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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

Hop'solutelyHop'solutely

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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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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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themind

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good micro brew from Fegleys. This beer has a kick and a four pack would level most lesser men. That said it has a good aroma and the taste is very satisfying.

The alcohol content can be tasted in the beer, otherwise I would give it a higher rating. When you drink this you know where your headed if you grab another.

Overall if you like hoppy beers and seek the hard to find beers this one is for you...if you dont live in the tri-state area.

Bottom line...its worth drinking!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 13:16:50 | More by themind
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Stella chalice

A: Clear filtered golden light amber color with minimal bright white frothy head after an aggressive pour

S: Lots of hops and malt in the aroma, very sweet, and a good amount of boozy alcohol. Sharp pine resin, grapefruit, fresh green apples, and some earthiness in the smell. It actually stings my nostrils a bit.

T: Follows nose with a pretty noticeable alcohol feel, and somewhat overpowering sweetness. There is an earthiness in the finish that doesn't jive with the rest of the flavor. This is a tough score to give for taste because many DIPA's that get an "average" taste score, are just that, average. This one is actually too much of everything, and needs better refinement.

M: Boozy, syrupy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Hop'solutely is like they turned every dial to 11 and hoped for the best. Lots of alcohol sweetness, lots of malt, and LOADS of hops. Which might sound like a good idea, but it's just too much to be a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:37:55 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a rather clear golden yellow with a big two finger thick head that lasts and leaves rings of lacing as I drink it.

Smells: there is a mild malt character through the citrus/pine hops.

Tastes: A big pine hop that has orange zest and a little malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: weighing in at 11.5% this is a super smooth brew with little burn and great carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, and at $8 a four pack I would make it a regular if it was always around

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:13:03 | More by kennylopez
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Bobancheff

Pennsylvania

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

A- This beer was poured into a pint glass. Has a white foamy inch of head. Moderate lacing

S-You can smell that it is packed with hops it smells potent.

T- For being 11.5 percent alcohol it does hide it very well. It goes down smooth for being so potent.

overall- It will sneak up on you and get you. After 6 or 7 you should be feeling alright.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:55:59 | More by Bobancheff
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange from all the hops. Almost looks like a hefeweizen. White 1 1/2 finger head that laced nicely. Head dissipated slowly for a high abv beer.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, hop bite that stings the nostrils. Slight malty background.

T: Lemon, citrus, pine, bitterness, caramel, lime. Really balanced. BU/GU is in good relationship.

M: Light and dry although still a hint of malt sweetness.

O: Excellent beer. Definitely for celebrating something fantastic. Have a 4 pack and you're a goner. Enjoy the deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 17:31:57 | More by JerseyKirk
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keanex

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear amber with a very thin, quickly disappearing white head. Slight amounts of carbonation showing itself in the body.

S: Strong, citrus and piney smelling hops, not much else tough. Alcohol shows itself in the nose though.

T: Alcohol on the foretaste into a sweet mid with a grapefruit, apple, piney bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Too strong, the alcohol takes away from the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 18:18:16 | More by keanex
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear golden brew with a small white head. No lacing.

S - Grapefruit pith, saaz hops. It is a decent, but subdued aroma.

T - Upfront strong citrus pith, white pepper, spruce tips, some peppery alcohol with a hint of honey. It is not very sweet. The aftertaste is only a tiny bit bitter. No where is the flavor really screaming at you, but it is heard - and it is nice.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - It has a very nice flavor that is well balanced. I've had better DIPAs. I've definitely had worse. This might be the most quaffable DIPA (or TIPA) I've had that is well past the 10% marker. I've enjoyed this four pack - and I might just buy another.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 07:30:28 | More by mrasskicktastic
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/gold with only a moderate amount of carbonation and head.
Smell: Extreme aroma of citrus, more so than in any other DIPA I've had. Also a slight earthy aroma and just a bit of that bready backbone.
Taste: Immediate burst of hops (most notably consistent of citrus: orange, lemon, grapefruit) riding on top of an alcoholic wave- this is fairly noticeable. A bit medicinal in nature. Definable slickness with a bready malt backbone that seems to be a bit less than average for this style. Hop presence persists through the back end of the tasting.
Mouthfeel: Below average body for the style, slick on the tongue.

Overall: Very strong DIPA (or triple IPA) with quite a hop presence. Alcohol not well-hidden, but not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 00:44:46 | More by coalcracker
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braski

Pennsylvania

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

appearance- nice medium to light color

smell- hoppy, a little boozy but not too much at 11.5

taste- lots of citrus hops,well balanced for a heavy hitter

mouthfeel- medium/full with a nice finish

overall- one of the best high alcohol beers i ever had, would never geuss it at 11.5 if it didn't say on the label. i could finish every night off with one or two of these, love it

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:42:22 | More by braski
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong with hops and citrus. Taste is also big on hops, grapefruit, a touch of alcohol, good bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 14:19:03 | More by tone77
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jmarsh123

Indiana

1.93/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy orange with 3 fingers of white head that stick around for a while. Spotty lacing down the glass.

The aroma is mostly pine hops. A little bit of earthiness and caramel malt sneak through.

A touch of citrus hops up front. Not really much to this until the end and then it's not a pretty picture. A weird medicinal piney unpleasant bitterness coats the tongue. Taste like wet cardboard and band-aids. This one definitely has some oxidation.

A bit too thin but the high carbonation level tries to cover it up.

This is pretty awful. If I ever want to have this experience again, I'll cut my finger and lick my band-aid all day. I think my drain even winced on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:38:42 | More by jmarsh123
Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.