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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark sunset with white bubbly head. Aroma of booze, grass, lemon, mint, hop resin. Tastes of grass, mint, lemon skins, booze, aggressive hop presence and resin, slight burn. Lively carbonation in a thick body that zaps the tongue. A devil of an ipa that goes down like a shot of liquor.

Photo of maximum12
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sadly, this is the last hoppy beer from stormking47 that I'll have the pleasure to sample. Still a couple non-hop-based bottles hanging around, but the bounty of hops has at last come to an end.

First sample from Allentown. Pour yields a wickedly rising head, forcing me to pause & pour the second half with the care of a pharmacist. Hyperactive carbonation evident through the glass & the foam. Brew is rusty, opaque, a cross-breed of yellow & orange. Citrus & big malts come through in the nose, tastes like the dreaded 'balanced' IIPA.

Hop'solutely is a fizzy & popping, the rabid carbonation overcomes whatever might be in the taste, & makes it seem more like hop-flavored Pop Rocks than a legit IIPA. Although I have trouble getting past that, this is a mix of pretty standard citrusy hops, pineapple too, with a backpack of malts. Almost drying wood, though I don't think there's any here. But the malt sweetness drowns the mild hops in a tub of cold bubbles & takes over completely, a sugar-rush wave taking over everything in the end.

Welll, not a very good IIPA. Not bad, but the mouthfeel is distracting to the point of making it undrinkable. I recall having a tasting of Allentown's Scotch Ale & experienced the same fritzy mouthfeel. Toned down this might be pretty good, but not as is. Disappointing.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Cantillon tulip. Thanks to ChrisPro for this bottle!

Pours an orange-copper color with a single-finger white head and pretty good retention. Plenty of spotty lacing as it moves down the glass. Slight collar and a bit of foam on top. Nose is certainly hop-forward with some floral and earthy notes plus a bit of citrus on the back-end. The taste adds a bit of a slightly-sweet malty base along with a touch of alcohol. Hop flavor is less pronounced than the overall bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a bit of booze. Drinks pretty well, though the heat overpowers the bitterness in the finish. Thanks, Chris!

Photo of bwd110
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought a 4 pack at Capone's on delivery day, but no freshness date on bottle.

Let's settle this now. Joe "Six pack" must've been smoking something pretty good to say this beer is on the same level as Pliny. Not even in the same league as Elder let alone Younger. And that's not really criticism considering the rarified air those two beers live.

A: Golden amber, bright white head disappears as quickly as it is formed. Not surprising given the abv in this triple ipa.

S: Earthy and floral with sweet pineapple zest. The only thing that concerns me with that sentence is the word sweet. Many triple ipas are very cloying imho and it seems the nose is foreshadowing that here. Very little heat from the alcohol which is surprising.

T: Sweetness overpowers most of the hops, a shame because the hops that do come across are a nice blend of floral bitterness with bright citrus fruit. Bitterness tries to cut through the sweet at the end but comes up just short. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M: thick and oily. I was surprised by the weight this carried.

D: One and done here. too sweet and the abv limits as well

Photo of 321jeff
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Michael, thanks!

Pours a clear amber with about a finger of rocky white head that fades leaving loads of sticky lacing.... I'm guessing this one will be a bit hoppy...

Aroma is a nicely balanced mix of caramel malt and citrusy hops. Pretty straightforward, a nice bouquet, but nothing mind blowing.

Taste starts off bitter and piney and that follows through to the bitter end. Caramel makes an appearance, as does a less than pleasant astringency, it doesn't do a very good job of hiding the 11.2% abv.

Mouthfeel is thick and almost oily with fairly low carbonation, actually relatively smooth. It's a good beer that's drinkable, maybe even enjoyable, but not the mind-blowing 3xIPA experience I was hoping for.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark tangerine pour exhibits a dense haze with a quickly paced but even flow of effervesce within. A firm and frothy light beige head rests atop, tall in statue, and sturdy in retention. All that is left behind is a whispy foam thin band.

S: For an 11.5%abv triple hopped labeled ipa I was expecting much more both alcohol and hop wise. Not a hint of alcohol detection was sensed, a good thing, while the hops didn't muster much more strength either, a bit of a disappointment. The nose was more sweet then brutally bitter, a nice welcome change at times, with some tropical fruitiness, dried pineapple, meeting a soft flowery sense of dried oranges. Underneath lied soft herbaceous notes along with the tinest mention of wet grass. Not bad, but somewhat seemed a tad bit underpowered aromatic wise per standard.

T: The flavor was sweet with a dried tropical fruitiness, spicy oranges with a grassy alcohol warmth best sums things up. Flowery dry hops come in with a toasted grain sweetness and spicy pine oil hopping that is strong enough to warrant respect, but smooth enough and rounded to make things move along quite nicely and have your mouth begging for more. I love the refined and smooth flavor instead of the all out blitzkrieg of hops that is normally prominent on such examples with a fruity and sweet tropical nature.

M: The mouthful is warm with a spicy and hoppy feel. Medium base consistency while packing a spicy flowery hop bite on the end along with an alcohol warmth on the swallow.

D: Very drinkable, especially for an 11.5%abv that doesn't seem a point over 7.5% for most of the drink. I can definitely drink way more then I should, especially with the refined and smooth hopping that doesn't pelt the tongue into oblivion but rather challenges its range and spectrum. A beer that, while it speaks smoothly with deliciously and hoppy flavor, speaks loudly in terms of the alcohol that will catch up to you eventually but will leave you enjoying it every step of the way until the glass runs dry. A tripel ipa?, perhaps not in terms of hops which reads more like a double ipa, but rather only in alcohol content. But who would argue. Love it, hopsolutley.

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of densely packed partially creamy egg shell colored head with some big chunky bubbles mixed in... Faint retention gives way to an inviting lace surrounded by a thick collar... A much darker than expected dense and murky muted copper color teetering on light brown... Some stray carbonation streaks can be seen rising along the sides of the glass...

S - The nose screams of excellent balance... Equal parts malt and hops combine for a truly intoxicating aroma... Crust and bready malts... A touch a sweet caramel... Sweet citrus... A touch of piney hop resins...

T - Some of the balance is lost on the palette which also brings a slight alcoholic heat with it... Woods notes, piney hops, and the heat combine for a potent punch to start... The malty richness and citrus notes are buried... The woody notes rise again on the finish and combine with some medicinal notes...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Syrupy... A touch of stickiness... Even a bit chewy... A delicate carbonation...

D - There's a lot of good things going on here... The aroma is incredible, but the high ABV, the slight burn of the alcohol, and the dense syrupy mouthfeel leave as just a little above average... I would gladly drink again and urge hop heads to give it a try, but it's not something I would repeat with regularity...

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was pleased as punch to receive this from dondeez21 as part of my fantasy football winnings, cheers Don!

750 ml corked & caged bottle opens with a small pop. Pours a semi-hazed amber with 4+ fingers of pillowy tan head into my Vondel snifter. Good head retention & lacing, some viscosity to this

S: Herbal, grapefruitty & woody hops

T: Some booze heat up front, along with pears, apricots, herbal & piney hops, then the grapefruit shows up in mass! As this warms leafy & herbal hops mingle with boozey apricots & pears, then more grapefruit. Finishes woody, dry with some grapefruit & boozey pineapple

MF: Chewy, warming, a bit hot & low carbonation. Alright balance, maybe some aging would help, but the hops might be completely muted by then...

Drinks okay for the style, hops a bit out of whack & there's too much heat for me. This probably rocks on tap...

Photo of zhanson88
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to pvequalsnrt for including this one as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance: Hop'solutely pours a light golden color with orange highlights. About a finger of white head forms. Retention is decent, lacing is just okay.

Smell: I get some sweet bready malts right off the bat, with some citrus and grapefruit hops behind that. I also get quite a bit of alcohol. Not too surprising considering this beer is 11.50% ABV.

Taste: A bunch of citrus and sweet bready malts, followed by a bunch of grapefruits hops. Quite a kick of alcohol at the end too, you can really tell that there is a bunch of alcohol in this beer. Pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Just over light bodied with fairly low combination. Pretty smooth drinker. This beer isn't the easiest to drink considering how much alcohol is in it. Still, it's pretty damn tasty and refreshing.

Photo of jonvan04
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper to almost light brown with a small amount of head. The aroma was an excellent piney hop aroma with some citrus notes thrown in as well. The taste was sweeter than I expected and not anywhere near as hoppy as I had thought it would be. There was a lingering bitterness, but not anything to the point that it should be for this style. It was also way to heavy for what it is. For the $7 I spent for a 12 ounce bottle, this beer was not worth it. I wish I could tell if the lack of hoppiness was due to a possible freshness issue, but with no date on the label I have no idea. I'm shocked that this beer was ever considered comparable to Pliney the Elder.

Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up last week at the Beer Store.

A-A beautiful pour. Crystal clear amber with a generous amount of white head which has great retention and some stickiness. My favorites of this style have this exact color and clarity.

S-Lovely citrus hops. Tangerine and orange with some nice pine zest as well.

T-Very nicely balanced. Sweet malt stands up very nicely to the juicy hoppiness. Orange citrus fruit takes the lead with a nice finishing bitter/sweet combo. A bit of warming heat in the back of the finish but, hey, it's fresh and 11.5%.

M-Medium bodied and surprisingly light on the tongue. Not tiring to drink at all.

D-As drinkable as a beer this big can get. Holla!

I readily admit to having been a skeptic on this beer. I like Brew Works ok as a rule but would go no farther. I only picked it up when a Philly beer writer said it was as good as PtY, figuring he was out of his mind. It's not *as* good, no it's not. But it's *damn* good, and I will be happy to have it around in the 11.5 months of the year I can not get Pliny.


Photo of BeerImmediately
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sharp piney/NW style hops in the aroma, with plenty of alchoholic burn, and some citrus fruity sweetness.

Flavors are tamer/ more mellow than expected, with a ton of sweetness. Lots of bubblegum, syrup, pineapple, and some grapefruit. Nothing offensive... the alcohol in the nose is virtually eliminated in the flavor.

Mouthfeel lacked carbonation, which was a turn off. Thick and slick.

Surprisingly easy to drink for an 11.5% DIPA.

Photo of wampahoofus
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice amber brown. Nice white head and lacing.

Smell: Full hop experience to the nose. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Very nice!

Taste: A very nice hope experience. Lots of grapefruit and bitter tang. Just a bit of malt backbone.

mouthfeel: a nice clean mouthfeel Not too heavy.

drinkability: a very strong ale but not too boozy.

Photo of BigMike
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a light tangerine orange. Pretty clear with good carbonation heads about half inch and off white. It's leaving good lacing already. Looks very "west coast"

S: Big citrus notes. Lots of peach, mango and pineapple. A good amount of sugar cookie malt backbone. Smells really tasty.

T: Sweet upfront. Lots of alcohol presence. I mean A LOT. A tangy citrus/ sour grape flavor. What a huge let down from the nose. Finishes tangy and very bitter. The sweetness is tough to get around. Very astringent and cough mediciny.

M: This thing is heavy in the mouth. Fullbodied and syrupy. VerY hard to drink. Alcohol is in the face.

Overall: This thing started off badly with the cork breaking off. I had to push it down into the bottle. It got better after that with a nice pour and a beautiful aroma. Then it goes to hell on a hand basket. The tangy sweet and sourness and the thick heavy syrupy mouthfeel make this beer very hard to drink. I might not make it through half the bottle. This beer is a disaster.

Photo of steve8robin
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to PA. Never heard of it, but Triple IPA sounded good. Let's give this 22oz bottle a try...

A: Deep copper with a murky haze. A 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: A hoppy citrus maltiness with hints of breadiness. Not much else. Ok.

T: Follows the nose. A citrus hop blended with breadiness upfront. A hint of grapefruit in the middle. A nice faint grape port on the backend. Good.

M: Full bodied with a thick heavy carbonation. A malty finish on the backend. Good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is a good brew. Good to try if you like the style, but don't bother hunting. Glad I brought this one back.

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

Poured from a 750ml into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of piney hops as you would expect along with fruity citrus, caramelized malts and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of booziness but that's not surprising with 11.50% ABV. Then sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in along with a very strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The alcohol sting returns in the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style,
it's a good beer overall and a decent choice if you want a stronger alternative but there are better beers in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of xnicknj
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into snifter glass. thanks to Wiid for sharing this one

Pours a clear golden orange with very little head, light filmy retention, and equally small lacing on the glass.

Some slightly sweet fruity hops with citrus tones emit from the nose with tropical tones and a touch of honey.

A decent amount of hoppiness right up front with some more sweet tones, similar to the nose. Tropical fruit mixes with honey before the caramel malt backbone kicks in. Other notes of raisin and slightly darker fruit are also apparent. Finishes with alcohol heat and some grapefruit hops.

Fuller medium body, sticky and chewy, overall heavier feel. Drinks alright but the booze is a little much and the flavors aren't really there. I wanted to like this but it was pretty "eh."

Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear yellowish copper color with a big off-white mound on top and nice clumps of lacing left along the way. The aroma is a nice piny hop with a clear leafy alcohol overtone. The flavor brings more grapefruit intensity and fruit nougat malt. Alcohol is evident in an almost grape/wine sort of idea. It's slightly syrupy and sweet, tingly carbonation, medium to full bodied. It has a dry edge in the mouth with a hint of clove-like spice. A bit too acrid for me, that leafy deal I never care for.

Photo of cpanossian
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into a large clear glass. An abundance of foam that eventually settles down. Hazy attractive orange/amber color. Very strong aroma of piney hops and alcohol - the alcohol so strong it almost smells like rubbing alcohol! Some nice lacing. Taste is very sweet with strong tingly hop bitter aftertaste. No way I can finish this bottle - one glass would have been enough - so I recommend you share this with a friend. High booze content gives oyu a good kick and really warms you up. Be careful with this one - have it with a meal.

Photo of Brillig
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A six pack of hops, a six pack of alcohol and seemingly a six pack of glass in this remarkably thick glassed cork bottle.

Nice clear deep gold color with a frothy head if you're not careful with the pour.

A nice take on a triple IPA as far as I'm concerned. Malt backbone strong enough to let the heavy, almost tangy hops shine above it. Both balance the strong alcohol content niceley

As you sip this over a good long time, the hop effect stays strong and never dulls. I' m impressed. It's not up there with my all time favorite doubles, but I would put it up there as a recommended try, and is an outstanding effort from an East Coast brewery.

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

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

A nearly transparent orange body with a yellowish one finger head. Some lines of lace, but nothing over the top. Head falls to form a thin layer over the top of the beer. This is not a bad looking beer.

The aroma is of tropical fruit (papaya and pineapple) with a hearty backbone of sweet toasted malt. An underlying aroma of pine resin is welcome. The malt is a little too strong for my liking and the hops aren't as well rounded as one would hope.

A step up on the flavor. Tangerines, pineapple, and papaya with pine resin up front. Sweet, clean malt carries the load through the middle while the finish is of pineapple and white grapefruit. Above average bitterness, which is probably this beer's saving grace, along with a lingering citrus sweetness that doesn't quite belong. Overall though, I find the sweetness of the malt to take away from the beer as a whole.

A medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is right on the money. This guy is dubbed a triple ipa and I beg to differ. While this is most definitely generously hopped, it doesn't quite belong in that category. This is definitely drinkable but it is nothing special.

Photo of meatyard
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Releasing the cork produced a very loud pop but, thankfully, no gushing.

Pours a clear, reddish/amber with a 2-finger, whitish head that has good retention and decent, splotchy lace.

The smell is some solid, piney hops and sweet, toasty malt.

The taste is not what I was expecting being, small in the hops, largish in the malt sweetness, and it has very little bitterness. Triple IPA-no way, Double IPA-maybe, but barely and only because of the 11.5% ABV. It's not even very balanced being more malt centric. There are many IPAs with more hops in the aroma & taste. The alcohol is not very noticeable but it is warming. The sweetness in the finish is a bit much.

Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: While it's not a bad tasting beer, one glass would have satisfied me, this will not fill anyone's search for a hoppy beer. I wanted to like it more since it is a "local" beer. I don't like brewers that call a beer something that it isn't and a IIIPA it isn't. If you enjoy this beer, the price is good for a PA beer.

Photo of bamadog
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this up for me on a recent trip he took back to PA. Review is from notes taken on 7/20/2010 and poured from the corked and caged bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is an orange and coppery color and starts with a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim and thick ring; body is very hazy and shows thin lines of tiny bubbles; a nice curtain of lacing is left on the back of the glass and random spots elsewhere.

Smell: Sweet and juicy orange hops and grapefruit; a bit of a sweet honey-like maltiness and a bit of an alcoholic whiff; a bit of a spicy dry hop leaf aspect as it warms; not quite as robust as it could be, but still pretty good.

Taste: Wow -- lots of nice juicy and citric orange and grapefruit hops; nice sweet honey-like malts bring about some balance and support, but the hops manage to edge them out; pretty big alcohol mixes in -- definitely warm and sweet in the aftertaste with a vaporous alcoholic burn.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and lightly spritzy carbonation that keeps the body lively; the gums are left quite tingly; roof of the mouth is left quite dry, like cotton -- finish as a whole is quite dry; belly is left warm from the big ABV.

Drinkability: Moderate because of the weight and high ABV, but it's really tasty and I appreciate that the hops edge out the malts and remain the (just) dominant flavor and the more lively body. Most beers like this are a little flatter because of the malts needed to balance the large amount of hops, typically not a bad thing, but this one just has something a little different going for it.

Photo of zoso1967
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark amber with a slight orange hue to it. The head is fluffy and impressive with a slightly off white color and nice staying power. It leaves pretty average lace. The aroma is decidedly piney and malty sweet, with a sort of canned pineapple and mandarin orange thing going on. It reminds me somewhat of HopSlam's aroma , though nowhere near as good, or intense. The taste is very malty with the classic pale malt profile, as well as a bit of caramel and dark sugar flavor as well. I am detecting piney and pineapple hops, but they really are struggling against the malt. There is also a bit of an herbal presence in there. One definite positive is that this beer has some major bitterness going on and It's definitely more balanced in that aspect than some of its contemporaries. The mouthfeel is fairly full, and a bit syrupy with a slightly cloying finish, but a drying quality at the same time. Not too hot for being a strong beer, I think the bitterness helps hide it well. This beer's aftertaste is actually quite pleasant and leaves a nice spicy hoppy sweet flavor in its absence. Definitely not the most drinkable double I have had, but it is alright. All in all a solid beer, just not maybe one I will buy again for quite some time. One last note, what is with the packaging? 750ml bottle for a beer of this strength, plus calling it a triple IPA when it seems to be squarely in the double IPA category. Just seems a bit odd.

Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with moderate plume of white head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is quite mild, with some flowery and grapefruit hops up front, backed by touches of pine and an almost wheat like scent from the malt. Taste is very floral, backed by a nice grapfruit and mango taste, very little pine and a very faint, again quite wheaty malt backbone. Body is a little thin, carbonation is active. A quite unique IPA, in my opinion that goes in different directions with its hop and malt profile.

Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.