Reliquary | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 01-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a slightly burnt orange color with a cloudy appearance. Very thin head. Some nice carbonation. Not much lacing and I enjoyed this brew out of a goblet shaped glass.

Smell: A really pleasant hop presence which is evened out very well by the yeast. The biscuit accents in the aroma are playing in harmony with the bright citrus. The hops are probably the biggest player but allow many of the other factors to be contributors.

Taste: Hops splash the palette right away at the front. Bright and wonderful, these hops bring a sweetness which makes the drinker think of tropical fruits and honey. The yeast can be found more in the body of the brew which is a little light and would be my only gripe about the taste. 8% abv is no where to be found. The sweetness finds its way back in the aftertaste, to my surprise. I expected a more dry hop/yeast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, incredibly drinkable. There is a slightly tacky/sticky feeling on the palette but for the most part this brew leaves a very clean palette behind.

Overall: Excellent brew, Pipeworks has continued to impress me with each beer I buy. The belgian IPA style has also exponentially grown on me recently, I've enjoyed both of the best aspects of the styles. I could see myself drinking this beer all day on a warm summer day or warming myself up on a cold night. Very versatile beer. Very awesome beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
Batch 114
A- This beer pours a dark apricot body with a touch of haze and a touch of density to it. There s a bubbly thin wispy head with a few strands of microbubbles trailing up the glass.

S- The full fruit cocktail hops grows as it opens and takes on more of a green hop/unripe fruit aroma.

T- The green woody hops taste turns into fruit cocktail with a green earthy hop finish. There is a touch of sweetness in the malt but the finish is dry and has a nice peppery phenol to it. There is a gentle bittern pungent hop flavor in the aftertaste that compliments the sweetness nicely.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz finish with a soft alcohol warmth.

O- This beer has a nice full hop flavor with good depth and a nice yeast character that is underneath. The sweetness is a nice balance to the bitterness of the hops aftertaste but the bitterness keeps growing and the sweetness doesn’t.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep orange with two fingers of creamy off white foam.

S: Fruity esters, Belgian yeast, a slight "barnyard" funk, and a whiff of soap.

T: The taste follows the nose with some pine, nuttiness, and a touch of lemon rounding out the flavor.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy, yet crisp and well carbonated. No noticeable alcohol.

Overall, this was a pretty nice Belgo-American double IPA. It looked great in the glass, had a complex and interesting aroma and taste, and went down relatively smooth for 9%. Another solid beer from Chicago's new darling, Pipeworks Brewing.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch # 77.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a bubbly white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to thick ring that leaves some sticky lace behind.

S: Belgian yeast up front. Some dryness with some fruity esters. A little clove with some candied banana sweetness. Orange peel with some light cracker malts. Underlying piney hops.

T: More hops in the taste. Piney with a light citrus backing. A little grassy as well. The yeast takes a backseat to the hops, but comes in strong in the finish. Some alcohol with light fruity esters. A little orange peel. Slight Belgian kick with a drawn out and dry finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with a dry, yeasty finish. Medium carbonation level with nice sweetness and fruitiness to it.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian IPA's, but the PW boys seem to have this style pretty under control. Nothing is out of balance and it's easy drinking for 9%.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great name and creative label for this one.

Bright clarity, saturated orange color with a compact head of white foam, splashy bits of lace that stick to the walls of the glass.

Some phenolic Belgian yeast, light bubblegum and clove, accented by southern hemisphere hop varieties.

Creamy feel with some citrus peel, malt and tangerine sweetness, pink grapefruit and more Belgian yeast presence. Medium bodied with some sweetness that lingers, into a lightly dry bitterness in the aftertaste. As far as Belgian IPA's go, Glaucus is a favorite of mine, but this one is good too.

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Reliquary from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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