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Hop'solutely | Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings:
462
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
27.1%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 462
Reviews by zhanson88:
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3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to pvequalsnrt for including this one as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance: Hop'solutely pours a light golden color with orange highlights. About a finger of white head forms. Retention is decent, lacing is just okay.

Smell: I get some sweet bready malts right off the bat, with some citrus and grapefruit hops behind that. I also get quite a bit of alcohol. Not too surprising considering this beer is 11.50% ABV.

Taste: A bunch of citrus and sweet bready malts, followed by a bunch of grapefruits hops. Quite a kick of alcohol at the end too, you can really tell that there is a bunch of alcohol in this beer. Pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Just over light bodied with fairly low combination. Pretty smooth drinker. This beer isn't the easiest to drink considering how much alcohol is in it. Still, it's pretty damn tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%

(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

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of rwinzing
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DannyG44
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: Allentown Brew Work’s Hop’solutely

Poured into: 12 oz. draft offering at the bar/brewery poured into an ABW snifter

S: Crystal clear burnished orange/amber body under a beige head that quickly recedes into a soapy island on top.

A: I got quite a few tropical aromas including mango, guava, melon (my wife said grapefruit) plus a hint of heat and a caramel and toffee sweetness. This brute is also dry-hopped with Amarillo and Chinook hops, what a treat to the nose.

T: Wow! An aggressive bitter hop assault of pine and dryness, and oh… did I say bitter? I’ll chalk this up to the Cascade, CTZ, Summit, Amarillo, and Chinook hop bill. After your senses recover, you can also get a nice sweet caramel to counter the hops from the Caramel malt, and even a touch of fruitcake-y sweetness.

F: Oily, slick, and coating. There’s a prickly carbonation that helps to scrub the palate, easing you into the next sip of this 11.5% abv behemoth. It ends with a bone-dry finish that enables you to go back for more.

O: Crazy, fun, fresh offering at the location. Drink with care and a smile. Reminiscent of an American Barleywine or Strong Ale, because technically, there is no such thing as a “triple IPA” and that’s fine by me. I’ve read other reviews that give this beer such a hard time. Try it fresh from the tap at the Allentown location, you might think about it differently.

S: 4 A: 4.5 T: 4.25 F: 4 O: 4

Suggested food pairing: Pasta Primavera, buffalo wings with bleu cheese, carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bobancheff
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
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