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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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very good

387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | 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 John_M
4/5  rDev +5.3%

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention, but very good lacing. On the nose, I get an attractive combination of citrus and white pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, with some underlying honey and orange citrus as well. Still, this beer is on the dry side, with just enough malt sweetness to balance the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good finish, and drinkability is surprisingly good given the alcohol. The beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, and I confess I would never have guessed this beer to have an abv. in excess of 11%.

Wouldn't mind trying this again... nice beer.

John_M, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Review from notes taken 12/13/09

Pours a cloudy amber color with a slight yellowish tanned head. Bit of lacing around the glass and very good head retension. Solid amount of malt aroma with an unavoidable presence of alcohol. Citrus spices from the hops found in the background. Highly carbonated with a medium feel. This is a very drinkable beer and dangerously so for more than 11% abv. Lingering taste of bitter hops is partially floral. Well balanced and offers a nice complexity of malt sweetness verse the hop characteristics of bitter, spicey and floral.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA and a testiment of how freshness and serving type makes a big difference in your experience. While this review was good and for the bottled version, having it on draft and fresh (as I did yesterday) is simply outstanding and on a higher level review-wise.

stakem, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of BeerThursdays
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Had this one on Sat, Feb 27. Split a bottle with a friend over dinner. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Golden color with a gigantic head that overflowed the glass. Wasn't poured too fast, and glass was clean. Seemed like something I made once that was just over carbonated. Head settled to about three fingers. Lots and lots of citrusy hops in the nose and something sweet in there as well. First sip is not what I expected. Tasted more like a wine at first. Thought it may be an older bottle, but after that, BAM! hops like I couldn't believe. They were for sure still there. As for being 11.5% ABV, you would never know by the taste. Finishes very sweet and lasts a long time in the mouth. Almost have to was out with something before the next sip.

Overall, a pretty good brew. If it was sold around here, I would probably keep a few in the fridge for something different.

BeerThursdays, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%

A-pours a cloudy dark amber color. there is basically no head that I can conjure up and no lace left behind.

S-the nose is rather large and brings a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness accompanied by a resignous pine hop and a touch of citrus hops. very similar to a hop extract in the nose.

T/M-extremely thick and syrupy, almost fake tasting. burnt brown sugar, pine and bitterness make up most of the flavors. low carbonation and smooth; but this just doesn't taste right, almost like pure syrup.

D-not a fan, will not drink again, it does bring a lot of flavor, it just tastes artificial to me.

cpetrone84, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a crisp, clear, deep gold color with a massive billowing three finger rocky head.

The aroma is dominated by a sweet, oily, greasey hops. Aside from the inviting hop aroma there's fruity citrus, along with a spicey hop oil character with not much malt. For an 11.5% beer, the ABV is practically undetectable.

Taste is similar to what was picked up in the nose, the hop taste is absolutely magnificent. Lots and lots of tangy, sweet, acidic hop oiliness dominates with some apple, pine, and citrus to round things out. Up front there's a quick hit of malt and it immediately gets buried under the hops. This beer ends nicely starting with oily bitterness morphing into a citric, dry metallic-like finish. At this point, the alcohol still isn't that detectable, amazing.

Hop'Solutely has a heavy medium body, a little sticky sweet, is semi-smooth with small amounts of prickliness, and drinkability runs very high.

For those of us who are hop addicts, it's by far the best beer to date from the Brewworks. I'm enjoying this in a snifter and the only thing I can compare it to is the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid off the tap. I absolutely love this beer and I tip my glass to Bo on this one. How can you cram this much ABV in a beer and not taste it? Wow! Although I'm confused because this is the best value case price for a beer of this magnitude but yet one of the pricier growler fills. Still, I think it's better than the overall rating

jzeilinger, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of beermanbrian
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Nice clear golden color. Thin head but that was to be expected. Tons of resinous hop oils in the nose. Candied sweetness is hiding but dosn't show itself until the first sip. Hops blast your tongue up front but the candy sugars really take over on the back end and finish. Sticky sweet mouth. So so brew overall. This is becoming an over attempted style and there are tons of good ones but this falls into the also ran category.

beermanbrian, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

For my second (and third) rounds at Allentown on 26JAN10, I opted to go DIPAing. And I was not let down! Had 2x of these for $6.50 per 13oz tulip.

My glass was holding a deep golden liquid, with some haze. Slow carbo meandered upwards, creating a fine, creamy white head. Foam was thin, but lasted, and left very nice lacing behind. Nose had lots, and I mean lots, of citrus. Loads! Wow. That was quite the enticement! Body was more than medium; quite viscous for the style. And as it traversed the tongue? Exceedingly smooth. Top-shelf mouthfeel, right here, folks!

Surprisingly, there was some malt evident upon tasting this sucka. It was a touch sweet, bready and toasty. Then? Hops!! And more hops! X10!!Citrus, pine, resiny character - they all coat the palate. Damn, I love this! Way, way too bad I had to up and drive on, else I'd have quaffed more of this and melted away in a lupulin-induced haze. Top-friggin'-shelf!

Zum Wohl!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


Bierman9, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of psujesus
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Had this at the brew works a couple of times, i was tempted to buy a bottle at the bethlehem site at first but found out that it was on-tap here

poured into a 12oz snifter with a ruby reddish color, could def smell the booze and hop in it, tastes a bit sweet like DFH 90 without as much bitter aftertaste, being 11.5% it is a bit boozy to the tongue

at a 100 ibu's its def a usual when i go to the brew works but no more than one

psujesus, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%

Lot of snap, krackel, pop to the pour.

Hazy orange body, hazy like the London fog in a Jack the Ripper movie. Huge billowy off-white foam. Sporadic lacing.

Big sweet aroma flees the bottle, lots of citrus, fruity candy, and licorice. An alcohol warning signal plain as day.

Thick waves of sticky sweet malt roll across the tongue. Bitterness bombs from the top of the mouth. Finishing taste of alcohol, though not a real belly burner. There must be a lot of hops here, but they are exhausted after balancing the malt and can't dominate as expected. Still sweet through the swallow and aftertaste.

Thick slathery mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok considering the initial aroma and sweetness.

It big and huge in all ways, but despite the name the hops are the part that does't get to shine. Better a DIPA with less malt and less balance.

RonfromJersey, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap at Purv's in Peckville. Had no idea this was 11.5% when I ordered it. Came a very vibrant burnt orange color with a creamy beige head that took some time to settle down and finish pouring. Kept nicely with a full lace.

Smell was outstanding, with a ton of juicy hop character. Lots of citrus, plus some sweet candied fruit. Very fresh, floral and juicy.

Taste didn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose. Lots of juicy hop flavor, but the trouble is that it came with a ton of sweetness and alcohol that detracted from the hoppiness. Almost a medicinal sweetness, or candied fruit maybe. Too sweet, though. Also some alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Good amount of hop bitterness in the finish, as well, atlhough this one did lean more toward hop flavor.

Mouthfeel was rich and full, very creamy, but the alcohol burn detracted from the overall feel.

Didn't know what I was getting into when I ordered this one. It was definitely a monster, but it was a nice, fresh local DIPA, and I would order it again for that reason alone. One is enough, though.

number1bum, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Split a 750ml bottle with friends at the Steelgaarden. Like most 11%+ IPAs, there's a lot of malty sweetness that takes away from the hops and makes it thicker than it needs to be. It drinks a bit like DFH 90 Minute in relation to the sticky sweetness. The hops are still pretty tasty with the chinook and centennial hops standing out at first with bitter grapefruit and pine, smooth flowery hops kick in and the finish is a mix of light caramel and citrus rind.

tempest, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

750 mL capped bottle, labeled as Fegley's Brewworks and was purchased at the Allentown Restaurant. Style on the label is listed as "Triple Indie Pale Ale, Bottle Conditioned" and from the brewery described as their West Coast Double IPA brewed with Cascade, Chinook, Amarillo, Summit and Tomahawk hops. Onto the beer...

Appearance is dull, unfiltered copper/amber with a massive, dense off white/eggshell head that slowly reduces to a finger thick cap with small bubbles and surprising thin sheets of lacing. Aroma is very strong and balanced between grapefruit hops and crystal malt. Begins with pungent hop bitter aroma, primarily grapefruit, other citrus rind, pine and finishes with sweeter malt notes and mild alcohol burn. Body is thicker side of medium, creamy and smooth with mild carbonation. Fairly strong alcohol presence in the finish as well with a lingering sticky sweetness. Flavor has a strong, rich malt backbone that provides nice balance to the impending hop presence in the middle and finish of the taste. Grapefruit and pine flavors dominate but the beer is never overly bitter. The alcohol and malt sweetness makes this more of a sipper than the hop presence. Interesting beer for the first in what I assume will be a series of bottled beers (I guess Rude Elf is next). Not sure I'd call this a great example of a West Coast IIPA, actually reminds me of the Rogue Imperial Red a little, but this is getting me excited about Allentown/Bethlehem Brewworks beers again.

Serving type: bottle

yourefragile, Nov 07, 2009
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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
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