base...tropical fruity hooped up goodness riding on top...notes of more pinapple, vanilla, bananas...minty/lime infused hops...complex and thoroughly tasty and worth seeking out...more high quality suds from PW...go get some and enjoy

Dec 17, 2016
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Opaque orange color with good head and lacing.

S- Solid hop aroma from the Citra. Slight grapefruit.

T- Nice balance. Bready malt and bitter hops. You get a little bit of the booze, but it's not overpowering.

F- Thick for an IPA. Good carb level. Dry finish.

O- Very good IPA, but it's Pipeworks so I expect that.

Aug 27, 2016
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huntley101888 from New York

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. There was no bottling date on the bottle, but Pipeworks doesn't sit around, so I imagine it is fresh.

L - Hazy golden color. One finger thick off-white head fizzed out to a thin skim coat with buildup along the walls of the glass.
S - Lots of juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit, mango, slightly boozy. Smelling it makes my mouth water.
T - Bready, the grapefruit is present throughout and you're left with a fruity dry bitterness after you swallow. You can definitely taste the alcohol. Not surprising considering it's 9.5%.
F - Appropriate carbonation. Thick body, and as I mentioned, it leaves your mouth feeling dry; almost, dare I say, chalky. Throat is warmed by the alcohol.
O - I was excited to see that this arrived at my local beverage center. While I'm happy to have experienced this, at $11/bomber, this is a once in a blue moon occurrance for me (that and availability is scarce). Smell is fantastic, taste is well above average, but the mouthfeel drags the score down. I just can't get past how dry this is.

Aug 13, 2016
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spark3148857 from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy bright orange with off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, candied orange peel. Taste is grapefruit and orange rind layered on a strong caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering resinous bitterness and candied citra for days.

Aug 08, 2016
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uwmgdman from Wisconsin

4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is holy Citra. Possible most aggressive Citra aroma I've smelled. I mean it slaps you with a fat d***. And the flavor is a deep throat of Citra flavor. Solidly bitter with a subtly sweet and boozy background. Finish is long long lingering Citra with just a tickling warmth in the belly. Fantastic brew!!

Aug 06, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A top Citra DIPA, and a top DIPA in general. Big citrus on the nose, supported with lots of orange on the tongue; darker undercurrents round off the briskness, something like the citric version of dank... Has a thick body with ample carbonation, sweet with orange fruity flesh; pinpoints of bitterness are bright and sharp. Deep golden amber body, opaque and apricot-colored. A fluffy off-white head, a couple of fingers high, left trails down the glass and persisted until near the end. Superior drink.

Jul 26, 2016
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a one-finger, white head that dissipates quickly. Very little carbonation.
A wonderful funky, citra bitter hop smell. Huge on the mango and grapefruit.
Great bitter citra hop that transitions into piney resin quickly. Also a big malty taste that works nearly perfectly with the resin.
The awesome bitter/malt combination results in a perfect dip a mouthfeel that simple makes your day instantly better. The citrus part of this beer keeps amazing mes as I continue drinking.

Jul 24, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber-ish gold in color with moderate clarity. Two fingers of airy white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is as powerful as I've ever smelled in a citra hopped beer. Huge notes of grapefruit, other citrus, tropical fruit, and a touch of malt. The taste follows with the citrus and fruity character coming through. A nice malt backbone, with the hops lingering on the aftertaste. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth, balanced, and a moderate bitterness on the finish. Really phenomenal.

Jul 15, 2016
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