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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
85
very good

346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
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:
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(Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-07-2009)
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crisp, clear, deep gold color with a massive billowing three finger rocky head.

The aroma is dominated by a sweet, oily, greasey hops. Aside from the inviting hop aroma there's fruity citrus, along with a spicey hop oil character with not much malt. For an 11.5% beer, the ABV is practically undetectable.

Taste is similar to what was picked up in the nose, the hop taste is absolutely magnificent. Lots and lots of tangy, sweet, acidic hop oiliness dominates with some apple, pine, and citrus to round things out. Up front there's a quick hit of malt and it immediately gets buried under the hops. This beer ends nicely starting with oily bitterness morphing into a citric, dry metallic-like finish. At this point, the alcohol still isn't that detectable, amazing.

Hop'Solutely has a heavy medium body, a little sticky sweet, is semi-smooth with small amounts of prickliness, and drinkability runs very high.

For those of us who are hop addicts, it's by far the best beer to date from the Brewworks. I'm enjoying this in a snifter and the only thing I can compare it to is the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid off the tap. I absolutely love this beer and I tip my glass to Bo on this one. How can you cram this much ABV in a beer and not taste it? Wow! Although I'm confused because this is the best value case price for a beer of this magnitude but yet one of the pricier growler fills. Still, I think it's better than the overall rating

Serving type: growler

02-10-2010 00:54:15 | More by jzeilinger
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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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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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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, this bottle was from Fegley Brew Works, so both Allentown and Bethlehem get credit, although it reads Allentown on the label. Secondly, it is described on the label as a "Tiple India Pale Ale", despite being lower in ABV than Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree. Who's zoomin' who, here?

From the bottle: "Handcrafted in our small brewery with great pride. Family run, urban made, and fiercely independent since 1998."

My pour netted me a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, off-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber. Nose was big with grapefruit from the hops, underlain with a caramel malt sweetness. Wahhoo! Mouthfeel was medium and the tang of the citrusy hops was immediate on the tongue, followed by a wash of caramel sweetness and then some heat just after the swallow. Finish was dry as the Sahara and the sticky lacing that was beginning to appear was beautiful. It will hurt to gift the other bottle away, but I have a buddy who has been very good to me and is deserving.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:48:50 | More by woodychandler
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a pretty nice head that sticks some lacing to the pint glass

Smell: Sugar-coated tropical fruit - pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit; a bit boozy

Taste: Sweet malts, up front, build through mid-palate while, at the same time, the tropical fruit hop profile moves the beer in a competing direction; way too boozy, after the swallow, with the fusel alcohol really detracting from the malt and hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Sweeter than I like my DIPAs but was still looking good until the fusel alcohol arrived - dial this one back, guys!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:45:51 | More by brentk56
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

1.78/5  rDev -52.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:00:43 | More by facundoCNB
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haazer

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 03:06:46 | More by haazer
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden yellow with great clarity. The initial one finger head dies slowly to a thin film with a halo. Spotty lacing.

S - Very sweet citrus and malt aroma coupled with faint alcohol.

T - Strong bitter pine hops mixed with some sweet orange and sugary malt. Alcohol is very noticeable on the front and afterwards with a burn. Numbs the tongue a bit after it goes down.

M - Medium bodied, favoring the thinner side. Good, tingly carbonation.

O - This beer was a bit off the mark. The alcohol isn't well hidden and the flavors don't meld well. The sweetness comes across a bit like sugar water, but the initial hop bite is nice. I probably won't get this one again, although the alcohol bang (or burn) for your buck is certainly there.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:53:08 | More by NoLeafClover44
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gkatsoris


4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful golden in color. Small fizzy head. And slightly murky. The color does it.

S: Pine and flower hops. Honey. A little alcoholy. Pretty malty for an IIPA. Vanilla pudding. Vanilla icing. Slight, slight woody. Butter. A buttered roll.

T: Buttery. Flowery. Caramely. Vanilla. Really sugary sweet.

M: A little oily. Thick and chewy tho. Good coat on the tongue.

O: We drank this next to Capt Lawrence's IIPA, Hop Slam, and Hop Riot; and this hung with 'big boys' for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:56:18 | More by gkatsoris
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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.