Paradisiac | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brewed this beer with the man, the myth, the legend, P. Adam Vavrick, beer manager at Binny's LP. It's a wit beer brewed with lots of juicy strawberries and pounds of tart, tangy kiwis. It's a great summer fruited beer. Paradisiac was originally brewed as a one-off for an event at Norse Bar, but we liked it so much we're making it for a second time. This beer is named after Adam. Lots of people don't know this, but Adam's first name is really Paradisiac. Ha! We're kidding. But it is named after one of Adam's favorite songs.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle portrays some pointy-toothed, Marilyn Manson lookin'-like cartoon dude with a jester hat and a hand of fruit and throwing weapon cards. Okay Jeff, what the fuck?? Haha. Haven't been this freaked out by a label since Vas Deferens. *shudder*

Appearance. Pours a rich, hazy, honey-peach with a very thin head that fades almost immediately.

Smell. Red berries, oranges, lime and kiwi, sweet wheat and some sweet gingerbread spice. A little bit of fruity yeast as well.

Taste. Nice tangy red berry sourness, belgian yeast and spices ...spices that aren't in your face and overpowering beyond anything else in the beer. Huh. Anyways, there's a touch of sweet wheat there, some tart kiwi. Nice an sour and refreshing.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium amount of fine carbonation.

Overall. These Pipeworks guys don't know how to brew a spiced beer. They need to learn to dump that shit in there by the bucket like it's hops in Younger Pliny's Sunshine or something. Jeeze.

Thanks Jeffo!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with handwritten Batch #173 written on the label. Finally decided to pick this one up after looking at it for quite a while.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a bright golden colored body with four plus big fizzy fingers of off-white head that audibly sizzles it's way out of existence entirely. Some yeast sediment visible in the glass. Looks very nice. Pours a darker murkier color as the bottle goes on.

S - The smell is very nice - some funky Belgian yeast presence, vinous grapey wine-like character, and some fruitiness, but I would probably never guess strawberries or kiwis without knowing.

T - Taste follows the nose nicely, but better. Tart / sour fruity character imparted from the strawberry and kiwi. Definitely tastes like more of a sour to me at this point than it does a Belgian wit, but it's delicious nonetheless. Becomes much more yeasty tasting as the bottle goes on.

M - Feel is crisp, lightly dry, and mildly tart. Medium light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, another wonderful beer from Pipeworks. Glad I finally picked this one up, and I look forward to trying their other variations on the wit beer.

Pipeworks Paradisiac ---4/5.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 173
A- This beer pours a murky woody yellow body with a big snow white head that sticks to the glass with each sip. This beer is a bit to murky to see much carbonation.

S- The yeasty dried strawberry aroma has some unripe kiwi notes and a sweaty wheat note in the finish that takes on a little tartness as it opens.

T- the taste of dry field corn is mostly DMS with some fruity tart sumac flavors that lead to unripe kiwi, green woody notes and a quickly fading strawberry hint. The finish is slightly fruity with a fruity acidic taste that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing little fizz but no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The odd corn DMS gets in the way but the nice sumac notes help to cut it a good bit. The fruity flavors are not really bright fruit character and it dries out even more as it opens.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a little trouble believing those who are down on this beer. Witibier is a great style, and this is quite an interesting take.

Appearance - The beer was a nice yellow straw color with a fluffy white head.

Smell - The aroma was sweet wheat with a hint of spice and banana notes. There is a lot going on here.

Taste - On the initial taste one notes the sour kiwi, strawberry, and the wheat. It begins almost like a sour before fading toward the wheat. My one complaint is that the taste kind of ends, leaving a rather weak finish.

Mouthfeel - The strong wheat leave a moderately thick texture that allows the taste to linger. The carbonation is also rather modest, furthering the staying power.

Overall - If I went by BA score, I might have purchased this. However, it was one of the clear winners at a recent bottle share.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

S - Smells like a wit with light strawberry and kiwi presence to it. It's there but not much

T - Tastes just like a normal wit with a light wheat and spice. Light strawberry presence on the backend that gives it a light sweetness

M - Lighter body with a nice sweet finish

O - Decent witbeer with a light strawberry presence that gives it some sweetness but not much. 3

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Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Hugonaut13!

Hazy peach with a fairly small head. Sticky.

Light fruit (distinct banana and very mild lemon) and mild grain in the aroma. Simple and straightforward.

More wheat in the flavor than in the aroma, combined with some banana and a hint of a kiwi character, though more emerges on the lingering finish. Nice.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Could use more bubbles.

Very tasty witbier, though the fruit isn't particularly dominant. Solid. Lingering kiwi finish is nice.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very cloudy, fully opaque pastel yellow in color. Forms a smallish, fizzy white head. Little retention and just the faintest bit of lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of yeasty phenols: some black pepper, a bit of coriander, and bright, fresh citrus notes.

T: Taste is more of the same, though the bright (and mildly tart) citrus notes do seem to dominate. Taste is fruity, like a blend of fruit juices. Kiwi and lemon/lime are the main players, along with orange and strawberry. Mild sweetness.

M: lighter bodied. Lighter carbonation. Low bitterness.

O: I'm not sure what to make of this beer. There are certain aspects that I like and others that I don't. I like the bright citrus notes, but the acidity and tartness are out of place for the style. Never-the-less, not a bad beer. Very refreshing and quite easy to drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Etan
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25


A: Pours a hazed mellow orange with a nice white head.

S: Yeasty, cloves, a bit of coriander, vanilla, pale malt, vague fruitiness.

T: Lightly chalky yeast, cloves and mild peppery esters, wheat, subtle fruity acidity, bready and somewhat dry in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This tasted ok, but the almost total lack of fruit flavor and aroma was very disappointing. I love kiwis and could not taste one bit of kiwi in this.

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Photo of Treebs
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch # 172

A: Pours a hazy golden color with with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Some mild splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Mild yeasty sweetness with some peppery notes, a little bread crumb and some very mild fruity notes. I'm not picking up much of the Kiwi or Strawberry.

T: Light kiwi tartness. Some seedy strawberry jam on the finish. Yeast sweetness as well. Mild peppery notes. Minimal malty crackers.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Soft sweetness on the finish.

O: The flavors were all a bit understated and I actually preferred the base wit by itself. The tartness from the kiwi was a nice touch, though. If it was a bit more forward I might have enjoyed this more.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a very light head, which maxed out at about one finger. Lacing left at each level while drinking. Murky golden/orange color to this brew. Much lower carbonation in this beer then I expected.

Smell: Subtle. Subdued. Bready yeast hits the nose right away. Slight tart tones picked up from the strawberries. Sugary sweetness from the kiwis. Undertones of exotic spices add an extra dimension.

Taste: A definite wit belgian yeast front. The tartness of the strawberries comes through in the middle and back end. Not much of the kiwis can be found. Dry straw and prairie grass take a toll on the palate. In the end, the strawberries take more to the belgian wit style.

Mouthfeel: Some sweet fruit sticks around with a straw dryness.

Overall: Solid beer but I prefer the regular A Foolish Wit without the fruit. It seems like some of the fruits added subdued many of the original accents.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Second pour, swirled the yeast and added it, the head was extremely creamy with sheets of lace coating the glass in a thick opaque film. Murky opaque orange body, sturdy head that never dissipates.

Softly fruity aroma, first splash out of the bottle has some distinctive strawberry and kiwi notes, but the second pour somewhat less so with the yeast added.

Some low level green strawberry tartness, slight phenolic spice, creamy smooth wheat, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Fruitiness is pleasant, though not strongly defined as strawberry and kiwi. Overall enjoyable, will try again if there are future batches.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 173

Pours hazy golden in color with a 1 finger white head the has good retention.

This smells great. Candy like Belgian yeast overlays some faint interesting spice. Grainy malt with some slight spice hop

Malt is sweet and grainy that is accented nicely by the yeasty esters phenols and a little but of sweetness from the juices. spices are also mild and tasty

Mouthfeel is nice and light crisp and refreshing but still retains a nice body.

Overall this is a great take on a Belgian wit. A lot of interesting notes that are perfectly balanced with no one ingredient dominating any other

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml capped bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark lemon with a 2 finger thick white head. Big cloudy rings of lacing remain,

Citrus, some clove, spices, lemon, and faint strwberries.

Wheat and pale malts, spices, lemon and sweet citrus, strawberries come in towards the finish but faint as well as some tartness from the kiwis.

Very drinkable imperial wit. It didn't blow my mind like I was hoping from draft reviews and talk, but a very good beer. Would love to see another batch with the strawberries and kiwis more prevelant.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Grabbed a bottle from Standard Market in Westmont. Served in a goblet.

The pour yields a very hazy light peach-colored beer with a whisp of a head that quickly disappeared. The nose starts out with light spice and a touch of unidentifiable fruit, and as it warms comes a bit of plastic character, which I've found in most strawberry beers that I've had.

The flavor was similar with a bit of a wheat backing. The strawberry/plastic character was there as well. Perhaps a hint of tartness from the kiwi, but I didn't really get all that much from that fruit. Body was light-medium, with fairly low carbonation.

Judging by past reviews, I'm wondering if this happened to be a bad bottle. The plastic-like notes from strawberries doesn't surprise me, but the rest of the beer seemed to pale in comparison to what others experienced on draft with the earlier release of the beer.

Will have to revisit.

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Photo of Benjiehorn
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap for Vav's Norse Tap Takeover and for me this was the winner of the night. Absolutlely stellar lacing and aroma with a strong strawberry presence and a light kiwi undertone. Please make a lot more of this and bottle it! I could definitely drink this all summer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Norse Bar. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and splotchy lace. Hazy pale orange-yellow body.

S - This is actually one of the few beers I've had with a hefty strawberry presence to it. Kiwi is more understated. Supporting things is wheat, lightly phenolic Belgian yeast, and nebulous tropical fruits. Spices are a bit overpowered by the fruit flavors, but that's not necessarily a complaint.

T - The taste is quite excellent. Kiwi flesh shows up mid-palate, with wheat and sweet malts, before yielding to a mildly tart raspberry finish. Yeast and spices are again understated; this is verging on 'fruit beer' more than Witbier, but it's good regardless of what you call it. No discernible alcohol.

M - Grainy, medium body, with pleasant carbonation, and a slightly sticky finish. No alcohol warmth, even though this is a bit higher in ABV than your typical Witbier.

D - Really nice beer. I would have ordered two if it hadn't run out so quickly. Hopefully Pipeworks makes it again, as this is too good to be a one-off.

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Paradisiac from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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