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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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #458
Ranked #2,169
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Apr 17, 2022
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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Photo of philbe311
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

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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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Whyteboar from Michigan

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
4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Mar 18, 2022
4.16 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Nov 10, 2021
4.35 by TMoorePA from Pennsylvania on Oct 18, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewme from Massachusetts

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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4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

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
3.76 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2021
4.43 by Shan-man from New Jersey on May 08, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

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
4.25 by imanidiot777 from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

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
4.25 by anthony-s from New Jersey on Aug 31, 2020
4.5 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2020
4.03 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2020
4.3 by Giantspace from Pennsylvania on Jul 19, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cjeep from Pennsylvania

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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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TrashMax from New Jersey

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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4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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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4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

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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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by maddogruss from New Jersey

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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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by hopsputin from New Jersey

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
4.35 by T66tah from Pennsylvania on Feb 12, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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
4.13 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2020
4.25 by petewheeler from Maryland on Dec 19, 2019
4.41 by OCnogimmicks from Tennessee on Dec 14, 2019
3.94 by bluehende from Delaware on Dec 07, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

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
4.14 by jricharc from Virginia on Sep 20, 2019
4.27 by Nunya from Ohio on Sep 14, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by russpowell from Arkansas

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

Aug 30, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by RaulMondesi from California

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 until its pinnacle moment. Then 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.

Aug 24, 2019
4.07 by Justinprintz from New Jersey on Aug 07, 2019
4.37 by KatieKade720 from Connecticut on Aug 01, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 15, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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 school take on the style. Somehow or another, there's no lactose.

Jul 14, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

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.


Jul 03, 2019
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