The Shape Of Hops To Come
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #443
Ranked #2,200
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Mar 21, 2023
Aug 15, 2014
The Shape Of Hops To ComeThe Shape Of Hops To Come
Notes: “Can I scream….” for more hops? You sure can. Two row American barley jammed packed with as much Apollo, Newport, Simcoe, Topaz, and Citra hops we could get our hands on, The Shape of Hops to Come is an 8.5% ABV American-styled imperial IPA hopped with Apollo, Newport, Simcoe, Topaz, and Citra hops that’s got a ton of bitterness, along with juicy, dank resiny pine-like, and citrus forward hop character that is worthy of it’s name. Dry hopped for two weeks this hop bomb has as much hop power we can muster!"
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Rated by JohnnyjayXL90 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great beer. Lucky to live directly next to the brewery. Had it first a week ago and am Impressed. Could kill 4 easy money dude
Mar 21, 2023
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Rated by Jbutlerjr from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Excellent West Coaster with full flavor, great look and perfect ALC!
Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.99. No canned on date, however there were 4-packs of this in the fridge with stickers on the 4-pack holders that said 33522. That Julian date corresponds to December 1, so this beer is being consumed at 16 days old.

Look: Pours a beautiful copper color with a quickly dissipating khaki-colored head. There is a bit of particulate floating in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: It smells amazing - tons of grapefruit and orange zest, pine resin, spicy pepperiness. Green bell pepper notes on the finish after swirling the glass.

Taste: The drinkability on this beer is pretty unreal - considering that this is an 8.5% ABV West Coast-style Imperial IPA, it is highly drinkable. There's an interesting fruitiness up front that is hard to place, probably because there's just so much hoppiness. It reminds me a bit of peach flavored iced tea. The finish is definitely bitter but not overbearing, with really nice pine resin and citrus rind/pith notes. You really get those essential citrus oils lingering on the palate. There's an underlying maltiness underneath all of these hops that really works here.

Feel: It has an oily, slicky, chewy kind of mouthfeel. It's medium bodied. Appropriately carbonated.

Overall: This is a really solid Imperial IPA. I had this beer a few years ago, before I was reviewing beers and I wasn't the biggest fan of it then. I think that they have changed the recipe since then, and my palate has also evolved to embrace bitterness and really appreciate the West Coast-style IPAs and Imperial IPAs. It's pretty remarkable that this is a locally-brewed beer, it's available year-round and you can always find it in stores, and it is really well-made. Impressive work from Neshaminy Creek - keep up the good work!

From the can/website:
Loud and Proud
Imperial India Pale Ale
Brewed with 2-Row American Barley and jam-packed with as much Citra, Ekuanot, and Simcoe hops we could get our hands on. The Shape of Hops to Come is an 8.5% ABV West Coast-style Imperial IPA that's got a firm bitterness along with juicy, dank, resiny pine-like, and citrus forward hop character that is worthy of its name.

93 IBUs
Dec 18, 2022
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Reviewed by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured a dull copper color from a 16 oz. tall boy into a pint glass. Finger high head with good retention, visible carbonation and plenty of lacing. Aroma is dank with notable malt presence. Taste is well balanced, not overpowering in any respect, with bitterness throughout and a nice bite that lingers. Mouth is medium to full bodied and is definitely in the West Coast tradition of IPA's event though using Citra which gives it some juicy characteristics. A very well crafted brew that rates among the highest with the things I've had from Neshaminy. Packs a punch @ 8.5% ABV.
Sep 22, 2022
Rated: 4.66 by skizzy92 from New Jersey

Aug 28, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by Belthorm from Pennsylvania

Aug 06, 2022
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Rated by Terrysbmw from Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolute best IPA.
Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Slightly more than a finger's worth of cushiony light khaki colored froth... Light bronze color with brisk carbonation streaks throughout... Nose is dank and slightly piney but not overpowering... Delicous... Good balance to start with a strong caramel malt backbone and then the hops intensify and linger on the finish... Still dank and piney but there are some tropical fruit notes as well... Medium bodied and lush with a slightly dry finish.., Robust and enjoyable... Will certainly revisit in the future...
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured copper in color, nearly but not quite transparent and capped with a two finger yellow-brown head. This ain't no NEIPA!
Aroma agrees; citrus and piney, resinous hops and malts are featured, all surrounded in stuff I cannot define but smell good.
Taste follows - definitely picking up a WC vibe, the pine is prominent and the citrus plays a comfortably supporting role. Can't really say balanced but I can say it all works very well together.
Feel is very good, too quaffable for my own good. Just enough viscosity to remind me it has a kick.
Really enjoyed this, it seems to me a good version of a WCDIPA.
Thank you Jay for sending it my way!
Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by TMoorePA from Pennsylvania

Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had a single can recently, no canned on date that I could decipher. My first brew from these guys, who I have never heard of before. This was very good.
Oct 01, 2021
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The Shape of Hops to Come has a thick, soapy, white head and a translucent, orange appearance, with some lazy bubbles and heavy lacing. The aroma is of faint hop oils and white bread crust. The flavor is of intense bitterness, slight fruit, white bread crust, and some sweetness. The Shape of Hops to Come has a heavy body and a drying finish.

Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Shan-man from New Jersey

May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours amber with a cream colored head that leaves trails of lace.

citrus, tropical fruit, floral notes, and an earthy aroma in the nose.

Massive hops in the mouth - well rounded. Grapefruit, star fruit, with a slight malty backbone and an earthy dry finish.
Apr 07, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by imanidiot777 from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2021
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Reviewed by gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
clear deep orange, almost no head
smells floral, sweet tangerine, dank pine
floral taste at the beginning, then grapefruit as it gets warm, after that, pine pine pine, bitter bitter bitter
medium body with medium carbonation, super dry bitter piney aftertaste
overall the bitterness is just overpowered for my taste, it's well made but, not my cup of tea
Sep 09, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by anthony-s from New Jersey

Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

Jul 19, 2020
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From an undated 16oz can into a pint glass. The date may have been on the plastic holder. I found one that had 12/6/20 on it which I assume is the best by date. Anyway, I know this was pretty fresh when I bought it or I would have bought it.

Pours a very murky dark yellowish brown with about one finger of off-white head. Not quite opaque, but getting there. Great retention and lacing.

Smells of dankness with a bit of floral and a touch of citrus. Picking up some wet dirt, pine, resins and cut grass.

Taste follows the nose. Dominated by bitter, dank pine and maybe just a bit of citrus zest. Bit of alcohol heat.

Sticky, full mouthfeel. Strong bitter aftertaste. Slightly above moderate carbonation. A beer you can slowly drink and enjoy.

Overall: Winner. Not sure why I didn't try this sooner. Decent price point too.
Jul 03, 2020
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is an excellent beer if someone overrated on this site. I feel lucky that it’s local. One quibble is that they should date the Cannes. But I’m pretty sure that my local monger is getting it fresh.
L: I drink it from the can but I bet it looks just fine.
S:I get some pine and some grapefruit. Very little sweetness. Nice hop aroma.
T:Big old hop taste holding nothing back. West Coast style. Piney grapefruity bitter awesome.
S: rich and smooth mouth feel. Very enjoyable.
Oh: it’s just a great beer holding nothing back. It’s a big hop kick in the head. Works for me
Jun 20, 2020
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Rated by TrashMax from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Balanced flavor. Easy to drink.

Packs a lunch at 8.5% abv.

One if the best I've had.
Jun 06, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The name mentions hops and it delivers in a big way. For its modest price, this may be the biggest taste bang for the buck available. No attempting any balance here. Hop lovers rejoice, here it is. There's a pretty bright copper-amber color and enduring head and lacing to go with it. Nothing about the hopping is muted, although there's enough barley malt to provide a decent body.
Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a reddish amber color and maintains a thin head with the ample carbonation it has. Great lacing. It smells divine. Mostly grapefruit from the hop mixture. It's tastes great. Has reasonable amount of piney resin flavor that's really good. Would definitely note it's a West Coast style. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. No real bitterness to ruin the pine resin. Overall a very enjoyable beer. From a 16 ounce undated can. Another great beer from Pennsylvania. Special thanks to @jzeilinger for sharing.
Apr 06, 2020
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Had this from a can.

A: pours hazy golden body with small white head with pretty good retention and lacing
S: earthy, dank smell with some sweet, lemongrass malt notes
T: earthy tasting beer with a dank, sweet malt aftertaste
M: crisp and silky smooth
O: solid IPA; easy drinking beer; excellent balance of malt and hops.
Mar 15, 2020
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Reviewed by hopsputin from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
a: slightly murky burnt orange/dark amber color with a hint of brown. 1/2 finger frothy off-white head

s: grapefruit and big punch of juicy pineapple upfront. sweet caramel, candied strawberries, and a sweet floral note. a touch of pomegranate juice as well. doughy backbone

t: mild grapefruit and pomegranate upfront with a touch of bitter pine. dark strawberries and some resin as well. a touch of pineapple and dark caramel towards the end too.the finish is piney with some sweet malts

m: sticky, medium (almost heavy) mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: a tasty old school DIPA. bitter, with a nice amount of malt sweetness. balanced well and hides the 8.5% very well
Feb 15, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by T66tah from Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark copper colored with a light haziness. There’s a half inch of frothy beige on top. The aroma is of tangerine, honey, pine, and light malt. I’m tasting tangerine, mandarin orange, and light, crackers malt. The mouth is sticky, resinous, and it leaves a lingering, deep hop burn on the tongue.
Feb 01, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by petewheeler from Maryland

Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by OCnogimmicks from Tennessee

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by bluehende from Delaware

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Unknown vintage; drank 8/8/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Semi-opaque pale orange appearance.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Mango, banana & orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple, mango & faint caramel flavors up front; a tart pineapple bite on the finish.

Easy to drink, with plenty of flavor. Nice!
Oct 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear amber color with a large thumb length foam head that shows good retention.
Nice pungent nose that showcases both fruity and earthy hops. Opens with a burst of juicy tropical fruit aromas. Notes of pineapple and mango combine with citrusy zest, tangerine and oranges, along with caramel malt sweetness. Floral aromas develop, as the nose begins to evoke a fragrant flower garden, its sweet perfume blending harmoniously with the fruit.
Flavors align with the aromatics as it opens with a burst of juicy fruit. Notes of alcohol laced fruit, pineapple, mango, guava, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit rind seamlessly balance amidst a firm doughy and caramel malt backbone. However, the finish quickly hints at resiny bitterness to come, very much in line with classic DIPA flavors of days past. The bitterness grows, also bringing forth earthy hops spices of grass, pine and resin.
Medium to full bodied, with a chewy malt backbone supremely balanced with prickly hops. The mellow carbonation aids the smooth drinking experience. A resiny and bitter finish lingers long. The touch of alcohol adds some lightness to body.
Fantastic DIPA that reminds me of everything I used to love about the classic style.
Oct 03, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by jricharc from Virginia

Sep 20, 2019
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