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Hop'solutely - Allentown Brew Works

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 27.37%
Wants: 17
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 451
Photo of mcslain
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of shangwang
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.


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Photo of OutFox
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of hmph
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of rwinzing
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of nc41
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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".

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Photo of wagenvolks
2.99/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of chugalug06
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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!


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Photo of corby112
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of muletrane
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of thepeter
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
83 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.