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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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #181
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,305
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 8.94%
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
867
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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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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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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Apr 26, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
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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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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!

Oct 23, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

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.

Oct 03, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

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

Aug 30, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

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 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
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 15, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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

Jul 14, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

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.

Cheers!

Jul 03, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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.

Delicious!

Jun 21, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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!

May 15, 2019
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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.

Mar 04, 2019
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GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 19, 2019
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DJED69 from New Jersey

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!

Jan 06, 2019
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

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 !!!

Nov 16, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

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.

Nov 13, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

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.

Nov 09, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

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.

Sep 24, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 19, 2018
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 867 ratings