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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 449
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (3,365 characters)

Photo of BricksandPorter
2.07/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Got me a deuce-deuce bomber from Wegman's fantastic selection of beers. Poured it in to the Dortmunder Boot after about an hour in the fridge.

Pour - Beautiful cloudy copper brown with hues of yellow, amber and red. Creamy two finger head left some light lacing and persistent tiny bubbles. A nice pour.

Nose - sweet citrusy aroma with a bountiful helping of hops. A really fresh smell with lots of character - I really looked forward to drinking this.

Taste - jesus f*&$ing ch!%st!! This is easily one of the biggest blunders Ive EVER tasted. There is the craftfully, well-thought out process of brewing, especially when it comes to something as delicate and potentially frightful as an IPA, and then there is this utter non-sense. A complete overload of anything meaningful, this beer uses WAY too much hops to even be palatable - and I LOVE HOPPY BEERS. There is no malt whatsoever, it is a complete frat party of hops - no control, no method, no quality - just unabashed overuse of hop, and in a completely bad way. Maybe I got a bad batch, maybe I did something wrong, but this beer is fifth level of hell disgusting.

Mouthfeel - cant feel anything, my taste buds are overwhelmed by the utter grossness of the beer.

Drinkability - couldnt even finish it. Had about 3/4 of a pint and had to throw it out. Never again. Im extremely disappointed. (1,356 characters)

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit pale for an IIPA. Orange and gold colored with a one finger head that looks quite creamy.

S: Big fruity and citrus hop aroma. You get a very good sweetness from the malts, good backbone for the hops. I get some lemongrass and orange along with a reasonable heat from the alcohol. Even has some sweet notes of vanilla and cherry.

T: More of a barleywine type of flavor, big malt taste. I taste raisins and plums right off the bat with a bit of alcohol bite. Certainly not hoppy by any means. This beer is very sweet and full of dark fruits. This is a Triple IPA? Doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like a hop forward beer whatsoever.

M: Thick and lustrous, creamy with low carbonation. Everything this style shouldn't be really. Too syrupy for a triple Ipa.

D: Goes down very smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Just don't think anyone looking for a hop bomb will enjoy this beer. (893 characters)

Photo of rawthar
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as a triple IPA on City Taphouse's menu. I don't know about that but I am a fan of this DIPA.

A- Pale straw yellow with a very persistent creamy head.
S- Citrus and grass hop aromas, a bit on the subtle side with a strong malt presence.
T- Awesome malt backbone without sweetness, great complexities in the balance between the malts and killer flavorful hops.
M- Creamy and thick, like a milk stout in IPA's clothing.
D- You'll never guess that this guy is packing an 11.5% punch. You'll drink way too many of these before you realize what you've done to yourself. (572 characters)

Photo of DBoone
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bomber poured into a dfh snifter. Nice reddish brown color, mediocre head that disappears shortly. Nothing here to give you a big clue.
S- Unusual for a big ipa. Malt is quite prominent in nose, hops secondary.
T- Very good malt dominates, but hops are present in adequate quantities. The alcohol is well hidden for a 11.5 abv beer. Guessing ibus are low 70s.
M- Great, malt, hops, not too heavy on tongue/palate
D-Easy to drink, but at 11.5 abv don't have more than 2 bombers or you will be stumbling and having difficulties conversing. (540 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it in a 25 oz foot long.
Pours a wonderful amber. Great bone head, and it goes up great. has a sweet, grassy nose.
Taste is malty and citrus mixed together. You can taste the alcohol, but not in an over-powering way. Definitely somewhat warming. Interesting mix of flavors. Despite the strength this is surprisingly drinkable. The cork & cage make for a good show, so for an affordable, nice brew, this is a good call (423 characters)

Photo of Pinto21
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: two fingers white head. Light copper/amber. Pretty light for dipa
S: sweet citrus. almost orange. touch of alcohol.
T:Sweet malts and a touch of alcohol. hops come through to balance it out. Not exactly bitter. Def not a hop bomb. Well balanced for a nice DIPA. touch of citrus and floral, but you have to hunt under the sweet malts.
M,D: High carbonation, very nice bottle conditioned. The alcohol is warming so you know it's there. (436 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel goblet
Poured a dark orange, amber with a large, lasting white head and adequate lacing as it warms. Citrus/hoppy nose and start gave way quickly to brown sugar and caramel. Not overly bitter. Very sweet finish. Carbonation is evident in this bottle-conditioned DIPA. I could smell the alcohol and there was some warming but not as much as the 11.5% would lead you to expect.
Overall, perhaps a bit sweet for my personal tastes but a good sipper and worth your attention. (492 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on Sat, Feb 27. Split a bottle with a friend over dinner. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Golden color with a gigantic head that overflowed the glass. Wasn't poured too fast, and glass was clean. Seemed like something I made once that was just over carbonated. Head settled to about three fingers. Lots and lots of citrusy hops in the nose and something sweet in there as well. First sip is not what I expected. Tasted more like a wine at first. Thought it may be an older bottle, but after that, BAM! hops like I couldn't believe. They were for sure still there. As for being 11.5% ABV, you would never know by the taste. Finishes very sweet and lasts a long time in the mouth. Almost have to was out with something before the next sip.

Overall, a pretty good brew. If it was sold around here, I would probably keep a few in the fridge for something different. (880 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.52/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a cloudy dark amber color. there is basically no head that I can conjure up and no lace left behind.

S-the nose is rather large and brings a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness accompanied by a resignous pine hop and a touch of citrus hops. very similar to a hop extract in the nose.

T/M-extremely thick and syrupy, almost fake tasting. burnt brown sugar, pine and bitterness make up most of the flavors. low carbonation and smooth; but this just doesn't taste right, almost like pure syrup.

D-not a fan, will not drink again, it does bring a lot of flavor, it just tastes artificial to me. (606 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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 (1,443 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear golden color. Thin head but that was to be expected. Tons of resinous hop oils in the nose. Candied sweetness is hiding but dosn't show itself until the first sip. Hops blast your tongue up front but the candy sugars really take over on the back end and finish. Sticky sweet mouth. So so brew overall. This is becoming an over attempted style and there are tons of good ones but this falls into the also ran category. (428 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my second (and third) rounds at Allentown on 26JAN10, I opted to go DIPAing. And I was not let down! Had 2x of these for $6.50 per 13oz tulip.

My glass was holding a deep golden liquid, with some haze. Slow carbo meandered upwards, creating a fine, creamy white head. Foam was thin, but lasted, and left very nice lacing behind. Nose had lots, and I mean lots, of citrus. Loads! Wow. That was quite the enticement! Body was more than medium; quite viscous for the style. And as it traversed the tongue? Exceedingly smooth. Top-shelf mouthfeel, right here, folks!

Surprisingly, there was some malt evident upon tasting this sucka. It was a touch sweet, bready and toasty. Then? Hops!! And more hops! X10!!Citrus, pine, resiny character - they all coat the palate. Damn, I love this! Way, way too bad I had to up and drive on, else I'd have quaffed more of this and melted away in a lupulin-induced haze. Top-friggin'-shelf!

Zum Wohl!!

4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of psujesus
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brew works a couple of times, i was tempted to buy a bottle at the bethlehem site at first but found out that it was on-tap here

poured into a 12oz snifter with a ruby reddish color, could def smell the booze and hop in it, tastes a bit sweet like DFH 90 without as much bitter aftertaste, being 11.5% it is a bit boozy to the tongue

at a 100 ibu's its def a usual when i go to the brew works but no more than one (431 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lot of snap, krackel, pop to the pour.

Hazy orange body, hazy like the London fog in a Jack the Ripper movie. Huge billowy off-white foam. Sporadic lacing.

Big sweet aroma flees the bottle, lots of citrus, fruity candy, and licorice. An alcohol warning signal plain as day.

Thick waves of sticky sweet malt roll across the tongue. Bitterness bombs from the top of the mouth. Finishing taste of alcohol, though not a real belly burner. There must be a lot of hops here, but they are exhausted after balancing the malt and can't dominate as expected. Still sweet through the swallow and aftertaste.

Thick slathery mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok considering the initial aroma and sweetness.

It big and huge in all ways, but despite the name the hops are the part that does't get to shine. Better a DIPA with less malt and less balance. (836 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Purv's in Peckville. Had no idea this was 11.5% when I ordered it. Came a very vibrant burnt orange color with a creamy beige head that took some time to settle down and finish pouring. Kept nicely with a full lace.

Smell was outstanding, with a ton of juicy hop character. Lots of citrus, plus some sweet candied fruit. Very fresh, floral and juicy.

Taste didn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose. Lots of juicy hop flavor, but the trouble is that it came with a ton of sweetness and alcohol that detracted from the hoppiness. Almost a medicinal sweetness, or candied fruit maybe. Too sweet, though. Also some alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Good amount of hop bitterness in the finish, as well, atlhough this one did lean more toward hop flavor.

Mouthfeel was rich and full, very creamy, but the alcohol burn detracted from the overall feel.

Didn't know what I was getting into when I ordered this one. It was definitely a monster, but it was a nice, fresh local DIPA, and I would order it again for that reason alone. One is enough, though. (1,073 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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 (1,512 characters)

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
83 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.