Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy dark amber color overall. I intentionally poured this one with a large head in mind - and ended up with a three finger offwhite head. Retention is actually pretty good for 11.5%, and once it recedes, it leaves consistent, thick-looking spiderweb lacing on the glass.
S: VERY fruity. There are dark fruit notes from the alcohol (very much in a rum raisin expression), along side dank orange, melon, and cannabis notes from the hops. Seems to be very sweet, too. Not all of the aromatic notes featured are great, but I love how bold the nose is, at least.
T: Due to its age, I'm reviewing it as a barleywine, not a TIPA (aren't they really one and the same anyways?) It opens very sweetly on the tongue. Lots of orange, grapefruit, melon, lychee and sweet caramel malts will soon give way to a light pine and black pepper past the midtaste. Its finish is somewhat alcoholic, earthy, and even a bit leathery. Weed-like characteristics pop up once it warms sufficiently. The booze character is still rather strong - so for that reason, it's hard to drink. On the plus side, it has a good level of depth so as to not bore the palate.
M: The booze is felt quite readily throughout the mouth and stomach. This is due to its dry nature on the finish and aftertaste. Breaking up the dryness is both an accumulating syrupy linger and resiny hop quality. Admittedly its lack of delicacy and mildly harsh nature renders it taxing on the palate after a while.
O: Not the most beautiful or elegant beer by any means, but just like a sledgehammer, it gets the job done. I doubt this is anywhere near as good as PtY (as one of the testimonials on the website says), though having said that it's a worthy offering. Basically, if you liked Founders Devil Dancer, you'll probably like this too.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2013 22:23:46 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Ruddy orange color, thin head with a little lacing.
Smells of hops, resinous, onion?
Taste is a punch in the face with hops, not much malt to balance it out. Slight sweetness and a little bit of alcohol. Hop taste is citrus, vegetal, some green onion flavors and pine. Bitterness lingers.
Kind of an oily mouthfeel, lightly carbonated
Overall, not one of my favorites, is way unbalanced towards the hops and the smell kind of puts me off. Wouldn't try again in the near future.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 00:25:51 | More by BradC
Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.