Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 56
Photo of jjd315
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Did not smell good at all. Taste wasn't much better

Photo of 50marathons
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an ok IPA. Nothing stands out about it. It is well balanced and drinkable.

Photo of frankwoj
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beginners IPA. Not good.Would not try!

Photo of BrianQuinn
2.69/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a good ipa. Rated too high

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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 jmdrpi
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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 microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque golden color with a small one finger head and moderate lacing.

The smell is strong with pine and citrus hops, the pine dominates.

The taste is mostly pine hops with a malt backbone. There is a pine aftertaste left and hop oil left in the mouth after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is thick and bready; there is a slight bite due to the carbonation.

Overall this is not a bad IPA but it is plain, not complex. The taste is mostly pine and malt, not bad but a little more variety in the taste would be nice.

Photo of DarkBeerGuy
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of horshamguy
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of Rehmeyers
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of bcsbeer
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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 SolipsismalCat
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a fluffy white head that left sticky lacing.

S - a mix of pine and citrus.

T - sharp pine with citrus rind bitterness finishing things off.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation making the beer go down easy.

O - a decent beer but just an average IPA.

Photo of lovindahops
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- hops explosion pours a reddish copper with massive head of foam. Some floaties are even present in the brew

S- grassy, herbal, and pine notes represent the bulk of that profile. Even some spices and pepper

T- a bitter and dry taste coexist with some of the herbal flavors. Slightly medicinal at the finish with some malt lingering

M- good carbonation with a sticky flavor

O- I really look for a highly grapefruit, citric, or pine presence when a strong hop profile is suggested by the flavor. Nevertheless, it's very drinkable and consistent in some of the bitter aspects of the brew. I would have another

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 cpolking
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tone77 for tihs one! The beer pours a slightly hazy dark amber and burnt orange in color. There is half an inch of thick and creamy off-white foam.

The aroma is fairly light, tea with lemon, a hint of pine. The taste is as malty as hoppy, lots of tea with lemon, very light caramel, and a decidedly, almost massively, bitter finish.

Photo of HopStopAndRollOne
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep golden with a one finger white head. The head fades fast to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall, with some pine and a grapefruit hop. Mixed with this is a light caramel and bready base. Overall it is very light.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and caramel flavor with some notes of a pine hoppiness. The sweetness fades out more toward the middle of the taste and a lighter grapefruit flavor comes to the tongue. The breadiness remains strong till the end, where the grapefruit fades. While the grapefruit fades, a nice surge of the pine as well as a earthy hop flavor comes to the tongue, in the end a nice slightly bitter hop flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level being very average as well. Good for the style, although it may have been a little better with a slightly thicker body.

Overall - A very easy drinking IPA with some nice pine flavor. Give it a go if you have a chance.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 metter98
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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 thedoubler55
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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