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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

djrn2, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cantillon tulip. Thanks to ChrisPro for this bottle!

Pours an orange-copper color with a single-finger white head and pretty good retention. Plenty of spotty lacing as it moves down the glass. Slight collar and a bit of foam on top. Nose is certainly hop-forward with some floral and earthy notes plus a bit of citrus on the back-end. The taste adds a bit of a slightly-sweet malty base along with a touch of alcohol. Hop flavor is less pronounced than the overall bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a bit of booze. Drinks pretty well, though the heat overpowers the bitterness in the finish. Thanks, Chris!

Thorpe429, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

acurtis, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

brentk56, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GRG1313, Friday at 04:20 AM
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours amber in color with an off-white head to go with it.

S: A big time bubblegum and cotton candy aroma to this beer, which is quite strange. A nice tropical fruit aroma as well as some pine, but it certainly shows that it is 11.5% alcohol. It's also fairly sweet with some brown sugar and caramel.

T: The flavor is quite sweet as well with a lot of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel flavors. There are some good fruit notes like grapefruit and pineapple, but this beer is too sweet. A bit of bitter pine cannot save it.

M: The body is medium to full (heavy) with a moderate carbonation.

D: Too boozy and sweet for a double IPA. This is not the way I like my hoppy beers.

womencantsail, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I hope I got this right... I saw it listed under Bethlehem Brew Works as well, but the label reads Allentown. Additionally, this bottle is corked and caged, and the picture currently on the site is simply capped. Is this contract brewed? Perhaps at Sly Fox? Anyway...

Poured into an Imperial pint Nonic glass (perhaps not a great idea at 11.5% abv) it displays a surprisingly clear golden-amber body beneath a frothy head of bone white. There is some haze to it, but it's surprisingly minor, especially given that it's a very hoppy beer. The label reads "bottle conditioned" but there's very little sediment. I'll guess that it's only slightly bottle conditioned, starting with a pretty good carbonation level of about 2.4 volumes to begin with. The head retention is really quite good, and it'll hold a fairly thick and solid cap across the surface throughout at least the first half of the glass. Solid walls of lacing round it out and bring it to a first-class appearance.

The aroma is obviously hoppy - how could a "triple" IPA not be? It's not a stunner though. It's fresh and bright, and resinous but it doesn't knock you over. It's fruity but only mildly citrusy (pineapple/orange) with some grassiness and a hint of pine needle .... I can't quite pick up the hop, or the blend, but I'm sensing Cascade and Amarillo, with perhaps some Goldings to round it out. I find it kind of an English/American mix, but at the same time there is a raspy edge that I associate with west coast beers, namely Port Brewing, so I don't know... Some yeastiness also comes through. Forgetting that it's supposedly a "triple" IPA it scores pretty high for aroma. As a "triple" I'd say it lacks - there are single IPAs that match the volume of aroma found here.

The body is good. It's not over-done and malty as one might expect of a "triple" IPA. But let's get rid of that descriptor, it's not a "triple" IPA. It's a double. If anyone can come up with just cause as to why this is a "triple" IPA over all of the the double IPA s that are already on the market I'd love to hear it. BUT, even as a double IPA, it's finely tuned and balanced. There's enough malt to balance the hops, with just enough sweetness and body to get you there. Kudos!!!

Onward to the taste... well, everything that's come before pretty much follows as it's not over-done, and it's nicely rounded and balanced. There are some nice caramel and dark sugar notes amidst the soft maltiness to give it a full character without becoming cloying. Some yeasty presence is there as well, and then the raspy fruitiness of the hops steps in. It's not overly bitter - and, in fact, it's actually fairly soft and accessible for a double IPA. I find it pleasantly lingers on the palate with a bit of spiciness and pungent hops amidst a delicate malt base; and to be honest, that's what makes it - it starts firm, rises across the palate, and then gently settles in the finish. Which brings us to drinkability...

... it's a solid beer. It's very drinkable. It's NOT a triple IPA, but it is a REMARKABLE double IPA that's nicely done and well worth trying. I'd pair it with some spicy and herbal BBQ, or some toasted bread and blue cheese - even some Gorgonzola for a more minty mix. And I'll even just throw in almost anything Mexican because it can stand up to the heat and balances the tomatoes a little bit.

NeroFiddled, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of piney hops as you would expect along with fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of booziness but that's not surprising with 11.50% ABV. Then sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in along with a very strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The alcohol sting returns in the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style,
it's a good beer overall and a decent choice if you want a stronger alternative but there are better beers in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask, via gravity fed firkin, @ the 2011 Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational (Yards Brewing in Philadelphia, PA) on 3/20/11. Served in a tasting glass.

Pours a deep murky burnt orange (with some gold edging) in the glass, with a rich and frothy bright-white head that stays robust and soaps the sides with some heavy lacing. The aroma smells like straight-up grapefruit juice (not surprising, since it looks like it to), mixed with notes of pine and spice. Ripe tropical fruit and sweet sugary grains balance that more aggressive hop character across the back of the nose, while the whole nose is wrapped up in a powerful floral feel. That grapefruit is the big winner here though.

The taste also has a TON of pithy grapefruit flavor to it, that spreads a good bit of resins and spice out into the mouth. Sweet fruit and malts are confined to the back of the profile but still do a great balancing out the bitterness here while still keeping the focus on those robust hop flavors. A hearty lingering bitterness is evened out by leftover sugars, leaving behind a moderate dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation on the edges that makes this feel lighter than that bigger ABV would indicate. This does mostly feel on the sharper side in the mouth though, which really brings all of that pine out on the tongue. Naturally there is some alcohol warmth across the back of the feel here for an 11% beer but this it's honestly nothing outrageous feeling. I will say that this does hide it a lot better on cask than it did out of the bottle.

You know, I was a little iffy on this beer having only had it so far out of the bottle, but the cask conditioning here really showed me the potential of the fresh hop flavors that this thing is packing. Hey, I'm a sucker for robust grapefruit flavors in beers, and this brought it in spades. I'm not sure if the alcohol would be wearing on the palate after a full glass but taking this is several 4 oz samples was a real treat. I would definitely try this again if I saw it on cask.

Kegatron, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was pleased as punch to receive this from dondeez21 as part of my fantasy football winnings, cheers Don!

750 ml corked & caged bottle opens with a small pop. Pours a semi-hazed amber with 4+ fingers of pillowy tan head into my Vondel snifter. Good head retention & lacing, some viscosity to this

S: Herbal, grapefruitty & woody hops

T: Some booze heat up front, along with pears, apricots, herbal & piney hops, then the grapefruit shows up in mass! As this warms leafy & herbal hops mingle with boozey apricots & pears, then more grapefruit. Finishes woody, dry with some grapefruit & boozey pineapple

MF: Chewy, warming, a bit hot & low carbonation. Alright balance, maybe some aging would help, but the hops might be completely muted by then...

Drinks okay for the style, hops a bit out of whack & there's too much heat for me. This probably rocks on tap...

russpowell, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Quick Six Mt Rose in York, PA -the bottle says it was bottled at Allentown brew works ( I had to check since the Bethlehem version is on BA too)Poured chilled into a stange.

The color is amber like apple juice bordering on red with good clarity and visibly carbonated with a thick white head that falls fast and turns into a ring of tight beads. The lace sticks well. The smell is mild with floral and fruit notes until it gets more toward cellar temp where is morphs into a caramel and alcohol dominated aroma -not the best for this style. The feel lets you know the aroma was not far off with moderate bitterness but balanced by a large amount of caramel sweetness and carbonation is low for the style which makes the feel seem more sweet with a lot of alcohol in the feel and semi-dry finish.

I was not sure how the draft version could be so different from the bottle, sure the hops are there, but it is not suffering from age -it was only in the fridge for 10 or 12 days. It may have been sitting on the shelf for a couple of weeks, but I sampled my own homebrewed Triple IPA which was brewed mid-January side by side and it had not degraded at all so It may just be variance between batches. I don't consider this a bad tasting imperial IPA at all - nice pithy citrus and floral hop accents, but there could be a bit less caramel in the taste. The sweetness is more of a mouthfeel preference -I generally like big IPA's dry, but I only took off a 1/2 pt for that. I think it doesn't really have any 'obvious' flaws, just misses the mark on the fullness and bitterness of the hops slightly. overall I would not purchase this again in the bottle -I can think of 1/2 a dozen other Imperial IPA's I would rather drink without the extremely high alcohol and more hop flavor - if you do try this I would suggest getting it on draft it is almost night and day the difference in flavor.

Slatetank, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of tropical fruit and citrus rind along with some subtle earthy, floral pine, booze and pale malt. Lots of mango, papaya and pineapple with some orange ring and grapefruit. Slightly grassy and floral with some biscuit and graham cracker malt character underneath. Smells great.

Chewy full body with a decent balance of sweeter citrus/tropical fruit and sticky, resinous hop bitterness. Drier than expected with a prominent grassy pine needle character that is bit strong, coating the tongue and slightly overpowering the sweeter notes. Hints of citrus and tropical fruit, especially mango, pineapple and orange rind give it some nice sweetness but there's also a very sweet and hot boozy presence that takes away from the hop flavor. The high ABV is not very well masked resulting in plenty of heat throughout and warmth in the finish. Kind of harsh but still decently drinkable. Pale malt underneath provides some balance with hints of grainy graham cracker, caramel and biscuit.

Overall, this beer was pretty much what I expected. It looks okay and smells great but at the 11.5% it's too ht and boozy, distracting from the complex hop flavors. Not bad but not something that I would g out of the way to seek out again. I'm very happy that I went with the 12oz over the 750.

corby112, May 04, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL capped bottle, labeled as Fegley's Brewworks and was purchased at the Allentown Restaurant. Style on the label is listed as "Triple Indie Pale Ale, Bottle Conditioned" and from the brewery described as their West Coast Double IPA brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo, Summit and Tomahawk hops. Onto the beer...

Appearance is dull, unfiltered copper/amber with a massive, dense off white/eggshell head that slowly reduces to a finger thick cap with small bubbles and surprising thin sheets of lacing. Aroma is very strong and balanced between grapefruit hops and crystal malt. Begins with pungent hop bitter aroma, primarily grapefruit, other citrus rind, pine and finishes with sweeter malt notes and mild alcohol burn. Body is thicker side of medium, creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Fairly strong alcohol presence in the finish as well with a lingering sticky sweetness. Flavor has a strong, rich malt backbone that provides nice balance to the impending hop presence in the middle and finish of the taste. Grapefruit and pine flavors dominate but the beer is never overly bitter. The alcohol and malt sweetness makes this more of a sipper than the hop presence. Interesting beer for the first in what I assume will be a series of bottled beers (I guess Rude Elf is next). Not sure I'd call this a great example of a West Coast IIPA, actually reminds me of the Rogue Imperial Red a little, but this is getting me excited about Allentown/Bethlehem Brewworks beers again.

Serving type: bottle

yourefragile, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750ml bottle with friends at the Steelgaarden. Like most 11%+ IPAs, there's a lot of malty sweetness that takes away from the hops and makes it thicker than it needs to be. It drinks a bit like DFH 90 Minute in relation to the sticky sweetness. The hops are still pretty tasty with the chinook and centennial hops standing out at first with bitter grapefruit and pine, smooth flowery hops kick in and the finish is a mix of light caramel and citrus rind.

tempest, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 12/13/09

Pours a cloudy amber color with a slight yellowish tanned head. Bit of lacing around the glass and very good head retension. Solid amount of malt aroma with an unavoidable presence of alcohol. Citrus spices from the hops found in the background. Highly carbonated with a medium feel. This is a very drinkable beer and dangerously so for more than 11% abv. Lingering taste of bitter hops is partially floral. Well balanced and offers a nice complexity of malt sweetness verse the hop characteristics of bitter, spicey and floral.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA and a testiment of how freshness and serving type makes a big difference in your experience. While this review was good and for the bottled version, having it on draft and fresh (as I did yesterday) is simply outstanding and on a higher level review-wise.

stakem, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dbrauneis, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

John_M, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.