Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works
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4.15/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
10-15-2010 11:49:19 | More by Thorpe429
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-16-2012 11:08:31 | More by metter98
4.08/5 rDev +14%
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
01-02-2012 23:35:01 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
04-02-2012 14:04:50 | More by Slatetank
3.38/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
08-19-2008 21:50:02 | More by tempest
3.83/5 rDev +7%
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.
05-15-2011 19:35:03 | More by akorsak
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-17-2011 15:43:12 | More by John_M
4.23/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
06-03-2013 18:04:42 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.)
12-11-2012 02:20:59 | More by beerthulhu
2.98/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
11-12-2011 05:54:38 | More by xnicknj
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
08-16-2012 23:31:09 | More by DrDemento456
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-30-2013 01:26:48 | More by tone77
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
04-25-2009 19:40:54 | More by Durge
3.18/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
01-13-2013 22:05:59 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-03-2012 23:39:02 | More by Darkmagus82
4.4/5 rDev +22.9%
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
06-10-2010 19:15:05 | More by Bierman9
Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
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