All Hail the Lizard King of Pipeworks

Pipeworks Lizard King

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!


About Hermen

Good Beer For All! Now is the time to kick the light fizzy stuff to the curb and embrace craft beer. A transplant to the Rocky Mountains (from Michigan aka the high five of america) and loving every moment....and the beer. I'm a HopHead but like to dabble in a little bit of everything. So let's drink and tell.

Favorite Beers: Founders Centennial IPA, Odell IPA and Myrcenary DIPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Founders Breakfast Stout and of course my homebrews.
Favorite Style: IPA

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