Emerald Grouper
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #21
Ranked #299
4.46 | pDev: 8.3%
Jan 17, 2022
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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4.28 by einman from Minnesota on Jan 17, 2022
4.5 by ellswrth from Oregon on Oct 17, 2021
4.25 by TallGuyCM from California on Oct 14, 2021
4.35 by beermanben from Wisconsin on Oct 05, 2021
4.68 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Sep 28, 2021
4.59 by jdow117 from Ohio on Sep 27, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by TedHead from Illinois

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
4.46 by Mbgreg from South Carolina on Mar 07, 2021
4 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Feb 12, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned 12/17/2020

Feb 07, 2021
4.15 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jan 29, 2021
4.32 by Nunya from Ohio on Jan 27, 2021
4.71 by jeffmck09 from Connecticut on Jan 16, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by unclekeith from Alaska

Bitter but dry. Crystal clean, brilliant straw. Old school DIPA.

Jan 16, 2021
4.43 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Jan 15, 2021
4.25 by Destiney from Indiana on Nov 25, 2020
4.18 by GoffmanvsDuffman from Arizona on Sep 30, 2020
4.3 by loganburgh from Michigan on Sep 05, 2020
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 28, 2020
4.25 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Jul 18, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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
4.43 by Amb3do from Mississippi on Jul 06, 2020
4.43 by Beerbom from California on Jul 04, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beersampler6 from Michigan

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
4.5 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Jun 26, 2020
4.27 by Hopelessly0 from California on Jun 23, 2020
4.25 by cmukid87 from Michigan on Jun 17, 2020
4.56 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Jun 14, 2020
4.19 by MilaMila from Massachusetts on Jun 13, 2020
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jun 10, 2020
4.05 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Jun 09, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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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4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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
4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Jun 05, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

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
4.5 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 03, 2020
4.65 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia on Jun 01, 2020
4.34 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Jun 01, 2020
3.84 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts on May 31, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

Can from Canton St May 2020

Way too much honey and malt profile for my taste. Don’t get the ratings on this one at all.

May 27, 2020
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 928 ratings