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Hop Explosion - Allentown Brew Works

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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sametimesometime

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -14%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44.1%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +14%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 23:35:01 | More by brentk56
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44.1%

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

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 05:54:38 | More by xnicknj
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-15-2011 19:35:03 | More by akorsak
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 12:24:47 | More by JunkYardJake
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John_M

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 15:43:12 | More by John_M
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 11:49:19 | More by Thorpe429
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 19:15:05 | More by Bierman9
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2010 00:14:23 | More by beermanbrian
Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.