Emerald Grouper | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 11-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#161
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
821
pDev:
8.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raspy22
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TylerJ
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidR_9
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fairly fresh, aquired in a trade. No bottling date.

Super tight white bubbly head on a beautiful yellow/gold slight hazy body (I like keeping in the sediment). Aroma is pretty standard, grapefruity, citrus, piney, but really clean and clear. Flavor is awesome, everything you’d expect plus a smoother honeyed and lactose experience that delivers the hops in a soft and creamier manner. Sooo smooth for a big DIPA. Unique given the familiar hop and malt profile

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Photo of BeerRay
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gcamparone
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. thanks Ray for sharing this

Pours a orange lightly hazy body with a small white head that leaves a ring of retention.

Smells citrusy, sweet, piney. Taste is lightly bitter with citrus zest and piney hops, a tad bit of honey with a sweet malt backbone. Medium body, easy going down for 9.5%.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pinkylives
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and papayas are present in the nose along with notes of oranges.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of pineapples near the finish. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a faint amount of crispness.
O: This beer doesn't seem as strong as it tastes as the honey really boosted the strength without leaving much in the way of traces of alcohol. It is very drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Spectacular appearance. The nearly crystal clear, medium amber body was topped by an immensely tight and fluffy, three-finger tall, bright white crown. Large swaths of thick, drippy lacing stuck along the glass and lasted until the drink’s end.

The aroma was really enticing and contained a medley of pungent, fruity hop notes. An intense, generic tropical fruit quality came through big from the get go. Really fragrant and sweet. As the beer sat, I was able to pick out ripe passionfruit notes. Some peach and apricot appeared as well. Citrus was also detectable. Orange was most noticeable. There was a dry, powdery yeasty quality too. Later, the yeasty notes intensified, as did the orange. Bit of candied orange peel as well.

The flavor was definitely more citrus forward than the nose. Juicy orange notes dominated. Loads of pithy citrus rind too. Grapefruit appeared mid palate and intensified as the beer moved along the palate. More rind-like pith and bitterness on the back end and in the finish. Big piney, resiny hop notes lingered after the swallow. Somewhat sticky.

Terrific fluffy, lighter bodied mouthfeel. The liquid contained a fairly aggressive, larger bubbled effervescence that turned creamy and smooth on the palate.

Emerald Grouper is a solid West Coast-style IPA with a tropical fruit-forward aroma and a citrusy, resiny flavor profile. Does it belong in the BeerAdvocate Top 250 however? Definitely not. These sticky, honey-infused IPAs were all the rage ten years ago but, frankly, they seem a bit dated now.

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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.19/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pipeworks for sending not just their delicious regular beers (Ninja v. Unicorn!), but also plenty of great seasonals. Keep sending & I’ll keep buying. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is a yeasty-looking, slightly clouded orange. The nose is, as stereotypical as it is, juicy tropical fruits & sweetness, though both are subdued.

Emerald Grouper is better than the soggy catfish I had for dinner…leaving fried fish to marinate in the curry wasn’t the best of decisions. The honey is stronger than most honeyed IPAs, lovely & right up front. It mingles with strong florals, white pepper spiciness, citrus, pine, mango, with a long chord of bitterness running all the way through. Heavier & stickie than your run-o-the-mill IIPA, which limits how much I’d want to consume in one sitting.

So few IPAs with honey manage to hit the sweet spot, but this one is the bee’s knees, living up to its lofty reputation. Excellent beer.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark apricot orange with a thick white cap that dissipates quickly but leave great lacing. The aroma is lots of fresh fruit both tropical and citrus, pineapple and mango are most present. The flavor is sweet ripe fruits, honey and a touch of pine bitterness. Feel is very good, smooth and thick, but could use more carbonation. Overall a fantastic beer. Would buy often if in 12 ounce format and priced as such.

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Emerald Grouper from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 821 ratings