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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
85
very good

347 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.87%


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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57md

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy copper with a finger of head that enjoyed some decent retention for a bit and left some really intricate lacing behind. Grapefruit and pine notes were clearly present in the nose. Citrus notes are present upfront in the flavor profile along with some sweet malt. The finish is not nearly as hoppy as the nose might indicate. Also, an alcohol burn pokes through on the finish, but it is not enough to ruin the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 05:06:43 | More by 57md
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mcslain

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 18:27:06 | More by mcslain
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's of Hampden from freshly tapped keg.

A-Golden kissed copper with a medium, bright white head that reduces to a thin ring of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Honey dripping sweet biscuit malt with an earthy zing a bit of floralness and touch of orange, pineapple and mango. Nice aroma but I can tell already that this one is going to be "too sweet".

T-Yup...big, fat, juicy, honey laden, malt sweetness abounds up front and beats down citrus fruit zing. Some floral touches and biting zest in the background.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied fairly viscous and almost chewy at time. Some hop bitterness lingers but it is overpowered by the sweetness.

D-Not my style of BIG IPA....WAY too much malt and not enough spotlight in the hop profile. Maybe if I were Younger I could enjoy a beer like this but in my Elder years I simply prefer a hop forward, malt acts as a delivery vehicle, style of IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 12:42:35 | More by Deuane
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wampahoofus

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice amber brown. Nice white head and lacing.

Smell: Full hop experience to the nose. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Very nice!

Taste: A very nice hope experience. Lots of grapefruit and bitter tang. Just a bit of malt backbone.

mouthfeel: a nice clean mouthfeel Not too heavy.

drinkability: a very strong ale but not too boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 22:59:26 | More by wampahoofus
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rawthar

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as a triple IPA on City Taphouse's menu. I don't know about that but I am a fan of this DIPA.

A- Pale straw yellow with a very persistent creamy head.
S- Citrus and grass hop aromas, a bit on the subtle side with a strong malt presence.
T- Awesome malt backbone without sweetness, great complexities in the balance between the malts and killer flavorful hops.
M- Creamy and thick, like a milk stout in IPA's clothing.
D- You'll never guess that this guy is packing an 11.5% punch. You'll drink way too many of these before you realize what you've done to yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 01:12:41 | More by rawthar
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention, but very good lacing. On the nose, I get an attractive combination of citrus and white pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, with some underlying honey and orange citrus as well. Still, this beer is on the dry side, with just enough malt sweetness to balance the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good finish, and drinkability is surprisingly good given the alcohol. The beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, and I confess I would never have guessed this beer to have an abv. in excess of 11%.

Wouldn't mind trying this again... nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 20:21:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my second (and third) rounds at Allentown on 26JAN10, I opted to go DIPAing. And I was not let down! Had 2x of these for $6.50 per 13oz tulip.

My glass was holding a deep golden liquid, with some haze. Slow carbo meandered upwards, creating a fine, creamy white head. Foam was thin, but lasted, and left very nice lacing behind. Nose had lots, and I mean lots, of citrus. Loads! Wow. That was quite the enticement! Body was more than medium; quite viscous for the style. And as it traversed the tongue? Exceedingly smooth. Top-shelf mouthfeel, right here, folks!

Surprisingly, there was some malt evident upon tasting this sucka. It was a touch sweet, bready and toasty. Then? Hops!! And more hops! X10!!Citrus, pine, resiny character - they all coat the palate. Damn, I love this! Way, way too bad I had to up and drive on, else I'd have quaffed more of this and melted away in a lupulin-induced haze. Top-friggin'-shelf!

Zum Wohl!!

4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

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Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 19:37:48 | More by Bierman9
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psujesus

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 16:21:29 | More by psujesus
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Purv's in Peckville. Had no idea this was 11.5% when I ordered it. Came a very vibrant burnt orange color with a creamy beige head that took some time to settle down and finish pouring. Kept nicely with a full lace.

Smell was outstanding, with a ton of juicy hop character. Lots of citrus, plus some sweet candied fruit. Very fresh, floral and juicy.

Taste didn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose. Lots of juicy hop flavor, but the trouble is that it came with a ton of sweetness and alcohol that detracted from the hoppiness. Almost a medicinal sweetness, or candied fruit maybe. Too sweet, though. Also some alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Good amount of hop bitterness in the finish, as well, atlhough this one did lean more toward hop flavor.

Mouthfeel was rich and full, very creamy, but the alcohol burn detracted from the overall feel.

Didn't know what I was getting into when I ordered this one. It was definitely a monster, but it was a nice, fresh local DIPA, and I would order it again for that reason alone. One is enough, though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 03:31:50 | More by number1bum
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BradC

Pennsylvania

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
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours a rich reddish orange with a two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very little head retention.

Aroma: Oily, resinous, slightly herbal hop notes.

Taste: Barely present sweet malt character supports wave of intense hop bitterness. Hop character is more vegetal as opposed to citrus. Hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily. Very smooth

Overall: Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for being a 'Triple' IPA, however not overly complex. Hop character is potent but pretty monolithic.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:56:24 | More by jhawth
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade. Thanks! Pours a slightly hazy light orange with nearly no head. Big citrus hop aroma with serious floral notes. Very nice. Big up front bitter with a strong malt backbone on the finish. Pretty heavy IPA, with citrus, caramel, pine sap, sweet pears, mango, orange peel. Light prickly carbonation and majorly slick. Interesting brew. Definitely a big beer even for the imperial style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 00:22:30 | More by BMMillsy
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Jeffdoghead

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 16:49:15 | More by Jeffdoghead
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice orange/copper color and pours a medium sized tan head with average retention. A ring of bubbles stay around the edge for a long time, leaving heavy lacing.

Smell is a little woody or earthy, with a good deal of citrus (grapfruit and lemon mostly) hops and a bit of piney hops. Most noticable aroma is of a large amount of floral hops and a good deal of malt sweetness. This has a very interesting smell, a lot going on, seems a little different than most DIPAs I've tried.

Taste starts with citrus hops and bitterness, then moves to sweet malts, then floral hops and more sweetness. Can definitely taste some of the 11.5% on this one. Has an earthy, citrusy, bitter, sweet, and dry aftertaste. The only thing that I didnt like on this one was the assault of sweetness in the middle. I have had other DIPA's that have ended up being too sweet/floral for me, this one fits into that category, but not to the extend the others have. I think the citrusy hops to start and the earthiness in the finish help make up to an extend the large amount of sweet/floral.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a bit of the nice bread/chewy feel of a lot of heavy beers, but without the usual heaviness. Has above average carbonation for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 20:35:16 | More by JG-90
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RacerX5k

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was so frigging good last night. Grabbed 2 bottles part of a pick 6 Allentown Wegmans. No bottle date and I did worry was this the oldest broken down 4 pak in the store? I did have one once must have been so old it was just terrible.

Popped the cap and the hops just jumped out of the bottle, smelled very fresh. That's a good start. Pretty color, big aroma bitter grapefruit, bitter orange, little pine. And that's exactly what it tastes like, big bitter, long lingering after taste. Nicely malted for balance, but letting the hops shine through. Smooth and very strong. Delicious.

This is an old favorite from early craft days 2010. While (with just the one above mentioned) always good, last night's beer must have just hit that perfect spot where the hops have mellowed just enough to create an outstanding experience. One of my favorite IPAs and so easily available. Did I mention this was $2 a bottle. Better than alot of more expensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 12:42:01 | More by RacerX5k
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can only hold on to this for so long:

NCAA basketball drew me out, oh well

Into a chalice:

A: golden yellow/orange colored body with a one finger white foamy head with decent lacing

S: spicey through the hops as it warms

T: spicey again, malts come out slightly

M: medium, slightly sessionable - maybe one or two, sweet aftertaste

O: ok, I believe I'm officially done for the day; very good for the style, and I`ll have again

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 11:41:11 | More by BeerKangaroo
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with one-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Pineapple.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Bitterness throughout. Citrus and pine. Alcohol somewhat noticeable, but not very, which is surprising considering the high ABV.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth.

O: Pretty good Imperial IPA. Quite drinkable despite the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 02:40:58 | More by SolipsismalCat
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:53:22 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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farrago

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finger plus of just off-white foam, mostly tightly woven smaller bubbles, even surface, adequate retention, lacing weaker than expected. The liquid is a glowing rust orange, very clear and more yellow at the glass bottom and rims, only a few widely dispersed bubbles visible. The nose is very thick and arguably stickier than the lacing, really grips your nostril hairs with poached peach, pineapple, guava scents, tangerine reduction, pine sap, chocolate, offers white pepper and a smidgeon of peat and grassiness but nothing near full-on herbaceousness. Full-bodied, steady initial foaming action on the mouth entry, subsides swiftly as the tangy booziness takes over. Again, sticky and gluey in texture, nothing nimble about it. Dense pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus, tropical feel to the fruit, more guava, papaya, pineapple than peach or apricot. Mixes in cocoa, malt, honey and molasses along with that pine sap. Sweet all the way through, any pepper, grass mutters at best. Really comes across as extracted for effect, no natural flow to it. That said, if you have a fondness for sweetness you can add a few points to the final tally. Is there a category for dessert beer caliber India Pale Ales?

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 23:02:04 | More by farrago
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit too fruity and tangy. Well, more than a bit really. And it's too boozy. Too hot. Eh. This really isn't impressing me at all. I am definitely glad I didn't get the 750ml bottle of this. I would have been pretty pissed. I guess that sums it up. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:58:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a perfect pint glass.

About two fingers of white head recedes pretty quickly to a thin layer. Beautiful light orange and yellow color, fairly clear. Appearance makes me think this is going to be fairly light, when I know it's not. Smell -- Pine and Resin dominate, with light citrus in the background. Taste is similar, but with more of a citrus rind character, and a rather boozy finish. This is ok, not spectacular. Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to overstated. Overall this is a shade above average for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 23:18:59 | More by rodlavers
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pjpmcnally

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice orange color with the head leaving trails on the glass as I drank it

S - Smells fruity with some hoppiness as one would expect with the name.

T - You can taste the alcohol but it is not overpowering. Towards the end of the glass it is not really noticeable at all.

M - Definitely not a fast drink.

Good beer to try but heed warning becuase I definitely felt the alcohol after only one beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 14:17:21 | More by pjpmcnally
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly new bottle since House of 1,000 beers just got these in for 4 bucks a single.

A - For such a behemoth it still has a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Color is a nice clear bright orange yellow.

S - Again it smells like a DIPA not too much in the hops department and also no noticeable alcohol in the smell. Citrus like hops clash fairly well with the typical cracker malts.

T - Ah their it is mid palate I do get some noticeable ABV but it seems pretty balanced. Faint hops and malts and I didn't get much of a bittering finish.

M - Medium it drinks fairly easy for a sipper.

Overall not bad for a Triple IPA. It has some decent level of hop bitterness and malts to match and the ABV isn't very cloying. Damn that ABV will kick your ass though...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 03:31:13 | More by DrDemento456
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 03:20:37 | More by jtierney89
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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.