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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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Hop'solutelyHop'solutely

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BA SCORE
86
very good

370 Ratings
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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | 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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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-04-2011 18:31:55 | More by whallgren
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SmokeyJoesCafe

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-02-2011 06:22:37 | More by SmokeyJoesCafe
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Rhen19

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-01-2011 20:37:44 | More by Rhen19
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-30-2011 23:37:46 | More by Odysseyalien
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-30-2011 14:48:18 | More by Kaydogg
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-29-2011 20:22:43 | More by weaselchew
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-27-2011 20:09:06 | More by SalukiAlum
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 20:20:57 | More by Exiled
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boxofrane

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-21-2011 23:25:32 | More by boxofrane
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braski

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-20-2011 19:10:27 | More by DoctorB2B
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wpreynolds

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-20-2011 16:35:04 | More by wpreynolds
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-20-2011 02:51:29 | More by jenray
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Frostman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-19-2011 12:48:11 | More by Frostman
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benz08

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-17-2011 03:30:31 | More by benz08
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JoeBartender

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-16-2011 03:29:11 | More by JoeBartender
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Annesemj

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-16-2011 00:07:34 | More by Annesemj
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jmarsh123

Indiana

1.93/5  rDev -49.2%
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
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Brenden

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still working through some notes...

This beer's color is something of a dark yellow-orange nearing amber. One finger's height of off-white head manages good retention and leaves a mix of spotty and patchy lacing in good quantity well down the glass.
The nose is certainly hoppy, mingling citrus, resin, and an herbal/floral mix along with a woody aspect and an interesting sweetness. A bit of caramel malt peeks through and balance is good, though it could be better. Someone wanted to go as big as they could, and a fusel alcohol shows it. Balance is lost for an attempt at overpowering, it seems. This is a nice aroma, but shows a lack of refinement.
Nothing could be said differently of the flavor, which could be generally summarized as sweet and hoppy with a highly fusel alcohol edge. The bitterness is nice, but the sweetness edges on cloying and a little more balance is needed.
The body is on the fuller side of medium, with good depth. The level of carbonation is at a median in my opinion, and there's enough crispness to stay lively and smoothness isn't foregone.
To summarize: a good beer that needs some refinement and balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 14:15:47 | More by Brenden
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GreenGoblinCC

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4pk over the summer on vacation in PA. The 1st one...Amazing! Hop Overload! Great citrus, pine and grapefruit overtones! Reminds me much of Bell’s Hopslam. At 11.5% this tastes well balance and masks the Alcohol perfectly. Sat on the remaining couple....like all IPA the hops have mellowed out a tad. Still very good, balanced and potent!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 02:24:12 | More by GreenGoblinCC
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mcslain

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had some high hopes when ordering this beer after hearing the hype about it. I somewhat anticipated that it might not be 'as good as Pliny the Younger', which is Joe Sixpacks opinion. But I was willing to give it a shot with a hopeful heart.

Pours somewhat pale caramel gold w slight head. Leaves some sticky lacing but nothing impressive. Smell is pine, grapefruit and sweetness.

Crisp taste w medium to thin body. Good deal of carbonation. Initial taste is 'wow, that is sweet' w grapefruit hops. Moves on to piny bitter hop taste after swallowed. Lingering sticky sweetness.

Overall way to sweet and inconsistent for my tastes. This one left my feeling like I just ate a dozen boston creme donuts or something. You know, the feeling you get when you've had too much candy? Somewhat disappointing...

I do appreciate the bruising 11.5 abv which is pretty well hidden. Kudos to the brewery for just going big on this one. Others obviously enjoy it. It just wasn't my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 18:27:06 | More by mcslain
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice hazy golden body, with not a lot of head and a think white lace around its body. The smell was a little weak of hops, defintly not as strong as i would except with a triple. The taste is hoppy with some citrus notes, i get some grapefruit. Very nice mouth feel and overall a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:53:11 | More by chefhatt
Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.