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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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 NoLeafClover44


3.83/5  rDev +7%

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.

03-01-2012 03:39:02 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of kennylopez

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

02-25-2012 21:43:13 | More by kennylopez
Photo of highlander322


1/5  rDev -72.1%

02-15-2012 17:57:03 | More by highlander322
Photo of wertschy


4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-14-2012 22:56:14 | More by wertschy
Photo of justintcoons


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

02-14-2012 13:43:43 | More by justintcoons
Photo of muletrane


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

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!

02-07-2012 15:01:50 | More by muletrane
Photo of sametimesometime


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

02-05-2012 18:39:07 | More by sametimesometime
Photo of inlimbo77


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

01-28-2012 22:39:52 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of prg1976


4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-22-2012 01:00:44 | More by prg1976
Photo of BHopp12


4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

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

01-18-2012 16:08:21 | More by BHopp12
Photo of Gooball201

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -14%

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!

01-16-2012 18:33:18 | More by Gooball201
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2012 02:10:42 | More by acurtis
Photo of jackrodgers77


4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-13-2012 16:34:39 | More by jackrodgers77
Photo of BMart


2/5  rDev -44.1%

01-07-2012 02:53:11 | More by BMart
Photo of sideshowe


3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-05-2012 23:27:24 | More by sideshowe
Photo of upsjeff


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-04-2012 05:22:01 | More by upsjeff
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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
Photo of thatdirtymick


2/5  rDev -44.1%

12-28-2011 19:02:48 | More by thatdirtymick
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

12-28-2011 02:07:42 | More by JRed
Photo of aflyershckyfan


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-27-2011 21:24:07 | More by aflyershckyfan
Photo of jsanford


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

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!

12-23-2011 04:32:48 | More by jsanford
Photo of zapahoppa


4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-16-2011 20:49:26 | More by zapahoppa
Photo of boyessen


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

12-07-2011 05:06:35 | More by boyessen
Photo of pavpav12


4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-23-2011 02:06:34 | More by pavpav12
Photo of xnicknj


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
Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.