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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 200
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 200
Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at irish pol in philly

Pours a dark amber color with a layer of beige head. Filmy retention slowly dissolves, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Slightly bitter in the nose with some citrus notes. Faint sweetness and bready malts with caramel. Not particularly exciting.

Light bitterness with oily hops and leafy notes. Dry pine notes with resin. Thick, sticky malt backbone with bread crust and caramel sweetness. Light warmth towards the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. This is a pretty nondescript IPA, and the name is laughable. Not something I'd seek out to drink again. (633 characters)

Photo of Gooball201
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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! (338 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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... (840 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poued a fairly light golden color, nice one finger head with good lacing noticed.
Smells was very hoppy, citrus came to mind. Smelled melons, grapefruit and a slight twist of grainy malt.
Taste was lived up to its name, very hoppy, bitter. Citrus notes aroused the taste buds. Not a whole lot of malt backing though. A little thin.
I tend to like my APA's balanced a bit more. (376 characters)

Photo of cpolking
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark orange in body with white wig on top. Smells of lemons, pine, and strangely, some sour apples. Tastes of light lemons, mostly citrus notes, faint melon, booze makes a cameo, and cloying fruit aftertaste that mingles with medium bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Warming and clinging, bad fruit. (316 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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 (613 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$13.99 for a six pack? here goes
I should probably point out that the last IPA I had recently was a Stone IPA so my palate is still primed for such a beast.
Looks like an IPA should for the most part. Not very much head forms and very little in the way of lacing on the glass. Clear amber body.
Scent is pleasant but not very powerful. Sweet citrus notes and tea scone notes that I have to dig my nose in to find.
More of those notes in the flavor coated with hop sprinkles. The feel of the beer is fizzy on the palate that leaves a coating of pine resins and grapefruit pucker. Thin bodied
Pretty enjoyable all in all when in need of a hop fix but I wouldn't bother at that price point again. (695 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.) (1,188 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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! (634 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -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. (746 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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: I paid close to $16 for a six pack of this stuff. I enjoyed their hop'solutely more than this and the price was better. but overall taste of this brew was good, just not a regular for me at the price. (752 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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". (354 characters)

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 (435 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of sametimesometime
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (651 characters)

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Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
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