Something Hoppy This Way Comes - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 341
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 35
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-22-2012

A storm is brewing and with it comes a wicked carnival of hops. The dark carnie leader’s skin is emlazoned with many a vine, including Columbus, Cascade, and Sorachi Ace. So whether you’re a Halloway or a Nightshade, you had better run, for with this carnival, Something Hoppy This Way Comes.
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Photo of Brams17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Just a quick review from my notes.

I poured this into a snifter. Poured with a nice orange color and a finger of off white foam. The aroma and taste of this beer had a lemongrass note to it. It's a good beer, I just don't think I'm a huge fan of Sorachi Ace hops. There's a bit of an odd taste in there, not sure if it's the hops or not. One I loved about this beer though was it's creamy mouthfeel. (406 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Earthy hops, grass and pine, some malt with a slight citrus.

T-Starts with earthy hop notes. Ends with some banana and malt. Mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins.

O-Would have liked to have seen more citrus in the taste but still a good beer. (333 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with an orange tint. Has a fluffy white head that lingers for a short time then leaves a small covering on top. Fairy hazy for an IPA.

Smell- Awesome smell. Very fruity. I get hints of pine and cherry with a good amount of grapefruit, mango and citrus, also some floral hops in the background. Very sweet smelling.

Taste- Fairly sweet with just a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Flavor is a good amount of mango and tangerine with a background of pine of floral hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonation. It isn't a bitter beer but it is fairly drying. As it warms it gets a bit of a sweet aftertaste that lingers weirdly.

Overall- Some different characteristics for an IPA, not overly bitter but still drying with some good sweetness mixed in. Lots of Mango. (801 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 419. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a bid 1 inch off-white head.

Smell: Big citrus and floral hops up front. Caramel malt definitely has a presence with sweetness complimenting the floral hops. Just a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: Floral hops are dominant here. Interestingly the malt is nowhere near as prevalent as the nose would suggest - I get very little caramel malt sweetness breaking through the hop-forward flavor profile. Some citrus and grassiness is in there along with the primarily floral profile. I'm not getting much of the Sorachi Ace - just an extremely subtle hint of lemon on the finish. Not much alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for the style. Medium carbonation level.

Overall: Solid offering from Pipeworks, although they make much better DIPAs than this in my opinion. (876 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Something very hoppy came this way with this beer. It poured a hazy golden with thin head that left a spotty lace. The scent carried fresh hops which leaned more towards bitter citrus. The taste has very hoppy and bitter...but not overly bitter. There was enough malt to help balance the beer. Grapefruit was the primary driver for this fine ale. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this was a good beer....but 10% abv and the price keeps it from being a go to. Certainly worth a try, but I would go out of my way to search for this. (563 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 10-18-13

A- A brilliant hazy orange color with one finger of head.

S- Mango, fresh grapefruit, and a bit of mary J. A sweeter aroma and very pleasant.

T- A crisp but not overwhelming bitterness at first. A massively complex hop profile takes over. A bold citrus consisting of grapefruit and fresh mango's. A hint of Mary J and some grassyness. As well as a hint of lemongrass. Not much malt flavor but what is there balances the hops very well.

M- Strong but very easy drinking and well balanced.

O- Been a while since I had a DIPA this good. Really solid stuff. (607 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Earlycaquid for sharing this one.

Batch # 229-231.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop presence in the aroma. (682 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw yellow with some mild orange hues. Head is about 1 finger, white frothy and has decent retention.

Smell is great. Lots of tropical fruit aromas, mango and Papaya are the most notable. There is some good butterscotch yeasty aromas and caramel malt aromas typical to pipework.

Taste is good. Big piney herbal hops are forward an have a moderate amount of bitterness. Lots caramel malt and slightly sharp butterscotch flavors. Finish has a slightly dry rind like finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of hoppy oils with mild carbonation and a dry finish. Medium body keeps it a good sipping beer (606 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow body with a fluffy white head. There's a copious amount of spiderweb like lacing down the glass.

The aroma is tropical and citrus. Lemon, orange, and papaya.

The lemon characteristic of the soriachi ace is unmistakable. Spicy papaya and grapefruit, modest buttery malt.

Fresh and clean mouth feel, a little bit tart and dry.

It's another fantastic IPA from pipeworks and is highly drinkable for 10%. (435 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number 229-231

A- Pours a hazy dark yellow, on the verge of light orange. A small amount of white head quickly fades to the sides of the glass. Some lacing is also apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hop explosion as soon as the cap was popped. Orange and mango aromas dominate everything with an overall hint of sweetness too.

T- A sweet maltiness initially before the hops take over. I get citrus and also some piney resin on the back of the taste.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation, hoppy and bitter, alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming.

Another nice DIPA from Pipeworks, they definitely do it well. (671 characters)

Photo of Rope
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Nothing special, yellow goldenrod body, and no head to speak of.

Smell-
Nothing like the smell of fresh hops. Smooth sweetness with a balance of sweet and spicy.

Taste-
Hop juice explosion, the choice of hops really shines through. Part of it is a mellow coconut sweetness, then it gets a little spicy, and then the cascade hops crash through with some bitter. Malt is a side thought during this flavor bonanza.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and oily, 'nuff said.

Overall-
A great hop curio that super highlights some flavors you can find easily in the hop world, and some you can not. (588 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

picked up in chi-town the other day right out of the case before it was even on the shelf...fresh to death. bottle split with the mrs into 2 pipeworks glasses.

a - brew pours a rich, yet transparent copper with generous head...spotty lacing.

s - big booze on citric sticky resiny hops.

t - again, booze is big, but the dank resin hops make it tasty. the booze adds an element of sweetness and crispness.

m - a bit thin and crisp from the booze, but palateable. a bit syrupy in the taste despite the thinness of the body...which surprisingly works in this beer's favor, and makes for an easy drink.

o - overall, i dug it, but i'm a big fan of these big boozy ipas. would have again. (686 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #229-231. Another new beer to me from Pipeworks. Expectations are high based on this knowledge.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy sudsy off-white head on top of a hazed golden orange colored body. Lighter in color than you would expect from a 10.00% imperial IPA. Lots of nice thin streaks of lace.

S - Smell is nice, the varieties of hops really shine. Earthy vegetal smelling, grapefruit, pine, spruce, mango, maybe some lemon rind, and a bit of soapiness. Smells tropical, yet earthy with just a hint of caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of bitter, juicy, fresh, tropical hop flavor. Grapefruit, mango, papaya, pine, and just a hint of bready malt backbone. A really lovely hop showcase here.

M - Feel is fresh, juicy, and lightly bitter, but mostly a clean solid finish. A little bit chalky. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, another solid brew from the masters at Pipeworks. A dangerously drinking DIPA at 10.00% abv, which isn't noticeable at all. Definitely recommended if it is available to you.

Pipeworks Something Hoppy This Way Comes ---4/5. (1,215 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: orange/honey body, finger off-white head,
awesome lacing

S: mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine,

T: mango, grapefruit, big fresh pine, mild boozy
sticky marmalade, long bitter finish

M: med/heavy, big oily/sticky mouth

O: POW! What a hop fest for your palate.
Pipeworks continues to impress me. This
beer was just fantastic; must have for hopheads.

WORLD CLASS; SEEK IT OUT! (383 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #s 229-231

a: Light opaque copper. Small white head which recedes rapidly

s: Loads of citrus hops (pineapple, mango, apricot) - smells juicy. light toasted caramel.

t: Starts off malty and buttery than transforms into an injection of sweetness and finishes off with piney, resinous lemony bitterness/astringency at the end.

m: Sticky, finishes slightly dry. medium carbonation.

o: There is an alcohol bite to this one no doubt. Don't recommend finishing this one solo. The bitterness/astringency at the finish is quite strong and lingers for some time - there may be scars left. Certainly not my favorite DIPA from Pipeworks but if I ever have a need to get punched in the face with bitterness I know which one to crack. (731 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Glarus glass batch #143

A) cloudy, thick, head about 3 fingers with lots of lacing. Orange color and lighter on the side of the glass.

S) Skittles, very sweet and fruity, apricot, peach, mango. yeast too

T) Very fruity and sweet. Mango, apricot, candy, great tastes

M) Coats the mouth but doesn’t linger, smooth and thick.

O) Buy this beer, very good proxy or substitute for any 3F Imperial IPA without the 3F house ale yeast after taste. Well done Pipeworks well done! (498 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a tulip. Batch 143

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Very sweet hoppy aroma to this one, maybe the sweetest IPA ive ever smelled. Oh wow, this beer is incredibly sweet. super sweet, holy shit. liquid sugar? its close. i cant even taste anything else other than the huge sweetness. extremely buttery feel. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall...jesus. if you want an incredibly sweet IPA, this will be your go to. (461 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The wife picked this one up for me at Printer's Row in Chi-town. Rock on!

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured a pretty, apricot color, with ever the slightest head, maybe an 1/8 finger or so.

S: Whole leaf hops with grapefruit rind. Seriously, this thing smells like an operational brewery. Not too potent or in-your-face though.

T: Totally candy-coated alcohol... "man candy" that is. This one reminded me of Dreadnaught more than just about any other DIPA I've ever tried. Mangos and apricots through and through. To hell with grapefuit!

M: Sick lacing left on the glass, icky, sticky in texture, and very VERY drinkable despite the ABV.

O: I really dug this... much more so than I thought even. Glad my wife grabbed a few more Pipeworks to sample. (764 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Adam for this bottle. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy deep orange with some amber towards the middle and a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Herbal and passion fruit aromas dominate with pine and some caramel.

T - A big bitterness accompanies a huge passion fruit profile. Lighter lemon, pine and herbal notes some some caramel sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation. (431 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raul is straight up in the gravel pit right now and enjoying this bad boy. Different, but good. Not "different" like Steve Carrel in The Office "different" (gotta call trash when I see it, my peeps). Raul likes it; malty, juicy, freaky and nasty.

Ain't no good freak but a nasty one. (285 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle at 50 degrees. Thanks surge1311!

Golden with a slight haze and a small white head. Aroma is citrusy, floral and piney hops with a nice balance and complexity. Flavor follows closely. The rich, complex hop oils really stand out and help balance the high alcohol which is noticeable but reasonable. A moderate, almost silky consistency with a low to moderate carbonation.

A big, strong DIPA that still manages to display a depth of flavor and finess. (477 characters)

Photo of IrishColonial
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #144, poured into pint

A: Translucent orange, slight white head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing remains as the beer is imbibed. Looks like a delicious, citrusy, IPA

S: It starts to get interesting. Lots of lemongrass, sweet creaminess, orange. There are slight buttery notes, really kinda smells like a Thai curry soup

T: Ugh, this is where it goes downhill. Tastes like drinking a buttered biscuit with lemon Halls melted inside. Very malty and buttery at first that quickly dissolves into a medicinal lemon taste. You get used to it like you get used to lemon cough drops. Not good.

M: Full bodied creamy mouthfeel that sticks to the tongue and palate. This would be an excellent thing if it tasted good so I will give this a good score....

O: It looks, smells, and feels like a best in show DIPA. Based on the color and mouthfeel, it looks as if I could be getting ready to enjoy a nice Double Jack. Unfortunately, upon smelling and drinking, I was immediately transported to Thailand to drink a rich, creamy, lemony, Thai yellow curry. While I love Thai food, a good DIPA these flavors do not make. If you are a fan of Sorachi Ace hops or lemony crap like Stone's 16th Anny, this may be a 4.5 beer for you. Alas, I am not. Since it is Pipeworks, I gave it a shot and they did everything correctly except for the money shot (taste). Stick with their Ninja series and other excellent offerings and you will not be disappointed. (1,448 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle marked "Batch #104" poured into a 50W Tulip glass

A: Pours a neon orange, translucent body. Bright white velvety head. Great, sticky lacing clings to the glass as it fades into a small silky ring.

S: Very hop forward in the nose. Loads of citrus - lemon, orange, and grapefruit peel bitterness. Bready, biscuit malts. Buttery wafts that almost comes off like vanilla.

T: Not as hop-dominant as I was anticipating from the nose. There is a fairly large amount of bready/biscuit malt backbone up front, with a decent amount of hop bitterness at the finish. Definitely very buttery, but balanced with strong lemon-like citrus character.

M: Very sticky. Full body. Prickly. Somewhat creamy. Booze is hidden well, but there is still some evidence of alcohol warmth.

O: Not what I was anticipating, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This one is actually balanced really well and has a very nice malty backbone. The citrus character from the hops balances the breadiness from the malts well. Another good offering from Pipeworks, and further evidence of why they are blowing up in the Chicago area. (1,121 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 103

A: Slightly hazy gold with a nice pillowy white head - really good retention and lacing

S: Floral and grassy, some pine and resin. Pungent and ripe tropical fruits that don't dominate - candied grapefruit peel. Sticky, astringent pineapple concentrate (?). Great aroma, not as vibrant and aggressive as their other DIPA offerings.

T: Moderate bitterness and astringency. Sticky orange, lesser grapefruit - resinous. With warmth the orange increases into a sherbet-like sweetness. Very, very good

P: Medium/full bodied. Leaves a great lacing of hop astringency and bitterness on the sides of the mouth.

O: Another fantastic hop offering from pipeworks, imo better than the first batch. Very interesting hop profile (730 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 105. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Golden yellow, with an off-white head that resembles whipped egg whites.

S - Grapefruit, orange and other various fruits assault the nose. This definitely smells fresh & hoppy. Some grassy or dank qualities as well.

T - First sip is REALLY boozy, on par with Unicorn's Revenge. A definite alcohol bite is paired with immensely sharp hops. Lots of sweet fruitiness. Quite unbalanced, in my opinion. This will put hair on your balls.

M - A slick mouthfeel, with adequate carbonation. Mild drying of the mouth, but quite tingly.

O - I would not recommend trying to tackle this bomber solo. I'm glad my friend Chris is here to help me take this down. Very flavorful & an incredible freshness, but the booze is quite apparent. Not necessary a negative thing, but something to keep in mind. (852 characters)

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