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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 11-23-2007

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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 55
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Photo of tempest
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub.

I like my hops, but this beer doesn't do it for me. It reminds me of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion which has a lot of harsh bitterness without enough redeeming flavor. In this case it tastes like I've got hop leaves and vines in my teeth - just too earthy. The appearance, I should add, is on the dark side of golden and there's a short white head. If you like your hops unbalanced, this one's for you.

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/28...on tap in Allentown PA....Pours medium bronze with heavy foam. Heavy bitter in the nose. Sweet malt with a shift to a heavy bitter. Creamy. Nicely balanced.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a bit of pine, good amount of bitterness. Very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber hie with a good medium off-white head with some lacing. Aroma and Taste is sweet caramel malt with some piney citrus hops, grapefruit. Palate is a medium body with mild carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, some yeast, some fruity citrus and grapefruit notes ending with some good dry bitter hopped piney citrus hops for balance. Flavor and aroma of malt, and yeast come out more as it warms up. Overall a good IPA

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale rustic orange shows a well established fill of effervesce. The head is the crowning achievment here, a solid 2+ fingers of bubbly foam that is light beige in color, frumpy in texture, with a strong shellacking of patchy foam work on the vessel walls.

S: Fresh grass and pepper arrive on the nose first with a dash of pepper, dry citrus and a touch of munich dry toastiness. Celery and flowers with a strength that was kinda light for a cautionary warning.

T: The hops didn't seem much at first but do gain some strength and momentum towards the swallow. Dry toasted grain and dry toasted citrus peel. A bit of peppercorns, pine and oregano comes with a warm toasted flowery bitterness. The hops pick up a bit more upon warming but still fall somewhat short of a hop explosion.

M: Malty mouthful, toasty warmth, decent level of bitterness.

O: Overall with a name like hop explosion you better bring the hop bang. It doesnt dissappoint, but doesnt exactly live up to its billing as well, more of a m-80 then a explosion. Love the chinook and tomahawk hops but there are most better examples of thier usage (arrogant bastardfor chinook & mikkeller single hop for tomahawk.)

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on handpump at Al's. Dry-hopped with Citra and Chinook.

A: The IPA is a golden amber color, bright and surprisingly clear. A finger of white head, thick for a cask, comes with the pour but does not lace.

S: The nose is hoppy, cask-ified, with a clear citra component. Besides the orange, the chinook hops add a piney aroma.

T: Mmmm citra. Have I mentioned my fondness for this particular hop? It's citrusy bite, fresh orange, is very enjoyable. Besides the citra, the chinook adds a resiny flavor. Both crowd out the original IPA body, leaving only a caramel base behind. The citra isn't as forefront as I'd prefer, but it makes the ale work.

M: The mouthfeel, hops and all, is nice. The citra pushes the ale to a new level. The cask version isn't shy on flavor, allowing the bitterness to come through in spades.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Al's of Hampden into a tulip pint glass.

One finger off white head peesented, laces nicely well finishing. Bronze to brass amber body, a little cloudy. Decent lookig with nice lemon hues.

Nose is soft malts, borderline juicy citrus hop and melon. Slight hint of toasty grains and some almost biscuit like quality. Very solid.

Palate matches with a simple malt backbone. Finsih gives to toasty grains and hop almost juicy melon and citrus punch. Lingering mild honey sweetness, matching a good hop bitterness as well. Good mix of pine dryness as well.

Really solid balanced Ipa assertive with a decent hint of toasty quality, highly drinkable nice job.

Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of THE CPJ. Cheers!

Pours a fairly clear light copper with a fluffy white head that settles to a nice cap. Moderate aromas of pine resin and grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel and bready malt. Nice, but nothing new. Taste is similar to the nose, fairly pungent hop flavors of grapefruit and pine resin mingle with a moderately sweet malt profile of caramel and bread dough. Nicely balanced, if not for the 7% I could drink a couple of these. Mouthfeel is slick and a bit creamy, with a medium body, good carbonation, and a nice bitter finish. Overall a solid IPA, I certainly wouldn't turn another one down!

Photo of sametimesometime
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear with a nice copper hue. Has a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing.

S: Doesn't put off much aroma... just a touch of floral hops.

T: Hops initially, followed by a mild bready malt flavor and then hop bitterness. A slight tartness runs through it all. Hard to pick out particular flavors from this hop profile... more of a generic "hop" taste.

M: A good fine carbonation and a thin but slick consistency. Extremely drinkable.

O: A good, balanced, fairly hop-heavy IPA. Not too much complexity in the hops, but a nice punch of flavor nonetheless.

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brass Rail, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense and frothy beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of pine resin and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and pine resin hops along with some hints of grapefruit hops. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste and the bitterness is not overpowering since there is a good balance between the malt and hops.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darker than your typical IPA it is clear amber in color with brown tint and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Mind pine and resin with caramel malts. Seems more malt forward so I assume it might be over two months old.

T - Mostly balanced bittering pine next to bready gram cracker malts and a nice twang of hops in the finish. Balanced yet no where near a "hop explosion"

M - Light to medium quite easy to drink.

Overall I really enjoy the balanced hops to malt ratio and it does have some great bittering in the finish. A nice IPA that's worth a try.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer was purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

6pk - $12.99

Enjoyed and reviewed from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a translucent, golden color. A one to one and a half finger beige colored head on the initial pour. It fades to a light coating on top of the beer. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - A nice, typical IPA aroma of citrus, hops and pine.

T - A pretty heafty dose of bitter hops on the intial sip. In fact, the hops dominate the taste throughout the sampling. There is the typical citrus (grapefruit) and grassy/piney taste as well. A slight backbone of malt which lends a tad of sweetness but this is a beer that lives up to its name. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

M - A thin to medium consistancy. Decent carbonation. A dry bitterness coats your mouth after each sip.

O - I'm a hop-head for sure so this beer was right up my alley. It is a good beer but it's very hop dominate with little else happening. This will curl the toes of a BMC drinker for sure. Recommended for hop-heads only!

Cheers!

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap about a month ago at the brewpub. I figured lets try it from a bottle. Poured into a tulip. Crystal clear, Deep golden color with an amazing white heading. Left lacing all over the place after every sip and swirl.

Well this is a tad different. The one on tap I thought was very heavy with tropical fruits,this seems to be just the opposite. Very grassy and floral aroma with just a slight tropical fruit nose and taste to it.

Mouth is medium bodied, excellent carbonation with a just a touch of syrupy thickness.

Overall this is amazing. I can't understand why there would be any negative ratings for this one. If it were brewed in Cali it would be in the high 90's. Just my opinion.

Photo of beerdedking
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Typical appearance for an IPA, slightly murky golden copper leaning a bit towards the look of an APA

Hardly any hop "explosiveness" heading up my nose. Was let down here

One dimensional flavor which reminded me of Harpoon's IPA (I'd choose a Harpoon over this anytime). Just went from muted pineyness to bitter without any compexity or play on any of the other lovely hop flavors available like grapefruit, floral, mango, etc...

Was a touch too soapy/syrupy which canceled the carbo. Perhaps this is where the major problem is with this beer, because the hops are hardly to be found.

I am railing on this beer because at $16.50/sixer it falls into Sculpin territory and there is absolutely no comparrison. (I live an hour from the brewery also).
After I finished this one I downed a Green Flash West Coast IPA and was so much happier...

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Annie Bailey's in Lancaster.
Served with an inch of soapy and bubbly head. Good lacing down the sides of the glass. Deep copper in color with a reddish tint. Smell is quite hoppy, hence the name. Citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange zest, take center stage. Palate follows suite, with a hop heavy citrus profile. Hop intensity is nice at first but gets a bit laborsome by the end. Lots of bitterness that lingers for awhile. Not a bad IPA, but is a bit raw.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light orange-ish color with a nice white head and a pretty decent amount of lace rings as it goes down my glass. Nose brings a really nice amount of citrus hops with orange and grapefruit zest coming to mind. A bit of floral hops as well. Taste brings in a tiny bit of slightly-sweet pale malt, but mostly there's some hop bitterness and some citrus flavor. Feel is somewhat light with a good bitterness and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well; a good first experience with Allentown.

Photo of Gooball201
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had high hopes with a name like Hop Explosion. Strong showing I must admit. Color was orangy amber. Head was thick but faded quickly. Nose/aroma was good when opened but also faded quickly in tulip glass. Finally taste was unsurprising the same mighty tasty at first "sip" than not much afterward. All said, best to spend money elsewhere!

Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a striking copper with a full finger of head that retains well and leaves some intricate lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, but not overly so. This is a solid example of an East Coast IPA - nice malt and hop balance. The finish could stand to be a bit hoppier, but that is a small criticism considering this offering is truly a rare example of a sessionable IPA.

Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangey gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving some decent webbed lacing. Moderately heavy carbonation.

N: Nice orange citrus aromas mostly. Rich caramel, some red grapefruit, lemon zest and maybe some Juicy Fruit bubblegum.

T: Juicy orange, red grapefruit, lemon zest and Juicy Fruit bubblegum upfront. This is followed by rich caramel, grassy florals, pilsner malt and faint pine mid-palate. Finishes with bitter orange & lemon zest, grassy florals and rye.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, juicy, bitter and dry.

O: Big and juicy at the front of the palate while highly bitter toward the finish. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for quite a while. Pretty nice American IPA.

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cobblestone in York the other night.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is fairly attractive, showing sandlewood, grahm cracker and light dry citrus. It's good, but is a bit light for an IPA (at least for an IPA with a name like this). The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, but I'm a bit disappointed by how sweet this beer is, and by the lack of hoppy bitterness in the finish. There's a hint of pine and citrus as well, but really this is pretty tame for an IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly sweet finish (not something I like to see in an IPA). Drinkability is fair... I get a touch of heat from the alcohol in the finish, and that along with the beer's sweetness detracts just a bit.

Mehhhh... not very impressed with this one. Judging by how underwhelming this beer is today (as opposed to some of the other reviews I see on BA), I'm almost wondering if this beer might have been on the gas a bit too long at Cobblestones. The version I had was really nothing very spectacular at all.

Photo of boyessen
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle

Medium bitterness with oily hops.
A bit of floral hops as well. Taste brings in a tiny bit of slightly-sweet pale malt, but mostly there's some hop bitterness and some citrus flavor.
Above average IPA, slightly above average hop flavor, but nice bitterness.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

pours a clear copper color, with big off-white head, big clumps of lacing, and very good head retention. just a mild hop aroma, but pleasant. a bit earthy. same with the taste, slightly sweet and malty. not bitter. good mouthfeel. smooth carbonation, a bit oily.

A good beer, just not sure the hop levels reach a "hop explosion".

Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper with a nice fluffy white head....slightest of haze...chill?

S - Could smell the hops from 2 feet away...nice! Grapefruit and pine scent very lively.

T _ Nice and crisp with an excellent hop bitterness. Nothing over the top but very solid all around. Plenty of malt to support the hops but does not overwhelm.

M - Solid malt that does not overpower the hops with sweetness. A very solid hop forward A-IPA

D - A wonderful west coast IPA done on the east coast! Hoop forward, just the way I like it. I could drink plenty of this brew. Well done!

Photo of frankwoj
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beginners IPA. Not good.Would not try!

Photo of thedoubler55
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice golden color that is transparent, a nice finger of beige head at the top, that leaves sticky lacing throughout.

S - Basic IPA Nose, hops, pine, citrus, and slight hint of brown sugar.

T - Very hoppy, I guess the name goes good for this one because most of the taste is hops. Slight hints of grapefruit and pine as well but the hops are overpowering.

M -Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O - Very hoppy brew, one was enough for me. I would recommend this brew to all the hop heads.

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Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.