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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 148
Hads: 456
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 27.1%
Wants: 17
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 456
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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
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?

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of pjpmcnally
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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...

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of B33R501
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.