Pipeworks Lucky Cat

Whenever I see a cat themed beer, something inside me forces me to purchase it.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the beerconnoisseur website, “~Lucky Cat~~ strawberry & hibiscus flowers beer ~ Yes, the lucky cat is lucky. There’s a slim chance that holding one of these bottles may bring you good fortune, beauty, and all the happiness. We can’t guarantee all that – but we can guarantee that this Lucky Cat will bring you deliciousness! Available in The Dojo Friday 6/1. Seeing Shelves Monday”

Random: Yes, the lack of correct formatting above drives me nuts. I’m sure it has nothing to do with me being a type A virgo.

This beer poured with a thinner, one finger, tan head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with a reddish tint. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was a combination of strawberries along with pine hops, which didn’t seem to be a good mix to me. The taste was more floral. The hibiscus came through first with some strawberry air freshener that was quickly followed with pine cleaner and grass along with some orange citrus. I think it was a personal preference thing, but the flavor just didn’t jive with me. The body was on the thicker side, which didn’t help things. It did have generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy with citrus and hibiscus. I picked this bottle up for $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. I wanted to like this beer so much, it just wasn’t my thing.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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Pipeworks Lizard King

Today’s beer is another beer from Pipeworks. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pipeworks Brewery was established in Chicago in 2012 by two friends with a shared dream of crafting quality and creative beers. Since putting the first cap on the first bottle, the brewery has garnered accolades for its distinctive beers and original artwork thanks to a growing and enthusiastic team. Pipeworks self-distributes in Illinois and Milwaukee, but can be found in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut through Sarene Distribution, in Colorado through Tivoli Distribution, and in Boston through Nightshift Distribution. The Dojo, our Bottle Shop, is located within our production facility at 3912 W Mclean Ave in Chicago. Pipeworks is located at 3912 W. McLean Ave Chicago IL 60647”

Random: This beer uses Mosaic hops.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head that was very thick. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy and bright yellow color. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some citrus. I specifically picked up oranges, tangerines and some tangelo. The taste was very much like the nose. It started with the same citrus (tangerines and oranges) but was quickly paired with biscuit malt. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus. A pounder can was $2.75, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a solid beer that I would definitely search out again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Odell Drumroll APA

Val and I went to Colorado last October for Great American Beer Festival. When we landed, I was starving, so we went to a place called Mr. Tuna for dinner. It was late and the Rockies game was on. This was the beer that I had with dinner.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Drumroll is an unfiltered American Pale Ale. A bold, juicy, citrus-inspired and tropically hop forward APA that looks and tastes like pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit. The complex fruit character is the result of the careful combination of our favorite current crop year hops with no fruit or juice addition necessary.”

Random: The tuna at Mr. Tuna was amazing.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was somewhat hazy and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with lots of citrus. I picked up a lot of pineapple and clementines as well. There was some mango too, but no malt came through. The taste was much of the same. It was an absolute citrus bomb. I got orange and grapefruit segments along with mango and pineapple. The toasted malt came through right at the end. The body was on the medium side with lots of carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with citrus. This beer was absolutely solid and paired perfectly well with tuna. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Grey Sail Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale

While we were in New York, we went to the Standard Biergarten. I had been there before, for my Bachelorette party, but Val had never been there. We ended up staying for a few hours, playing shuffleboard. To my surprise, Val was very good at shuffleboard and almost beat me (not that I’m competitive or anything). Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An unfiltered extra pale ale crafted with five different malts and complimented by northwestern hops make this brew one to enjoy year-round. Generous amounts of hops in the kettle and fermenter give our EPA a citrusy and floral flavor and aroma. Available on draft and in 12-ounce cans.”

Random: This beer comes in at 54 IBUs.

The beer poured with a thick, three finger, creamy pure-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow. The nose was with citrus and tropical fruit. I picked up grapefruit flesh and pith along with mango and pineapple. The taste was also filled with hops, specifically lots of grapefruit flesh. It had a touch of pine and not as much tropical fruit as the nose. It was quickly backed up with biscuit malt. The body was very light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and filled with citrus. A can of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This was a solid pale ale that I would have again, but not a standout of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Black Hog The Hop Collection (THC) Motueka

This was the second beer that I tried at Memphis Taproom. I hadn’t tried any beers from them and the glass was absolutely adorable. After consulting Google Maps, this brewery is about a half hour from my mother in law’s house, so I see a visit coming in my near future. They also feature snacks from the Drunk Alpaca. My mother in law has given us some things from there and they’ve been outstanding, so I’m super excited. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Hop Collective is an exploration and education in hops.”

Random: On their website, they have a section of the beer menu called “Bottles and Cans Just Clap Your Hands.” I love a good reference to a Beck song.

The beer poured with a barely there, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow-orange in color. There was still a lot of carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with tropical fruit. Specifically, I picked up mango, passionfruit and pineapple. There was also a note of lime as well. The taste started with cilantro and lime flesh. It quickly transitioned into lime rind and the same tropical fruit that was apparent in the nose. I picked up freshly cut mango, pineapple and apricot. The body was on the light side with lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with tropical fruit. I really enjoyed this beer. It was an easy drinker that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Montauk Session India Pale Ale

So, we’re back from Hawaii and we enjoyed it a lot, but it’s so different from the rest of the country. We spent a week on the Big Island and a week on Kauai. Kauai was our favorite island by far, but overtaken by wild chickens. We had to avoid them in the parking lot of our hotel. Anyway’s beer time.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A good choice for any type of session – surf session, golf session, party session, whatever the session, grab a Montauk Session IPA. Three hop varieties complement each other to offer floral and citrus aromas before you take your first sip.”

Random: This is a year round offering in cans and on draft.

The beer poured with a huge four finger, loose, white head. It took a long time to go away, but left a small crown and some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and yellow with some visible carbonation. The nose was relatively muted. I picked up some citrus, specifically lemon and grapefruit segments. There was some lightly toasted malt as well. The taste started with the same lightly toasted malt. It wasn’t overly bitter and didn’t have a huge amount of flavor. There was some citrus, but that was it. The body was light with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish was instant and unremarkable. I received this beer as a gift, so no commentary on the cost. But, this beer was just a miss for me, especially with how many other session IPAs are out there.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale

I remember when it was difficult to find Cigar City in the area. Now that I’m spoiled because we get distribution, I found this beer hanging out on the shelf. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Traditional throughout Latin America, the guayabera shirt combines style, functionality, form and tradition in it’s four-pocketed design. We at Cigar City feel the same reverence and appreciation for the guayabera that we do for the Citra hop varietal, an ingredient that imparts notes of tangerine, lime and berries to this traditional American Pale Ale. The exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while it’s dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera.”

Random: This is a regular release from Cigar City.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a small crown on top of the cloudy, orange body. There was only some carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of citrus, specifically pomelo, grapefruit and Mandarin orange. The taste was more of the same. It had a huge amount of citrus with orange, pomelo and lemon. It also had a touch of tropical flavor with pineapple. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with citrus. This was $6 per can, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was an easy drinker that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0