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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 SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit this be good...

22oz bottle shipped to Nebraska.

Appearance - Muddled orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, dank, and citrus.

Taste - Tropical, honey and citrus. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation. Low attenuation. Very Chewy.

Overall - Incredible IPA. Highly recommended!

Grade (A+)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy mother of...just wow. This was amazing.

Bottle procured in a trade with capnmike. Many thanks.

Pours a golden, slightly dark orange/yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells just delicious, big citrus notes, some herbal dankness, a tiny bit of pine, but not a whole lot. Smells so inviting.

This is just outstanding. A++++ for effort here. It's only mildly bitter, with some insanely juicy hop flavors- grapefruit, orange, peach, mango, all in unison. The finish is sweet, but in a natural, not sugary way. There's a bit of a candied fruit flavor to this one- which is the only way the malt really shows up at all.

This is so damn drinkable. It goes down dangerously easy for the higher ABV. There's a medium amount of carbonation, with a crisp and really juicy mouthfeel.

This is in the top 5 IPAs I've ever had. It's that good.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks wtc11 for the trade. Batch 527 - 528. Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that really lasts. Tropical fruit with a hint of dank on the nose, a great smelling IPA. Not overly bitter on the palate with tropical fruit, hint of herbal and floral hop notes with a good malt backbone - it develops nicely in the glass. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Overall, a truly world class IPA, balanced, complex, and extremely drinkable even at 9.5% ABV. A home run!

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Photo of GPorto
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best double IPAs you could have. The honey sticks out more than you would imagine. Any pipeworks beer with a fish on it, is something that you should definitely seek out

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Photo of Brams17
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Don't have detailed notes about this beer as I drank it on 12/02/13, but I recall it being one of my favorite beers from this brewery, and one of the finer DIPAs I've had.

I poured it into a snifter glass, and the tropical fruit aroma that hit me was huge. The taste followed with Tropical fruits and citrus. Loved this beer and I wish they'd brew it again.

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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 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 tmryan21
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Hazy golden/orange hue. Great looking beer.

Smell: Hop explosion. Citrus from the citra hops and more grassy tones from the mosaic hops. Can smell the beer as soon as the bottle is popped.

Taste: Citrus - mango, grapefruit, guava. The honey is very subtle. Some dank flavors mixed in as well. There is a lot going on here.

Feel: Little alcohol heat and not overly better. Would say its between medium and heavy thickness.

Overall: One of my favorite beers ever. Its a better version of Hopslam. Make sure you drink it fresh.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was absolutely amazing. I tried Heady for the first time last night and now drank this one tonight and the aroma itself made me check to see if I didn't open up another Heady, aromas matched up pretty well.

S: Candied fruit, citrus, mango, berry, apricot, subtle pine.

T: Fruity, mango, pine

O: I enjoy this way more than Heady, aroma's match up, this one the palate is more bitter and not as balanced as Heady, but the flavor is better overall.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reminds of a Sosus/King Sue hybrid in juiciness and smooth balance. Honey is noticeable and really tempers ABV. The body and mouthfeel/carb level is impressive compared to other PW DIPAs. Very citrus forward and juicy but not into the bitter grapefruit level. More tangerine with that honey playing a major role.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours slightly hazy, golden yellow with a definite, but light orange hue. A thick head of off-white foam.

Tropical and citrus fruits, mango, melon, and resinous.

Bright and delicious tropical notes, citrus, mango, and honey in perfect balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, sticky, and resinous.

Overall, one of the smoothest IIPAs I've had to date.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Serving: 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled 10/2/2014... so 17 days old.

A: 1/4-finger foamy white head. Golden, orange body, not completely transparent, but not cloudy.

S: Man, home run. Best smelling IPA I've had in a long time. Huge, fresh mango, tangerine, pineapple, cantaloupe. Smells like a fresh fruit stand with someone slicing up some fresh tropical fruits.

T: Just explodes with citrusy-hop goodness. So much fresh fruit. Soft bitterness, not overwhelming. Honey is noticeable only because I know it's there, but it does lend some nice balance and cohesiveness to the beer.

M: Nice and full. Not too dry or sticky on the finish. Very nice.

O: This is the best DIPA I've had from Pipeworks, and I've had Citra and Unicorn Hits Rock Bottom. This one is the most balanced and bursts with the most flavor and aroma. Their other IPAs tend to be too overwhelming for me and too "in your face". This one is just right.

Recommendation: A must-try for any hop-head, if you can find it.

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Photo of brewskis
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head.

Aroma is amazing. Overly ripe, sweet fruits. Passionfruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, peach, and slight grapefruit play along with some slight pine. A big blanket of mary jane layers over the other hop notes. Get some honey as well.

Taste is full of juicy, dank fruits up front and in the middle. Juicy mango, pineapple, tangerine, peach and dankness especially stand out amid the other hop notes. Finish brings in a significant bitterness of pine resin and citrus peel that is balanced by the lingering honey sweetness and other sweet tropical and citrus notes. No alcohol to taste.

High medium body with an oily, creamy, and slightly sticky feel.

This beer has really grown in popularity ever since it was released and for good reason. Many say this is the best Chicago (and possibly the Midwest) has to offer in terms of DIPA's and I would have to agree. Definitely a world class offering from Pipeworks.

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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 ozzman54
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer from Pipeworks/4 Hands. Comparing it to all their other IPAs, this is by far my favorite. Great pour with some very good lacing. Smell was sweet and fruity mango and pine. Mouthfeel was smooth and velvety. Taste was an explosion of hops. So many great flavors. It tastes just like it smells. Keeps you wanting more and more. Hopefully they team up again and brew another batch of this, because it's just too damn good to be a one off. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

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

Received a bottle of this yesterday (4/22/15) via trade and consumed it right away. Delicious! Poured into a tall 7venth Sun tulip-style glass.

I was very impressed by the balance of this beer. The color was very nice and was just what I was expecting. The aroma and taste exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed this one. This is one of the better Pipeworks beers I've had, so far; it definitely is in the top 3 of PWs I've tried. Looking forward to trying it again in the future.

Thank you for the trade, Morgan! Great stuff. Definitely, IMO, worthy of at least 4.5 stars. 4.5/5 or 95-98/100. Not 100% perfect, but ... it's close. I don't know ... maybe it is perfect? I'm not going to nitpick about this one.

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Photo of owen-wrx
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber

slightly hazy amber in color
hops, citrus, sweetness aroma
well balanced hops with slight fruity sweetness, slight bit of alcohol at the end.
crisp and nicely carbonated.

Great DIPA from Pdubz. very drinkable, but dangerous. No overwhelming in your face hop attack or extreme malt bomb that some DIPAs can have. reminds me of Hopslam, but better.

i hope this becomes yearly.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- muddy (resiny) copper with a fluffy white head and thick lace.

S- tropical fruit overload. Papaya, mango, passio fruit, candied citrus, light pine and Simcoe cattiness.

T - juicy fruit, resiny hops, papaya, mango, passion fruit, candied citrus, just enough sweet malt to balance, light pine and cattiness.

M - medium body, creamy, dry and resiny.

D - I think I am in love with Mosaic. This is tropical fruit overload in the best way possible. Sticky, juicy, tropical fruit goodness.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I had in 2014. The honey adds so much body and just kicks the mouthfeel up an extra notch. Citra hops make this a top notch IPA. Love it.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a beauty! Went fishing at my local bottle store and reeled in this little winner. Pours a hazy golden hued, honey color with a pillowy white head. Deep pine, floral and dank notes on the nose. What a treat for the senses - and the taste delivers up to the smell and looks. Overripe mango plays well with the honey here. There is an oiliness that coats the mouth and leaves a warm sweet, bitter aftertaste. Outstanding!

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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 RyBrew54
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright honey amber, slight haziness, with big fluffy head. Nice lacing throughout. Smell is sweet citrus zest, tropical fruit, and light caramelized sugar. Taste is very clean and refined with sweet malt balancing out citrus hops. Notes of honey define this brew, mild bitterness, with less grapefruit or pine notes than one might expect. The balance and feel are outstanding as this big brew is very drinkable. Clean is the best way to describe the palate after sweet notes reside. An outstanding DIPA that rivals some of the best around. One of the best brews by Pipeworks I've ever had. A must get!

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Photo of frankjjcc
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To me, this was definitely one of the best beers I've had from Pipeworks. Big, fruity DIPA, couldn't taste the honey as much as the floral and citrus flavors that I was getting from it. Sad that it will only be a one time only beer, hopefully they will do some sort of collaboration again in the future. Great stuff!

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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 -Rick
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: golden/amber color
S: big hop nose, a bit tropical
T: Like the smell, but has a nice sweet finish to it
F: like a beer should..
O: this is a great IPA. Solid tropic flavor with a great sweet finish

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