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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald GrouperPipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald Grouper

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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

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Photo of kitch
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz bomber with no visible bottled on date on the bottle. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had great retention and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Tropical mango and pineapple, citrus grapefruit pith, lemon peel and honey.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and orange pith, zest, pine and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I was worried that with honey added, it would be too sweet, but actually, this was really balanced between bitter and sweet. The ABV is also well hidden. A great DIPA.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no evident sign of a bottled on date; into a tulip.
Appearance- a light, hazy gold with lots of swirling carbonation bubbles; head is a thick, soapy white. Lacing is solid!
Smell - delicious blend of pineapple, mango, lemon and honey; absolutely mouth watering stuff!
Taste - juicy fruit flavors similar to the nose; picking up a little of the honey, but not a lot!
Feel - odd to say the least; starts off with a watered down feel before transforming to a tangy sweet bitterness that I'm assuming is coming off the honey. Not bad, just odd.
Overall - interesting beer for sure; looks and smells fantastic, tasty, but with a very unique feel and finish.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is very intense with lots of juicy hops, stone fruits, citrus and even a bit of vanilla. Taste is quite sweet and fruity at first, gets dank in the middle and finishes with medium bitterness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall it's really good but slightly boozy for my taste.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice little malt note, very nice citrus/grapfruit notes, nice piney. The taste is very nice hoppy, some malts, very nice citrus/grapefruit notes, very nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice chewyness, and a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, to me one of the best PWs has put out. Recommended!

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found this recently while looking for another Pipeworks release. It's probably a bit old and more malty than it was originally - but still a very good DIPA.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much you can hate this beer about...piney and honeyie? as f*ck. Easy drinking, despite the abv. If it's worth $15 a bomber is up to you. Put this in 6ers and I would buy frequently.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really good... My fear, when I see, "brewed with honey," is that the brew will either be too thick, too sweet, too syrupy, or too... "honey"... This beer is none of that. I found the "honeyed" touch to be perfect, especially on my finishes, as if a golden pearl of honey sweetness melted across my tongue. The subtle sweetness and malts of the beer still take the typical big IPA backseat to a massive hop presentation. Citra and Mosaic are probably my favorite hops that I can name and identify, and this beer has both (and Simcoe). Belongs in that category of lean and clean, but somehow still soft citrusy DIPAs I am particularly fond of, and this beer hits all points. Softly plush and carbonated, but with a clean wash of citrus and a taut, bitter close.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bomber drank on 7/2/2016

L-smooth bright orange, nice clarity, thick light head

S-dank, potent, hops...honey, pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, and some zest

T-sweet honey and citrus hops are heavily present. really powerful flavors going and combined in a great way

F-dry, drinkable, a little boozy but doesn't drink like a 9.5%er. really enjoyable

O-a world class offering from Pipeworks. This really is fantastic and can compete with the best of them

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color with a solid white head. A very powerful aroma, with hints of the classic citra characteristics: intense citrus - grapefruit and touches of peach and mango. Taste is similar. But am I the only one who has found that since Pipeworks opened its new brewery, there's been a slight chemical scent and taste to its beers? I just can't put my finger on what's changed but I used to love all their big IPAs, and now the chemical undercurrent turns me off a bit. The beers are still good yet whereas they used to be great, now they are solid but definitely near-misses. I just don't get the persistent high ratings

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Lighter yellow-orange and golden hues with a slight translucent haze and soapy white head
S: Huge nose with floral, citrus, and tropical fruit notes
T: Nice hoppy bite of pine needles followed by a mellifluous cloud of honey, tangerines, and grapefruits; ends with a crisp finish
F: Trapped somewhere between a mid-range Tree House mouthfeel and Aslin's syrupy body; balanced with even carb
O: Stellar addition to the highly tasty fish series. I missed out on this one when it was still Square Grouper, but am very glad to have caught it this time. This beer is as tasty, balanced, hoppy and sweet as that last fish pun was lame - to that end, if you can get your fins on this one, dive-in without hesitation!

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Photo of FBarber
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

June 2016 - First batch of the Emerald Grouper

Pours a hazy opaque orange color with a thin white head. Head dissipates leaving lots of sticky lacing and a thin white foam ring along the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of honey, pine, sap, mango, peach, pineapple and orange zest. Each of the aromas really "pops" and is very distinct yet together they all smell delicious.

Taste follows the nose with a slight honey like sweetness followed by notes of pine needles, sap, and peach, mango, pineapple and orange zest flavors. There is sweetness initially, but a mild hop bitterness on the finish counteracts the sweetness. Slightly dry/bitter finish but still a hint of that honey sweetness is there. Really quite lovely.

Feel is light, crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation. Im floored at how drinkable this DIPA is. Its actually quite light for the style, but I really like it.

Overall a wonderful DIPA from Pipeworks. One of the best DIPAs Ive had.

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Photo of Karnivool1
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not quite up to Spotted Puffer's level, but damn is it close. Tons of honey with tropical fruit notes, with a boozy bite at the end. This beer is so wonderfully balanced. Another world class imperial IPA from Pipeworks. I'd almost call this a sessionable DIPA!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep hazy yellow with a thick ring of foam
Aroma is all citrus and rind
Taste is a orange juice bomb with some find bitterness
Hard to believe this is 9.5%. There is no alcohol burn
Another home run in the fish series.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellowish-orange with a plenty of pure white head. Big hop nose, as you'd expect. Pine, citrus, dank, and get a little of that sweetness from the honey. The taste follows the aroma exactly, with enough malt to balance out the hops and plenty of sweetness from the honey. Nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. Excellent DIPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle brought here in a suitcase by my in-laws from Chicago. 41214E0010545 is stamped on the bottom of the bottle. Not sure what that means. Label has a 2015 copyright on it. I'll contact Pipeworks and ask them to improve their dating. I did not heed the warning on the side of the bottle, asking me to leave some of the beer in the bottle due to the sediment.

Consequently, it pours a hazy light amber. Medium-small head, stands up well. Moderate carbonation. Smell is very nice, tropical and piney resin. Very nice smell.

Taste is not as pretty as the aroma, but still nice. It's more citrusy, less tropical, less bitter and piney. Much sweeter. Not to say that it's lacking bitterness, but it's lacking some bite to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Juicier version of hop slam without tasting boozy. The honey adds just a tad of sweetness to complement the hop flavors. It's very easy drinking for a DIPA.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled 22oz bomber. Golden color, nice head. Citrus and good dominate the smell. Taste is excellent, citrus and pine. I love citra and mosaic hops, and this was well done.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy gold with a half inch foamy head. Smell has notes of mango, lemon, grapefruit, and pine. Taste follows suit, but with lemon and a heavy grapefruit up front followed by citrus with mango and orange that ends in a nice piney bite. Feel is nice and light, but with an oily staying power. Overall this thing explodes with flavor and has nice complexity. Top notch, though I place it behind Sure Bet in the Pipeworks pantheon.

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Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this one! Get a beautiful bouquet of honey in the mouthfeel along with a touch of alcohol. Really has a nice bite that keeps you begging for more. Cheers to KevinPitts for sending this my way!

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Photo of chefbrady
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic ipA, tropical fruit nice balance of piney hops, there's a tad but of dryness it's not overly sweet or syrupy at 9.5%. Masterfully crafted would love to have Another.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellow haze. Smells amazing strong citra aroma on the nose. Taste is strong in citra with a honey bitter undertone. Very delicious and another great IIPA from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Good standard IPA appearance, attractive. Fairly dank hops in the aroma, and a wave of malty sweetness. Again in the taste, decent hoppy quality, but somewhat overwhelmed by the sweet malt, and a bit of solvent. Not bad. Maybe not at the peak of freshness, but definitely not an old can.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden color. Has a fragrant floral hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus. Flavor is hops all the way through. A citrus n pine nite with a nice solid hoppy presence all the way. Really nice beer

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Photo of BrentLepping
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture HopSlam, only if it had taken a Tony Montana sized gagger right before being bottled. A honey inspired DIPA on steroids. There's still plenty of citrusy goodness on the nose and taste, but it definitely leans more towards a thick, sticky, resiny IPA. I think the 9.5% is noticeable once the beer warms a bit, but the entire flavor profile works from start to finish.

Glad I finally got to try this one.....

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Photo of Domvan
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with a medium head
Not much of an aroma, but I think honey seems to be a hard smell to portray in beer
The taste was sweet and a mix of hops and malt
I'd say this goes in the category of Hop Slam, very similar.

If you are looking for hop forwardness than this is not the beer for you, it is more sweet syrup with a nice balance.

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