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 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 cnbrown313
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear golden brown with a generous 2 finger head

S - Citrusy floral hops.

T - Lots of fresh hop taste! Nicely balanced and I would have never thought that this was a 10% ABV beer - the alcohol is almost totally hidden. There wasn't an overwhelmingly bitter taste that comes with big DIPA's either, but LOTS of fresh hop flavor.

M - Mouth feel was nice. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation that allows the hops to shine through.

O - I picked this up the same day that I bought the Stone "Enjoy by 9.21.12" and honestly I liked the Pipeworks DIPA better (although both were great beers). I was a big fan of Pipeworks' "Ninja vs. Unicorn" too but I actually like this better. NVU had more of a fruity hop presence (almost mango or papaya-ish), but I am loving the citrusy hop blend that they chose for this as well. Great beer! (851 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 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 emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 36, second batch, no bottle date listed yet.

Glowing tropical sunset orange, slightly hazed with slowly rising carb trails. Drippy concentric rings of lacing as the glass is sipped. A thin layer of foam on the surface recedes to a ring and patchy skim.

Pungent resiny hops, lemon tea complexity of Sorachi Ace, with a light natural sweetness about it. Eucalyptus and lemon wafers, light lemon zest.

Medium bodied and velvety smooth, tangy citric bitterness with some slick hop oils on the back end. Creamy lemon custard, grassy botanicals, citrus peel bitterness, rich and resiny. A hop blast to the senses, yet still layered and complex. Dryish finish, though the abv is fairly well hidden. Fresh and interesting, a unique DIPA that i'll continue returning to. (771 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- hazy caramel with an2 finger frothy cream colored head. Big waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, biscuit, lemon, melon, grass, spices.

T- sweet caramel with bitter lemon zest that continues throughout the beer. Spicy, grassy bitterness finishes out this beer.

M- medium body and carbonation. Thick creamy mouthfeel and abv is hidden very well.

O- excellent dipa. Another great hoppy beer from Pipeworks. Nice spicy, lemon bitterness from the Sorachi Ace hops works well in this beer. (554 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Duvel tulip. This is from batch #32, consumed & reviewed on 8/24/12.

So far, i've enjoyed the hop forward offerings from PB. SH looks pretty typical of the style: pumpkin colored, with an off-white head. There is a moderate amount of head here, with a generous amount of lacing. As I look into my glass, there is a neat little island of creamy foam has been steadfast since I started typing. On the nose, I get dried apricots. On the palate, there is an array of hop flavors: the variety has been meshed together quite nicely. The dried apricot on the nose is more pronounced on the palate. Pretty strong lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue. Sweet malts are present, balancing out the bitterness.

As this one has opened up, the complexity of the flavors have come into full bloom. Well done, Pipeworks! If Ninja v Unicorn was close, this seems to be neck & neck with Dreadnaught. (904 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 spicoli00
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #104:

This was bottled approximately 5 days before consumption.

Can you say tongue boner?

Nice malt backbone lays down to a powerful hop smell and flavor. For me, the sorachi ace rules the show. Tropical fruit and pineapple flavors are most prevalent. The carbonation is spot on with some medium lacing. Alcohol is hidden well behind the hops and sweetness. Dangerously drinkable brew and one of my favorites from PW. (428 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 joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale amber and white crisp head that lasts the session.

The aromas are what I would believe the bottom of a pine forest would smell like. Resinous pine, hop leaf, mossy and earthy. Imagine holding fresh hops in your both your hands and dig your nose in and breath in deep deliberately and slowly---yes...enjoy!

First sip is brashly dry bitter hop. My first thought of was the Sorachi Ace hop, which I read on the bottle later as one of the hops brewed. Actual delite. Very straight forward bitter brew. No oniony residue or citric burst.

Medium carbonation, dry finish, bitter and a real pleasure.

If you don't really like a citric hop this is one to try. I love Pipeworks artwork labeling and love their brew selection. Thanks to them for letting us know the hop billing on side label. Good bitter brew for me to have when I lite up my favorite habano this early spring. This Easter, Something Hoppy Came This Way for dad. Drink fresh and enjoy often! (965 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 chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked as Batch #32 into a Pipeworks branded stemmed globe glass/snifter

Pours a dark gold with amber and orange hues with a one and half finger bright white head. Some splotchy lacing as the head recedes. The lemongrass is very prevalent on the nose, undoubtedly the contribution of Sorachi Ace hops,and is joined by citrus blossom notes. Much like the nose, lemongrass and citrus blossoms initially, mild sweetness midpalate, and it finishes with a flood of grapefruit rind bitterness and warming alcohol. Extremely creamy and smooth mouthfeel, hefty malt backbone, and a perfect level of carbonation. Despite a hop profile that imparts more subtle flavors upfront(considering this is a IIPA/DIPA) this is a big beer that builds to a boozy, bitter end. Another very enjoyable brew from Pipeworks. (827 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 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 WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch 32, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with a finger of creamy white head, great retention and lacing.

S- Big citrus aroma, lots of lemon and grapefruit. Also picking up on some spice and a caramelly, buttery bread malt aroma. Some booze is noticeable as well.

T- Huge citrus, very forward with lemon and grapefruit. The malt is similarly aggressive, it's sweeter than I expected, with caramel and bready flavors. Hops dominate the finish with powerful pine and herbal flavors. Booze is really well-hidden.

M- Full-bodied, creamy feel, a bit of prickly carbonation towards the finish, as well as boozy warmth.

O- A great DIPA, this is another solid addition to Pipeworks' collection of IPAs. (754 characters)

Photo of brewskis
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque golden straw color with a half finger white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thin ring of lacing. Has a very dank smell, along with bright citrus fruits like some lemon, orange, and grapefruit; as well as pine, grass, some carmel, maybe some coriander, herbal tea. Taste starts with resinous pine, grapefruit, some orange. Then a slight malt presence shows itself. Some graininess and carmel. Then get more pine, lots of lemon, maybe some lime, a hint of coriander, like an apricot note, an herbal tea quality as well. Do not get much booze at all, but do get a warming sensation after each sip. Very interesting and unique combination of hops. The sorachi ace adds a different element to this. Medium body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel and nice carbonation. A bright, clean bitterness lingers. Interesting IPA from Pipeworks. (853 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving plenty of glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden orange body with tiny bubbles visible.

S - It's definitely got that characteristic lemony Sorachi Ace aroma, but with some spicy, herbal Columbus and grapefruit zest Cascade at the fringes. There's a hint of alcohol, and a buttered biscuit malt backdrop that's fairly understated for a 10% DIPA.

T - The taste is like a lemon tart, with bready and sugary malts, a hint of butter, and lemon zest. There's some pine and herb bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Creamy texture, pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation, medium-full body, and a dry and lightly resinous finish. Not much alcohol warmth either.

D - I was apprehensive about tackling a bomber of this by myself, but the first glass went down really quickly. I'm not sure how often I'd pick this over Ninja vs. Unicorn, but it's a nice problem to have. If you dig Sorachi Ace this is definitely worth checking out. (1,082 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 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 KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pretty regular look going on here for a IIPA. Above average head and carbonation. No lacing on the glass as this one was drank.

Smell: bright and hoppy. A lot of sharpness from the high abv. Really fresh, some earthy tones and some exotic hop spices.

Taste: clean and beats up the palette well. The sorachi hops take over this brew. My first experience with sorachi hops and call me a fan. Balance on the edge of violence and exotic spices. Can't get much of the other hops but overall very good.

Mouthfeel: I was so surprised how clean this felt with the high abv and hops. Dry on the palette but leaves no offensive feeling.

Overall: props to Pipeworks for doing something different with this brew. Go out of your way for this brew. (750 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to doogie71628 for sending this as an extra in the LIF- really appreciate it!! 22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. No bottle date that I see, but says Batch #32 hand written in green marker. I'm guessing this bottle has around a month (maybe slightly more but not much) on it.

A- Pours a slightly translucent and slightly hazy honey golden brown with about a finger of slightly yellowish just barely off-white fluffy head that recedes to about a quarter of a finger that has great retention and leaves layered lacing. Nice consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Piney hops, melon, a hint of grass, and sweet caramel malts. Definitely above average aroma strength. A bit maltier then I like, but otherwise very pleasant.

T- Piney hops with a hint of citrus fruits and light lemon zest mixed with very sweet caramel malts and a slightly bitter finish. I can tell that the hops in this beer were present but definitely faded a little bit, which for me isn't necessarily bad thing since I'm not a huge fan of sorachi hops. Normally I don't like IPAs that are overly malty, but the malts in this beer are very good and make it easily drinkable with only a very faint taste of alcohol on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, extremely smooth, very drinkable especially at over 10%.

O- This was a very good high abv IPA, easily one of the better 10% IPAs that I've had- but definitely not my favorite IPA. This definitely stood right up there, maybe even slightly better then the Alpines that I've had. I would recommend this and I would like to try this beer again perhaps a little bit fresher. (1,605 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 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 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)

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Something Hoppy This Way Comes from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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