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Something Hoppy This Way Comes - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 33
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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:
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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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.

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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.

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Appearance-deep golden color with a off white single finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- I'm not getting much of anything on the smell besides some sweetness and deep mango.

Taste- deep lemon, mango and grass with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- highly carbonated yet creamy around the tongue.

Overall- very different take on imperial ipa. I'm familiar with Columbus and cascade style hops but not the sorachi ace varitey. Must be the promanite hop in the beer.

This beer was from batch #36

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Something Hoppy This Way Comes from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.