The Shape Of Hops To Come | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
neshaminycreekbrewing.com

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!"

Added by jhartley on 08-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
664
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
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Ratings: 664 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of TomMorris
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lobina
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djkman
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 4 pack cans : Total wine river edge NJ.

L: filtered IPA . Looks like a Beer .... come on man ! We're talking beer here !.
S: I totally got an orange aroma from first subjective smell. Liking it.
T: Dank Dank Dank..... what I was expecting, the bitter citrus hit me and my subjective taste buds said : "Hey Now !" For a hot day in NJ an ice cold bitter citrus bomb was what I was looking for.
F: I never tell you all about feel . "Deal with it"........
O: I would get this again no problem. What they call the "West coast style" and the bitterness up front.... but cut with citrus, I enjoyed.
NJ, NY PA craft brews I have been really Enjoying.

And That's My Review.
DJKMAN

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Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mongrel
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter, sticky, green, dank, juicy... All of the things you want in an IPA. There's a slightly more delicate floral, guava profile beneath the brash surface. Yummy.

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Photo of ocodrexel
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of vin_charles
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First review on here so here goes. This is a beer I've had many times but haven't really sat down and analyzed it in awhile. Let's see how it holds up.
Canned on 4/21/17

APPEARANCE:
Heavily filtered golden amber- 1 inch head that sticks around for a few minutes. Slight lacing in the glass. Active carbonation.

AROMA:
Dank hops, spicy, herbal quality, tangerine, orange and grapefruit pith. Hints of caramel malt- slight alcohol on the nose.

TASTE:
Bracingly bitter- goes down like a West Coast style tongue scraper- not a bad thing if you're into that. Starts with a mouth coating, resinous bitter pithy character- grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, more bitterness. Finishes very dry and again, bitter.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium full, sticky, and syrupy.

OVERALL: A really nice example of a West Coast style DIPA- if you're not into bitter beers, look elsewhere. For what it is- It's definitely worth a try but I'm not sure I agree with the rave reviews it gets. Just my 2 cents.

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Photo of srw
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MKrauss
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jhfinn
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2017-05-02 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz fresh can.

A - Hazy gold with a 1.5-finger white head

S - Dank, pine, biscuit. Very big aroma

T - Definitely West Coast. Like a Pliny the Elder but more dank.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly and resinous.

O - Really good. I can see why it is a trade-able brew.

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

Poured from a tallboy can into my trusty Dogfish Head tulip

L: Medium golden copper pour. Clear, with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Bitter hops... evergreen and resin... citrus and pepper.

T/F: Rich caramel malts to open with a big bitter hop kick. Citrus and pine... resin and peppery. Nice spicy character. Well balanced but the bitterness comes through nicely. Finish is sticky and resinous... a bit oily on the tongue.

O: A nice big bitter DIPA from Neshaminy Creek. This one makes me proud of my home State, and one I will now be keeping my eye out for.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. no freshness dating

hazy heading toward murky orange body. small tan head. some lacing, decent carbonation.

Not much at all on the nose. nothing good, nothing bad.

hops, hops, and more hops on the taste scale. very pleasing bitterness. there is a suggestion of malt, as if it was dropped in and fished back out again. with some beers, this is too much, but this seems to work for TSOHTC.

Getting close to full on the mouth. very nice bitterness on the finish.

Overall, a very good hop heavy ipa. freshness dating would be nice, but as this is local, likely in date. And if the hops had faded, this would be solid hop buds.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm rating this just below County Line IPA actually because I don't think the high ABV and higher price is warranted by the beer. County Line is excellent and this beer is similar but not as balanced. The hops are good but the bitterness in the finish is close to overboard and I would just rather drink a 6.6% beer. nb

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

I had this on draught at a restaurant. It was served in a tulip glass. The smell is rather subdued with grapefruit, pine, and a whiff of sweet malt. The initial taste is dank, hoppy, and bitter with some grapefruit and pine needles but as the glass warmed there was much more malt and a touch of sweetness. This ale is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and the 8.5% ABV is just right. It paired really well with a cheese steak. Overall, The Shape of Hops to Come is a well-crafted and thoroughly enjoyable DIPA that I would gladly drink again.

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

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kendo
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the crowler into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear dark golden-orange with a 1+ finger rocky ecru-colored head that retains well, leaving behind good lacing.

S: Not a strong nose. Some leafy hops, some pine needles. Tea-like in some ways.

T: Whoa. Given the subdued nose, I am surprised by the bitter onslaught. Leafy, herbal and piney hops wash over the tongue, along with a bit of grapefruit pith and peel, and leave a dry, lingering bitterness. Still, there is a modest, sweet malt foundation underneath it all. It's not balanced - no way, too bitter for that - but it's not one-dimensional.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: Very good. It's been a while since I had an old-fashioned, mouth-puckeringly dry and bitter DIPA like this one.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can with no discernible date.

Pours a clear amber-orange color with a finger of off-white head. The head settles into a creamy film, leaving a nice ring of lace along the way.

The aroma is dank as fuck. Garlic and onions, pine, grapefruit, and just a hint of malt. It's like somebody walked in on Willie Nelson making a cheese steak.

The taste brings lots of grapefruit and pine, as well as some orange rind. Has a great caramel malt backbone that is ever present.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and with a fair amount of lingering hop resins. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall, a great DIPA that is nice and bitter, and extremely well-balanced. It's a heavy beer, but still extremely drinkable. Great stuff here.

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The Shape Of Hops To Come from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
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