Pineapple Bling
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #256
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,309
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
122
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 122
Photo of PEBKAC
2.19/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can from Astoria Bier & Cheese.

Mojito glass. Thick, dark yellow to orange, an almost fresh cider color. Fleeting spot of yellowed head.

Smells of light lime, baked pie crust & a hit of zest.

Taste is a yeasty, malty mass that is only vaguely lime-ish, & little else noticable. Actually threw an ice cube in to thin it out enough to enjoy somewhat, but that barely helped.

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Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, pineapple and citrus. Sweet pineapple with very little else.

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Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: hazy gold with a white cap that grows and disappears in the wink of an eye

S: Pineapple and lime aromas run neck and neck with orange aromas close behind

T: Lime leads on the tongue with pineapple and orange nipping at its heals. The added fruit control the flavors and the Belgian yeast provides the texture while the hops provide a bitter, balancing finish.

F: medium light bodied beer is effervescent and mildly tart from the fruit

O: It is big and bold and delightful and the intensity keeps you from drinking too much

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent and hazed gold/amber with a thumb of fast-falling cream colored head. Zero lacing and head retention

S: Band-aids, peppery yeast & a little pear

T: Follows the nose plus dryness up front, a little lime & pineapple too. Dryness, grape must, & pineapple zing as this warms, just a little limey boozeyness in the background. Finihses with lime, pineapple & dryness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation

In the ball park of the style, but it didn't quite mesh into greatness, the ABV made this a sipper. Interesting enough

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Photo of scott_qua_scott
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a hazy yellow with a white, fluffy head. It's pretty inviting--almost looks like a cream ale.

Smell: Smells pretty unremarkable. I was expecting more fruit on the nose, personally, but it's difficult to tell that it's even a pineapple-flavored beer until you taste it.

Taste: The pineapple shows up--in a big way--all the way through the sip. It's (of course) notably fruity, but in no way overpowering. The nice thing about Belgian Strong Pale Ales is that they can hide the taste of high ABV very well, and this is a good example of that. It's a great flavor, if not especially nuanced.

Feel: A little viscous--and very smooth. Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style.

Overall: This is a great "novelty" Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I would recommend that you order one of these. Personally, I didn't feel the need to order a second one.

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Photo of stortore
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 8/1/17, had 9/20/17. Also had original batch in 2013, no written review.

Pours a mostly clear golden color, a near one inch foamy head and a fair amount of foamy lacing. A great Belgian yeast aroma, also smells of spices, pineapple, Candi sugar, some malt, some black pepper when fully warmed. The taste also leads with the Belgian yeast, then pineapple, malt, Candi sugar, some lime on the finish. Light pine, mostly up front. Smooth, dry, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

The juices are restrained, but it’s a good Belgian golden. The hops are a nice touch. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pimping out the classic Belgian styled stronger, golden ale, brewers at Pipeworks bling out the already fruity and zesty ale with generous additions of pineapple, lime and orange zest to pull the normal fruit-spice balance decidedly to the estery side of the flavor fence.

Pineapple Bling pours a rather dull goldenrod color with a luxurious eggshell tinted froth. Its rich aromatic display captivates the nose with rich pineapple, citrus and a host of complementary orchard, melon and tropical fruit and a tinge of vinous spice in contrast. Sweet on the early palate, the beer's nearly cake-like taste and texture leaves impressions of upside down pineapple cake behind.

As the sweetness and caky character drifts, its the fruit that pulls ahead in taste. Rife with musty pineapple, grain and hay, the sensations of dehydrated tropical fruit beckon. Orange and lemon come closely behind while a plethora of pear, apple, melon, kiwi and papaya play a complementary role as the taste progresses. Light bitterness and a kiss of white wine highlight the earthen taste of hay to finish the session.

Full bodied and remaining firm like pound cake, the beer's spicy alcohol reads more and more winey, along with a creamy, grassy and peppery finish that lingers past the fruit. With the beer's juicy character, we've been lulled into wanting these flavors but with an imperial IPA hoppiness that isn't there in this style or this intention.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle w/o freshness information

Pours hazed lighter Amber, near golden. Minor fine bubble off white head and moderate bands of lacing.

Sweet tropical fruit nose

Loaded with the advertised pineapple juicey fruit notes.....on the sweet side...strong sweet, vinious...tasty stuff...I like it...

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Photo of mschrei
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy straw colored yellow with strong carb and foam. Big fruit notes on nose with a mild saison character to it. Taste hits with a sharp tang, a mid level ale body, a pineapple flavor, and and an almost sparkling wine feel. The alcohol is disguised very well. A very tasty beer, I picked up two more after trying the first one.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on August 14, 2016. Tasted again on October 31, 2018. An unfiltered beer brewed with pineapple and lime juice. Worth a try.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a slight haze and airy carbonation that dissipates rapidly.

The aroma of the Belgian yeast seems to stand out above everything, but there is a subtle tropical and citrus fruit aroma.

The flavor of pineapple hits the tongue immediately with a crisp citric bite.

Light-bodied, heavy carbonation, sweet, fruity, and slightly tart.

Overall, this is certainly not PDubs' best work, but interestingly refreshing nonetheless.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Pipeworks, but this one was just ok. Tasted a lot like their saisons (which are not tasting that different to me). Meow would like it to taste more like pineapple.

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Photo of thumperskibum
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a good belgian ale, not so much a flavored pineapple offering. The pineapple is lost into a general tropical flavor. It's a good beer, just not what's advertised.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a cloudy orange color, and off white/creamy head foam. The nose was pineapple juice, and just a touch of sweetness. The pineapple remained in the taste with an additional note of tart lime. Low hop bitterness, with a light to medium body, and mild carbonation which gave the impression of some watery texture. Still tasty, with alcohol that was well hidden.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Batch 200, 9/6/12
Tulip

A: Pours hazy bright yellow orange like color. Quarter finger of bright white head. High carbonation.

S: Big pineapple right out of the gate. Fabulous as a huge fan. Tropical fruits. Belgian yeast character. Lime is hidden under there. Smells dry.

T: Fresh fruit right on the tip of the tongue with some of those mild hops. Pineapple is delicious. Sweet malt bill meshing with the fruits. Get a little of that lime. Dry and refreshing finish. Some lingering Belgian yeast character.

M: Medium bodied. High carb.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw golden in color with a one finger white head that has good retention.

Smell has some light Belgian notes that has some light pepper notes along with a light fruity acidity. Malt is grainy and straw like with a slight sweetness. Nice light herbal hop aromas compliment the fruitiness nicely.

Taste has great Belgian yeasty spices, mainly clove foreword. Some light fruit esters follow before a sweet citrus acidity cuts it along with grainy malt.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate thickness and high carbonation give this a nice fluffy mouthfeel that is not thin by any means. There is also a mild dry finish.

Overall this was a good golden ale. I personally preferred the cash 4 golden ale as the sweetness and acidity weren't as high but I enjoyed the added complexity.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer tastes VERY different depending on how you're drinking it. On its own, it's a delicious Belgian-style pale ale with a good amount of wheat, a sweet aftertaste, and just a slight hint of pineapple. However, after drinking most of the bottle, I went to my kitchen and ate a few hot taquitos (basically spicy doritos), and upon taking another sip of the beer, found that the pineapple shines through pretty strongly. I had my girlfriend try the beer before and after eating the same chips, and she said the same thing.

So it seems to me that the other qualities of the beer overpower the pineapple taste unless your palate has already been altered. I'm sure not everyone will agree with this, but it was certainly interesting to me!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Flat yellow and cloudy. Huge fluff white head that subsides with a little spotty lacing.

Light pineapple scent is overshadowed by a yeasty funk. Smells sugary.

The pineapple is faint and I was really hoping for more. It has a light tart vs. sugary dichotomy. Yeasty with phenolic banana.

Medium body, crisp, and juicy. Surprisingly drinkable for 10+.

A pleasant Belgian pale but I was hoping from a lot more juicy pineapple.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty golden rod body, trace white head,
ok body

S: grain, pineapple, earthy veg

T: booze well hidden

M: med/light body, slighty smooth

O: Love Pipeworks, but either this is not my
fav beer or style. You decide. Plenty of booze
but mild on flavor. Good summer or intro
brew.

GOOD; NOT MUST HAVE!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.) with no apparent bottled on date present. Handwritten Batch #200 written on the label. I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian ales, but I am a fan of Pipeworks, so we'll see how this goes.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a pale murky yellow colored body with some orange highlights when held to the light. An aggressive pour conjures about a finger's worth of white bubbles that dies down to a ring quickly. No lacing.

S - Smell is pretty nice. Authentic pineapple juice, some Belgian yeast, maybe some grapefruit / orange hop aroma, and just a hint of alcohol fumes. I can distinctly smell the lime juice as the beer sits also. Awesome. A mouthwatering aroma.

T - Taste is definitely unique, I will give it that. Natural juicy pineapple, Belgian yeast, & sour bread dough. Maybe a tad soapy. On the finish, I could really taste the tart citrus from the lime juice. Bready pilsner malt is in there if you look for it, I guess.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, sweet, and citric at first, but finishes dry. Sticky pineapple / lime juice lingering on the palate. Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation. High alcohol content is very well masked.

Overall, it's an easy drinking beer especially at 10.50% abv, although I'm sure it is destined to doom me. There is a lot going on here, although not a lot of your typical Belgian style ale characteristics, which might disappoint some people. In my case, it suited me just fine. Definitely glad I got to try this.

Pipeworks Pineapple Bling ---4/5.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A straw yellow color to this brew. A half a finger of bubbly head on the pour which quickly dissipated to a thin presence on the edges of the glass. Below average to average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. No lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer looks exactly like a glass of pineapple juice.

Smell: A slightly musty pilsner malt and yeast aroma jump out of the glass. A pleasant pineapple sweetness plays a background role. The lot of rye comes through with some medium hop bitterness.

Taste: The front is yeast and some slight rye character. The pineapple really opens up in the body and takes over. A definitely bright fruit sweetness but it is kept in check by the hop and yeast. The finish continues to be a lot of pineapple with some light hop dryness. Some earthy yeast continues to stick on palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, smooth, one of the easiest drinking big beers I've ever had at 10.5% abv.

Overall: Many times these beers with odd additives can go very wrong, but this one is very much right. The pineapple plays its role, at times being very powerful, but never too much. A lot of traditional belgian ale characteristics mixed in.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale canary yellow, juicy look to it with a thin layer of white foam that fades quickly.

Aroma is slightly fruity, not in a specific pineapple way, but it's definitely fruity with a slight amount of yeastiness to it.

Taste is a little yeasty, slightly bready and mildly fruity like citrus or dried pineapple.
Medium bodied with light carbonation that ebbs away slowly over time.
Overall it was easily drinkable, but a little low on the "bling" and pineapple.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pastel yellow in color. Cloudy to the point of being opaque. Forms a modest white head, but there is little retention as the head collapses to a thin surface coating rather quickly. Some light lacing.

S: Somewhat bready with a little yeast. Some very mild baking spices. A hint of pineapple and lime. But between the bread, yeast, and pineapple, the aroma gives the faint impression of pineapple-upside down cake.

T: Taste starts with a mild blend of sweetness and tartness. Lime is the first thing I notice. Then a bit of sugar. Belgian candy sugar possibly? Notes of light citrus. A little doughy. And a faint of hint of pineapple.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mildly sweet. Very mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: While there is some pineapple there, the huge blinged-out pineapple on the front of the bottle is suggestive of something with far more pineapple character. Oh well, its still a pretty good beer and pretty damn easy to drink for 10.5%.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy, burnt yellow with a 1 " white head. Small bubbles and amoeba lacing remain.

Citrus, lime, honey, spices and maybe some peppercorn.

Lightly toasted malt, spices and pepper, some sweetness, lime and citrus.

Nice creaminess to this beer with a touch of heat at the finish. Good beer but won't be buying another. Not getting a lot of pineapple.

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 122 ratings