The Lizard….is King! Pipework’s Brewing out of Chicago consistently pumps out amazing beers and the Lizard King is no exception. This mosaic hopped pale ale is everything I expect from this style. Full disclosure…I used to despise mosaic hops because I thought it had this harsh bite to them that ruined beers. I have since come to love these hops and Lizard King showcases this hop in all of its glory. Here is my review of Lizard King.
Appearance: Slightly hazy pale yellow gold color with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly but provides wonderful lacing.
Aroma: Straight pineapple and citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) with a slight resin presence in the back. A simple pale malt bill allows the hops to shine but provides a slight but pleasant cracker aroma. No off-aromas (of course).
Flavor: Wonderful pineapple flavor up front with some great nectarine on the tongue. The middle really highlights some onion from what I would guess is from the mosaic. Slight bready malt bill provides a good balance but this beer is all about the hops. Finishes somewhat one dimensional with a pine hop bitterness bite similar to an IPA . Clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Light body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation that carries the beer well.
Overall: Another fantastic beer by Pipeworks. This one reminds me why I came around to loving mosaic hops. This crisp and hoppy APA pushes the style but in a good way. Lizard King is the beer for you if you are looking for a tropical yet dank APA that hits the spot. All hail the Lizard King!