Pipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald Grouper | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Pipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald GrouperPipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald Grouper
BA SCORE
4.5/5
758 Ratings
Pipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald GrouperPipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald Grouper
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:
#143
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
758
pDev:
8.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
398
Gots:
87
Trade:
0
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Photo of Hosiejosie
1/5  rDev -77.8%

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1.44/5  rDev -68%

Photo of kscaldef
2.09/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

A: Raises a good head, slightly tan. On the darker side for an IPA, but good clarity.

S: Initially quite complex. I get a variety of tropical fruits, including a distinctly creamy / buttery note (_not_ diacetyl), almost a little like banana. Is this perhaps coming from the honey? Over a few minutes, the lighter fruity notes seem to dissipate and it shifts towards overripe melon

T: Whatever that creamy buttery thing is, it comes full force in the taste, along with some grassy and canned vegetable notes. Really coats the mouth and lingers unpleasantly.

M: Well carbonated with a smooth mouthfeel.

O: I just don't get the hype on this beer. I need to go open something else to get the taste of this out of my mouth.

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2.75/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.94/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of facesnorth
3.45/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can.

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 McNazz
3.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A tad too sweet For my taste.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, thanks Pat.

Typical Pipeworks. Overly malty and sweet, juicy citrus, sweet caramel malt, cloying, rought DIPA.

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3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't a fan of this offering. Surprised so many high ratings. I am a big Pipeworks fan, but this one didn't do it for me.

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3.64/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roze
3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drel
3.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Qbdoo
3.74/5  rDev -16.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Excellent nose: mango, ripe fruit. Rich mouth-feel, but had a bit of yeast sedimentation in the bottle and even some hop particles. I'm glad I picked one up this year, but not sure what all the hype is about.

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3.77/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 758 ratings
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