Beer Review: Neshaminy Creek The Shape Of Hops To Come Imperial IPA

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The Shape of Hops to Come is quite a mouthful, so from here on out I will refer to it as The Shape. Drawing inspiration from Refused pivotal album The Shape of Punk to Come, Neshaminy Creek has garnered some serious hype with this beer. I have not had a Neshaminy Creek beer for some time, I had one when they were first starting out and I have avoided them since as I wasn’t a fan. The Shape of Hops to Come comes in at 8.5% ABV.

Appearance: Semi hazy copper, amber color. Some active carbonation, pours a 1 finger head which dissipates to some sticky lacy.

Nose: Big citrus, pine and resin nose. Orange and lemon peel come through more as it warms up. Some boozy alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste/Mouth: Pine and resin come through from the nose with a nice big bite of bitterness. Citrus fruit flavors especially orange. Moderate carbonation and finishes super dry with a lingering crushing bitterness and some heat from the alcohol. Feels like a raw west coast IPA with that crushing bitterness.

Price/Availability: 4 pack fo 16oz cans for $12 and I think they distribute to the PA/NJ area I got this in a trade.

Overall: This beer has garnered some serious hype and is certainly sought after by hopheads throughout the country. I haven’t had any beers from Neshaminy for a long time, really since they were first starting out. This beer was definitely a big improvement from the beer I had from them in the past. It is a solid west coast inspired DIPA but not sure it lives up to the hype it gets. Nonetheless it is definitely a beer I would seek out next time I am in Philly and hopefully get to try it on draft.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Neshaminy Creek’s County Line IPA

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Recently grabbed some County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek a brewery located in Croydon, PA. There pretty local, it was a fresh IPA and it was in a can so I figured I would give it a go. This is the first beer I have had from this brewery as none of their releases I have come across particularly interest me (their other flagships being a pilsner, a tripel and a cream ale). County Line comes in at 6.6% ABV and does not list IBU.

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Poured a hazy deep gold/light copper with a nice 1 finger head. The head was very thick and tight and the beer produced some real nice lacing. Love the can art as well.

Nose: Really dank nose, smelled it the second I cracked the can. Smells like straight hop nuggets. Lots of pine, resin, tropical fruit, pineapple juice and other tropical fruit juices. Really great aromas coming from this beer.

Taste/Mouth: Has a nice bite of bitterness to start with some pine and tropical fruit from the nose. Mouthfeel is nice at first, full and not overwhelming. Then on the back end this beer absolutely annihilates your palate. Super bitter and dry, and frankly pretty unpleasant. I love brutal beers and palate wreckers but this one is more like a palate eraser.

Availability/Price: Both pretty good in NJ/NY. Nesh Creek is pretty widely distributed around this area and the price isn’t bad.

Overall: The nose on this beer really shines. Even the initial taste is nice as well but this one is even too bitter for me at the back end. Like I said brutal beers are my forte and especially brutal IPAs and Doubles but this one needs some work. They definitely have their aroma hop additions down and the even flavor seems on point but something went wrong in the bittering department. Has a lot of potential to be a damn good beer. Would revisit it if I heard they changed it up a bit.

Grade: C+