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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 18
Gots: 37 | 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 hmph
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Graciously received in a trade with ForkAndSpoonOp , very much appreciated!

A - a really strong copper with some lighter notes on the side, partially due to the haziness of the beer, which is from all the hopping I assume

S - what would you expect from a 'Triple IPA' except a super hoppy smell, almost undiscernable in range but very strong and just lots of hop!

T - citrus, grapefruit, pine, all hop very powerful and in your face, as to be expected. It's definitely not as offensive in taste as Devil Dancer but its very bitter and hoppy throughout.

O - as a self proclaimed hop lover this beer was really enjoyable. I liked just about everything about it, as mentioned it was as aggressive as some of the other overhopped beers I've tried. But definitely not for a non-hop lover.

Photo of baldmasterflex
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a 4-pack bought for $9.50 at Capones in East Norriton.

Poured into a pint glass (need to get wine glasses and snifters by the way since ive managed to systematically break them all recently). Was really suprised by the amount of head in spite of the alc content. Pours a really bright yellow with orange/brown highlights. Lacing is sticky but not thick.

Smell is all pine and grapefruit with a little bit of pot dankish hint. Kind of hollow tho, maybe its the booze coming thru.

Taste is better than i expected. Their Pumpkin and Barley wine were overly sweet, but this stays true to the smell and stays dry and bitter. Mouthfeel isnt very thick, with light carbonation, but not very drinkable. The 11.5% alc warms heavily at the tailend. making it a sipper.

Not bad. Ill definitly finish the 4-pack and will try it on tap, but def not a world beater.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davehack for this brew it was delicious. Hoppy up front ad lingered very easy drinking brew and so smooth. Very nice golden hue. Followed with a sweet hoppy kick that really fits well with the alcohol.I love this brew and will search it out in the future.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a really hazy look to it I assume from all the hopping but I like that look. The smell reminds me of Nugget Nectar actually with a really sweet tropical fruit/grapefruit like smell. On the taste its really smooth with a sweet tropical fruit flavor all from the hops. The hop flavor is off the charts. Very sweet from the malts and hops coming together in a fantastic unison. On the finish I get such a nice pine/herbal green hop taste and strong bitterness.

The bitterness comes through in a piney green herbal taste. Very delicious. I actually really don't taste that much alcohol and that's awesome for being a 11.5 percent beer. The only hint of it being that high in alcohol is the slight burn it gives you on the way down and the buzz it gives you...wow.

Like I always say.. get this beer, you won't be disappointed. Pennsylvania brews some quality beers wow. The only way you'll be disappointed is if you don't like hops and can't handle a really bitter bite.The IBU's are off the chart here. I'll be sure to definitely try more beers from this brewery. Awesome job Fegley's. To me this is an A plus beer perfect scoring beer to me.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle required a lot of work just getting the beer out of the bottle. The cork was just plain obstinate. I had to use a pair of pliers just to get the cork out.

Side note: I don't get the term "Triple IPA." At what point do the IBU's define the triple IPA? I'm being rhetorical. There is no real Triple IPA. Anything over 100 IBU's can't be defined by the pallatte. When you get that high in IBU, then you really risk poor balancing.

Off the pour I get the tons of hop smell.

The look is fantastic. The coloring a very deep orange/copper mix. I get tons of nice lacing in my St. Bernardus chalice.

The smell gets that heavy hop smell typical to a DIPA (or this triple IPA). It smells decent, but there is no distinguishing this beer bouquet.

Recalling my commentary above about IBU's and balancing risk... this beer is a very good example of how heavy IBU can hurt the balance of a beer. All I get is hop from this beer. The citrus is really heavy and so is the pine. The bitterness is overwhelming. I can't get any more flavors from this beer because no more flavor can come through.

I really only recommend this beer to offset other strong flavors. It could pair with really spicy foods, but on it's own; this beer is too much to handle alone.

Photo of rwinzing
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a recent trade as an extra. Thanks to my many trading partners for giving me new beers to try

Poured this into my FFF pint glass. Pored a hazy amber with a small off white head. Ample lacing on the side of the glass

The aroma was very nice citus and grapefruit. Very nice

Taste was a bit over powering. Strong hop charitor needs to have the malt more forward to balance flavor. Not a strong finish, but hot in the middle

Very bity mouthfeel from the hops and the achool

Overall an averag DIPA. Need to balance the beer better

Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a room temp bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear copper hue with creamy eggshell white head of 2 cm foaming up and receding to a sturdy surface layer. After each sip there is extensive tightly packed lattice on my glass.
The aroma of the beer is some pine sap and a bit of grapefruit, not really rindy though more of the pulp. Just a bit of peppery booze mixed in with mild caramel in the background. This appears to be a sipping beer from the nose.
First sip reveals fairly light bodied beer with very fine and tingly carbonation that tickles my palate on each sip. Texture does get a little sticky on the finish of each sip from the glass.
Flavor is a bit of caramel and then goes to pine sap hops and again the citrus/grapefruit notes, not rind just pulp. Finishes with some drying peppery booze that warms a bit on the swallow. Otherwise the beer is easier to drink than I anticipated from the nose. It is a tasty beer but definitely could leave a mark if having more than one in a sitting.

Photo of nc41
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Where's the hops? Really boozy, both on the nose and palate, more wine like than beer. Not really worth a more in depth review IMO. More like a Barleywine than a DIPA. I'm not sure why the need to be so hot, at 11.5 the ABV outruns the hops, not enough malt to hide the burn.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to taylor714914 for this extra! Poured from 12oz into snifter...

A- Copper/burnt orange with a finger yellow white head that settles instantly. Fairly average for D/TIPA...

S- Slightly citrus, definitely lemony (almost like le terroir but without the sourness) but overall subtle. Really really awesome aroma, just too light.

T/M- Very different. Pretty heavy on the tongue. Bitterness is ALL upfront then settles too a slightly boozy malt bomb. Flavor from hops is mostly pine with some dank earthiness (never mind some dank hops in my beer). Minimal carbonation lends toward it being a bit too cloying, but not too far off the style norm.

O- Very solid beer. Not sure I agree with it being a "TRIPLE IPA" but definitely a decent DIPA.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hop'solutely pours a darker cooper color, with a good lacing head. The aroma is very strong, very hoppy, but a sweetness makes it way through. The taste is sheer bitter. Very hoppy, sharp on the tounge, alot of floral flavors. Very strong bold flavor, not for the fainthardted. Overall a great IPA, very strong, I dont think it is as good as a hopslam, but very enjoyable never the less.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a copper-orange colour, with a head full of compact bubbles of off-white foam.

Initial smell is very strong of pine needles. These get replaced over time by fruit salad and later a sweet malty aroma.

The 11.5% ABV comes through on tasting, very warming end to it. Upfront there is a solid hop hit, where the pine and citrus make there presence felt. Somewhat dry finish.

A real slow sipper, warming alcohol heat takes over in this. Body matches the rest of the beer and what they were aiming for.

Is there a ideal IPA for winter? Probably this one with it's warming finish and very high ABV. Seems to lack the real hop flavour that the initial aroma indicated might come through. Probably not what i envisaged from a "Triple IPA".

Photo of wagenvolks
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked & caged bottle courtesy of ShanePB via the Hotter than Hot BIF. Served in a Jester King snifter.

Hopsolutely pours with a somewhat lackluster, brassy-golden body--hazy from the bottle conditioning and the white head is minimal. The aroma definitely picked things up a bit, delivering sweet, boozy notes of caramel & cotton candy, plus lots of hoppy goodness. Tropical fruit notes of peach and papaya. If Hop Candy existed (which it probably does), it would taste like this beer smells.

Unfortunately, the flavor takes an abrasive turn after an initially pleasing burst of pale malts, tropical hop flavor, and sweet boozy yeast esters. Alcohol and hop bitterness sting the back of the palate and linger long after each sip with a harsh, medicinal twang. Aside from the finish, the mouthfeel is decent with a medium-thick body and appropriate carbonation level. Not too syrupy or overly heavy on the palate. I really wanted to like this IIPA, but the one-two punch of ethanol and alpha acids on the back end of each sip really left me struggling to get through half the bottle.

Photo of justintcoons
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a slight amber hue; almost no head is visible and has a sticky film that clings to the side of the glass. No carbonation is visible.

N: Rich caramel, cough syrup, sugar and a little toffee. No hops are apparent.

T: Sweet toffee, caramel, sugar, cough syrup, Tootsie Roll and a slight booziness. No hops and no bitterness.

M: Full bodied, chewy and sticky.

O: They should really change the name of this beer. I understand there might be a lot of hops in this but that's only balancing the maltiness and it's still on the sweet side. This beer has barely any hop presence so if that's what you're looking for skip this beer. This tastes closer to an English Barleywine rather than any kind of IPA. It hides the alcohol presence pretty well and is still a decent brew just don't expect any hops.

Photo of chugalug06
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very nice yellow-ish foamy head. Brew is orange/yellow, slightly murky. Lacing isn't bad, but not amazing.

S - Smells super sugary; is it a sugar bomb? Very pineapple, apricot, and raisin. Smells bitter.

T - WOW, super sugar bomb! Tastes exactly like it smells. Heavy heat on the back end of this brew with extreme sweetness on the front.

M - Heavy and HOT! Fluffy brew with hard to trace flavors. morderately hard carbonation that does't break down too well...

O - A good brew that could be vastely improved with subtle changes. This brew could stand to age AWHILE!!! A good brew in a good trade! Thank you brendaniel!

Cheers!

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of tropical fruit and citrus rind along with some subtle earthy, floral pine, booze and pale malt. Lots of mango, papaya and pineapple with some orange ring and grapefruit. Slightly grassy and floral with some biscuit and graham cracker malt character underneath. Smells great.

Chewy full body with a decent balance of sweeter citrus/tropical fruit and sticky, resinous hop bitterness. Drier than expected with a prominent grassy pine needle character that is bit strong, coating the tongue and slightly overpowering the sweeter notes. Hints of citrus and tropical fruit, especially mango, pineapple and orange rind give it some nice sweetness but there's also a very sweet and hot boozy presence that takes away from the hop flavor. The high ABV is not very well masked resulting in plenty of heat throughout and warmth in the finish. Kind of harsh but still decently drinkable. Pale malt underneath provides some balance with hints of grainy graham cracker, caramel and biscuit.

Overall, this beer was pretty much what I expected. It looks okay and smells great but at the 11.5% it's too ht and boozy, distracting from the complex hop flavors. Not bad but not something that I would g out of the way to seek out again. I'm very happy that I went with the 12oz over the 750.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.