Driftwood6 (214) - USA - MAR 4, 2008
On tap at Piece. Niceley done IIPA-- tasted like proably 100% amarillo hops. I’m a little burned out on amarillo right now-- so I wasn’t overly excited about this beer. It’s well made and balanced, and not too bitter. Alcohol is 8.5%-- nothing too crazy, but never the less, it’s hidden well. Doesn’t hold a candle to 3F Dreadnaught though. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
on tap @ piece of course. dark amber in color, thin head. fruity and hoppy nose. flavorful hops, bitter but smooth, nice overall taste. An all right IIPA. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2007
on tap at piece. pours dense amber with creamy off white head. nose is very fruity and piney hop aroma. flavor is very bitter with caramel backbone. tasty but this lacks balance in hop flavor. no alcohol noticed. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Draught 12/1/2007. Burgundy murky red, thin off white head. Strong hoppy flavor potent malts are semi sweet and dry. Full creamy palate. Hint of tootsie rolls in the malt body. Alcohol lingers as a slightly warming feeling.
User29624 (1687) - - DEC 2, 2007
Flavor and aroma incredibly hoppy. A well balanced Imperial IPA. Lots of citrus, this beer definitely grew on me. I prefer the Camel Toe over this beer, but it was still good.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2007
This is a very well balanced double IPA. I would say this is more an imperial red. Biscuity malt and big juicy hops. This is the balance I prefer. I asked Cutler if i could get a growler of this and he told me they prefer to keep the smaller batches on tap for the regulars. He did suggest that I could buy 5 tulips and an empty growler and do what I want with them- but I didn’t want to make him an accessory to a crime. Though the crime is clearly not letting those outside a driving radius of piece regularly experience his masterful creations. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Nice and cloudy. Smells like, you guessed it, hops. Mad citrusy. Well constructed IIPA. better than thlse west coaster monstocities. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
I visited the Piece brewery the last time I visited Chicago. This beer wasn’t on the menu, but was on the big chalk-board above the bar, and sounded a bit intriguing from our server’s description.
Appearance is an opaque color the shade of milk chocolate. Not a shiny/brilliant looking beer, but inviting nonetheless.
Odor was hops, hops, and more hops. The odor was an accurate predictor of the citrus-hop taste.
Flavor was extremely hoppy, with a pleasing orange-pineapple flavor.
As I drank it, there was an abundant super-sticky head. The head didn’t appear to be lacing, rather it appeared to be one giant sheet of foam hanging on the glass as I emptied it.
I bought a growler of the Worryin’ Ale to take home...in retrospect, I wish I’d bought this instead. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Sampled on premise while watching the Bears get stomped by the Dolphins. I’m not sure if I got the beginning or end of the keg or what but my sample was unappealingly cloudy to the point of looking muddy. The head was practically non-existent at the time of serving as well. Really, this is more of a barleywine than a IIPA, not that that’s a bad thing. Nice citric hop nose, very fruity, sticky sweet w/ a long bitter finish. The reson I say it’s more of a barleywine is because the hops are actually reasonably well balanced by a huge malt presense (though, don’t get me wrong, this is a hop monster). The stirred up yeast, in addition to killing the appearance, also lent this a milkshake-like thickness that didn’t quite work. Too bad more care wasn’t taken in serving this. Otherwise, this could easily have rated over a four. Bad form from the Piece staff. StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2006
Barely translucent and cherry-lacquered brown in color with a creamy, café fluff, half-inch whitish head and retracting marshmallow lace. Aroma is a fitting tribute to the glory of amarillo – sweet sugary truncations waft up the nose in resilient offense. Cherry-mango-pineapple concoction is a triumphant tympani beating to a well-executed dry hop formula. Some sequential wafts yield buttery cherry toffee and grassy daffodil fields, but this is aromatic amarillo at its best. Sweet, bitter palpitations are ridden most with sugary beets and the glorious two-step of a bitter flavoring hop performed of amarillo. Toffee-like, cherry Nip accents provide a constant, sweet flavored testament. It’s not a righteous double IPA congregation – it’s what an aggressively balanced IPA should shoot for. A swish in the mouth and the flick of the tongue bring out the more boisterous qualities, including grapefruit and starfruit for a bitter-sweet trajectory. Palate bespeaks of balance. Sweetness of cherry toffee allegories perfectly compliment the hop flavors. Carbonation is perfectly in tact, and when this brewery nails it, it’s seashells and balloons across the continent. Hot alcohol hints at the tongue flick in the finish, but never fear – amarillo sweetness to the rescue, rounded out with herbaceous grass. Quite an enjoyable 13 ounces.