The Shape Of Hops To Come
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

The Shape Of Hops To ComeThe Shape Of Hops To Come
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #186
Ranked #1,193
4.25 | pDev: 8.94%
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Okay head retention and lacing

S: Doughy not much else

T: Piney with grapefruit and plenty of doughyness up front. Woody hops, dryness and pine, plus cakeyness once warm. Finishes dry, cakey with a little grapefruit and booze

MF: Fairly chewy, restrained carbonation, decent balance

This can has some miles, but has held up well. Would certainly revisit if found fresher

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somethings are subtle, you know? You put on a Terrence Malick film, and for a second you might think, “Where in the hell is this going?” It’s just a subtle movement to its pinnacle moment. On the other hand, you have Tarantino where you get hit right over the head from second one. And in Raul’s opinion, Terrence Malick beer this is not. First sip you get wapow across your face like Lawrence Tierney collecting rent. It’s a bit jolting. It’s definitely a stunner, and it’s just.... It’s just ok.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy amber-brown. Cream-colored, foamy head that disappears rapidly.
Smell: Mango and bubblegum. Spicy pine.
Taste: Grapefruit and orange citrus. Grapefruit/lemon and strong pine-tar hop bitterness on the finish. Really tasty.
Feel: Medium-bodied, sticky, medium carbonation.
Overall: A great imperial IPA with tons of hop flavor.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swan Dive in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light amber-ish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This has kind of that old school Heady like aroma - with fresh squeezed grapefruit, fresh and super prominent pine, a bit of bready malt, orange, and grassy hops.

This has that old school swag that I definitely can still appreciate. It's quite bitter, but in a earthy and clean way, with light crackery malt, grapefruit rind and orange marmalade. I can appreciate that aggressive but polite (in a way) hop character for sure.

This is medium bodied, and very, very crisp, with a fairly decent level of drinkability.

I can see why this had a brief afternoon of being desirable - it's a very solid old schoolt take on the style. Somehow or another, there's no lactose.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Jay for this can. Cheers!

My kind of DlPA appearance. Pretty clean copper orange with a massive frothy and rocky off white head leaving sheets of lacing.

Straight forward and raw aromas of resin, citrus rind, and pine. Lovely.

Yes. This is what I'm talking about. A direct transcending of aromas to flavors. The citrus is ripe, the pine is sappy, the resin lingers between hits.

Chalky, pungent, smooth, but most importantly...bitter. Very bitter. Lip smacking dirty bitter.

My kind of DIPA. Somehow, I always knew I'd end up with a can of this stuff as it was destined to be. Patience paid off thanks to Jay without even knowing it. Great beer.


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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy orange with a thick offwhite head.

Aroma is herbal orange.

Taste matches aroma. Lots of intense herbal hops.


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Photo of dbl_delta
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a very hazy orange with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is citrus, caramel, and a big dose of dank, resinous pine. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter, with another good dose of pine resin. An old school west coast DIPA. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of Wattie83
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is opaque burnt orange color, not much of a head. Not hazy, but it looks dense and substantial. Smell is dank, piney, resinous, just all hops. Taste follows with hops smacking you in the mouth. A bit of alcohol there too, no real malt that I'm picking up. Nice and bitter on the back end. Feel is medium. It has some substance behind it for sure. Overall, someone else said it's a nice old school WCIPA. I'd agree. It's a great change of pace from more"modern" trends in IPAs. Would definitely go back to this.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Certainly delicious hop forward as one would expect, but surprisingly crushable for such a high ABV & hop-bittered beer. This is dense & meaty. Finishes pretty dry with a very nice malt balance. I do not detect any boozey alcohol despite the high ABV, the hops keep that well in check. Well executed American

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Photo of DJED69
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer! If you’re tired of juice bombs and smoothie IPAs, grab one of these. Old school WC style American DIPA. Big, dank, bitter, bold hops. Smells great too. This is a classic beer avail fresh locally for $9.99 a 4 pk. Love it!

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a nice orange/amber with white foam, but with little to no lacing to it. ..not surprising.
As for aroma it has the danky, piney, & w/ somewhat grapefruity citrus notes to it.
The taste is pretty much the same with it all come out at once w/ full hop explosion all in one... there is alot going on here, and hard to pin point all of the adventures happening, but a fun trip !!! with well hidden ABV.
Feel is for sure the resinous danky/pine, but still smooth with the lingering resins that hang on for awhile.
This brew is by far for the hoppy dank old book IPA drinker out there, and I thought I was one , but think this is my max..I think !!!! To early to tell...lots of brews still out there to explore. Have fun with it !!!

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange with three fingers of white head.
Smells of bitter citrus and pine. Some light tropical notes as well.
Taste is primarily grapefruit with a bit of sweet malts. Pine hits on the finish and lingers.
Medium bodied, smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.
Overall a tasty one that to me is old school West Coast to a tee.

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Photo of larryi86
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you thebeers for this
16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden amber with a two finger white head

S- Citrus, hints of pineapple, piney, earthy, a little herbal.

T- Citrus, hints of tropical fruits, touch of caramel malts, huge piney finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A great bitter DIPA.

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Photo of Lucular
3.19/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bitter without being juicy. Sweet without any malt nuances. Seems like it's trying to be an old-school WC DIPA but unfortunately the hops seemed old and faded. Tasted at an event hosted by the distributor so unless they were pushing old stock I'm not sure what may have gone wrong.

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

On tap at their brewhouse. Served in a 13 oz. snifter.

L---Clear, deep golden color. Nice, thick white head that faded to a cap fairly quickly. Did not leave much lacing.

S---Hoppy, very hoppy. Pine & citrus fruits (grapefruit) are up front.

T---A hopbomb. Juicy, with grapefruit predominant. Pine. Dank & bitter, very nice work.

F---Smooth. ABV isn't apparent. A little bit of resinous feel.

O---A damn fine IIPA. I've been wanting to go to Neshaminy Creek's brewhouse for a while and finally talked wifey into going. Tuesdays are 3/$6.00 tacos and they have $5.00 margaritas, so she agreed to go. I'll definitely keep my eye out for this beer in the future.

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Photo of meatyard
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No canned on date. I won’t buy another beer from them unles I see it walk through the door. I thought this was recent but it certainly isn’t. They don’t deserve a good rating if they don’t date . No hop flavor at all. The name is very appropriate: hops to come because they aren’t there now.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$ 11.00 (Including tax)/four-pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.229/oz) from U-Pick 6, Millcreek, PA. Reviewed 8/14/18.
Undated cans, stored in reefer in store. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark yellow, translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, high density, average retention, diminishing to a very irregular six to ten mm lacy ring and a complete layer. A few small islands of lacing remain as the head retracts.
Lacing – Fair. Rings of tiny to small bubbles, connected by columns of varying width.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Strong pine and citrus.
Flavor – 4 - Moderately bitter with a weaker flavor profile than the nose would suggest, more citrusy than piney, with a bit of floral thrown in. A bit of malt is also present. Leaves a bitter aftertaste with a long hangtime. No alcohol (9.5% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – A good DIPA, nicely bitter and well-hidden alcohol. These could be deceptively sessionable, until you tried to move afterwards. The label is attractive as well. Too bad they don’t date the cans.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can traded from Beerchaeology into my Ploughshare glass. No can date.

Deep caramel color, creamy 1/2 finger of head.

Aroma is dank and ashy, with slight pine and wood aromas.

Flavor is strong, woody pine and tons - i mean tons - of dank resinous character. It's dark and dank. Like licking an ash tray, then eating a pot cookie, then chewing on a pine air freshener. I can't really pick out any of the individual hop character, just mostly Simcoe. It's way over-dank and there's virtually no balance.

Feel is creamy and ungodly resinous. The resins cling on forever. Slightly hot finish.

Overall, offensive to me, but if you like dank IPA's, this beer will turn your world upside down. It tastes like a bad apartment building.

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Photo of HJB96x
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely amazing. The bitterness of the beer goes so well with the hops they have used. I am not even a big fan of IPA's compared to stouts and porters which I typically enjoy more... but this particular beer has won me over. A+, wish only they dated their cans and it would have been a 5/5.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy on the pine resin taste and feel which is how I like them. Carbonation is decent but foam is a little thin. Smell is a bit reminiscent of cat urine, but I expect that from piney beers. Would buy again. This one came recommended by the local beer shop owner.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't let first impressions fool you: though this beer pours a rather bland tan into the glass and smells only slightly of citrus, its dank, citrusy hops (with a touch of pine) make for a delicious beer that never tastes like even half of its 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of Ego
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

3 full fingers of craggy white stuff on a careful pour, light orange hue with plenty of carbonation mussing about, lacing is good and head retention is great

piney, juicy, biting green, the sweet sweet tone of fresh cones... hop overload, one of the nicest smelling hop bombs to pass this way in some time, one minute you are bathed in pine, the next citrus nirvana and then a trip to the west coast of hops... yum

taste etc...
I feel like a fish caught with a shiny lure...or actually a stinky one that is like blood in the water and I am a hop shark, the bitterness is sure there, but that is the bulk of the meat of the stew I'm afraid, the malt backbone is missing from this fraidy cat, I like bitter.. I really do but I like it more when she brings her hot friends to the party as well, since I grew up in the time of sir mix alot I like some back, I can not lie, this just does not satisfy, way too light in the body here, give me some junk in that hop trunk baby, thankfully the ABV will calm down my disappointment (and comprehension), at least the ABV is well hidden in this forest of bitterness

this smells so damn fine I would wear it as cologne... but I don't drink my cologne.

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Photo of PA_Liberty
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm very excited about this beer. Is it Heady Topper?? Not quite, but darn good, and for me it's darn close. The best part is this is available, it's affordable (compared to other brews of this caliber), its' available in cans, and it's a Pennsylvania beer (I like to buy local if I can). Right now this is my go-to brew. Thanks to Neshaminy Creek for a job well done. Give this one a try.

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