Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

(no dates on the bottle - poured into a tulip)

A: fairly clear, fiery amber hued liquid... spongy, sticky off-white foam atop... I saw somewhere where this is supposedly bottle-conditioned - I'm not sure that's the case with this bottle, as it poured remarkably polished for a hop bomb

S: melange of citrus aromas with an acidic edge to them... zesty, grassy... perhaps a bit of a mild toasty, caramelized character in the background - mid-dark crystal malt covered in citric acid?... the alcohol is pretty well-tempered by the juicy malts that come more to the fore

T: the alcohol does, however, surge right on through to the back of the throat upon first sip - medicinal, with an unrefined, cheap vodka quality to it, and it sets up shop back there for the duration... luckily, this is met in brashness and boldness by the pungent, pith-y citrus tones of the hops... light showing of pale and light crystal malts in the aftertaste, a bit of black pepper as well... quite bitter and spicy-hot hops hold on the back of the tongue, with a slight vegetal, tannic nuance to them, kinda like putting some whole-flower hops in your mouth and just sucking on them... but, all in all, the taste is pleasingly well-tailored and crisp, with the booze doing its fair share to keep the volume loud

M: medium-full bodied up front, but excellently dry in the finish... easy as hell to knock back, not at all weighty

O: exceeded my expectations, I suppose... actually fine work for an IPA of this magnitude... I'd certainly recommend it for hop lovers looking to have their palates shredded

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

One of the most complex beers I've had lately. The bitterness is followed by a lovely sweet aroma and aftertaste. Pours virtually no head but the lovely amber color of the brew compensates for it.

Photo of rwinzing
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a recent trade as an extra. Thanks to my many trading partners for giving me new beers to try

Poured this into my FFF pint glass. Pored a hazy amber with a small off white head. Ample lacing on the side of the glass

The aroma was very nice citus and grapefruit. Very nice

Taste was a bit over powering. Strong hop charitor needs to have the malt more forward to balance flavor. Not a strong finish, but hot in the middle

Very bity mouthfeel from the hops and the achool

Overall an averag DIPA. Need to balance the beer better

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still working through some notes...

This beer's color is something of a dark yellow-orange nearing amber. One finger's height of off-white head manages good retention and leaves a mix of spotty and patchy lacing in good quantity well down the glass.
The nose is certainly hoppy, mingling citrus, resin, and an herbal/floral mix along with a woody aspect and an interesting sweetness. A bit of caramel malt peeks through and balance is good, though it could be better. Someone wanted to go as big as they could, and a fusel alcohol shows it. Balance is lost for an attempt at overpowering, it seems. This is a nice aroma, but shows a lack of refinement.
Nothing could be said differently of the flavor, which could be generally summarized as sweet and hoppy with a highly fusel alcohol edge. The bitterness is nice, but the sweetness edges on cloying and a little more balance is needed.
The body is on the fuller side of medium, with good depth. The level of carbonation is at a median in my opinion, and there's enough crispness to stay lively and smoothness isn't foregone.
To summarize: a good beer that needs some refinement and balance.

Photo of Bobancheff
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer was poured into a pint glass. Has a white foamy inch of head. Moderate lacing

S-You can smell that it is packed with hops it smells potent.

T- For being 11.5 percent alcohol it does hide it very well. It goes down smooth for being so potent.

overall- It will sneak up on you and get you. After 6 or 7 you should be feeling alright.

Photo of psujesus
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brew works a couple of times, i was tempted to buy a bottle at the bethlehem site at first but found out that it was on-tap here

poured into a 12oz snifter with a ruby reddish color, could def smell the booze and hop in it, tastes a bit sweet like DFH 90 without as much bitter aftertaste, being 11.5% it is a bit boozy to the tongue

at a 100 ibu's its def a usual when i go to the brew works but no more than one

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I hope I got this right... I saw it listed under Bethlehem Brew Works as well, but the label reads Allentown. Additionally, this bottle is corked and caged, and the picture currently on the site is simply capped. Is this contract brewed? Perhaps at Sly Fox? Anyway...

Poured into an Imperial pint Nonic glass (perhaps not a great idea at 11.5% abv) it displays a surprisingly clear golden-amber body beneath a frothy head of bone white. There is some haze to it, but it's surprisingly minor, especially given that it's a very hoppy beer. The label reads "bottle conditioned" but there's very little sediment. I'll guess that it's only slightly bottle conditioned, starting with a pretty good carbonation level of about 2.4 volumes to begin with. The head retention is really quite good, and it'll hold a fairly thick and solid cap across the surface throughout at least the first half of the glass. Solid walls of lacing round it out and bring it to a first-class appearance.

The aroma is obviously hoppy - how could a "triple" IPA not be? It's not a stunner though. It's fresh and bright, and resinous but it doesn't knock you over. It's fruity but only mildly citrusy (pineapple/orange) with some grassiness and a hint of pine needle .... I can't quite pick up the hop, or the blend, but I'm sensing Cascade and Amarillo, with perhaps some Goldings to round it out. I find it kind of an English/American mix, but at the same time there is a raspy edge that I associate with west coast beers, namely Port Brewing, so I don't know... Some yeastiness also comes through. Forgetting that it's supposedly a "triple" IPA it scores pretty high for aroma. As a "triple" I'd say it lacks - there are single IPAs that match the volume of aroma found here.

The body is good. It's not over-done and malty as one might expect of a "triple" IPA. But let's get rid of that descriptor, it's not a "triple" IPA. It's a double. If anyone can come up with just cause as to why this is a "triple" IPA over all of the the double IPA s that are already on the market I'd love to hear it. BUT, even as a double IPA, it's finely tuned and balanced. There's enough malt to balance the hops, with just enough sweetness and body to get you there. Kudos!!!

Onward to the taste... well, everything that's come before pretty much follows as it's not over-done, and it's nicely rounded and balanced. There are some nice caramel and dark sugar notes amidst the soft maltiness to give it a full character without becoming cloying. Some yeasty presence is there as well, and then the raspy fruitiness of the hops steps in. It's not overly bitter - and, in fact, it's actually fairly soft and accessible for a double IPA. I find it pleasantly lingers on the palate with a bit of spiciness and pungent hops amidst a delicate malt base; and to be honest, that's what makes it - it starts firm, rises across the palate, and then gently settles in the finish. Which brings us to drinkability...

... it's a solid beer. It's very drinkable. It's NOT a triple IPA, but it is a REMARKABLE double IPA that's nicely done and well worth trying. I'd pair it with some spicy and herbal BBQ, or some toasted bread and blue cheese - even some Gorgonzola for a more minty mix. And I'll even just throw in almost anything Mexican because it can stand up to the heat and balances the tomatoes a little bit.

Photo of Jeffdoghead
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this beer does not have higher review rating. First time having some and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Poured into IPA glass and right away smell the extreme hoppiness. However, it was not as bitter as I expected and had a sweet smooth finish. I feel the 11.5% alcohol was hidden very well. Impressed and will be having this one again...hopefully on tap next time.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750ml bottle with friends at the Steelgaarden. Like most 11%+ IPAs, there's a lot of malty sweetness that takes away from the hops and makes it thicker than it needs to be. It drinks a bit like DFH 90 Minute in relation to the sticky sweetness. The hops are still pretty tasty with the chinook and centennial hops standing out at first with bitter grapefruit and pine, smooth flowery hops kick in and the finish is a mix of light caramel and citrus rind.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a copper-orange colour, with a head full of compact bubbles of off-white foam.

Initial smell is very strong of pine needles. These get replaced over time by fruit salad and later a sweet malty aroma.

The 11.5% ABV comes through on tasting, very warming end to it. Upfront there is a solid hop hit, where the pine and citrus make there presence felt. Somewhat dry finish.

A real slow sipper, warming alcohol heat takes over in this. Body matches the rest of the beer and what they were aiming for.

Is there a ideal IPA for winter? Probably this one with it's warming finish and very high ABV. Seems to lack the real hop flavour that the initial aroma indicated might come through. Probably not what i envisaged from a "Triple IPA".

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -16%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Medium white head. Surface wisping and a medium collar.

Smell - Booze. Wow. Sweet caramel. Some grapefruit. More sugar than anything else.

Taste - Much hoppier than the nose. Citrus. Then sugar. Brown sugar and caramel. Boozy finish. Resiny bitterness, too.

Mouthfeel - Extremely sweet. Medium heavy.

Overall - Almost undrinkably sweet, but just enough hop presence to balance it a little bit.

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was pleased as punch to receive this from dondeez21 as part of my fantasy football winnings, cheers Don!

750 ml corked & caged bottle opens with a small pop. Pours a semi-hazed amber with 4+ fingers of pillowy tan head into my Vondel snifter. Good head retention & lacing, some viscosity to this

S: Herbal, grapefruitty & woody hops

T: Some booze heat up front, along with pears, apricots, herbal & piney hops, then the grapefruit shows up in mass! As this warms leafy & herbal hops mingle with boozey apricots & pears, then more grapefruit. Finishes woody, dry with some grapefruit & boozey pineapple

MF: Chewy, warming, a bit hot & low carbonation. Alright balance, maybe some aging would help, but the hops might be completely muted by then...

Drinks okay for the style, hops a bit out of whack & there's too much heat for me. This probably rocks on tap...

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the 2011 Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational (Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA) on 3/20/11. Served in a tasting glass.

Pours a deep murky burnt orange (with some gold edging) in the glass, with a rich and frothy bright-white head that stays robust and soaps the sides with some heavy lacing. The aroma smells like straight-up grapefruit juice (not surprising, since it looks like it to), mixed with notes of pine and spice. Ripe tropical fruit and sweet sugary grains balance that more aggressive hop character across the back of the nose, while the whole nose is wrapped up in a powerful floral feel. That grapefruit is the big winner here though.

The taste also has a TON of pithy grapefruit flavor to it, that spreads a good bit of resins and spice out into the mouth. Sweet fruit and malts are confined to the back of the profile but still do a great balancing out the bitterness here while still keeping the focus on those robust hop flavors. A hearty lingering bitterness is evened out by leftover sugars, leaving behind a moderate dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation on the edges that makes this feel lighter than that bigger ABV would indicate. This does mostly feel on the sharper side in the mouth though, which really brings all of that pine out on the tongue. Naturally there is some alcohol warmth across the back of the feel here for an 11% beer but this it's honestly nothing outrageous feeling. I will say that this does hide it a lot better on cask than it did out of the bottle.

You know, I was a little iffy on this beer having only had it so far out of the bottle, but the cask conditioning here really showed me the potential of the fresh hop flavors that this thing is packing. Hey, I'm a sucker for robust grapefruit flavors in beers, and this brought it in spades. I'm not sure if the alcohol would be wearing on the palate after a full glass but taking this is several 4 oz samples was a real treat. I would definitely try this again if I saw it on cask.

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was super confusing to find on beer advocate. Also, this beer has an indeterminable amount of age on it. Came out from one of my distributors as breakage. but at 11.5% it can't go bad.

Pretty clear bright straw color with a puffy bright white head. Pretty nice actually. Tastes like it has some age yet at the same time the hop bitterness is still present. Wish i knew exactly how old this beer was. Grainy sweetness up front followed by floral flavors and tropical fruits with a harsh bitterness. For such a big beer it's actually pretty simple. No deep layers of flavor or anything like that. Some detectable alcohol.

It's good but it's basically an 11.5% easy drink a brew. Made to make you drunk with only little effort put into the flavor department. Not that the flavors are bad but you can tell it's a half hearted effort.

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong with hops and citrus. Taste is also big on hops, grapefruit, a touch of alcohol, good bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark tangerine pour exhibits a dense haze with a quickly paced but even flow of effervesce within. A firm and frothy light beige head rests atop, tall in statue, and sturdy in retention. All that is left behind is a whispy foam thin band.

S: For an 11.5%abv triple hopped labeled ipa I was expecting much more both alcohol and hop wise. Not a hint of alcohol detection was sensed, a good thing, while the hops didn't muster much more strength either, a bit of a disappointment. The nose was more sweet then brutally bitter, a nice welcome change at times, with some tropical fruitiness, dried pineapple, meeting a soft flowery sense of dried oranges. Underneath lied soft herbaceous notes along with the tinest mention of wet grass. Not bad, but somewhat seemed a tad bit underpowered aromatic wise per standard.

T: The flavor was sweet with a dried tropical fruitiness, spicy oranges with a grassy alcohol warmth best sums things up. Flowery dry hops come in with a toasted grain sweetness and spicy pine oil hopping that is strong enough to warrant respect, but smooth enough and rounded to make things move along quite nicely and have your mouth begging for more. I love the refined and smooth flavor instead of the all out blitzkrieg of hops that is normally prominent on such examples with a fruity and sweet tropical nature.

M: The mouthful is warm with a spicy and hoppy feel. Medium base consistency while packing a spicy flowery hop bite on the end along with an alcohol warmth on the swallow.

D: Very drinkable, especially for an 11.5%abv that doesn't seem a point over 7.5% for most of the drink. I can definitely drink way more then I should, especially with the refined and smooth hopping that doesn't pelt the tongue into oblivion but rather challenges its range and spectrum. A beer that, while it speaks smoothly with deliciously and hoppy flavor, speaks loudly in terms of the alcohol that will catch up to you eventually but will leave you enjoying it every step of the way until the glass runs dry. A tripel ipa?, perhaps not in terms of hops which reads more like a double ipa, but rather only in alcohol content. But who would argue. Love it, hopsolutley.

Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of densely packed partially creamy egg shell colored head with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... Faint retention gives way to an inviting lace surrounded by a thick collar... A much darker than expected dense and murky muted copper color teetering on light brown... Some stray carbonation streaks can be seen rising along the sides of the glass...

S - The nose screams of excellent balance... Equal parts malt and hops combine for a truly intoxicating aroma... Crust and bready malts... A touch a sweet caramel... Sweet citrus... A touch of piney hop resins...

T - Some of the balance is lost on the palette which also brings a slight alcoholic heat with it... Woods notes, piney hops, and the heat combine for a potent punch to start... The malty richness and citrus notes are buried... The woody notes rise again on the finish and combine with some medicinal notes...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Syrupy... A touch of stickiness... Even a bit chewy... A delicate carbonation...

D - There's a lot of good things going on here... The aroma is incredible, but the high ABV, the slight burn of the alcohol, and the dense syrupy mouthfeel leave as just a little above average... I would gladly drink again and urge hop heads to give it a try, but it's not something I would repeat with regularity...

Photo of DBoone
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bomber poured into a dfh snifter. Nice reddish brown color, mediocre head that disappears shortly. Nothing here to give you a big clue.
S- Unusual for a big ipa. Malt is quite prominent in nose, hops secondary.
T- Very good malt dominates, but hops are present in adequate quantities. The alcohol is well hidden for a 11.5 abv beer. Guessing ibus are low 70s.
M- Great, malt, hops, not too heavy on tongue/palate
D-Easy to drink, but at 11.5 abv don't have more than 2 bombers or you will be stumbling and having difficulties conversing.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #225
Served On: 09/19/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 11.5%
Date/ Code: -

This was picked up at Brewskies of New Oxford, PA. Around $52.00 per case.

Look: Poured a clear light golden color with 1-finger of white foamy head. Carbonation bubbles were doing their thing. A very crisp looking beer - probably a bit misleading given the ABV of this monster.

Smell: A pungent hop resin with mango and peach. Some alcohol warmth seemed to tingle the nasal passages.

Taste: First up was a sharp tropical fruit with some creamcicle smoothness that quickly gave way to a nice bitterness for the middle. The finish was fairly clean with a residual hop resin retuning along with the alcohol kicking in. The aftertaste was fruity with some residual sweetness hanging on.

This was a dangerously drinkable brew for such a giant IPA. I won't lie, after just one - I was already starting to feel it. It was very well crafted with some nice balance between the huge malt bill and robust hop profile.

Photo of nc41
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Where's the hops? Really boozy, both on the nose and palate, more wine like than beer. Not really worth a more in depth review IMO. More like a Barleywine than a DIPA. I'm not sure why the need to be so hot, at 11.5 the ABV outruns the hops, not enough malt to hide the burn.

Photo of jmarsh123
1.99/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy orange with 3 fingers of white head that stick around for a while. Spotty lacing down the glass.

The aroma is mostly pine hops. A little bit of earthiness and caramel malt sneak through.

A touch of citrus hops up front. Not really much to this until the end and then it's not a pretty picture. A weird medicinal piney unpleasant bitterness coats the tongue. Taste like wet cardboard and band-aids. This one definitely has some oxidation.

A bit too thin but the high carbonation level tries to cover it up.

This is pretty awful. If I ever want to have this experience again, I'll cut my finger and lick my band-aid all day. I think my drain even winced on the way down.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davehack for this brew it was delicious. Hoppy up front ad lingered very easy drinking brew and so smooth. Very nice golden hue. Followed with a sweet hoppy kick that really fits well with the alcohol.I love this brew and will search it out in the future.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Stella chalice

A: Clear filtered golden light amber color with minimal bright white frothy head after an aggressive pour

S: Lots of hops and malt in the aroma, very sweet, and a good amount of boozy alcohol. Sharp pine resin, grapefruit, fresh green apples, and some earthiness in the smell. It actually stings my nostrils a bit.

T: Follows nose with a pretty noticeable alcohol feel, and somewhat overpowering sweetness. There is an earthiness in the finish that doesn't jive with the rest of the flavor. This is a tough score to give for taste because many DIPA's that get an "average" taste score, are just that, average. This one is actually too much of everything, and needs better refinement.

M: Boozy, syrupy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Hop'solutely is like they turned every dial to 11 and hoped for the best. Lots of alcohol sweetness, lots of malt, and LOADS of hops. Which might sound like a good idea, but it's just too much to be a great IPA.

Photo of mcslain
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had some high hopes when ordering this beer after hearing the hype about it. I somewhat anticipated that it might not be 'as good as Pliny the Younger', which is Joe Sixpacks opinion. But I was willing to give it a shot with a hopeful heart.

Pours somewhat pale caramel gold w slight head. Leaves some sticky lacing but nothing impressive. Smell is pine, grapefruit and sweetness.

Crisp taste w medium to thin body. Good deal of carbonation. Initial taste is 'wow, that is sweet' w grapefruit hops. Moves on to piny bitter hop taste after swallowed. Lingering sticky sweetness.

Overall way to sweet and inconsistent for my tastes. This one left my feeling like I just ate a dozen boston creme donuts or something. You know, the feeling you get when you've had too much candy? Somewhat disappointing...

I do appreciate the bruising 11.5 abv which is pretty well hidden. Kudos to the brewery for just going big on this one. Others obviously enjoy it. It just wasn't my thing.

Photo of zoso1967
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark amber with a slight orange hue to it. The head is fluffy and impressive with a slightly off white color and nice staying power. It leaves pretty average lace. The aroma is decidedly piney and malty sweet, with a sort of canned pineapple and mandarin orange thing going on. It reminds me somewhat of HopSlam's aroma , though nowhere near as good, or intense. The taste is very malty with the classic pale malt profile, as well as a bit of caramel and dark sugar flavor as well. I am detecting piney and pineapple hops, but they really are struggling against the malt. There is also a bit of an herbal presence in there. One definite positive is that this beer has some major bitterness going on and It's definitely more balanced in that aspect than some of its contemporaries. The mouthfeel is fairly full, and a bit syrupy with a slightly cloying finish, but a drying quality at the same time. Not too hot for being a strong beer, I think the bitterness helps hide it well. This beer's aftertaste is actually quite pleasant and leaves a nice spicy hoppy sweet flavor in its absence. Definitely not the most drinkable double I have had, but it is alright. All in all a solid beer, just not maybe one I will buy again for quite some time. One last note, what is with the packaging? 750ml bottle for a beer of this strength, plus calling it a triple IPA when it seems to be squarely in the double IPA category. Just seems a bit odd.

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.