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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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86
very good

381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-07-2009)
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Reviews by B33R501:
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

pretty good huge beer picked up a 4 pak last night, very fresh.

poured in my wegemans coffee throwaway dont care much about the color, good head retension, lots of lace on the cup. nice hoppy aroma, big bitter blast grapefruit and some pine. malty sweet but not overbearing, good mouthfeel and very satisfying.

bottom line 9 bucks per 4 makes this a great value. gotta get this fresh though, i had an old bottle once that was terrible.

06-05-2012 12:25:45 | More by B33R501
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Jehrnstrom34

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +31.6%

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rwinzing

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

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

08-03-2011 23:23:01 | More by rwinzing
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-20-2014 00:08:09 | More by JC333
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-17-2012 20:00:15 | More by jburchett
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-01-2014 14:52:29 | More by sgttibbs
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-02-2012 16:09:01 | More by acurtis
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CowboyJack

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

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Brenden

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

11-03-2011 14:15:47 | More by Brenden
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Bobancheff

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

12-14-2011 03:55:59 | More by Bobancheff
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psujesus

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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

01-12-2010 16:21:29 | More by psujesus
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-09-2012 23:04:17 | More by whatname
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fester71

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-19-2011 00:47:20 | More by fester71
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

06-26-2010 20:52:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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GodGaveUsBeer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Jeffdoghead

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

09-18-2013 16:49:15 | More by Jeffdoghead
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.