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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 201
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Deuane on 11-23-2007

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Brass Rail Deli.

Copper color with a nice frothy off white head. Good lacing and some nice retention. Smell is very citrusy, oranges and grapefruit stand out. The taste slides into the piney notes with real strong grapefruit. Bitterness puckers your cheeks just enough. This is a world class west coast style from and east coast brewery. This is the best brew i've had from Allentown/Bethlehem Brew Works. Nice job guys.

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Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to the Allentown Brew Works for their semi-weekly stand up comedy night. Poured into a pint glass. Only $4.

Very little head, i assume this is due to the pour as it isn't hard to rouse up a decent head by giving it a bit of a swirl. Nice copper color and lots of lacing.

Smell is fairly hoppy, especially for a brewery that seems to focus on belgian styles. Not overly hoppy, though. Grapefruit and pine.

Taste is sweet malt and american hops in a very nice balance that tips, as it should, towards the hops. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, very well crafted and balanced. A delicious brew that I would recommend to anyone. For a fairly small, and new, brewpub, this is a very good beer. It's almost impossible anymore to shine in the world of the American IPA, but the fact that this is a local offering and is just so well crafted makes it a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife picked this up for me on a resent trip to Allentown.
Poured clear amber with a fluffy off white head that had good retention and lacing. The nose picked up a nice fresh hop aroma. Taste was well balanced with malty sweetness up front followed by a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy , smooth and creamy. Overall I would have to say I married a good woman. That was a good beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into ABC with Cpl Brim on 03JUN10 before making our way to the Reading WWII Weekend. A pint of Hop Explosion to refresh my parched palate, if you please!

The shaker pint was "brimming" with a deep golden hued nectar, which was clear within save for plentiful carbo. Head was fine and thin, lasted well, and left really nice lacing. Aroma had plentiful citrus overlaying a mild malty sweetness. Body in this one was easily more than medium, with an oh-so-nice smoothness on the tongue as it headed down the hatch.

Flavor in the Explosion had some toastiness present, making for a smooth, though light, sweetness ahead of the impending arrival of the hops. And they were most welcome here! Lots more citrus, along with some piney, resiny action, made for a most pleasurable quaffing experience. This was a super bier to start the weekend with, and the hops helped quell the fire (somewhat) from my 2500° Chicken Sammich. Would have easily had another, but we needed to head to base, and I was saving my second round for the luscious Hop'solutely. Currahee!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of HopStopAndRollOne
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with the price being way too high for a 6 pack. Why so much? And i also live
An hour from the brewery. Although its a little pricey i still love this beer.. Just flat out tastey and at 7 % its quite Enjoyable very light, smooth, not so hoppy, but a little bitter, which i love.. I would reccomend this beer to any IPA lover.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of BHopp12
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Amber with an orange tint, strong white head that hangs around for the duration

S: Strong hoppy with a little big of malt and citrus

T: Very Strong hop flavor, getting caramel with a little bit of malt. Some citrus flavors on the back end.

M: Very well carbonated, almost "stingy" from the hops

O: Very good beer. Impressive for an IPA in the way that the hop flavor just jumps at you. If you are an IPA fan, this is a must

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just want to see my deviation on this beer. I'll rameview it tomorrow after I give it more thought. Still not loving this new ranking system.... .. .

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of boyessen
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Rehmeyers
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

G: Poured into Samuel Smith pint glass from bottle. Picked up a Fegley's Brew Works Variety Pack for tasting.

A: Hazy copper with nearly one finger white, creamy head that lasted for a few minutes. Great lacing. No hop particles when candled.

S: Moderate citrus burst up front and mellow pine notes.

T: Solid hop bitterness. 7/10 on my bitterness meter. Bitterness throughout. This beer wants to be sweet but is smashed by citrus in the middle and a mild, lingering dank finish. This brew earns its name.

M: Surprisingly carbonated, but not overwhelming. Smooth finish. Pine.

O: Refreshing Pennsylvania IPA with an active aroma. Highly drinkable. Not my favorite IPA from the area but this one is worth tasting.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy copper with two-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Pineapple.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Bitterness throughout. Citrus and pine.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth.

O: Great looking IPA with a vivid aroma and a refreshing taste.

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Photo of horshamguy
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A--Golden orange/copper color. Very rich looking. Clear more than hazy, but still not see-throughable due to rich, dark coloring. Thick head that doesn't last to the end.

S--Not nearly as hoppy as expected from its name, but still really good. There's citrus (lemon & grapefruit) and something like bread from the malt. Excellent job of making me intrigued/interested in the taste.

T--Oh yeah, this is the good stuff. Pine, citrus, with a heaping helping of sweet maltiness. I think I might even be getting some caramel.

M--Creamy & full bodied. Decent carbonation. Serious, not light & easy to dismiss.

O--excellent across the board. High quality output by folks who clearly know what they;re doing

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Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an inch or so of foam laying on top of the clear amber liquid; leaves a nice web of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a tangerine aspect

Taste: Taste follows smell, with a tangerine hop character complementing the biscuity malt base; a bit of apricot lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation

Overall: Really enjoying the hop flavors on this beer; nicel complement to the malt bill

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Photo of jlandis
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was amazingly tasty. The description was fairly basic "Brewed with pale, and crystal malts, hopped with Tomahawks" Definite West Coast style American Pale Ale. This was amazingly drinkable, although served a little colder than I would have expected. Nice round hop flavor, with just the right bitterness. As it warmed up a bit I started getting some DFH 90min vibes, but all in all a very nice brew and I wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sam Adam's Alpine Spring Glass
A - Pours a murky orange color, off white, thick 1.5 finger head, medium lacing.
S - Smells very fresh, lots of floral hops goin on, with some nice tropical fruits, and a sweeter malt.
T - This is a full flavored beer, good hop bitterness that has a somewhat fruity flavor that finishes with strong malt flavors.
M - The bitterness can tend to be a little much, but its decent.
O - Having this on tap last spring when it first reached the pittsburgh area, I didnt care for it, but revisiting it, I enjoyed it much more this time. Its a good full tasting IPA that can be appreciate in a number of areas.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Thirsty's enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is deeply hazed amber with a mild golden accent and thick cream cap of over 2 fingers. The bead is very fine. The lace sticks in a thick pattern and the bead is fine. The smell is very fruity and pine accented from the hops w/ slight lemon rind odor and hint of pineapple with light tinge of floral from the hops throughout. The feel is mildly bitter with subtle sweet base and a moderate carbonation with mild astringency and semi dry finish.

The taste has a hint of tropical and slight herbal hop flavor with lemony accent and light pine-like bitterness with a subtle pepper in the peripheral that is only mildly vegetal with a light tinge of malt sweetness underpinning the hops with a balance more toward bitter than sweet. The subtle toasted taste is noted as it warms with very mild alcohol and slight grassiness in the finish. Overall a good beer with plenty of hop flavor. I enjoyed this version better than the tap so it may have been a not-so-fresh keg...uncertain.

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Photo of muletrane
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No bottle date :(

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber colour. 2 fingers of creamy white head with tight bubbles and nice retention and lacing.

S: Nice balance between the citrusy hop character and the caramel malt character.

T: I'm getting a nice amount of caramel malt mixed with a touch of citrus up front. Big piney hop bitterness on the back end. Lingering bitterness throughout.

M: Crisp and medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Slightly dry with lingering bitterness.

This just might be my favorite Fegley's beer to date. Nice crisp refreshing IPA. Nothing crazy or out of the ordinary. Just solid, and there is nothing wrong with that!

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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!


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Photo of DarkBeerGuy
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: a clear golden brew with a lot of carbonation in the pour but little head retention that left small spots of lacing.

Smells: a pine hop that has a sweet ring to it.

Tastes: a very hop forward IPA with a floral pine hop that bites my tongue in a great way. I enjoy the sweet citrus fruit flavors that are more apparent as it warms up a little.

Mouthfeel: there is a strong bitter bit from the generous amount of hops they infused in this ale but quite refreshing and smooth with the 7%.

Overall: Overall taste of this brew was right on the line between outstanding and very good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allentown Brew Works "Fegley's Brew Works Hop Explosion"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-colored body. Creamy off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Boldly pungent and resinous. Earthy and herbal. Dried pine needles. Some grapefruit and pineapple. Backed by medium-dark caramel malt.

Flavor: Earthy, herbal, and piney hops dominate, followed by some grassiness across the middle. Citrus hops take a back seat in the hop profile, showing up towards the swallow. Solid caramel-accented malt base. Subtle oxidation. Bold but not brash bitterness. Finishes dry with steadily eroding malts followed by lingering herbal, earthy, and pine-like hops. Some alcohol becomes present but only towards the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-fill in body with a crisp carbonation.

Overall: Credit for doing something a little different, rather than just going for another citrus blast.

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Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light yellow copper color, clear and bubbly, with a modest white bubbly head and very thorough lacing. The aroma is citrus hop, polite but sure with a bready malt complement. The taste brings a bit weaker citrus in a woodsy crisp and clean feeling mouthful. The mild bitterness is somewhat cloying and the malt sweetness I anticipated from the aroma is generally absent. But it is a very drinkable hop offering that, as advertized, should please all hopheads. The malty background presents itself more as it sits, overall an enjoyable hop brew.

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Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
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