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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 11-23-2007)
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Photo of Gooball201
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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!

Gooball201, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of beerdedking
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

beerdedking, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

cclark67789, Oct 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

whatname, May 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

nrs207, Jun 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of dmamiano
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

dmamiano, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

tempest, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of cpolking
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

cpolking, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

metter98, Aug 16, 2012
Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.