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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 5
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 Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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

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Bierman9, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper with a nice fluffy white head....slightest of haze...chill?

S - Could smell the hops from 2 feet away...nice! Grapefruit and pine scent very lively.

T _ Nice and crisp with an excellent hop bitterness. Nothing over the top but very solid all around. Plenty of malt to support the hops but does not overwhelm.

M - Solid malt that does not overpower the hops with sweetness. A very solid hop forward A-IPA

D - A wonderful west coast IPA done on the east coast! Hoop forward, just the way I like it. I could drink plenty of this brew. Well done!

Deuane, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -2%

st9647v3, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -9%

malfunxion, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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".

jmdrpi, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

IdrinkGas, May 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

LoveStout, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Gatordaddy, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

millerbuffoon, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3/5  rDev -16%

jbaker67, Feb 16, 2014
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!

jsanford, Dec 23, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

VeganUndead, Aug 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

whatname, May 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44%

DonFrap, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

zonker17, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Durandal_777
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Durandal_777, May 17, 2014
Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

inlimbo77, Jan 28, 2012
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.

justintcoons, Feb 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

buzzy, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Drknight, Apr 22, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Resuin, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

randylangford, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

JohnParadee, Aug 03, 2014
Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.