Pipeworks Premium Pilsner

Val and I have been discussing taking a trip to Chicago this year. We have a rather small airport in town and one of the places that Frontier flies is Chicago. If we go, we have a list of breweries that we will need to visit. One of them would be Pipeworks. Although we get distribution from them now, I always like to go to the source.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Pilsner (also pilsener or simply pils) is a type of pale lager. It takes its name from the Czech city of Pilsen, where it was first produced in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll. The world’s first blond lager, the original Pilsner Urquell, is still produced there today.”

Random: The can art for this beer makes it really look like a traditional German beer.

The beer poured with a thick, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a slow pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was that of a typical pils. I picked up some milled grain and some mineral water. The taste also had a lot of grain to it with a slight bitterness and some river stones. Mineral water is present as well. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation visible. The finish was quick with grain. This was an easy drinker that could pair well with all sorts of food. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Pipeworks Lil Citra

I’ve been trying more session beers lately. I tend to go through these phases and with Winter coming, I’ll probably transition to bigger beers soon. But for now, let’s crack this one open.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Citra Brand is a registered trademark used with HBC 394 cv special aroma hop variety developed by the Hop Breeding Company (a joint venture between John I. Haas, Inc. and Select Botanicals Group, LLC) and funded by Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, and Widmer Brothers breweries. It was released in 2007. Citra Brand hops have fairly high alpha acids and total oil contents with a low percentage of cohumulone content. Citra Brand hops imparts citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit characters to beer.”

Random: I didn’t realize the photo of the beer was this bad until I went to post this. Oops.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and copper in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with grapefruit pith and grapefruit flesh. It had a slightly tropical note to it as well, but the dominant note was grapefruit. The taste was big for a session IPA. It started with the same grapefruit notes of flesh and pith. It quickly went into a mango note with a decent amount of malt to back it up. The body was thick for a session IPA with a lot of carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with grapefruit zest. I picked this up awhile ago, so I’m not sure what I paid for it, but I loved this beer. It had big flavor and low ABV.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Pipeworks Unicorn’s Revenge

You may have noticed some changes to the blog. Since the blog has been up for 8 years now, I’ve never changed the theme of it. After looking at the gray and black for 8 years, I decided that it was too dark and it was time to make a change. I also went back and deleted the “Beers To Be Purchased” page. I hadn’t updated it in years, so that came down. I also updated the “About Me” section of the page. I realized it hadn’t been updated in 4 years, and a few things had changed (the biggest one is that I put a ring on it and made the lawyer my wife). I’m also not going to be updating the “Beer Stores” and “Beer Bars/Restaurants” pages at this point. With my work schedule, I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with just the reviews, so I figured I’ll leave what I have up, and if I want to go back to that, I can. Now, I just need to update the “Beers In Waiting” page and the “In The Cellar” pages. Now that you’ve gotten all of the updates, let’s get to today’s beer.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial 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 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: That definitely looks like a scary unicorn.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of slightly off white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a medium orange color with some cloudiness, so I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit and pine. There was some grapefruit as well. The taste started with a lot of grapefruit zest and pith and went into tropical fruit, specifically pineapple. I couldn’t pick up as much of the pine that was in the nose. It was then quickly followed up by malt sweetness and a significant alcohol bite. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish from the malt. I got this beer awhile ago, so I’m not sure what I paid for it. Either way, this beer just needed a lot more balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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

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