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Hop'solutely | Allentown Brew Works

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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

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Added by yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 462
Photo of ctylinebeer
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. Comes in a 4-pack. Set you back about $11.

L - bright and clear amber color. Thin foam head, more like a ring around the glass. Little bit of lacing on the glass. Bubbles look nonexistent but with some agitation they really build up.

S - soft hop aroma. Notes of grapefruit with hints of pine bitterness. Candy like scent coming from the alcohol, but no burn coming through.

T - very subtle and balanced. Pale malt, grapefruit, pine bitterness. Alcohol and hops lingers on the mouth.

F - Not so much of a slow sipper beer, drinks like a regular IPA. Little bit boozy, but not overly boozy for 12%.

O - pretty close to Pliny The Younger if you ask me. I would like more citrus hops to balance out the alcohol a little bit more. Excellent beer, Fegleys is a phenomenal brewery.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a lovely honey-amber color with a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing. It smells of malt, molasses, orange peel, and hops. The taste is quite sweet and fruity with lots of orange, grapefruit, caramel, and molasses. It's not nearly as bitter as I anticipated. It's medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and the 11.5% ABV packs a punch. Hopheads might not like this ale but I did; it's tasty and refreshing. I'd like to try it on draught. In my opinion, Fegley's is an underrated brewer.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. Tried this at a sampling and this one was a winner. As soon as the bottle was popped, I noticed an amazing hit of grapefruit and orange. A solid taste of the citrus hops up front and a yummy malt on the back end. Good carbonation, dry, bubbly, clean, light, crisp. Big fan of this brewery , big fan of this beer. Nice job Fegley's Brew Works.

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Photo of JMS1512
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 PA-hunter
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 11.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a copper/orange. Two fingerhead. Opaque

Smell- Sweet malt, lots of grapefruit

Taste- Sweet malt, very herbal. Caramel with orange and grapefuit notes. Strong. The finish is of alcohol burn and a bitter hop kick.

MOuthfeel- Heavy in body, low carbonation.

Overall- Too sweet and too much of an alcohol burn. Both of these elements do not make for a satisfying double (no such thing as a 3xipa either). I'll pass

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Photo of jasonfrantz
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks, smells, tastes and feels like it was made too. A huge mess of pine, citrus, sweetness with a bit of booze at the finish line. You're not gonna find an Imperial IPA w/ this ABV that makes everyone happy. As a Hophead I would go to this beer over just about any DIPA or TIPA that I have had lately based on the taste and $$ value.

Overall: Met all expectations of what I was expecting and after dropping $53, I don't regret one sip......

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: nice bubbly head that is gone in a flash great clarity caramel light amber in color

S: A little floral and herbal with a nice pineyness to it odd juice smell on the finish

T: very hoppy nice herbal floral taste a little metallic taste some pineyness

M: Syrupy very low carbonation

O: Not a very good beer lots of flavors but that off metallic and odd smell is average its triple but not very amazing a little bit of rotten fruit taste.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the best value in high original gravity IPAs. The look is great, clear golden nice white head. Where this beer falls is the smell, I expected more citrus, floral, or some hop, but they played send fiddle to the ethanol. I get ethanol, caramel, piney, citrus and floral in that order in the smell. The tasted is better managed, all of the components play together nicely with the alcohol hidden by the caramel sweetness from the malts. The flavor starts and ends bitter but not overly. Not too syrupy showing good attenuation and a medium mouthfeel. Overall good, if it has some more nose it would be better.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a beer I was really excited to try. The cost on the case made me think this better impress me! At first pour the hop odor wasn't overly powerful but there. I also got a sweet smell of citrus or orange peel. The taste was boozy and hoppy but extremely sweet and smooth. I expected a more harsh bite and sting from this. The mouthfeel is clean and fresh. The beer in my opinion is very good just a little too sweet for my liking. I am still enjoying it and would recommend a try. It is strong and boozy and hoppy, but something about the sweetness of this throws me.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Bubbles, light, clear, foamy, 2FH that lasts, a lot of lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine, grain.

TASTE - Hops, malts, nutty, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, dry, bubbly, clean, light, crisp.

VALUE - 4-pack $11.99. Great buy.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Just a hint of boozy, but still quite a pleasant Imperial.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- poured an effervescent copper-amber color, slight haze, 1F linen white colored head that left wispy lacing.

S- Citrus hops up front, sugared grapefruit. Some earthiness with the mild warming alcohol, like herbs and a touch of onion.

T- Big malt flavor with some alcohol singe to start. Citrus hops and a touch of sweets catch up.

M- Lots of body, syrupy, tingly carbonation. Dry hoppy pucker finish.

O- Excellent. Not too sweet or boozy, which is a pleasant surprise from an IPA above 8.0% abv. Much easier to drink than many other big IPAs that I've tried, and still packs a punch.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Medium white head. Surface wisping and a medium collar.

Smell - Booze. Wow. Sweet caramel. Some grapefruit. More sugar than anything else.

Taste - Much hoppier than the nose. Citrus. Then sugar. Brown sugar and caramel. Boozy finish. Resiny bitterness, too.

Mouthfeel - Extremely sweet. Medium heavy.

Overall - Almost undrinkably sweet, but just enough hop presence to balance it a little bit.

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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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Photo of MacQ32
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear copper amber with near white head, strong retention and marvelous lacing.

S - super sweet. Sweet apple and pear, a bit seedy. Malty sweetness

T - much too sweet but not unpleasant. Initially mild bitterness and big sweet apple/pear/peach flavors, big alcohol sweetness/medicimy flavor kick in. Finish is slightly bitter,nice sweet pear notes at the finish. Medicimy sweet pears sum it up. Not bad but not quite what unwanted it to be.

M - fullish bodied, smooth, less than average carbonation. A wee bit of a sipper.

O - I've had big iPad in the same abv ballpark that were significantly !ore balanced/IPA like

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Photo of sommersb
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-09-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Semi-clear, golden beer capped with 2 fingers of offwhite head, with very good retention and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Aromas are all hop-forward, with citrus, grapefruit and floral notes.

T: Sharp bite from the citrus hops is in the forefront. I also get a little bit of honey-like sweetness. Quite a bitter brew here

M: Body is medium, with what I'd call an average amount of carbonation. The aftertaste has a prominent astringency that is unpleasant. This improves a bit as the beer warms to room temperatures.

O: A good beer but the astringency was a negative.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown bottled date but I know it's a few months old.
last of my 4-pack

Vigorous pour, little head. Slight haze, light gold.

Fruity and earthy. Having this outside just after cutting the grass so leaning more earthy, grassy. Remembered the other three more on the citrus spectrum.

Tangy and a touch bitter on first sip. Some alcohol burn but barely. Hides the abv well. a bit of lemon and orange and fresh cut grass again. Pineapple. Not much malt, a touch of biscuit, but not overly hoppy either

Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Pretty clean and crisp for such high abv. Surprised.

This is a pretty good surprise beer. Was expecting this to be overly boozy but it's a really flavorful and refreshing DIPA. Under-rated in my opinion. Seek this one out.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Spiegelau "IPA" glass.

Looks somewhat disappointing. Keeps a nice steady white head, but it is a light apple juice amber with very evident carbonation. 3.25/5

Smells good enough. Grassy hops with a hint of underlying sweet malt character. 4/5

Pretty one dimensional excess hopped IPA with a tiny bit of sweet malt character at the end. Not assisted by the mouthfeel at all. 3.5/5

Way too thin and way too carbonated. 3.25

I was really hoping to fall in love with this given it's ease of availability, but I have to grade this down on the style for sure. Even as a relatively easy regional find for the style, it seems to disappoint.

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Photo of BradC
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of jhawth
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.8/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Jeffdoghead
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of JG-90
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
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