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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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86
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426 Ratings
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 17
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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Ratings: 426 | Reviews: 145
Photo of JoeBartender
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Annesemj
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
1.99/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of GreenGoblinCC
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of mcslain
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of shangwang
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to try this one after several positive reviews from friends.

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy and straw colored with a thin layer of fluffy white head that left some chunky lacing on the glass. Lots of potent smells- tropical fruit, citrus, and pine really stand out. Tasted more subdued than I expected after smelling it - there were the typical tastes I would expect from a DIPA - citrusy sweetness up front with a hoppy bitterness at the end, but the sweet hung with the bitter for much longer than I expected. There was plenty of piny taste, but I kept waiting for a punch and it stayed smooth throughout. Nice and crisp in mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.

I hate to give straight #'s when reviewing, but this one was very consistent - not necessarily excellent in any aspect, but certainly above average and very pleasing to drink. Looking forward to the next one!

Photo of BeerLover99
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: mild cloudy/straw body, trace head, patchy lacing

S: grapefruit, peach, mango, pine

T: grapefruit, pine, long sticky bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Quite nice, could be world class with
slightly more head + lacing. Would get
again + recommend to other hop heads.
Abv well hidden; sneaks up on you.

YUM, GIVE IT A GO!

Photo of OutFox
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Poured into a a wine glass at Jersey Wine and Spirits in Jersey City NJ

A - Very clear, amber color. Small white head, not all that great in retention. Suprisingly clear.

S - This is suppose to be a triple but it didnt smell anything like one. Very mild on the hops. I think the bottle I had is a little old so dont everyone take this review to heart. Smells midly of hops but more of malt. Small citrus undertones.

T - Tastes strongly of alcohol. Tastes much more like a wet-hop than a triple IPA. Very light bodied which to me isnt normal for anything over a single IPA.

M - Very light. I mean like single IPA sort of mouth feel, not really coating.

O - It was just ok in all honesty. I might have had an old bottle, which isnt the brewery's fault at all so my review might not be spot on. I just wouldnt call this a triple IPA at all, which is what the bottle says.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottling date unknown, but for what’s worth, a new arrival at a reliable bottle shop, and it is a brewery fairly local to my address. I must mention here, that is my norm, depending on style, (which could be longer) I “rested” this bottle for four weeks.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Poured aggressively produces a nice ½ “ head, which quickly settles into a thin cap.
Golden amber color, cloudy with yeast.

Nice citrusy hops greet you on the first smell, then fade away rapidly, and are then followed by malt and yeast, white bread, and I believe a faint hint of vanilla. After warming the malt intensifies and some more orange/citrus hops. Very enjoyable, rather refined and probably the best “part” of this ale.

Nice crisp entry on the palate, followed by very good flavors of rich malt, yeast first, then the hops kick in, and a definite sweetness, IMO to much sweetness, after which you can taste the very good malt of this ale, with a taste of hops after that, IMO you never notice the rather substantial 11.5 % ABV.

A good finish of citrus hops, with some bitterness, then malt and yeast.

Okay this is not on the “A” list, but after much thought I have to say this is decent ale, quite a good drink and one that I would never turn down, especially if you’re buying. That being said I enjoyed this ale well enough, especially at $10 a four pack in my area. As always, (this is getting boring not!), I thought this ale really opened up at 55 degrees, which seems to be the “magic temp” for most high quality brews.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in trade from JacksDad12109. No bottle dating.

Pours yellow, clear into a SA glass, 2-3mm white head, minimal lacing.

Citrus, oranges, lemon aroma with strong alcohol vapors.
The hop bitterness is mild, with a medium body, which is quickly wiped from the palate by an overwhelming alcohol presence. There is no hiding the 11.5% ABV in this one. But it is not a terrible flavor and actually reminds me of a nice, dry sake. After all that, there is a very nice aftertaste of fruity hops, which lingers and mellows. There is a complexity here that makes me want to try another.

Now I'm not sure of the brewer’s intent, but doubt he was going for a nice Asian turn on a hop bomb.
Overall enjoyed the unexpected flavor. Would not recommend to those who seek the hop, but I would be curious to try on tap or know the date of bottling. Sadly another brewery that needs to get with the times and date their product.

Photo of hmph
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -8.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +30.9%
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
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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
3.56/5  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 -20.7%
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
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
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 -17.5%
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.

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.