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Pipeworks / 4 Hands Emerald Grouper | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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765 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:
#140
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
765
pDev:
8.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
400
Gots:
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrn1ceguy (Reddit) for this one. Originally planned to share with rudzud but he got his own damn beer!

Also been reading a lot of Dr. Suess, so this souper de grouper ala Peter T Hooper will rhyme.

Head pours nice and fluffy, like a 1 finger puffy,
slow fading grace, leaving some nice lace,
mostly clear honey orange red hue, streaming bubbles to keep the head at a cue.

Nose erupts with tropical fruit, like the zinzibar zanzibar Brazillian tree groot,
Some citrus and mango with pith and rind too, sweet candy malts keep the sweetness high ku,
some alcohol esters tickle the nose, and recinforce the sweet syrupy heavy prose.
A weird pencil shavings aroma makes me go HUH?!, but doesn't last long as the tropical hops go buh!

Taste brings juicy malts, lots of malts and more malts and candy,
sweet syrupy candy with caramel toffee and Randy.
Candied orange peel, and citrus zest around,
Tropical fruits as well, generic style but still abound,
A little mango and papaya cut through with ease,
But don't dominate like the candy malt my tongue sees.
Some warming hot booze cuts through like a cruise,
but a 9.5% beer pays it's dues and the beer doesn't quite lose.
A sticky sweet finish brings more warming alcohol,
more hops and malts but I can't rhyme with alcohol.,
Mild tropical fruits lingering with citrus and peel,
it's a big heavy sweet malty beer for a DIPA feel.

Mouth is a bit hot and boozy, but super sticky sweet too,
Decent carb there but the med to full bodied I feel like I have to chew.

Overall OK, but not quite what I hoped.
It has some nice hops, tropical like mango and papaya eloped,
But the big heavy malts and super sweet candy,
Bring too much booze to balance quite dandy,
still a tasty sipper beer and hard to drink much,
Like the truffala trunk of the sweet hanging such.

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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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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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650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #258. Someone told me this was re-brewed... I guess not. Oh well.

Appearance - Bright hazy orange. Nice white head, but it doesn't last. Medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Kinda dank. Grapefruit. Herbal quality. Lots of caramel malt.

Taste - Bright orange hops. Immediately herbal. Honey-like sweetness. Toasted malt. Bitter herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. I guess medium, but heavy for an IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Well I was afraid this would be too old and too Pipeworks, but it's neither. Still very good and doesn't have the issues I've found from other Pipeworks IPAs.

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Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 765 ratings
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