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
Ranking:
#4,531
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
385
pDev:
10.22%
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37
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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass. Batch 32.

A:Pours a deep amber color with a chilled haze and clearing up as the beer warms. A dense head of foam, light yellow in color, forms on the pour and recedes slowly to thin cap and large collar. Splotches of sticky lace are left down the sides of the glass.

S: Big grass and grapefruit rind are the initial smells, but then the huge aromas of lemon zest, semi-bitter rind and lemon grass explode from the Sorachi Ace hops. It comes in waves, but the Sorachi is leading the charge towards the finish. Thankfully there is a heavy does of sugar cookie malts to balance out the hops. Very little noticeable booze.

T: Definitely zesty with some rind bitterness. Almost like a lemon tart when combined with the burnt sugar and plain cookie malts. Slight grassy notes with a sugar covered grapefruit balance, but the Sorachi hits you over the head again with big burst of lemony goodness. Barely any booze up front and only slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

M: Leaning towards the heavier side of medium bodied. There is a medium to high carbonation level which definitely makes it more drinkable. Sticky hop resins are left across the teeth and palate.

O: Big Sorachi Ace hops with a big malt backbone to carry it through. Very drinkable for 10% and the booze is barely noticeable. I still think I like NvU a little more for the drinkability, but I will be purchasing more of this. Especially if it sees regular production.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ChiPool
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 385 ratings