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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
86
very good

391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of powder245
1/5  rDev -73.7%

powder245, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of CowboyJack
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

CowboyJack, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a clear golden yellow pour with no head at all, slight foam around glass. smells nothing like an ipa, dipa, or imperial ipa.. citrusy orange peel, banana, pepper, not much else there. there's a weird medicinal type bitterness in the taste that makes me want to pour this out. this is pretty foul. i was really excited to see what an 11.5 abv ipa would be like - and i had heard good things about the brewer's fruit beers... i am REALLY let down. tastes burnt, earthy, boozey, medicinal.

medium body with mild carbonation. overall, this beer is terrible. i can't find a good excuse to drink this, and it's pretty insulting that i bought this as a "triple ipa" when it tastes nothing like an ipa, imperial ipa, or pale ale in general. i have taken a total of 4 sips and am now going to pour this down the drain. waste of $3 but really glad i didn't go for the 4 pack.

facundoCNB, May 26, 2012
Photo of craytonic
1.88/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Light tangerine-copper pour with a smallish head

Smell: Citrus and booze with some off flavors

Taste: This beer is disgusting, something wrong with the hops (and I love DIPAs). They tried to get creative but it backfired. Also a pure sugar (not malt) taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Off carbonation, thin feel.

Drinkability: I dumped this one.

craytonic, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BricksandPorter
1.9/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Got me a deuce-deuce bomber from Wegman's fantastic selection of beers. Poured it in to the Dortmunder Boot after about an hour in the fridge.

Pour - Beautiful cloudy copper brown with hues of yellow, amber and red. Creamy two finger head left some light lacing and persistent tiny bubbles. A nice pour.

Nose - sweet citrusy aroma with a bountiful helping of hops. A really fresh smell with lots of character - I really looked forward to drinking this.

Taste - jesus f*&$ing ch!%st!! This is easily one of the biggest blunders Ive EVER tasted. There is the craftfully, well-thought out process of brewing, especially when it comes to something as delicate and potentially frightful as an IPA, and then there is this utter non-sense. A complete overload of anything meaningful, this beer uses WAY too much hops to even be palatable - and I LOVE HOPPY BEERS. There is no malt whatsoever, it is a complete frat party of hops - no control, no method, no quality - just unabashed overuse of hop, and in a completely bad way. Maybe I got a bad batch, maybe I did something wrong, but this beer is fifth level of hell disgusting.

Mouthfeel - cant feel anything, my taste buds are overwhelmed by the utter grossness of the beer.

Drinkability - couldnt even finish it. Had about 3/4 of a pint and had to throw it out. Never again. Im extremely disappointed.

BricksandPorter, May 25, 2010
Photo of jmarsh123
1.93/5  rDev -49.2%
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.

jmarsh123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Mudawg
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of UncleNeighborChris
2/5  rDev -47.4%

UncleNeighborChris, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of alwaysanswerb
2/5  rDev -47.4%

alwaysanswerb, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BigMike
2.13/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a light tangerine orange. Pretty clear with good carbonation heads about half inch and off white. It's leaving good lacing already. Looks very "west coast"

S: Big citrus notes. Lots of peach, mango and pineapple. A good amount of sugar cookie malt backbone. Smells really tasty.

T: Sweet upfront. Lots of alcohol presence. I mean A LOT. A tangy citrus/ sour grape flavor. What a huge let down from the nose. Finishes tangy and very bitter. The sweetness is tough to get around. Very astringent and cough mediciny.

M: This thing is heavy in the mouth. Fullbodied and syrupy. VerY hard to drink. Alcohol is in the face.

Overall: This thing started off badly with the cork breaking off. I had to push it down into the bottle. It got better after that with a nice pour and a beautiful aroma. Then it goes to hell on a hand basket. The tangy sweet and sourness and the thick heavy syrupy mouthfeel make this beer very hard to drink. I might not make it through half the bottle. This beer is a disaster.

BigMike, Jan 06, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

Travcofarms, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of NonicPanic
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

NonicPanic, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ZeroSignal
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 into a DFH snifter

A - Light amber pour with an inch or so tight, white head. Good retention with a webby lace.

S - Scents of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. Slight hints of alcohol with a solvent edge.

T&M - This is a very sweet, tropical accented IIPA. My palate is smacked with passion fruit, pineapple and grapefruit with a pithy edge, and tangerine. Alcohol I think heightens the fruity character, and gives a warmth in the back of the throat. The hoppy, pithy tang is felt all the way down to my stomach...I'm not entirely sure in a really pleasant way. There is some balance from the malt, but additional sweetness with a bit of caramel as well. This is heavier bodied, and the finish is sweet with a somewhat chalky feel.

O - Not really my bag...I've read some other reviews that seem to suggest the bottle is the least preferred way to sample this brew. I'm finding this to be exceptionally heavy with a sweetness that builds over time and starts to render it less appealing. I like tropical and I like passion fruit, but this is just too much.

ZeroSignal, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ahbaggins
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

ahbaggins, Sep 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

AntLeatherface, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a cloudy dark amber color. there is basically no head that I can conjure up and no lace left behind.

S-the nose is rather large and brings a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness accompanied by a resignous pine hop and a touch of citrus hops. very similar to a hop extract in the nose.

T/M-extremely thick and syrupy, almost fake tasting. burnt brown sugar, pine and bitterness make up most of the flavors. low carbonation and smooth; but this just doesn't taste right, almost like pure syrup.

D-not a fan, will not drink again, it does bring a lot of flavor, it just tastes artificial to me.

cpetrone84, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of maximum12
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sadly, this is the last hoppy beer from stormking47 that I'll have the pleasure to sample. Still a couple non-hop-based bottles hanging around, but the bounty of hops has at last come to an end.

First sample from Allentown. Pour yields a wickedly rising head, forcing me to pause & pour the second half with the care of a pharmacist. Hyperactive carbonation evident through the glass & the foam. Brew is rusty, opaque, a cross-breed of yellow & orange. Citrus & big malts come through in the nose, tastes like the dreaded 'balanced' IIPA.

Hop'solutely is a fizzy & popping, the rabid carbonation overcomes whatever might be in the taste, & makes it seem more like hop-flavored Pop Rocks than a legit IIPA. Although I have trouble getting past that, this is a mix of pretty standard citrusy hops, pineapple too, with a backpack of malts. Almost drying wood, though I don't think there's any here. But the malt sweetness drowns the mild hops in a tub of cold bubbles & takes over completely, a sugar-rush wave taking over everything in the end.

Welll, not a very good IIPA. Not bad, but the mouthfeel is distracting to the point of making it undrinkable. I recall having a tasting of Allentown's Scotch Ale & experienced the same fritzy mouthfeel. Toned down this might be pretty good, but not as is. Disappointing.

maximum12, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lot of snap, krackel, pop to the pour.

Hazy orange body, hazy like the London fog in a Jack the Ripper movie. Huge billowy off-white foam. Sporadic lacing.

Big sweet aroma flees the bottle, lots of citrus, fruity candy, and licorice. An alcohol warning signal plain as day.

Thick waves of sticky sweet malt roll across the tongue. Bitterness bombs from the top of the mouth. Finishing taste of alcohol, though not a real belly burner. There must be a lot of hops here, but they are exhausted after balancing the malt and can't dominate as expected. Still sweet through the swallow and aftertaste.

Thick slathery mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok considering the initial aroma and sweetness.

It big and huge in all ways, but despite the name the hops are the part that does't get to shine. Better a DIPA with less malt and less balance.

RonfromJersey, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of haazer
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Hard pour produces a thick two finger white head, stays put for awhile despite high abv. The brew is a hazy unfiltered lemon yellow color. Becomes very dark and hazy towards the top.

S- Initial smell is of lemon peel. There is a lot of sap notes in here. Pretty zesty with some spices, and a huge base of caramel malt. It's not as hoppy as I'd expect so this bottle may be old.

T- Bitter lemons, sour apple, and some booze. Maybe some other fruits such as melon, but the sour apple and bitter lemons stand out. Booze is a bit harsh. This is too much for me.

M- Light to medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation. Theres some heat definitely from the abv.

O- Another fellow BA has told me that this is night and day between draft and bottle, with the former being better. I gotta say the bottle version was a bit much, too boozy and the apple flavor was off putting. Good if you want to catch a buzz I suppose, but theres a million better DIPA's out there.

haazer, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of thepeter
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks just fine coming out of the bottle, golden with a frothy head and some decent lacing. Smells at first of pine citrus, sweet bread and a bit of booze but as it warms the booze becomes more prominant. LIke a hoppy Sherry almost after about 10 minutes.
Taste is sweeter and boozier than any other Strong IPA I've ever had. Not bad but not what I wa slooking for. The hops are there but subdued by the Sherry Booziness and sweet bready flavors. Mouthfeel was just fine, medium body and nicely carbonated. Overall, this is not what I want in a Double/Imp IPA. Too much booze and sweetness, not enough stiicky pine, floural tastes or aroma's and no balence to it just too much going on. I would NOT buy this again

thepeter, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of garuda
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into my oversized snifter (no freshness dating on bottle)

A - Deep golden amber, mostly clear, with a one finger thick white soapy head that has good retention and great lacing down the glass considering the abv.

S - Citrus hops up front, mostly grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet caramel malts on the back.

T - Big, rich, sweet caramel malts, sugar, then it tries to get rounded out by some resinous pine and bitter grapefruit, but the super sweet malts are just too much. Alcohol is apparent, especially as it warms.

M - A bit hot for the style with the alcohol burn lasting long through the finish. Full body, nice medium carbonation level. Some sugary, syrupy residue left coating the mouth.

D - Way too big of a malt content for my liking. This, combined with the alcohol presence kills any taste of hops there may be. The sweetness becomes cloying by the end. I won't be buying this again.

garuda, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of bwd110
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought a 4 pack at Capone's on delivery day, but no freshness date on bottle.

Let's settle this now. Joe "Six pack" must've been smoking something pretty good to say this beer is on the same level as Pliny. Not even in the same league as Elder let alone Younger. And that's not really criticism considering the rarified air those two beers live.

A: Golden amber, bright white head disappears as quickly as it is formed. Not surprising given the abv in this triple ipa.

S: Earthy and floral with sweet pineapple zest. The only thing that concerns me with that sentence is the word sweet. Many triple ipas are very cloying imho and it seems the nose is foreshadowing that here. Very little heat from the alcohol which is surprising.

T: Sweetness overpowers most of the hops, a shame because the hops that do come across are a nice blend of floral bitterness with bright citrus fruit. Bitterness tries to cut through the sweet at the end but comes up just short. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M: thick and oily. I was surprised by the weight this carried.

D: One and done here. too sweet and the abv limits as well

bwd110, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of meatyard
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Releasing the cork produced a very loud pop but, thankfully, no gushing.

Pours a clear, reddish/amber with a 2-finger, whitish head that has good retention and decent, splotchy lace.

The smell is some solid, piney hops and sweet, toasty malt.

The taste is not what I was expecting being, small in the hops, largish in the malt sweetness, and it has very little bitterness. Triple IPA-no way, Double IPA-maybe, but barely and only because of the 11.5% ABV. It's not even very balanced being more malt centric. There are many IPAs with more hops in the aroma & taste. The alcohol is not very noticeable but it is warming. The sweetness in the finish is a bit much.

Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: While it's not a bad tasting beer, one glass would have satisfied me, this will not fill anyone's search for a hoppy beer. I wanted to like it more since it is a "local" beer. I don't like brewers that call a beer something that it isn't and a IIIPA it isn't. If you enjoy this beer, the price is good for a PA beer.

meatyard, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked & caged bottle courtesy of ShanePB via the Hotter than Hot BIF. Served in a Jester King snifter.

Hopsolutely pours with a somewhat lackluster, brassy-golden body--hazy from the bottle conditioning and the white head is minimal. The aroma definitely picked things up a bit, delivering sweet, boozy notes of caramel & cotton candy, plus lots of hoppy goodness. Tropical fruit notes of peach and papaya. If Hop Candy existed (which it probably does), it would taste like this beer smells.

Unfortunately, the flavor takes an abrasive turn after an initially pleasing burst of pale malts, tropical hop flavor, and sweet boozy yeast esters. Alcohol and hop bitterness sting the back of the palate and linger long after each sip with a harsh, medicinal twang. Aside from the finish, the mouthfeel is decent with a medium-thick body and appropriate carbonation level. Not too syrupy or overly heavy on the palate. I really wanted to like this IIPA, but the one-two punch of ethanol and alpha acids on the back end of each sip really left me struggling to get through half the bottle.

wagenvolks, May 26, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

jtierney89, Aug 06, 2012
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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.