Pile Of Crowns
LIC Beer Project

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #94
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #588
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 5.82%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
113
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New York, United States
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96
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Notes: Pile of Crowns is a medium bodied Imperial IPA, which employs a blend of hops including Citra, Mosaic, and Nugget. This exceedingly aromatic ale entices with peach, mango, and papaya. It finishes smooth and dry with accents of orange and berries.
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ChipChaight from New York

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the brewery in Queens. Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger o rocky white head that lingers, minimal lacing, smell is sticky tropical fruit salad with overripe papaya, mango, orange, cantaloupe, marshmallow, peppery dank grapefruit zest, hints of orange blossom, yellow cake, and honey, taste is papaya, melon, mango pit, orange zest, and coconut flesh, finishes with nice grapefruit pith that lingers, hints of pineapple cake, puns cake, and spicy dank white grape must, feel is medium to full bodied, lively carbonation, decent carbonic bite. Tropical fruit salad juice with a citrusy kick.

Jun 13, 2021
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CycloneBeers from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was an exceptional IPA. I had it on tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2018 and wish I could get more!

The beer definitely had a nice look and smell of a modern IPA. The flavor featured peach and mango vibes coming with a creamy body. The hops were present and added a nice dry finish on the palate with some orange notes. Very smooth and enjoyable with no alcohol burn.

Easily an A ranked IPA competing with some of the best out there!

Feb 03, 2018
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jimbobill from New York

4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pile of crowns... wish they had it more often. Really special brew from a fantastic brewery. These guys are on the cusp of becoming one of the most sought out beers of the east coast. Phenomenal fluid.

Nov 26, 2017
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manfromanotherplace from New York

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden color with a huge amount of haze.inviting.

S- my living room is filled with tropical fruit aromas....no need for scented candles, this does the job.

T- fantastic, tropical fruits dominate.

F- pretty creamy and full bodied for an ipa.

O- A fantastic ipa overall, a juice bomb.

Nov 21, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/10/17; drank 5/27/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge, noisy offwhite head; a thick curtain of frothy lace.

Pear, grapefruit & dry grass notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pear & mild peach flavors up front; dry grass & booze heat notes on the finish.

Too dry & boozy for me; this was drinkable but not real enjoyable.

May 28, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer! Pale gold, totally opaque - another beer that looks like grapefruit juice - tall head of foam left lace trailing behind and never lost its foam cap... Aromas of juicy citrus and orchard fruits, nice and ripe, fit to be plucked... flavors of soft sweet fruits follow, tropical, citrusy and lush... Creamy soft and medium weight, plush with carbonation... Like a beer fruit creamsicle... Got impressions of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, and more... Features Citra, Mosaic, and Nugget hops; 5/11/17 canning...

May 16, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up when it was released a couple of months back and finally got around to sitting down with this tonight. Even though I'm from New Jersey, I've worked in the Big Apple for 5+ years now and am so pleased and proud as to how big the beer scene there has become. It's breweries like LIC Beer Project and offerings such as this that have changed the game and after finally having a whole can of this, it's easy to see why people enjoy this beer so much!

Nice pour to this as the beer was cloudy, blonde, and full of a massive head that quietly settled down. Plenty of lacing was left behind on the back side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this as the foam never truly settled down. Lots of malt, tropical notes, and berry juice in the nose with more in the taste. Mango and papaya were present in a big way when I took a sip of this as the citrus juice and pineapple came through in the back side. This reminded me a bit of the Tired Hands / Omnipollo beers when it came to the taste and smoothness as the hazy goldenrod hue was a precursor to the easygoing nature of this brew. A slight dankness and some weed were present in the back but the range of fruit flavors and juiciness that were inherent still won out in the end.

There was plenty of alcohol here but it wasn't overt in any way as I only felt a slight warming sensation and light amount of booze when I worked my way through this. The only drawback to this was the slightly exaggerated amount of malt here, which bordered between lactose and wheat. This beer was more than full and slightly sweet, which complemented the range of flavors here and for a first effort, this was certainly admirable. It's nice to see LIC Beer Project have the Basquiat-themed design for the can as it was a nice design touch and a tribute to a New Yorker who passed way too young. This beer hit the ground running and easily proved that these guys can keep up with other breweries in Gotham!

Nov 27, 2016
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from these guys - and in full disclosure, I'd never even heard of them before receiving this, which speaks to the number and quality of brewers we beer nerds are blessed with, because this is world-class.

An aggressive pour reveals an ├╝ber murky straw-colored beer propping up a finger or so of slightly off-white head. It looks like a beer milkshake - and I lover beer AND milkshakes, so I'm about to faint.

The smell is waves of hops - I get grapefruit and pineapple piled up high.

The taste follows the smell - MASSIVE grapefruit rind, and sweetness from the pineapple to balance it, then just a hint of alcohol at the back of the palate.

The feel really adds to this experience - a creaminess (from oats maybe?) that makes this 8.5% ABV beer go down SOOOO smooth. I could sit at a bar and pound this - and then get off my stool and wonder why the world is tilting. Just a phenomenal beer, IMHO.

Oct 10, 2016
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Dinizioj31 from New York

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start out by saying that I'm a HUGE fan of Other Half and Singlecut, but this is the best IPA in New York. Easily right up there with NE big boys. Absolutely outstanding. Look forward to drinking this again

Sep 24, 2016
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Moradin from New York

4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I noted a change in color between cans, from a hazy golden to more amber. the taste anyway is always very tropical and juicy

Edit:
Second Canning: even more delicious, you can smell it across the room and the taste is absolutely great even better than the first?

Sep 21, 2016
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spacemanspiff13 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden/straw appearance. One finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly. Huge ripe tropical notes on the nose, mango, peach, maybe pineapple? Taste follows with a touch of earthiness & pine on the back end. A low to moderate bitterness that fades. Super drinkable & delicious. One of my favorite DIPAs in New York.

Sep 20, 2016
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RRtransvestification from New York

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had to review this one.

One of the best ipas I've ever had, which is saying a lot since I regularly have all three of the New England heavy hitters. A blast of juicy hops up front with a very slight, barely noticeable bitterness towards the end. Its a slick beer and is so smooth.

Honestly, everything you could possibly want in an ipa is here. Grimm has been making some amazing ipas but this is my new favorite out of NY and one of my favorites overall in the style.

Sep 14, 2016
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SenatorSpaceman from Connecticut

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It pours a super cloudy neon orangish gold color with a short white head that leaves very little lacing. Taking in the nose is a thrilling and complex experience in it's own right. Peach, apricot, and mango are followed by some floral notes and big dank earthy tones.

The taste is a glorious adventure through everything that makes a great IPA. Kiwi, grapefruit, and banana introduce us to the experience before a blast of super dank earthy raw hops punches you right in the palate. Rainbow sherbet and fresh orange juice bring things back to the sweet side before the subtle biscuit dough malt profile sweeps back into a grapefruity bitterness that lingers just a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus for the style and has a nice creaminess. ABV is well-hidden, as it is in almost every DIPA that LIC makes.

Overall, this is honestly one of the best hoppy beers I've had. In terms of LIC IPAs, I only prefer Hollows to this batch of POC, but it's pretty damn close. This is a top notch juicy dank NEIPA that any hop junky will love.

Sep 09, 2016
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avas from New York

4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 8/26/16. Consumed 8/31/16.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold / orange with about a half finger of fluffy white head. Almost fully opaque in the glass, similar in appearance to a Tree House beer (not quite the turbid opacity of the TH/Trill, but reminiscent thereof). Big rings of lacing on the glass. Would be close to perfect if the head was puffier and stuck around a bit longer.

S: Mixed notes of dank pine and citrus fruit. Neither really 'pops' out of the glass, but together, they offer a balanced, very pleasing aroma that is pretty pungent overall. In terms of fruit, I get passionfruit, sweet tangerine, and mango with a hint of pineapple. Dankness is a piney with a bit of that 'cat pee' character that reminds me of some west coast beers.

T: Much more powerful and fruit-dominant on the taste. Dankness is still present, but it's more grassy and takes a backseat to the sweet fruit notes. Up front, I get tons of sweet citrus--tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. Lots of passionfruit, peach, and papaya as well. Hint of bready malt in the middle transitions very nicely to the dank notes on the finish, accompanied by the blueberry earthiness I get out of some Mosaic-hopped beers.

M: Extremely drinkable for the ABV. Not the creamiest of beers in its style, but barely a hint of what's actually a pretty big alcohol bill. Great carbonation contributes to a medium feel overall. Medium minus bitterness on the finish complements the juiciness well. This beer also leaves a lingering dryness in the mouth that further contributes the drinkability.

O: Amid a crazy week for NYC-area beer releases, LICBP managed to put forth what I believe to be one of the best DIPAs to come out of the city. It possess qualities of the best IPAs I've had from both the west and the east (though leaning heavily toward the east), ultimately offering an extremely pleasant and easy drinking experience. I'm remarkably impressed at this first can release and supremely excited for the bright future ahead of LICBP. Keep on killin' it, guys!

Sep 01, 2016
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lolcats from New York

4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Outstanding DIPA, I couldn't find any flaws to this one.

Juicy tropical candy, medium body, slight cat pee and dankness.

Probably one of the best beers being produced in New York. Probably better than Other Half and Singlecut - It's up there with Grimm.

Aug 29, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a medium plus hazy medium gold.

The aroma offers mango, tangerine, dank pine, light bready sweetness, a bit of candy fruited sweetness.

The flavor explodes mango, juicy tangerine, passionfruit, juicy for days, with more of that dank pine, bittering slighty, with a light biscuity malt, onto some resin and herbaceous sticking on the palate at the end. The beer offers a medium mouthfeel, offering supreme drinkability for the style with a hint of warming going down. The tropical fruits and citrus exist on the palate for most of the experience.

A wonderful surprise as this beer is arguably the best DIPA being produced in NYC, and even a larger footprint....

Aug 29, 2016
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algebeeric_topology from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It tastes better than it smells for sure. The beer is very dry and gives the hops room to be subtle and nuanced. There's a lot of mosaic in the taste and a very pleasant earthiness (maybe from the nugget?) that isn't super common in these hazy/juicy ipas.

Aug 29, 2016
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jrnyc from New York

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, multi-dimensional with so many layers. Love the dry taste and juicy taste. At 8.5 alcohol not detectable at all.

Well done, insane can design.

Aug 28, 2016
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PVMT from New York

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Undated can purchased 8/27/16 at LICBP. Cloudy yellow pour with sticky white lacing. Beer is sweet, citrusy and slightly grassy. Alcohol isn't present at all. Clean and slightly bitter finish. A fantastic offering from LIC.

Aug 28, 2016
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