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Something Hoppy This Way Comes - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%


Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-22-2012)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 14:30:31 | More by WoodBrew
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:07:04 | More by TwelveOunces
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:22:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:40:55 | More by Fcolle2
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:31:34 | More by Vonerichs
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vic21234

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:05:00 | More by vic21234
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Rope

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:15:10 | More by Rope
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cosmicevan

New York

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 20:03:43 | More by cosmicevan
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 04:25:46 | More by mfnmbvp
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 20:40:07 | More by BeerLover99
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.91/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:54:52 | More by Jaycase
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 17:02:24 | More by NewGlarusFan
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 17:08:06 | More by Axnjxn
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:37:18 | More by Chaney
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:36:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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RaulMondesi

California

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 05:26:16 | More by RaulMondesi
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 10:20:12 | More by GJ40
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:34:17 | More by IrishColonial
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:36:42 | More by Justin_Neff
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timc100

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 05:54:43 | More by timc100
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:30:04 | More by wyatt13
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch #104
Bottled 3/21/13
Unmarked tulip

A: Slightly hazy bright orange color. Not a lot of head. Thin layer of bright white bubbly goodness. Still leaves some lacing. Mild alcohol feet.

S: Big tropical fruits. Almost juicy fruit like initially. Peach. Apricot. Juicy mango. Ridiculous honey comb sweetness. There is also come pine and spice in there. But can't get over that fruity hop character.

T: So juicy. Bitterness on tip of tongue. Pine and fruity hops. Middle of the mouth you get that malt body. It's actually larger than I had expected. This is a 10% beer though, so it happens. But still a hop bomb. Finish is dry and bitter.

M: Medium bodied leading to big medium. Definitely body here with those malts.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 17:38:48 | More by inlimbo77
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:13:12 | More by joeseppy
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 16:54:34 | More by KFBR392
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Batch #104

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice two fingers of frothy cream-colored foam.

Smell: Big lemon, grass, and onion notes hit the nose pretty hard. There's a nice layer of tropical fruit (pineapple and guava) lurking underneath but the onion and grass are so potent that it's hard to focus on and enjoy the sweeter, fruity aroma lying beneath.

Taste: Follows the nose unfortunately but minus the tropical fruit. Lemon, grass, more onion, dill, hints of lime and herbal spices with a thin caramel malt backbone. Buttery is not a term you should have to use in a beer review but that's exactly what this tasted like. Didn't pick up much alcohol, surprisingly.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, and quite smooth and velvety.

Overall, this one just didn't do it for me. I knew going in that it incorporated Sorachi Ace, a unique Japanese hop varietal known for imparting unusual aromas and flavors, but I wasn't sure how prevalent it would be. Something Hoppy was brewed with Columbus and Cascade hops as well but Sorachi unfortunately steals the show here. It's a personal preference but I'm just not a fan of this hop. I had heard people use "onion" as a descriptor in beer reviews before but this was the first time I'd actually encountered it for myself and it was a doozy.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 23:23:33 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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Something Hoppy This Way Comes from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.