Emerald Grouper
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #19
Ranked #288
4.46 | pDev: 8.3%
Apr 25, 2023
Nov 22, 2013
Emerald GrouperEmerald Grouper
Notes: Originally a collaboration with 4 Hands called Square Grouper, now brewed by Pipeworks and called Emerald Grouper.

Our buddies at Four Hands in St. Louis rang us up a couple of months ago with a proposition. They wanted to brew an Imperial IPA and they just happened to have a bunch of Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic hops. We though that sounded like a pretty good idea so they came on up here to Chicago and we did the damn thing. We also added 60 lbs of honey at the end of the boil. The beer that then flowed out of the tanks and into your bottles is a dank symphony of tropical fruit, citrus, mango, pine, fresh cut grass and stone fruit. This was only a single batch and may not make another appearance for a long time. Drink early Drink often.
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Rated: 4.25 by LoriCrotty from Minnesota

Apr 25, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by sd123 from Georgia

Mar 24, 2023
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Unlocking the mystery of how to avoid a cease and diciest letter because of beer naming rights, Pipeworks and Four Hands brewers find a solution: "color + animal" should do the trick.

Pale gold, glowing translucently through a reasonable haze, Emerald Grouper builds a frothy white cap before teasing the nose with a flood of Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic hops and their tropical, citrus, dank and herbal glory. As a mild mannered sweetness of honey, caramel and toasted grains apply a granola effect on the early palate, the early palate shows a malty-sweet tone.

But those hops are not to be denied. As the malts slowly dissolve on the middle palate, the flavors of grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, mango, apricot and lime all begin to shine in a fruit cocktail medley. With a light linger of malts having the fruity hop impressions seeming plump and ripe, the juicy session soon trends herbal, bitter and spicy. With a bitter finish, the session is piney, resinous, hemp-like and grassy.

Full bodied and finishing malty-dry, the ale is a throwback Imperial IPA balance with a few modern tricks and adaptations. Its a great beer that lingers with an afterglow of hemp, peppery warmth and fruit peels.
Mar 17, 2023
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Clear and copper in color. The head was so bright I had to wear shades. Nice lacing. Nose is citrusy. Taste was citrus and apricot and maybe piney as well. Backend was slightly bitter.
Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by einman from Minnesota

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ellswrth from Oregon

Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Sep 28, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by jdow117 from Ohio

Sep 27, 2021
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a slightly lighter than honey golden with a fluffy white head. It smells like sweet citrus with hints of tropical fruit and pine underneath it. The taste has a nice citrus forward start that smooths out into a mango pineapple flavor with a satisfying piney finish. The finish is much less bitter than I typically like, but it's very well done. It's very sweet without being overbearing. It's surprisingly refreshing for a double IPA and is a very easy one to drink. This one is something that would satisfy your serious craft beer palate, but also be something drinkable to someone just getting into the sport.
Aug 08, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by Mbgreg from South Carolina

Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Feb 12, 2021
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Canned 12/17/2020
Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by Nunya from Ohio

Jan 27, 2021
Rated: 4.71 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut

Jan 16, 2021
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Rated by unclekeith from Alaska

4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bitter but dry. Crystal clean, brilliant straw. Old school DIPA.
Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jan 15, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Destiney from Indiana

Nov 25, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by GoffmanvsDuffman from Arizona

Sep 30, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by loganburgh from Michigan

Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Jul 18, 2020
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a one finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit and caramel malts.

T - The taste is orange, mango, guava, grapefruit, honey, caramel malts and piney malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Really solid traditional DIPA.
Jul 16, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Amb3do from Mississippi

Jul 06, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Beerbom from California

Jul 04, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tremendous imperial IPA from the very solid Pipeworks. 5/11/20 date printed on can. Pours a very slightly hazy darker yellow-orange color with some fluffy white head and small rings of lingering lacing. Big aromas of ripe grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, pineapple and also some malt, vanilla, weaker floral hops and faint piney hops. Taste follows the nose, excellent flavor and balance, good depth, higher ABV was fairly well hidden although there was definitely a little warming alcohol as the beer warmed. Smooth crisp mild mouthfeel, a little sticky, somewhat soft, great carbonation. Well done!
Jul 01, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Jun 26, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Hopelessly0 from California

Jun 23, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Jun 17, 2020
Rated: 4.56 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Jun 14, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by MilaMila from Massachusetts

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Jun 10, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 16oz can into a spiegelau IPA glass. pours a clear but darker gold with almost 3 fingers worth of creamy white head. nose is not so much hoppy as it is more sweet honey and an off-smelling maltiness. taste is better with a hoppy and sweet combination paired with a creamy and luscious mouthfeel. it finishes bitter and sweet. overall, pretty solid DIPA that i’ve been wanting to try for quite some time now.
Jun 06, 2020
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Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a cleanse, golden orange with a thin, white head.
Awesome candied citrus and melon, and honey.
Taste follows nose. Best beer to utilize honey. Absolutely awesome. Comes with a little dank ness you expect in an Imperial IPA. Very little garlic and onion. Good malt.
Wonderful bigger mouthfeel. Worth the wait!
Jun 06, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jun 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Canned 3 weeks ago.

L -- Golden straw body with near total clarity and two fingers of solid white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and some lacing
S -- Candied citrus peel, sickly sweet floral, honey, lime zest. Has this odd 'off' smell, almost like a compost pile
T -- The added honey is definitely apparent here, lending both a sweetness and a fruity/floral character. Mostly green, leafy notes from the citra hops. Again, there is this weird sour/zesty note that is a little offputting
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Fluffy and fairly easy drinking
O -- Not my favorite from Pipeworks, but I might be spoiled by Trillium's Cutting Tiles variants in terms of higher-ABV IPAs with honey added

Jun 04, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
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