Flower Child | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Flower ChildFlower Child
BA SCORE
83.7%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 147 ratings
Flower ChildFlower Child
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emerge077 on 01-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,881
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
147
Liked:
123
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
9.39%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something different fof Pipeworks, Americo’s bottle. Great hoppy aroma. A creamy head on dark brown. Some chocolate, roasty taste with citrus in the finish. Was expecting more significant sourness in the style.I can only speculate that they purposely concentrated on these other elements.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 74.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, grain, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better taste over smell in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy goldenrod, murky and opaque, it looks more like a glass of lemonade with heavy pulp, but the huge billowing head of white foam betrays that idea. Lots of sticky lace in the glass, spindly and delicate. Coverage is good and lasts for awhile.

Minerally lactic tartness and champagne aroma, some hints of grape and sourdough bread.

Puckering tartness right away, lemon and grape fruits ride alongside a cleanly sour and bracing acidity. Dry and quenching finish, true to style with a bit of amped up lemony sourness. Great stuff, its definitely an extremely quaffable beer. Really enjoyed drinking the bottle and would love to see it on tap around town in the warmer months.

Glad I picked up two of these, and will try to grab a couple more for when spring finally rolls around.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriate hazey yellow appearance, abundant carbonation. Smell is lemon, triscuits, but a bit damp and vegetal. The musty note doesn't carry through to the flavor and we're left with a moderately sour lemon spritzer with some distinct grain tones. Well done; put this one in cans!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw-yellow color, with a healthy, fluffy white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles, leaving some lacing on the glass. Crisp wheat notes in the nose, lemongrass, mineral. Similar taste, lightly toasted wheat and crackery pale malts, lemon zest with a touch of tartness, grassy, a little mineral in the taste as well. Light body, thin, but appropriate for a 3.5% beer, Champagne-like carbonation. Crisp and clean, refreshing, easily drinkable.

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If they weren't already doing a good enough job of it, I would be more than happy to write copy for Pipeworks labels. Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy pale grapefruit juice topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose is a simple blast of tart and juicy lemon zest. Things go from straight within-the-rind fruit to lightly-sweetened lemonade. The taste is more single-minded, keeping to the tart and sour track with a hunk-a-hunk-a burnin' vengeance. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a highly enjoyable and refreshing little Berliner. Good times. 'Nuff said. Get some.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the RVA crew for hookin me up with a bottle of this in our recent exchange. A 750ml batch #74 poured into a pair of matching pipeworks berliner bowls. The brew appears a clouded yellow with a still look about it. No rising bubbles showing visible carbonation but a swirl emits a thin lace across the top. Once it gets warmer and you get violent with it, a finger of white cap emerges. WARNING: despite chilling the bottle for 3 days, it is impossible to decant more than 10-12 oz of this clearly. The sediment in this brew infiltrates the entire solution and literally looks like watered down cream of wheat or watery oatmeal.

The aroma is lemony lactic with yogurt and fresh grains like wheat or cereal. At times it has a minor mineral or vegetative note but that is nit-picking. As it warms and is swirled, it emits a bit of sulfur and footy to cheesy aspect. Stretching to say that there is a minor note of something similar to crushed black pepper.

The flavor is lemony lactic with a sort of greek yogurt appeal overtop cereal grains. Also present is a hint of vegetative or black peppery quality, sulfur and carbonic aspect towards the finish. The aftertaste instead of being clean and snappy has a bit of saline character and faint minerals almost indicative of a gose instead of berliner.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation than what is expected in the style. Overall it is not bad. It is not the best ive had in the style nor even close to the worst. Nicely done, I look forward to trying Pipeworks other berliner iterations but seriously, what the hell is going on in the bottom of that bottle...

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Flower Child from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.7% out of 100 with 147 ratings
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