The Shape Of Hops To Come | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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The Shape Of Hops To ComeThe Shape Of Hops To Come

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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
“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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours mostly clear amber gold orange with a creamy white foam head. Smells like big nutty toasty biscuity caramelized bready malt, peanuts, almond, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, some orange citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, with bitter dank resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark biscuity nutty toasty bready caramelized malt, orange citrus, grapefruit, some tropical fruit, guava, papaya, pineapple, mango, with dank bitter resinous floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice malty DIPA.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours burnt orange with a great head and nice lacing. The aroma is piney and sweet. Lots of dank, and some intense late bitterness. Very chewable and extremely satisfying overall.

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Photo of Chainsaw
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Piney, hops, graipfruit citrus , good tartness but not sour. Amber in color

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Photo of brewtastic1
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abrodsky
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drh88
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoppyhoppy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bill68
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Light orange in appearance with full white head, dissipates after several minutes, leaves nice lacing
S: Juicy, hoppy almost fruity aroma
T: You really taste the citrus up front, the bitterness grows and then you get a little of a booze kick at the end
F: Think this is well in line with the style of a DIPA
O: Had this out of a 16 oz can- was recommended to me by a distributer in PA when I tried- unsuccessfully to obtain some Troegs Nimble Giant. It's not Nimble Giant, but I actually may like this better. May be a little harsh in bitterness scale for those who don't like the citrusy almost grapefruit like DIPA's. The can boasts 5 hops packed into this - Apollo, Newport, Simcoe, Topaz and Citra. Overall it is an assault on the taste buds, but in a good way. This is worth a try if you like Citra hopped ale's. I would buy again in a heartbeat. Very well done!

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Photo of tkolterman
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm from the same county this is brewed in
So thank you Bucks.
It's a worthwhile brew, super hoppy and bitter.
Maybe a little one dimensional. I'm comparing it to Founders Dankulous.
I enjoyed it 7-29-17 on my deck.
Go enjoy it hop head!!

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Photo of TTripp725
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhlosito75
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLoynes
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CMEG
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluescooter
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MMOSNN
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. "The Shape Of Hops To Come"
16 fl. oz. can without production coding or freshness dating
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Interesting name. Interesting can with a label on it rather than something else. It pours a mostly clear, just-slightly-hazy copper body beneath a good sized head of off-white that seems to be holding well. The aroma is - DUH - hoppy. It's pungent, resinous and piney, and also lightly tropical. Perhaps once it warms I'll find more. The head is still there, although thin, and the lacing that it's left behind is very nice. The flavor delivers a solid maltiness - this is a double IPA, right? - that's caramelish, bready, and very lightly toasty. The hops, surprisingly, aren't as strong as I thought they'd be. The pine is clearly there, right at the start, and then lingering in the bitter finish but I thought I'd get more tropical fruit. And I do, I guess, there's some grapefruit to it that I didn't find in the aroma at first, I do now, passionfruit, and some peach or apricot, maybe both. Ahhh, and some tangerine as well, so I guess I was wrong, my palate just had to get past the heavy pine notes and adjust. I'm still not finding any more fruit in the nose though. The head has now dropped, and I'm sorry to say that it's become just a collar and some very thin islands in the center. There's also no more lacing than what was originally created at the outset. Back to the beer, it's quite bitter. It has to be because of the malt, but maybe not so much so. This is an old school "Imperial" IPA, not one of them new-fangled ones that smell purty and taste like fruit juice but have no bite to 'em. I can appreciate that. Tasting the lingering finish now I'm also getting some spiciness. I'm not sure if that's from hops or alcohol, or both, but there is a clear alcohol presence to it. There's some warmth. It's not bad though, and given its size it's almost expected. To finish up: dry, bitter and piney finish with a little bit of spiciness and heat. Medium leaning medium-full in body and moderately crisp with carbonation. A decent double IPA that's a little on the aggressive side.

4/4/4/4/4 = 4

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Photo of Premo88
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(courtesy of @TongoRad)

L: murky gold, plenty of amber in it, looks like it might clear up over time, and it pushes up quite a head ... about an inch tall, maybe a little more, offwhite/beige in color and sticky enough to leave behind a loose chain of beer foam to stare at lovingly; keeps most of skin and a decent-sized collar of beige foam; doesn't lace much but it's still a very pretty beer

S: sweet pine tar, pine, grapefruit ... pretty big malt character behind all those hops, biscuity sweet malt

T: slightly toasted grapefruit, grapefruit peel, pine ... the malt sweetness is evident but not overboard, and I'd swear it has a twinge of that Vienna toasted flavor to it, only a twinge; plenty bitter and the aftertaste is a lingering smack of bitter pine and grapefruit

F: firmly in the middle of the weight scale and a perfect mix of ale slick and soft with good crispness from the carbonation; can't get better

O: great mix of hops that give it a full-on pine/grapefruit bitterness that is quite tasty; the malt is deftly done, allowing it to have that biscuity smacking sweetness that's almost like biting into a hop-filled donut, but it doesn't go beyond that into the mushy range of malt overtake that gets in the way of the hops; like most beers in this category, I imagine I'd love this enough to marry it fresh out of the vat, but this canned version should tickle any American DIPA lover's fancy

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Photo of Ardeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of haines710
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of cans at the supermarket at the recommendation of another customer. Poured a beautiful Amber without much head. Very strong smell and bitter taste. Hoppy and I guess dank. Now I know what dank tastes like. And I like it. This is a tasty beautiful beer. Gets better as you go. Very hoppy and dry. Glad I have three more. Thank you for the recommendation

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Photo of billab914
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While nothing is too hopped for me, I find this Good, but too undifferentiated a DIPA.

a) Nice dark tea like body, clear, with thick pillow, but lacks lacing.
S) Nicely dank, with wet pine floor, earth dominant over the tropical fruit notes also present. Fecund.
T) Follows dank nose, with more tea, and grand-marnier/brandy like notes of wet grass, wet forest floor, waterfall with mineral water spray, all these rocky/piney/earthy notes dominating both a bit of peach orchard fruit and biscuit base.
F) Medium to full body with moderate ticklish carbonation. Solid mouth feel like tea and brandy.
O) Fine big DIPA, as I like them piney, but less original or ground breaking (except for the wet-earth released notes) than I would like in a 4+.

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Photo of Mailloux11
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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