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Deutsch Hopfen - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The latest edition of our series of Imperial IPA's is Deutsch Hopfen. Unlike the previous beers in this series Deutsch Hopfen doesn't feature one hop but rather several new breeds of hops from Germany that were hand selected by our friends at Hop Head Farms. We used Polaris, Huell Melon, Halllertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria. As a result we have a beer with German influence unlike any German beer you've ever had. It is a lighter Imperial IPA loaded with honey dew, canalope, tangerine and delicate floral aromas and flavors. Drink early, drink often.
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by Fcolle2:
Photo of Fcolle2
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a very slight haze and anyone finger white fluffy head that retains nicely.

Smell is incredible. Fresh ripe strawberries dominate the nose along wit a very mild sweet citrus aroma. Light sweet grain and light butterscotch yeast aromas leave this aroma something really special.

Taste unfortunately has high bitterness and a mild herbal flavor. It's still very good, I would have loved some of the fruity flavors to show. Mild sweet grainy flavors finish along with light butterscotch flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp refreshing medium bodied and bitter. Lots of hoppy oils and resin coat the mouth.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy bright golden yellow. Fluffy head with spotty lacing.

Nice citrus aromas. Orange and tangerine. Light lemon.

More citrus flavor with a grainy malt presence.

Sticky but clean mouthfeel.

A very good beer but by Pipeworks standards just ho hum. The citrus gives way to the grainy malt and overall flavor is subdued when compared to the other ninjas.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch # 303 304 printed on the label. Another new beer in Pipeworks' line-up of Ninja Imperial IPA's, only this one being brewed with new unique German hop varieties. I'm pretty excited to have it, and my expectations are good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange colored body with just over a finger of fluffy soapy off-white head. Some nice streaks of lacing. Nothing spectacular, but it looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is fruity, unique, and distinct from the others. Trademark creaminess, fruity mango, pineapple, husky melon, dry grassiness, soapiness, some yeast must, and a hint of spice.

T - Taste follows the nose - citrus, pineapple, mango. Juicy. Very soapy. Earthy / bready / grassy. Has that Pipeworks feel to it, but you can tell the hops are much different than what they usually use.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, sticky, bitter, resinous, and dry. Piney / grassy / citric hop bitterness on the palate. Feels just a bit more dry than I'm used to.

Overall, a nice showcase of some new German hop styles, but I would have preferred a single hop beer to have better kept with the theme, and to better showcase the variety of hop. Either way, it came out tasty, and is another nice addition to the Pipeworks family. Glad to have gotten the chance to try this.

Pipeworks Deutsch Hopfen ---4/5.

Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky bright orange color. Pours with half a finger of head and was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation. Slight random lacing with each drink.

Smell: Juicy tropical hops jump out right away with accents of melons, kiwis, oranges, peaches, and pears. Slight malt body adds some creamy tones which play well off the bright hops. First tones of piney bitterness are picked up toward the back end of the aroma.

Taste: Bright fruits come up on the front of the brew, not as much as the aroma but still loaded with mouth watering sweetness. The hop body thins out a bit as the citrus calms down but this signals the beginning on the mild malt body with some lingering pine bitterness. The fruity/citrus tones ride throughout and seem to pick up again on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mild bitterness, big fruity sweetness, balanced carbonation feeling on the palate.

Overall: Another awesome brew from Pipeworks. Big fruity citrus tones that PW seems to do so well. Love them getting adventurous with the German hops that I have really never had any experience with before.

Photo of koutkid41
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a nice bright golden orange colored body with just over a finger and fluffy. Good lacing.

S: Smells strong of fruity pineapple, melon and tangerine.

T: Taste follows the smell mango upfront with some citrus, mango, pineapple, and some pine. Some bready notes. Some noticeable alcohol at the end.

M: Smooth, bitter, resinous, and dry with some sweetness.

O: Really enjoyed this beer. Had the Ninja feel to it and a unique aroma to it. Prosit!

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking ipa. A nice bright orange with a small white bubbly head. Dissolves quickly, leavin bubbles around the edge. Great aroma. Melons, grapefruit, rind, Tangerine. Has a slightly sweet smell but I can also pick up the bitter rind in there. The flavor is good, although it isn't quite as vibrant as the aroma. Melons are up front in the taste, with a piney and citrus finish, not as bitter as I expected from the smell. A tad sweet but an easy drinker considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is medium, very creamy, although I do wish the flavors lingered for a bit longer. Makes me want to take another sip immediately, though. The alcohol becomes more prevalent when it warms up, but does not take away from the flavors. Another great DIPA from pipeworks.

Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a cloudy apricot color, hues of peach and gold, with strong tones orange. A thick, taut white head appears, only a finger or so high that has good retention and leaves a nice network of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of intense melon, fresh juicy fruit, tangy citrus and wildflower, a bit of sweeter and rich malt with some potent booze at the back end. The flavors are in line, tons of ripe, juicy cantaloupe, honey dew melon, wildflower, grapefruit, valencia oranges and even some strawberry flavors, but thick sweet malt and tough booze round up the finish. The bitterness is moderate, kept in check nicely, but the alcohol is pretty potent. The mouthfeel is good, fairly juicy, coats the mouth well, definitely a creaminess to it, but there is a solid amount of carbonation to keep the beer lively. The finish is fairly dry with a nice crisp sensation.

Verdict: A solid DIPA from Pipeworks and certainly a unique one, especially considering all the hops of German, definitely a new flavor profile from what I'm used to expecting. This reminds me a lot of Butterfly Flashmob from Solemn Oath, which I also enjoyed. This is easily one of the better installments of the Pipeworks Ninja themed DIPAs, definitely worth checking out!

Photo of sully11277
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Cloudy yellow with almost no head.

S- It is a lot of pineapple, mango, and very citrus

T- a lot of pineapple upfront, citrus, and sweet. This beer tastes amazing with all the hops play well together. Just has a light bitterness at the end just to let you know they are there.

M- Very light with little carbonation.

O- This beer is amazing pipeworks hit a home run once again. If I see it in stores again I well buy as many as I can.

Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Binny's. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, and chunky splotches of lacework. Hazy dark orange body that is evocative of peach juice.

S - The smell is initially floral, lemony, and spicy, but as it warms there are more subtle notes of melon and cantaloupe. Hops dominate, even after three weeks in the bottle. There's a hint of the characteristic buttered biscuit malt that I get from most of the beers in this series. Perhaps a hint of alcohol, although that may be just some spicy hop character.

T - The taste has a bit less hop flavor, but more pronounced hop bitterness. Bready, with a light doughiness to it. Some of the tropical fruits carry through amid the malt backbone. Spicy and herbal finish.

M - Creamy, soft, medium-full body. Pleasant carbonation, dry finish, and some lingering resinous and oily hops. Pretty nice, with obvious alcohol heat.

D - This is pretty characteristic of the new German hops, but one of the better executions I've had locally. Not a Ninja variant I'd crave often, but definitely interesting and unique. I didn't have any issues with a bomber over the course of an evening.

Photo of Florida9
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Lovely shade of yellowish-gold. Slightly hazy. Forms a substantial fluffy white head. Excellent retention. Lots of lacing. This is a very fine looking beer.

S: Aroma is quite inviting. Lots of citrus, leaning towards orange and mandarin, with notes of honeydew and cantaloupe.

T: Taste is similar, but the expression is quite different. Juicy on the front end. Orange notes on the front end. Then melon and juicyfruit. Mild nectar-like sweetness. Turns sort-of dry on the back end with a pleasant earthy bitterness. Mildly alcoholic.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Lighter body for the style, but appropriate for this beer. Moderate bitterness.

O: This is a pretty damn good beer. Nuanced, light, and fruity, yet still a "big" beer. I like this beer and I've got to admit I'm really starting to appreciate PW's hoppy offerings more so than their fruited beers or their cocoa-nib, vanilla bean, clusterfuck stouts. PW is at their best when they make beer that tastes like beer.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy orange jam, finger off-white head,
terrific lacing display

S: melon, grassy, pine, lemon zest

T: melon, lemon, earthy malt, floral bitter finish

M: med body, oily and smooth mouth

O: Pipeworks delivers another mighty fine beer.
I love when breweries experiment/take chances.
The German hops were an interesting aromatic
and tasting experience.


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Deutsch Hopfen from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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