bakebisbife (13) - - DEC 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorites by Pipeworks. Bright lemon on the nose. Fresh coriander. Looks clear. Drinks like a candied lemon drop. Phenomenal balance between malty sweetness and hop bitterness.
One of the most unique Imperial IPAs I have ever had. Sweet, but not cloying. Bitter, but not abrasively so.
ryecatcher (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Binnyís. Pours a nice ever-so-slightly hazy orange, with some head retention and decent lacing. What can I say but I am a sucker for DIPAs... particularly good ones and this qualifies. Pine in the nose, citrus and pine on the palate, medium bodied with a decent finish. The last beer I rated from PWBC was not so great (the Blueberry Berliner Weiss), but stuff this one is what Iíve come to expect from these guys.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding DIPA - unique, well balanced, fresh
The best aspect is the nose - ripe fruit sweetness, pine and slight grass notes, with a Belgian malt/yeast/brett? character. Other aspects followed suit.
hombrepalo (1633) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Rogers Park Finest. Awsome brew guys! Pours a brilliant golden orange with a decent white coloured head. Hangs around for a while. Aromas are dominated by the hops as expected. Mainly pine resin with tropical fruit salad in support. Some sweet caramle hiding in the back ground. Good stuff. Flavors are once again all about the hops. No to much else going on by resiny hop bitterness. Fullish mouthfeel. Good stuff.
Oly (6) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to StFun for including this in a trade. Big, lacy head and a hazy orange color. Itís sweet and creamy for a IIPA, but there is a flavor I just canít place. Others have said peach and mango, and thatís close, but there is something else, too. Overall, itís a very solid, drinkable IIPA.
Treebs (733) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch 32.
A:Pours a deep amber color with a chilled haze and clearing up as the beer warms. A dense head of foam, light yellow in color, forms on the pour and recedes slowly to thin cap and large collar. Splotches of sticky lace are left down the sides of the glass.
S: Big grass and grapefruit rind are the initial smells, but then the huge aromas of lemon zest, semi-bitter rind and lemon grass explode from the Sorachi Ace hops. It comes in waves, but the Sorachi is leading the charge towards the finish. Thankfully there is a heavy does of sugar cookie malts to balance out the hops. Very little noticeable booze.
T: Definitely zesty with some rind bitterness. Almost like a lemon tart when combined with the burnt sugar and plain cookie malts. Slight grassy notes with a sugar covered grapefruit balance, but the Sorachi hits you over the head again with big burst of lemony goodness. Barely any booze up front and only slightly noticeable as the beer warms.
M: Leaning towards the heavier side of medium bodied. There is a medium to high carbonation level which definitely makes it more drinkable. Sticky hop resins are left across the teeth and palate.
O: Big Sorachi Ace hops with a big malt backbone to carry it through. Very drinkable for 10% and the booze is barely noticeable. I still think I like NvU a little more for the drinkability, but I will be purchasing more of this. Especially if it sees regular production.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-30-2012
BeerSquare (114) - - AUG 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very clean, citrusy, peachy aroma, and a nice reddish orange color with a significant haze to it.
The taste is exactly what you would expect from the bottle-- a pure blast of hops. Really nice robust carbonation that kind of accentuates the hop assault-- like a modus hoperandi green flash, the bubbles seem to burrow in and expose your taste buds to a higher hop content!
The palate is remarkably light and pale aley, considering the hoppiness and alcohol. The adds to the finish that manages to feel somewhat clean and dry. . . even though it seems to go on for a minute or two!
I really like this one. Between the Bradbury and the Hops, itís pretty much made for me.
Thankfully I snagged a few bottles, so I will soon be hosting some taste tests between this, NvU, Hopslam and Hop Manna.
pablo951 (170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a 22oz bomber, batch #104, to a golden clear hue and a slight creamy head. The aroma is very slight with steady lemon citrus whiff. It has a strong hoppy, piney, bitter taste that does your palate right.
ChiGuy68 (126) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a 22oz. bomber. Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a white head. A nice hoppy taste, with a nicely bitter finish.
drewbeerme (3689) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Batch 32. Released yesterday. Pours hazy golden with white head. Perhaps a bit darker or hazier than NvU. Aroma of lemon lime, bubblegum, spruce, and lychee fruit. Flavors are sprucy, mango, resiny, lychee, lemon, lime, some caramelly notes add sweetness, and a bit spicy finish, seemingly a spicy Belgian yeast profile but I think thatís sorachi, I think that a belgian yeast could really work here. Getting some booze on the back end. Seems to lack enough bittering hops. Fermented well. Clean, crisp, somewhat syrupy sweet finish. Really tasty and well made. I love sorachi but Iím not sure itís perfect for the iipa. This beer wins on allowing the hops to be the show and showcasing a unique hop like sorachi. Some tweaking and this would be insane.