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

Pipeworks Blood Of The Unicorn

I love unicorns and Pipeworks beers, so this had to come home with me.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Amber/Red 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: I wish the brewery website had write ups on their beers.

The beer poured with a three finger, light brown head on top of a dark reddish-brown body. The head dissipated quickly and left little lacing on the glass. The body had moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of hops to it, specifically pine and grass. There was also some brown bread and toasted malt, but the nose was hop dominant for sure. The taste was also incredible hop forward. There was pine resin and needles, quickly followed by grass. Grapefruit pith came through next and transitioned into toasted malt and bread. The body was on the heavier side and had lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with pine. This beer was $3 per can, which came to $.19 per ounce. I thought this was a solid beer with great flavor and lots of hops. If you see this on the shelf, you need to pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Pipeworks Glaucus

I’m not sure when Pipeworks started distributing to New Jersey, but their cans started popping up and I saw this one and needed to give it a try.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: Belgian IPA

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, but can be found in New York 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: There is no information about this beer on the website.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of slightly off white head. It went away slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and a bright yellow. There was some carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of hops to it with honeydew as well. I also picked up black and white peppercorns and grass. The taste had a lot more Belgian influence than the nose implied. It still started with a lot of hops that manifested as grass, pine and honeydew melon. There was also some yeast that came through, along with white peppercorns. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with peppercorns and Belgian yeast. This beer was $3.25 a can, which came to $.20 per ounce, which is on the pricier side, but definitely worth it. I will be searching this beer out again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Pipeworks Cherry Murderous: The Lookout

I picked this beer up in New York and aged it for a little over six months. I’ve had some experience with Pipeworks beers and enjoyed the liquid, but no real experience with a cherry barleywine.

cherrymurderous

ABV: 9.5%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: The only information on the website about this beer is that it is brewed with cherries and is 9.5% ABV.

Random: Going back to work after a few days off is always rough.

The brew poured with a half a finger of light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a bright mahogany color with light carbonation visible, despite the color of the beer. The nose was filled with brandy and caramel notes and quickly went into syrupy sweet cherry. It reminded me of cherry pie filling. There was some fusel alcohol as well with toffee at the end. The taste started with cherry and pie filling and then went into the same sweet, brandy note. It had caramel and toffee next with breakfast bread. Booze and ash came next, but the flavors were integrated well as to not take away from the primary notes. The body was thick, but silky smooth with almost no carbonation. It made for the perfect winter sipper. It had a lengthy finish with brandy and pie filling. A bomber of this was $12.99, which came to $.59 per ounce. I was impressed by this beer. It took the cherries and really enhanced the base beer. Next time I see this beer, I’m buying a few to throw in the cellar.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Pipeworks Close Encounter

Since I post so far in advance, I’ll be home months before anyone reads this, but I was sent for two weeks to California from a business trip. Today is my first full day, so expect lots of commentary about California. I haven’t been in 10 years, so I didn’t know what to expect. I’m staying in Diamond Bar, which is slightly south of LA. Anyways, beer time.

closeencounter

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Malts: 2-row, Caramel 80, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat. Hops: Chinook, Zythos, Falconer’s Flight. Adjuncts: Dextrose.”

Random: I worked out at the hotel gym and my back is killing me now.

This brew poured with a one finger, thick, khaki head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of old wood smoke and ash. I also picked up roasted malts and cocoa powder. On the nose, there was not much in terms of hops, which is odd, given the fact they market this as a “hoppy stout.” The taste was really smoky, but not in a good way. It had a smoked meat taste that didn’t work for me, and I love smoked meat. It had leather and tobacco as well, but not a lot of hops. Roasted malts and milk chocolate finished the sip. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation, yet the booze was hidden. It had a lengthy finish with rare, red meat and smoke. A pounder can of this was $3.49 ($.22 per ounce). I didn’t like this beer at all, no matter what the price was.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Pipeworks Santa Vs. Unicorn

This is the first beer from Pipeworks that I’ve managed to get my hands on. Their label art is ridiculously cool. Even if I wasn’t into craft beer, I’d want to buy these bottles. Conceptually, it’s also cool…like what other brewery would name a beer after a fantasy fight between a unicorn and the mascot of Christmas. I think Santa would win.

santavunicorn

ABV: 10%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Malts: 2-row, munich, caramel 80, special roast, rye, flaked oats, midnight wheat. Hops: columbus, galaxy, zythos, falconner’s flight, cascade. Adjuncts: dextrose”

Random: I am not a big fan of when brewery websites don’t capitalize things.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep sienna color with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had some alcohol and big hop notes. Specifically, I got pine resin, grapefruit pith and pine needles. After the beer warmed a bit, there was some sweetness with caramel as well, but I was shocked at how hoppy the nose was. The taste had some hop character as well. It manifested as pine and was moderately bitter. Caramel and toffee came through too. The alcohol was hidden on the palate. It had a lighter than expected mouthfeel for the style with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the piney bitterness. A bomber of this was $11.99 ($.55 per ounce). This was a really nice beer and great if you enjoy hops. I would highly recommend this one if you can find it, since it’s not distributed in Jersey (I had to go to New York for this one).

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0