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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
86
very good

400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up via the single bottle in Totowa. I love IPA's and the beers that I had a few years ago at the Bethlehem Brew Works in Pennsylvania were decent, while certainly not the best that I've enjoyed. That being said, this did *not* feel like a Double or a Triple IPA and as others have said, this is a monster...probably to the point of being a monster-like Barleywine.

Nice head to the pour and a bright copper hue to the beer as I let it settle. Not much of an aroma to this - just faint citrus notes and a heavy, earthy hop presence. The taste was that of sweetness and alcohol. Actually, make that lots of both. This had such a warming effect to it without any burn or puckering that I had to check the bottle several times while going through this. Was that rye I tasted? Why didn't the pine last for more than a few seconds? Why did the aftertaste feel so sugary with just a hint of caramel, drowning out whatever hop notes were in this? I don't know but I had to pace myself so I didn't end up on the ground by the end of my drinking session.

This is strong, really strong and it tastes really strong on top of that. This was not a bad beer but something was amiss for it to taste totally different than what I expected and what the style tends to be like. The mouthfeel was balanced somewhat well but there is so much "loudness" going on here that I never got a chance to enjoy this. Could this beer be an example of what's wrong with the hop-bomb arms race? Possibly. If I ever need something in the winter after dinner to end the night and warm me up, I'd pull for this but otherwise, I'd steer clear and just go for what I want next time. This has a major identity crisis that needs to be worked out first.

JerzDevl2000, May 02, 2011
Photo of muletrane
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark hazy amber colour. 3 fingers of creamy off white head that sticks around with nice lace.

S: Mostly dark sweet fruits in the nose. No hops, just sugary fruity sweetness. I like the nose, but not typical of a DIPA.

T: Hops are muted in the taste as well. Dark fruity sweetness up front. Slightly bitter but mostly boozy finish.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Overall a below average DIPA. Very atypical. Not much in the way off hops. Sweetness dominates.

muletrane, May 02, 2011
Photo of thepeter
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks just fine coming out of the bottle, golden with a frothy head and some decent lacing. Smells at first of pine citrus, sweet bread and a bit of booze but as it warms the booze becomes more prominant. LIke a hoppy Sherry almost after about 10 minutes.
Taste is sweeter and boozier than any other Strong IPA I've ever had. Not bad but not what I wa slooking for. The hops are there but subdued by the Sherry Booziness and sweet bready flavors. Mouthfeel was just fine, medium body and nicely carbonated. Overall, this is not what I want in a Double/Imp IPA. Too much booze and sweetness, not enough stiicky pine, floural tastes or aroma's and no balence to it just too much going on. I would NOT buy this again

thepeter, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this sit out for about forty-five minutes after I had taken it out of the fridge. Not by choice, had a little bit of an emergency. Anyway... on with the review...

Off white creamy head that doesn't seem to disappear rapidly at all. Light copper color body. Slow paced moving bubbles on the bottom, about midway they speed up.

Citrus, piney hops and a breadiness comes through. Smells nice.

The tastes are pine, booze, booze, some more booze, maltiness and some bitterness. There wasn't a booze aroma at all very well hidden for such a boozey taste.

Medium body, light carbonation, total alcohol warmth going down as if I took a shot of vodka.

Two thirds done and I have to step away for a little bit. Alcohol is very dominate and takes away from most of the taste. At first sip I thought I was sipping rubbing alcohol... what a shame, really thought this was going to taste great.

9InchNails, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of turnstile
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very hazy, dark golden/brown undertones; murky. Bubbly 1.5 inch head that quickly dissipates but features great retention. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Hop aromas up front appearing as a fresh orange zest note. The hops, however, struggle to compete against very sweet malt aromas which come off as a cotton candy sort of scent. Faint whiff of solvent-like alcohol hangs out in the background. Not as complex and pungent as I expected, but still a nice fresh hop aroma.

Taste: Malt backbone is most apparent and defeats the hops. I think they tried to go too big here in creating a "triple" IPA. It's overly sweet, and only mildly bitter in the finish - something I would not expect of this style that's supposed to be generously hopped.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, but slightly flat on the carbonation. No real syrupiness which is nice.

Overall: Not really that impressed. I think they were swinging for the fences here. It's somewhat drinkable because the high ABV is masked, but it really doesn't strike me as anything innovative and epic as far as imperial IPAs go. This needs some major work before it's serious competition.

turnstile, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of BabySnakes
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice dark gold appearance. big head that stayed put until the drinking began, then quickly dissipated.

Piney, malty,boozy, slight citrus aroma.

Shocked at the malt presence, but at 11.5 abv, I guess I shouldnt be. Very prominent malt/boozy backbone. I would say it even overpowers the hops. Could be the sweetest IPA Ive ever had. Sweet as in sugary sweet. A Bitter hoppy finish comes in and is again overpowered by boozy malty sweetness as the aroma and initial head fade.

Mouthfeel follows as above, at 1st few sips, I thought I could drink this all nite. Becomes extremely belgian-y as you finish.

A nice beer, dont know that I would feel comfortable branding this a tirple IPA, but a great beer.

BabySnakes, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich golden body with a nice thin off white head.

S - Lots of pungent hop aromas. Big nose of bitter grapefruit and some citrus rind. Sweet and fresh hop flower here.

T - A big bite of well rounded hops. Slight hop spice and hop crispness. Nice compliment to the hop bite is a nice mingling of bitter/fresh grapefruit.

M - Medium body and easy carbonation, this beer is pretty smooth for the amount of hops used. Slight hop dryness making you want to sip more.

O - A very nice choice here, a triple IPA. The hop character doesn't rip your tongue out but packs plenty of flavor and punch.

BeerForMuscle, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of craytonic
1.88/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Light tangerine-copper pour with a smallish head

Smell: Citrus and booze with some off flavors

Taste: This beer is disgusting, something wrong with the hops (and I love DIPAs). They tried to get creative but it backfired. Also a pure sugar (not malt) taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Off carbonation, thin feel.

Drinkability: I dumped this one.

craytonic, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 KevinBrewer
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear golden amber with a creamy off-white head that lasts, leaving soapy lacing down the glass.

N- Big caramel malt aromas surrounded phenols, bubble gum, and ripe bananas. Very strange.

T- Really weird flavor. Sweet caramel malt with that distracting phenolic bubble gum character. Also some tropical fruit underneath, but it's very hard to get past the phenols. Grassy/herbal hop bitterness is very dry and clings to the tongue. Aftertaste of dry powdery hops and grapefruit.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy carbonation, with a bone-dry finish.

D- Overall, an incredibly strange beer. Tastes like they use a belgian yeast, and I am not a fan of phenols, so I really did not enjoy the experience.

KevinBrewer, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ed at Half Time for scoring me this, and trading me for a hb since I'm temporarily unemployed (and nearly broke). Cheers, Ed!

Golden amber with a cloudy look, topped by a half finger of off white head, then a bubbly skim.

Nose is dank and vegetal all the way, baby, some pine hiding in there, a bit of peach, alcohol, and neutral sweet. Has the smell of a monster!

Big taste! Starts with a bitch slap of alcohol, vegetal, mango, alcohol, a dollop of syrupy caramel sweet, crazy hop tones beyond description, really herbal bitter at the end. It finishes with a vapor rush of alcohol and deep bitter and pine resin. Man this is serious hoppiness and ethanol ferrsure! Not as refined and complex as others, but who wants a refined and complex monster.

In the mouth it's every bit as monstrous as the nose. Nicely low carb., highly viscous, super cling which doesn't clear, and a finish that is alcoholic and dangerously strong. Not as clean as many others, but who wants a clean monster anyway?

Not to repeat, but overall this is a monster and if you like monsters like I do you are sure to like this monster.

Impression: If you're a monster hunter, be on the lookout for this one.

cavedave, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky copper color with a nice egg shell colored head. Head has pretty good lacing and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

S- Bready malts, sweet caramel, tropical fruits and piney hops. A great mixture and balanced very well.

T- Piney hops, alcohol, tropical fruits pack a nice punch right of the start. The malts are here but kind of buried unlike the nose.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seems a bit higher than I like.

O- Overall not too bad. A sipper for sure. I could drink this one again.

nrbw23, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 into a DFH snifter

A - Light amber pour with an inch or so tight, white head. Good retention with a webby lace.

S - Scents of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. Slight hints of alcohol with a solvent edge.

T&M - This is a very sweet, tropical accented IIPA. My palate is smacked with passion fruit, pineapple and grapefruit with a pithy edge, and tangerine. Alcohol I think heightens the fruity character, and gives a warmth in the back of the throat. The hoppy, pithy tang is felt all the way down to my stomach...I'm not entirely sure in a really pleasant way. There is some balance from the malt, but additional sweetness with a bit of caramel as well. This is heavier bodied, and the finish is sweet with a somewhat chalky feel.

O - Not really my bag...I've read some other reviews that seem to suggest the bottle is the least preferred way to sample this brew. I'm finding this to be exceptionally heavy with a sweetness that builds over time and starts to render it less appealing. I like tropical and I like passion fruit, but this is just too much.

ZeroSignal, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Tucquan
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2011-03-19 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, amber-orange with a 2-finger head (that fades quickly_ and good lacing into a nonic glass.

S - Pine and tropical fruit. Could smell it immediately after cracking the top. The aroma doesn't fill the room but it's not a shrinking violet either.

T - A bit odd and kind of boozy. Too-sweet caramel malt, pine, citrus then more sweet grain and cough syrup. It is followed by a decent amount of lingering bitterness and citrus but I can't get past the sweet-medicinal and metallic tastes.

M - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Too thick. Resinous and a bit prickly.

O - Well, I'd certainly rather have it than lots of commercial brews, and it does have its good points but I think I'll wait for a formula tweak before I try it again.

Tucquan, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of younger35
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

JUST received this brew from Gibby out of Philly. He's been raving about this brew for quite some time so I better review! Drank from my Surlyfest mug while watching the NCAA tourney.

Appearance- Pours a darkish ruby orange with a nice half finger bubbly off-white head. A bit of random lacing is strewn about along with a beautiful cap and collar.
Smell- Pretty damned intense nose as a huge, almost buttery, caramel maltiness is noticeably in charge. The sweetness smells like it could be a bit much as the candy aspect is full of red licorice and butterscotch. A definite hoppiness is present but it's melded with the malt and just adds a fruity touch to everything. Sort of orange-ish as it warms as well.
Taste- Starts with an intense, almost harsh, bitterness that bites the back of the throat almost instantly. It's sort of fruity with a bitter grapefruit and pineapple hoppiness that is literally tongue shredding. I haven't had such a hoppy, bitter in quite some time. I wish the sweetness was toned down just a hair though. Caramel and even a tinge of vanilla toward the finish along with plenty of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Really not the best part of the beer as it's too thick and syrupy. A light spritzy carbonation really isn't enough to lighten up the brew.
Drinkability- I feel like they use malt extract in this brew because it's SO syrupy. It's too sweet and feels a bit under attenuated but all in all I do like it. It's so bitter and brash that I'm just sort of drawn to everything. It's definitely more Barleywine than IPA but that's okay. Thanks much Jeff!!

younger35, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no date. labeled "Triple IPA".

appears a hazy orangish amber color, nice white head 1/4" thick that hangs around. good lacing.

a variety of hop aromas - piney, earthy, but mostly citrus. grapefruit? hops definitely dominate the taste, but are not overpowering, a nice balance of malt. aftertaste is sticky and sweet.

nice level of carbonation moves it across the palate. body is about right for the style. no hint of the massive 11.5% abv. surprisingly easy to drink.

Don Russell (beer writer for Philly Inquirer and BA Mag) named this his 2010 Beer of the Year, calling it a good local alternate to Pliny the Younger, without all the hype. I've only had the Pliny the Elder, but its definitely close in the quality. And for $9 a 4-pack.

jmdrpi, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of capra12
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo, served into a short pint glass.

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy light amber brown with 1 finger of fine and coarse head.

Smell: I got a ton of chinese herbal roots, as well as musty caramelized hops.

Taste: starts with a strong yeasty and candied malt as a sharp hop and grassy profile dwarfs the malt backbone. I bunch of earthy profile emerge at this brew warms. This amplifies the ABV in this brew which finishes the brew leaving a grassy and hop bittness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a slick oily consistency which I attribute to the ABV and style. Medium carbonation with a warming finish,

Drinkability: Unfortunately a one and done for me.I recommend this to those seeking a syrupy Triple IPA with an intense flavor profile.

capra12, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber body with orange/golden hues beneath a thin, yet dense off-white head that quickly dissolves but leaves a thin layer of lacing for the duration.

Aromas consist of floral and herbal hops with faint hints of sweet malt and citrus.

The taste is quite different than some of its peers coming across with spicy herbal and floral hop notes up front to a malty sweetness mid-palate combined with fruits that are citrus such as mango or orange, and then resorting back to the spicy hops.

Medium body and medium carbonation with an oily coating and bitey finish.

This beer seems to be inconsistent, yet tasty all at once. Perhaps not as well developed as some others in the category, yet very respectable.

CHADMC3, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of ajfa531
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle labeled "Triple India Pale Ale"

Pours a deep clear gold into my Duvel tulip. With more light, orange comes through the color. A little haze, but, still really clear. During the pour, a finger and a half head rose up. However, it dissipated very quickly to less than half a finger.

Not a big nose to this one. The hops are floral with sweet citrus - orange, more tangerine. The sweetness is mainly from the malts. Some alcohol in the nose. All of these aromas are subtle. A nice, balanced nose.
-later note- the sweet alcohol and floral hops get bigger as it warms.

Loads of sweetness from the malts on the tip of the tongue and a lingering bitterness on the middle of the tongue in the finish. The lasting bitterness is pleasant and not harsh by any means. Definitely an alcohol presence in the taste, but, it's easily forgotten. I really enjoy how the sweetness comes through in this beer. It keeps the bitterness from wrecking the palate. The hops are both floral and earthy.

The feel of this beer is light, but, not thin at all. It could have been a lot higher in ABV, but, the residual sugar give it a nice body. A little stickiness to it, but, I'm liking it.

A sipper. Too light-bodied to be a barleywine, but, it has the strength and fresh hoppiness of an American BW. This is not a beer that's tough t drink. Too easy for the strength, but, the alcohol notes remind you to take it easy. I'm glad I didn't see the 750 bottles, or else this one might have taken all night.

Seek this out.

ajfa531, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright medium copper color with good head and excellent lacing.

Rye bread and alchohol on the nose. Herbal and citrus hops compete with sweet darkish malts for attention. Medium sweet finish.

Juicy medium body with good carbonation.

Not a bad big IPA. Kind of boozy, especially as it warms up.

CliffBrake, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this at distributor and saw Triple IPA on the label,and although I know Triple IPA is not a style(if only),at least yet,I knew I had to pick this up.

No bottling/freshness date.

Poured into snifter glass a somewhat cloudy deep orange/light amber, with very little head,leaving only adequate bits of lacing.

Hops hit the nose automatically, as welll as grassiness and malts. Smells inviting,if not the ideal IPA aroma.

The hops do come at you upon first sip, but a good solid caramel malt backbone does come out and fights the hops. Some sweetness intervenes This one is actually well-balanced, if not perfectly balanced. For those who their IPAS more balanced this would be a great contender,IMO But for me, as I like my IPAS as unbalanecly hoppy and bitter as possible it's,not quite as hoppy as I hoped for and maybe a little too much sweet/malt, , but satisfying nonetheless. Very well-balanced, for those who prefer it that way.

Mouthfeel is medium, very easy making this an easy drinker. The ABV really does not show. So be careful.

Good job. Though not quite as intense as I hoped,(maybe the lack of bottling/freshness date) it is pretty well done,very well balanced with the hops and malt and worth a try.

happy4hoppybeer, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange and hazy with a good head and lacing.

Smells very hoppy and a little funky. The hops just overpowers everything, but there's some pine and grapefruit in there.

Taste is overpoweringly oily hops, with bitter pine and grapefruit, little maltiness.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily, moderate carbonation, medium body.

It's too much, not my fav of the style, but if you really like extreme hops, you'll probably like it.

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the blind beers bif #4...thanks to sholland119.

As soon as I pry off the cap I smell hops...nice!

This beer pours a golden color with amber highlights. A steady stream of bubbles rise up to a fingers worth of white head. The head falls quickly to a light dusting that leaves spots of lacing.

The aroma is sweet, and fruity. Tropical fruits, apples, and citrus are dominate. Underneath all the hops is a sweet candy-like aroma. Nice balance between hops and malt.

The flavor matches the nose. Tropical fruits lead the way followed by caramel, and hints of citrus. The sweet flavors take away from a full out hop assault.

Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is sticky, and slightly bitter.

An easy drinking IPA. It seems to be getting me buzzed pretty quickly. I could drink several in a sitting, and would drink this one again.

sitarist, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of garuda
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into my oversized snifter (no freshness dating on bottle)

A - Deep golden amber, mostly clear, with a one finger thick white soapy head that has good retention and great lacing down the glass considering the abv.

S - Citrus hops up front, mostly grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet caramel malts on the back.

T - Big, rich, sweet caramel malts, sugar, then it tries to get rounded out by some resinous pine and bitter grapefruit, but the super sweet malts are just too much. Alcohol is apparent, especially as it warms.

M - A bit hot for the style with the alcohol burn lasting long through the finish. Full body, nice medium carbonation level. Some sugary, syrupy residue left coating the mouth.

D - Way too big of a malt content for my liking. This, combined with the alcohol presence kills any taste of hops there may be. The sweetness becomes cloying by the end. I won't be buying this again.

garuda, Feb 16, 2011
Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.