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Something Hoppy This Way Comes | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A storm is brewing and with it comes a wicked carnival of hops. The dark carnie leader’s skin is emlazoned with many a vine, including Columbus, Cascade, and Sorachi Ace. So whether you’re a Halloway or a Nightshade, you had better run, for with this carnival, Something Hoppy This Way Comes.

Added by MasterSki on 08-22-2012

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54
Ratings:
370
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Glarus glass batch #143

A) cloudy, thick, head about 3 fingers with lots of lacing. Orange color and lighter on the side of the glass.

S) Skittles, very sweet and fruity, apricot, peach, mango. yeast too

T) Very fruity and sweet. Mango, apricot, candy, great tastes

M) Coats the mouth but doesn’t linger, smooth and thick.

O) Buy this beer, very good proxy or substitute for any 3F Imperial IPA without the 3F house ale yeast after taste. Well done Pipeworks well done!

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Photo of OleBruin
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this fresh as it was just released again here in Chicago. Out of a teku. Bright hop aromas, with some moderate sweetness. Taste is the same with more sweetness, with big juicy hop flavor. This is a smooth 10 percenter, and hides it pretty well. Mouthfeel and ever so slight burn hints at its imperial strength. Highly recommended if you see it fresh.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bursting with fruits and bitterness, plush but sharp-edged and hoppy. Real subtle 10% abv sneaks in with blast of hops. Solid caramel-like malt base provides just enough sweetness to round off any rough edges.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear golden brown with a generous 2 finger head

S - Citrusy floral hops.

T - Lots of fresh hop taste! Nicely balanced and I would have never thought that this was a 10% ABV beer - the alcohol is almost totally hidden. There wasn't an overwhelmingly bitter taste that comes with big DIPA's either, but LOTS of fresh hop flavor.

M - Mouth feel was nice. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation that allows the hops to shine through.

O - I picked this up the same day that I bought the Stone "Enjoy by 9.21.12" and honestly I liked the Pipeworks DIPA better (although both were great beers). I was a big fan of Pipeworks' "Ninja vs. Unicorn" too but I actually like this better. NVU had more of a fruity hop presence (almost mango or papaya-ish), but I am loving the citrusy hop blend that they chose for this as well. Great beer!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 10-18-13

A- A brilliant hazy orange color with one finger of head.

S- Mango, fresh grapefruit, and a bit of mary J. A sweeter aroma and very pleasant.

T- A crisp but not overwhelming bitterness at first. A massively complex hop profile takes over. A bold citrus consisting of grapefruit and fresh mango's. A hint of Mary J and some grassyness. As well as a hint of lemongrass. Not much malt flavor but what is there balances the hops very well.

M- Strong but very easy drinking and well balanced.

O- Been a while since I had a DIPA this good. Really solid stuff.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice very slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, very nice citrus/pine notes. The taste is very nice hoppy, slightly malty, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA. Would buy again. Recommended!

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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another double IPA from my favorite brewery, and another home run from them. Pours cloudy tan/orange/gold. Healthy lacing. Big hops on the nose. Juicy and bitter, slight malt in the background. Mouth filling, flavorful, super tasty. Missing the metallic tang prevalent in Ninja vs Unicorn and the single hop Ninja series, but that actually helps. Highly recommend.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: orange/honey body, finger off-white head,
awesome lacing

S: mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine,

T: mango, grapefruit, big fresh pine, mild boozy
sticky marmalade, long bitter finish

M: med/heavy, big oily/sticky mouth

O: POW! What a hop fest for your palate.
Pipeworks continues to impress me. This
beer was just fantastic; must have for hopheads.

WORLD CLASS; SEEK IT OUT!

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 36, second batch, no bottle date listed yet.

Glowing tropical sunset orange, slightly hazed with slowly rising carb trails. Drippy concentric rings of lacing as the glass is sipped. A thin layer of foam on the surface recedes to a ring and patchy skim.

Pungent resiny hops, lemon tea complexity of Sorachi Ace, with a light natural sweetness about it. Eucalyptus and lemon wafers, light lemon zest.

Medium bodied and velvety smooth, tangy citric bitterness with some slick hop oils on the back end. Creamy lemon custard, grassy botanicals, citrus peel bitterness, rich and resiny. A hop blast to the senses, yet still layered and complex. Dryish finish, though the abv is fairly well hidden. Fresh and interesting, a unique DIPA that i'll continue returning to.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- hazy caramel with an2 finger frothy cream colored head. Big waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, biscuit, lemon, melon, grass, spices.

T- sweet caramel with bitter lemon zest that continues throughout the beer. Spicy, grassy bitterness finishes out this beer.

M- medium body and carbonation. Thick creamy mouthfeel and abv is hidden very well.

O- excellent dipa. Another great hoppy beer from Pipeworks. Nice spicy, lemon bitterness from the Sorachi Ace hops works well in this beer.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Duvel tulip. This is from batch #32, consumed & reviewed on 8/24/12.

So far, i've enjoyed the hop forward offerings from PB. SH looks pretty typical of the style: pumpkin colored, with an off-white head. There is a moderate amount of head here, with a generous amount of lacing. As I look into my glass, there is a neat little island of creamy foam has been steadfast since I started typing. On the nose, I get dried apricots. On the palate, there is an array of hop flavors: the variety has been meshed together quite nicely. The dried apricot on the nose is more pronounced on the palate. Pretty strong lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue. Sweet malts are present, balancing out the bitterness.

As this one has opened up, the complexity of the flavors have come into full bloom. Well done, Pipeworks! If Ninja v Unicorn was close, this seems to be neck & neck with Dreadnaught.

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Photo of timc100
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 103

A: Slightly hazy gold with a nice pillowy white head - really good retention and lacing

S: Floral and grassy, some pine and resin. Pungent and ripe tropical fruits that don't dominate - candied grapefruit peel. Sticky, astringent pineapple concentrate (?). Great aroma, not as vibrant and aggressive as their other DIPA offerings.

T: Moderate bitterness and astringency. Sticky orange, lesser grapefruit - resinous. With warmth the orange increases into a sherbet-like sweetness. Very, very good

P: Medium/full bodied. Leaves a great lacing of hop astringency and bitterness on the sides of the mouth.

O: Another fantastic hop offering from pipeworks, imo better than the first batch. Very interesting hop profile

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Photo of spicoli00
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #104:

This was bottled approximately 5 days before consumption.

Can you say tongue boner?

Nice malt backbone lays down to a powerful hop smell and flavor. For me, the sorachi ace rules the show. Tropical fruit and pineapple flavors are most prevalent. The carbonation is spot on with some medium lacing. Alcohol is hidden well behind the hops and sweetness. Dangerously drinkable brew and one of my favorites from PW.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Adam for this bottle. Poured in to snifter.

A - Cloudy deep orange with some amber towards the middle and a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Herbal and passion fruit aromas dominate with pine and some caramel.

T - A big bitterness accompanies a huge passion fruit profile. Lighter lemon, pine and herbal notes some some caramel sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale amber and white crisp head that lasts the session.

The aromas are what I would believe the bottom of a pine forest would smell like. Resinous pine, hop leaf, mossy and earthy. Imagine holding fresh hops in your both your hands and dig your nose in and breath in deep deliberately and slowly---yes...enjoy!

First sip is brashly dry bitter hop. My first thought of was the Sorachi Ace hop, which I read on the bottle later as one of the hops brewed. Actual delite. Very straight forward bitter brew. No oniony residue or citric burst.

Medium carbonation, dry finish, bitter and a real pleasure.

If you don't really like a citric hop this is one to try. I love Pipeworks artwork labeling and love their brew selection. Thanks to them for letting us know the hop billing on side label. Good bitter brew for me to have when I lite up my favorite habano this early spring. This Easter, Something Hoppy Came This Way for dad. Drink fresh and enjoy often!

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Photo of IPAdams
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a dark gold with an orange tint. Has a fluffy white head that lingers for a short time then leaves a small covering on top. Fairy hazy for an IPA.

Smell- Awesome smell. Very fruity. I get hints of pine and cherry with a good amount of grapefruit, mango and citrus, also some floral hops in the background. Very sweet smelling.

Taste- Fairly sweet with just a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Flavor is a good amount of mango and tangerine with a background of pine of floral hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonation. It isn't a bitter beer but it is fairly drying. As it warms it gets a bit of a sweet aftertaste that lingers weirdly.

Overall- Some different characteristics for an IPA, not overly bitter but still drying with some good sweetness mixed in. Lots of Mango.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked as Batch #32 into a Pipeworks branded stemmed globe glass/snifter

Pours a dark gold with amber and orange hues with a one and half finger bright white head. Some splotchy lacing as the head recedes. The lemongrass is very prevalent on the nose, undoubtedly the contribution of Sorachi Ace hops,and is joined by citrus blossom notes. Much like the nose, lemongrass and citrus blossoms initially, mild sweetness midpalate, and it finishes with a flood of grapefruit rind bitterness and warming alcohol. Extremely creamy and smooth mouthfeel, hefty malt backbone, and a perfect level of carbonation. Despite a hop profile that imparts more subtle flavors upfront(considering this is a IIPA/DIPA) this is a big beer that builds to a boozy, bitter end. Another very enjoyable brew from Pipeworks.

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Photo of GJ40
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 22oz bottle at 50 degrees. Thanks surge1311!

Golden with a slight haze and a small white head. Aroma is citrusy, floral and piney hops with a nice balance and complexity. Flavor follows closely. The rich, complex hop oils really stand out and help balance the high alcohol which is noticeable but reasonable. A moderate, almost silky consistency with a low to moderate carbonation.

A big, strong DIPA that still manages to display a depth of flavor and finess.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #229-231. Another new beer to me from Pipeworks. Expectations are high based on this knowledge.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass, per the death of my snifter.

A - Pours two fingers of fluffy sudsy off-white head on top of a hazed golden orange colored body. Lighter in color than you would expect from a 10.00% imperial IPA. Lots of nice thin streaks of lace.

S - Smell is nice, the varieties of hops really shine. Earthy vegetal smelling, grapefruit, pine, spruce, mango, maybe some lemon rind, and a bit of soapiness. Smells tropical, yet earthy with just a hint of caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of bitter, juicy, fresh, tropical hop flavor. Grapefruit, mango, papaya, pine, and just a hint of bready malt backbone. A really lovely hop showcase here.

M - Feel is fresh, juicy, and lightly bitter, but mostly a clean solid finish. A little bit chalky. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, another solid brew from the masters at Pipeworks. A dangerously drinking DIPA at 10.00% abv, which isn't noticeable at all. Definitely recommended if it is available to you.

Pipeworks Something Hoppy This Way Comes ---4/5.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch 32, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with a finger of creamy white head, great retention and lacing.

S- Big citrus aroma, lots of lemon and grapefruit. Also picking up on some spice and a caramelly, buttery bread malt aroma. Some booze is noticeable as well.

T- Huge citrus, very forward with lemon and grapefruit. The malt is similarly aggressive, it's sweeter than I expected, with caramel and bready flavors. Hops dominate the finish with powerful pine and herbal flavors. Booze is really well-hidden.

M- Full-bodied, creamy feel, a bit of prickly carbonation towards the finish, as well as boozy warmth.

O- A great DIPA, this is another solid addition to Pipeworks' collection of IPAs.

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Photo of brewskis
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque golden straw color with a half finger white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a thin ring of lacing. Has a very dank smell, along with bright citrus fruits like some lemon, orange, and grapefruit; as well as pine, grass, some carmel, maybe some coriander, herbal tea. Taste starts with resinous pine, grapefruit, some orange. Then a slight malt presence shows itself. Some graininess and carmel. Then get more pine, lots of lemon, maybe some lime, a hint of coriander, like an apricot note, an herbal tea quality as well. Do not get much booze at all, but do get a warming sensation after each sip. Very interesting and unique combination of hops. The sorachi ace adds a different element to this. Medium body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel and nice carbonation. A bright, clean bitterness lingers. Interesting IPA from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber botle, w/o freshness/bottling date info that I could find

Look is hazed medium amber, with a slight greenish olive oil kinda hue. Great looking tine bubble froth and tons of fine sheeting left on the glass. Nice looking DIPA

nose is resins, tropical fruits and whole wheat bread.

First thought upon the first sip here was simply "WOW", fresh tasting and loaded with all varities of hop sensations.. Big, bold, flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable, I think "fresh" is the ooperative word here...wow...nice DIPA

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving plenty of glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden orange body with tiny bubbles visible.

S - It's definitely got that characteristic lemony Sorachi Ace aroma, but with some spicy, herbal Columbus and grapefruit zest Cascade at the fringes. There's a hint of alcohol, and a buttered biscuit malt backdrop that's fairly understated for a 10% DIPA.

T - The taste is like a lemon tart, with bready and sugary malts, a hint of butter, and lemon zest. There's some pine and herb bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Creamy texture, pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation, medium-full body, and a dry and lightly resinous finish. Not much alcohol warmth either.

D - I was apprehensive about tackling a bomber of this by myself, but the first glass went down really quickly. I'm not sure how often I'd pick this over Ninja vs. Unicorn, but it's a nice problem to have. If you dig Sorachi Ace this is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of vic21234
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number 229-231

A- Pours a hazy dark yellow, on the verge of light orange. A small amount of white head quickly fades to the sides of the glass. Some lacing is also apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hop explosion as soon as the cap was popped. Orange and mango aromas dominate everything with an overall hint of sweetness too.

T- A sweet maltiness initially before the hops take over. I get citrus and also some piney resin on the back of the taste.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation, hoppy and bitter, alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming.

Another nice DIPA from Pipeworks, they definitely do it well.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raul is straight up in the gravel pit right now and enjoying this bad boy. Different, but good. Not "different" like Steve Carrel in The Office "different" (gotta call trash when I see it, my peeps). Raul likes it; malty, juicy, freaky and nasty.

Ain't no good freak but a nasty one.

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