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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
371
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

you know, i am baffled that this beer gets so much positive acclaim. for me, its one of the least impressive pipeworks beers to date, and is a bit of a mess at times. a huge ipa, ill give them that, but the taste just doesnt match the description, perhaps the most obvious of which is that there is very little sorachi ace hops influence at all, basically none, and that being a favorite hop of mine, i was let down. it also doesnt taste all that fresh form the tap, like the kegs are a little dated, which would be a shame in a new market thirsting for their beers. seems impossible. looks great though, and smells pretty good too. not even off in the taste at all, just not bringing the hop flavor to match the malt richness and the eventual bitterness. it makes no sense to me how it ended up this way, over malty and without the northwestern and foreign hop profile it claims to be seeking. boozy and sweet, bitter too, and all around not up to the high standard these guys have set with their other hoppy beers. i still like it, but i wouldnt order it again. the first generic and underwhelming thing i have had from this awesome midwestern brewery.

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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 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 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 ArrogantB
2.14/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle $9.99. Look sliek a typical DIPA, orange, good head. Aroma is weird and sweet like a dessert. Flavor was sickly sweet, reminded me of pound-cake or something. Myself and two others found this undrinkable and poured it right down the drain.

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Photo of emount91
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

pours a slightly hazy Amber/orange, foamy white head that retains well. smell is piney but somewhat sweet, like honey. lots of sweet heavy malt on the nose, no hops apparent aside from the pine. taste is very sweet and boozy, hop-resinous and sticky, not picking up any fruity/citrusy/tropical notes whatsoever from the hops. this is actually reminiscent of apple juice that has started to turn bad. also getting a tinny/metallic taste. mouthfeel is actually pretty good, cuts the thick texture down. this beer was less than decent, I hope it's not like the rest of their beers that I'm eager to try, wouldnt get this one again.

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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 Brams17
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Just a quick review from my notes.

I poured this into a snifter. Poured with a nice orange color and a finger of off white foam. The aroma and taste of this beer had a lemongrass note to it. It's a good beer, I just don't think I'm a huge fan of Sorachi Ace hops. There's a bit of an odd taste in there, not sure if it's the hops or not. One I loved about this beer though was it's creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Earthy hops, grass and pine, some malt with a slight citrus.

T-Starts with earthy hop notes. Ends with some banana and malt. Mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and hop resins.

O-Would have liked to have seen more citrus in the taste but still a good beer.

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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 emyers
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 419. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a bid 1 inch off-white head.

Smell: Big citrus and floral hops up front. Caramel malt definitely has a presence with sweetness complimenting the floral hops. Just a bit of alcohol in the aroma.

Taste: Floral hops are dominant here. Interestingly the malt is nowhere near as prevalent as the nose would suggest - I get very little caramel malt sweetness breaking through the hop-forward flavor profile. Some citrus and grassiness is in there along with the primarily floral profile. I'm not getting much of the Sorachi Ace - just an extremely subtle hint of lemon on the finish. Not much alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for the style. Medium carbonation level.

Overall: Solid offering from Pipeworks, although they make much better DIPAs than this in my opinion.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Something very hoppy came this way with this beer. It poured a hazy golden with thin head that left a spotty lace. The scent carried fresh hops which leaned more towards bitter citrus. The taste has very hoppy and bitter...but not overly bitter. There was enough malt to help balance the beer. Grapefruit was the primary driver for this fine ale. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this was a good beer....but 10% abv and the price keeps it from being a go to. Certainly worth a try, but I would go out of my way to search for this.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Earlycaquid for sharing this one.

Batch # 229-231.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop presence in the aroma.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw yellow with some mild orange hues. Head is about 1 finger, white frothy and has decent retention.

Smell is great. Lots of tropical fruit aromas, mango and Papaya are the most notable. There is some good butterscotch yeasty aromas and caramel malt aromas typical to pipework.

Taste is good. Big piney herbal hops are forward an have a moderate amount of bitterness. Lots caramel malt and slightly sharp butterscotch flavors. Finish has a slightly dry rind like finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of hoppy oils with mild carbonation and a dry finish. Medium body keeps it a good sipping beer

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden yellow body with a fluffy white head. There's a copious amount of spiderweb like lacing down the glass.

The aroma is tropical and citrus. Lemon, orange, and papaya.

The lemon characteristic of the soriachi ace is unmistakable. Spicy papaya and grapefruit, modest buttery malt.

Fresh and clean mouth feel, a little bit tart and dry.

It's another fantastic IPA from pipeworks and is highly drinkable for 10%.

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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 Rope
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance-
Nothing special, yellow goldenrod body, and no head to speak of.

Smell-
Nothing like the smell of fresh hops. Smooth sweetness with a balance of sweet and spicy.

Taste-
Hop juice explosion, the choice of hops really shines through. Part of it is a mellow coconut sweetness, then it gets a little spicy, and then the cascade hops crash through with some bitter. Malt is a side thought during this flavor bonanza.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and oily, 'nuff said.

Overall-
A great hop curio that super highlights some flavors you can find easily in the hop world, and some you can not.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

picked up in chi-town the other day right out of the case before it was even on the shelf...fresh to death. bottle split with the mrs into 2 pipeworks glasses.

a - brew pours a rich, yet transparent copper with generous head...spotty lacing.

s - big booze on citric sticky resiny hops.

t - again, booze is big, but the dank resin hops make it tasty. the booze adds an element of sweetness and crispness.

m - a bit thin and crisp from the booze, but palateable. a bit syrupy in the taste despite the thinness of the body...which surprisingly works in this beer's favor, and makes for an easy drink.

o - overall, i dug it, but i'm a big fan of these big boozy ipas. would have again.

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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 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 Jaycase
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #s 229-231

a: Light opaque copper. Small white head which recedes rapidly

s: Loads of citrus hops (pineapple, mango, apricot) - smells juicy. light toasted caramel.

t: Starts off malty and buttery than transforms into an injection of sweetness and finishes off with piney, resinous lemony bitterness/astringency at the end.

m: Sticky, finishes slightly dry. medium carbonation.

o: There is an alcohol bite to this one no doubt. Don't recommend finishing this one solo. The bitterness/astringency at the finish is quite strong and lingers for some time - there may be scars left. Certainly not my favorite DIPA from Pipeworks but if I ever have a need to get punched in the face with bitterness I know which one to crack.

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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 Axnjxn
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a tulip. Batch 143

Pours a crisp golden color with an inch thick white head. Very sweet hoppy aroma to this one, maybe the sweetest IPA ive ever smelled. Oh wow, this beer is incredibly sweet. super sweet, holy shit. liquid sugar? its close. i cant even taste anything else other than the huge sweetness. extremely buttery feel. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall...jesus. if you want an incredibly sweet IPA, this will be your go to.

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Something Hoppy This Way Comes from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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