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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of dinojrbtom
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Dbot
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sam Adam's Alpine Spring Glass
A - Pours a murky orange color, off white, thick 1.5 finger head, medium lacing.
S - Smells very fresh, lots of floral hops goin on, with some nice tropical fruits, and a sweeter malt.
T - This is a full flavored beer, good hop bitterness that has a somewhat fruity flavor that finishes with strong malt flavors.
M - The bitterness can tend to be a little much, but its decent.
O - Having this on tap last spring when it first reached the pittsburgh area, I didnt care for it, but revisiting it, I enjoyed it much more this time. Its a good full tasting IPA that can be appreciate in a number of areas.

Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a striking copper with a full finger of head that retains well and leaves some intricate lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, but not overly so. This is a solid example of an East Coast IPA - nice malt and hop balance. The finish could stand to be a bit hoppier, but that is a small criticism considering this offering is truly a rare example of a sessionable IPA.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy copper with two-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Pineapple.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Bitterness throughout. Citrus and pine.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth.

O: Great looking IPA with a vivid aroma and a refreshing taste.

Photo of mmsimmons
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of hophead81
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Headgoober
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Tom_Gilman
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  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.

Photo of Mcooly
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of lovindahops
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.)

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of cpolking
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of HopStopAndRollOne
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with the price being way too high for a 6 pack. Why so much? And i also live
An hour from the brewery. Although its a little pricey i still love this beer.. Just flat out tastey and at 7 % its quite Enjoyable very light, smooth, not so hoppy, but a little bitter, which i love.. I would reccomend this beer to any IPA lover.

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.