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 beerdedking
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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...

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +20.7%
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 NoLeafClover44
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into shaped dogfish pint.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger head that dies pretty quickly. Leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass.

S - Predominantly citrus hops and grapefruit with a touch of smooth herbal sweetness.

T - There is a big orange/grapefruit start with a sweet caramel backbone. The hops are not overpowering as I expected from the name of the beer. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and good carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

O - Very good IPA from Fegley's. I tried it because it is local, but I was impressed and will probably get it again.

Photo of kennylopez
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 muletrane
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of sametimesometime
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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 inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into DFH Signature glass. No bottle date present.

A: Pours a clear light orange amber color. Good carbonation, bubbles are streaming off the bottom of the glass. A nice one finger off white head forms and stays around a while. Some lacing sheets with a swirl.

S: Smells of nice tropical fruits: mango, papaya, and some grapefruity notes too. I do get a little bit of bready malts there too.

T: Pretty nice little sip. Nice piney bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Then your mouth is assulted with bitterness and fruity hops. I get some of that grapefruit and more pine. Really resinous hops. The close is the crisp overly bitter one you expect.

M: Medium bodied.

Solid little IPA. I'd go B+ on this one. Maybe a little more malt balance could help it. Also, this bottle might not be totally fresh.

Photo of BHopp12
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
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

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!

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Photo of JRed
3.39/5  rDev -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.

Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 boyessen
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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 xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 JunkYardJake
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 John_M
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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!!

4.4
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

1256

Photo of beermanbrian
4.57/5  rDev +28%
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.

Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.