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Something Hoppy This Way Comes | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head on cloudy deep yellow body. Hoppy aroma. Nothing like it smells, rather than solely citrus, getting pineapple and tropical fruit. Above average mouthfeel, not the palate eraser some DIPAs are. Very good drinkability.Thanks John for this little gem.

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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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I feel Tim Curry should be popping outta the label or something... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, peach, light white grape, bright greens, light pine needles, and a touch of sweet caramel in the background. The taste eschews the fruit in favor of their rinds and the pine, all the while leaving the caramel to wallow in its death throes in the back room. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly sticky finish. Overall, a solid DIPA, but I think it would have really shined if the citrus and tropical fruits from the smell came through on the tongue. Still, not bad...

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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 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 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 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 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 IrishColonial
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #144, poured into pint

A: Translucent orange, slight white head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing remains as the beer is imbibed. Looks like a delicious, citrusy, IPA

S: It starts to get interesting. Lots of lemongrass, sweet creaminess, orange. There are slight buttery notes, really kinda smells like a Thai curry soup

T: Ugh, this is where it goes downhill. Tastes like drinking a buttered biscuit with lemon Halls melted inside. Very malty and buttery at first that quickly dissolves into a medicinal lemon taste. You get used to it like you get used to lemon cough drops. Not good.

M: Full bodied creamy mouthfeel that sticks to the tongue and palate. This would be an excellent thing if it tasted good so I will give this a good score....

O: It looks, smells, and feels like a best in show DIPA. Based on the color and mouthfeel, it looks as if I could be getting ready to enjoy a nice Double Jack. Unfortunately, upon smelling and drinking, I was immediately transported to Thailand to drink a rich, creamy, lemony, Thai yellow curry. While I love Thai food, a good DIPA these flavors do not make. If you are a fan of Sorachi Ace hops or lemony crap like Stone's 16th Anny, this may be a 4.5 beer for you. Alas, I am not. Since it is Pipeworks, I gave it a shot and they did everything correctly except for the money shot (taste). Stick with their Ninja series and other excellent offerings and you will not be disappointed.

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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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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 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 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 Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 36 (the second batch)

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber in color. Forms a small to moderate size lightly tanned head that slowly reduces to patchy surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Very aromatic, with a lot going on. Lemon and lemon zest dominate, with some grapefruit and then a sugary sweetness. A bit of herbal "green" spiciness, green peppercorns, and a faint hint of butterscotch mixed with a light alcoholic note.

T: Unfortunately, the taste is not as appealing as the aroma. The Sorachi Ace brings a lot of lemon to this beer, but it also brings a resiny lemon oil, and worse yet lots of lemon and grapefruit pith. Notes of toast, pine, and mild herbaceous hops, but the lemon pith still manages to push everything else to the side.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Strong pithy bitterness that borders on being acrid. This isn't a pine resin bitterness; it's an almost chemically bitterness. Aggressive and unrelenting.

O: This is a very hoppy brew, which I like. Unfortunately, Sorachi Ace is the dominant hop and it's a hop I can't stand. Which is too bad, because this beer is very well balanced with a nicely hidden 10% ABV. It's quite the fine beer, that is, if you like Sorachi Ace.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with nice clarity and a thin lay of head. The nose features resinous and floral cascade hops. A touch of savory/onion is in there as well beneath the dank bitter notes. The taste features bright floral notes with pine sap, honey, light caramel, and a fair amount of bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is sturdy with mild carbonation. Overall, another in your face hop forward dips from Pipeworks. I would describe the hop profile as unique, which I did not enjoy as much as some of the other hoppy brews from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Chaney
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The wife picked this one up for me at Printer's Row in Chi-town. Rock on!

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured a pretty, apricot color, with ever the slightest head, maybe an 1/8 finger or so.

S: Whole leaf hops with grapefruit rind. Seriously, this thing smells like an operational brewery. Not too potent or in-your-face though.

T: Totally candy-coated alcohol... "man candy" that is. This one reminded me of Dreadnaught more than just about any other DIPA I've ever tried. Mangos and apricots through and through. To hell with grapefuit!

M: Sick lacing left on the glass, icky, sticky in texture, and very VERY drinkable despite the ABV.

O: I really dug this... much more so than I thought even. Glad my wife grabbed a few more Pipeworks to sample.

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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 jaasen64
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to doogie71628 for sending this as an extra in the LIF- really appreciate it!! 22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. No bottle date that I see, but says Batch #32 hand written in green marker. I'm guessing this bottle has around a month (maybe slightly more but not much) on it.

A- Pours a slightly translucent and slightly hazy honey golden brown with about a finger of slightly yellowish just barely off-white fluffy head that recedes to about a quarter of a finger that has great retention and leaves layered lacing. Nice consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Piney hops, melon, a hint of grass, and sweet caramel malts. Definitely above average aroma strength. A bit maltier then I like, but otherwise very pleasant.

T- Piney hops with a hint of citrus fruits and light lemon zest mixed with very sweet caramel malts and a slightly bitter finish. I can tell that the hops in this beer were present but definitely faded a little bit, which for me isn't necessarily bad thing since I'm not a huge fan of sorachi hops. Normally I don't like IPAs that are overly malty, but the malts in this beer are very good and make it easily drinkable with only a very faint taste of alcohol on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, extremely smooth, very drinkable especially at over 10%.

O- This was a very good high abv IPA, easily one of the better 10% IPAs that I've had- but definitely not my favorite IPA. This definitely stood right up there, maybe even slightly better then the Alpines that I've had. I would recommend this and I would like to try this beer again perhaps a little bit fresher.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch #104
Bottled 3/21/13
Unmarked tulip

A: Slightly hazy bright orange color. Not a lot of head. Thin layer of bright white bubbly goodness. Still leaves some lacing. Mild alcohol feet.

S: Big tropical fruits. Almost juicy fruit like initially. Peach. Apricot. Juicy mango. Ridiculous honey comb sweetness. There is also come pine and spice in there. But can't get over that fruity hop character.

T: So juicy. Bitterness on tip of tongue. Pine and fruity hops. Middle of the mouth you get that malt body. It's actually larger than I had expected. This is a 10% beer though, so it happens. But still a hop bomb. Finish is dry and bitter.

M: Medium bodied leading to big medium. Definitely body here with those malts.

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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 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 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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