Hop'solutely - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-11-2010

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pine, citrus and some bready malt. Not sure why, but the aroma is fairly sweet. The flavor is very sweet, with some syrupy citrus notes. I also get a little bit of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see this offering in 12 oz bottles now!

Poured into a pint glass, fairly clear copper-amber body with 1 finger of creamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma consists of lots of piney / earthy hops and sweet caramel malts. Big burst of hops upfront, but is balanced out by those aforementioned sweet malts. The heat comes through more and more as it warms too. Medium bodied with a below average carbonation level.

Slightly below the big boys in the category when fresh. Much like most DIPAs, this seems to fade fast! This review is from the last bottle in my 4 pk which I bought about 2 weeks ago - there is a very big difference just in those 2 weeks. I kinda wish I would have review the first sample, perhaps would have raised the taste / smell a 1/2 point...maybe ill revist this review in the future.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mid coloured golden with a good amount of head, with one half inch retained. Low amount of hop aromas. Taste and mouthfeel is hoppy, but somewhat acidic. It needed and got food or I could not have finished a bomber. Some C-hop but the bitterness is a muddle and seems higher than 74 IBU. Also signfiicantly boozy.
Thanks Michael P.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz tulip from BBW Steelgaarten. Note: On the menu this is a triple IPA.

A- Perfect DIPA copper color with a thin white head. Retentious lacing down the side of my glass.

S- Very balanced malt with big hop aroma!

T- Nice and bitter and balanced. I don't know what's with all the haters on BA... this is a very fine DIPA and a fine example!

M- Very nice astringency with adequate carbonation.

D- I would never guess 11.5.. more like 9 if I had to guess. This is fairly bitter especially toward the end of the glass.

This is a very good brew and being local I'm proud that this came out of Bethlehem, PA.

EDIT: Had it in a bottle and it was WAAY sweeter and not balanced. Maybe the bottle was still young... no date codes. Carbonation wasn't quite there and it was oily and slick.. unlike the draft from the Steelgaarten.

EDIT 2: I drank another bottle from the same 4 pack and it was much better... concludes that my last bottle was just too young.

Photo of PatDreadful
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Victory Tulip.

Appearance: A vigorous pour yields a very small, thin head that quickly vanishes yielding no lacing. The beer itself is a very nice orange-brown and is crystal clear.

Smell: Pleasant pine and light citrus hit me up front. The mild citrus begins to dominate with the smell of earth and oranges as the hops eventually give way to a doughy sweetness.

Taste: The woody hops tease the palate with those citrus notes from the smell playing a supporting role. The nice caramel malts take over and make for a very sweet and smooth finish. This isn't the hop explosion that I was expecting. Instead, we get a very subtle and well crafted IPA that is almost perfect in it's balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and light carbonation make for a great drinking experience. The beer never gets hot, which is saying something given the ABV.

My last few selcetions from Fegley's have been pretty mediocre but Hop'solutely completely redeemed them in my eyes. The beer is perfectly balanced and I suspect that when fresh, this would be able to go head-to-head with the Plinys and Hopslams of the world.

Good on you, Fegley's!

Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of taylor714914 and also had a couple of these sent a while ago by groetman which I never got around to reviewing. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark, hazy orange/tangerine color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off-white head is achieved with a careful pour, which dissipates somewhat fast leaving decent lacing.

Smell – Sweet citrus, slight hops, big malty backbone, and a hint of pine. Mainly a malty aroma.

Taste – As expected from the nose, more of a sweet malty presence up front followed by some slightly bitter hops and pine. Sweet sweet citrus notes like pineapple juice. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Pretty creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Overall – I will say, for the ABV you don’t really taste the alcohol that much, so it is masked well. However, it is masked behind just massive amounts of malty/sweet flavors which I don’t particularly care for in a DIPA. An interesting take, and I did enjoy some of the sweet citrus notes, but needs more hops!

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nitro DIPA served at Al's of Hampden.

A: Golden amber. And translucent too. The ale has the majestic brilliance of, dare I say, Younger or Elder. A thin band of head, more CO2 than N2, rests atop the ale.

S: Hot, or should I say Hop, damn! The ale is a blend of intense hop bitterness and fusel heat. A very intriguing nose that is over the top with orange zest, extreme like a good DIPA should be.

T: Wait a minute. This came from BBW? Holy hell! The ale has a serious hop profile, heavy handed and full enough to stand up to the West Coast. The bitterness is citrus to the nth degree, orange peel and grapefruit are concentrated with a near-sugary strength. This is a booze bomb, heavy from the first sip. Paler malts don't get in the way of the hops. The sweetness is profound, rich and complex like those beers I mentioned above.

M: Hop-philia is a must to fully appreciate this beer. Sure it's over the top, but that's what makes certain beers work.

D: Weighing in closer to 12% than 10%, this is not a pounding ale. I enjoyed every sip.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Deep copper/amber color, clear, almost no head with little retention & lacing.

Smell: Tons of malt, with caramel, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Very sweet malt, toffee, caramel. Finish: Citrus and pine hops, more malt

Mouthfeel: Full body with little to no carbonation, very cloying

Drinkability: I had a tough time with this one

Overall Impression: The malt/toffee,caramel flavors were really nice, but I felt the beer was flat, too sweet, not nearly hoppy enough, and thus unbalanced. If you like super sweet beers, you'll love it.

I'd like to throw out some kudos to Chris and his staff over at Hawthorne's Cafe in Philly. Very courteous & knowledgeable staff, great food & atmosphere, and an impressive selection of Quality Craft Beer. PROST!

Photo of Immortale25
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Alcohol and some sweet malt that makes for a barleywine-like aroma.

T- Very boozy with some more of that sweet malt trying to balance things out, but it just doesn't work. I don't even get the IPA side of this as all I'm tasting is alcohol and malt.

M- Sharp and hot from the booze with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Way too hot. This is not an IPA, it's a barleywine and one that's gone wrong at that. Very little character and way too much alcohol. This is the first beer I've had from this brewery and it's a rough introduction.

Photo of Blanco
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a cloudy amber/orange color with offwhite head. big thick head and excellent lacing. smell is of fruity hops. hmmm...the taste is not at all like I expected. having some difficulty even explaining, but it is very hoppy but can't even pick up any citrus, pine, fruity or floral profile. Malt bill is very high. No bitterness. caramel coming through. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

I don't know what to make of this beer. The taste is not like anything I've had and the hop bill is very...generic is all I can call it. Perhaps it's an old bottle. Who knows, another brewery with no bottle dates.

Photo of Spfarner
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, caramel malt, light Earth, and a hint of tropical fruit. Poured amber in color with a huge, foamy, rocky, creamy, beige/tan head that diminished a bit but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, caramel malt, pine, resin, slight wood, light Earth, slight tropical fruit, spicy hops, and some citrus. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, pine, caramel malt, and slight tropical fruit finish is dry. 11.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Had a friend who works for a beer distributor and he managed to get me a full case of these! So i was sitting on a bunch but they didn't last long! Very exceptional brew!

Photo of Axic10
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Duvel Snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a finger of foam sitting on top.

Smell: Hops, bitter grapefruit citrus, caramel from the malt, and a sting from the alcohol.

Taste: This is weird, I smell hops, but the hops are so subdued on the taste. They are so faded that it is too sweet/malty. I've had this on draft before and it was a total hop bomb. This bottle was not. Caramel sweetness, sugar cane and malt dominate this.

Mouthfeel: Seems like the carbonation is off. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I'm sure I got a bad bottle, which will affect this score, however I was impressed when I had this at a beer festival. Not sure if they have issues with bottling or not.

Photo of oline73
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/amber color with a bit or orange coming through. Just a layer of white head that disappears right away. I hope this one tastes better than it looks.

Smell: Sweet citrus hop bitterness with some grapefruit and pineapple. I also get a little bit of the grain and some alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet citrus hop bitterness. I pick up a lot of pineapple and some tangerine. Quite a bit of alcohol hits the tongue at the end of the sip. Did I mention this is sweet? I really think it would be better with the sweetness toned down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little delicate carbonation. At the end of the sip, this beer is a bit slick on the tongue.

Drinkability: You can tell there is a lot of alcohol in this beer. The hop profile is really nice, but there isn't enough to combat the sweetness and the booze. Not a bad beer, but I don't know that I'll look for it again.

Photo of Etan
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent from Pennsylvania by JZeilinger. 12oz bottle poured into a Libbey craft pint.

A: Pours an almost-clear bright yellow-gold with a couple fingers of rocky off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Giant nose of juicy citrus hops. Fresh grapefruit, clementine, candy-like sweetness, apple juice, a tiny whisper of alcohol. Fantastic.

T: Bursting with fresh citrusy hop flavors like the nose. Sweet orange, black pepper, jazz apple, fruit candy, honey, a bit of cake-like malt. Large but tolerable presence of alcohol throughout complements the sweetness. Almost no hop bitterness. Clean and juicy.

M: Good body. Could use a little more carbonation.

O: A great, big DIPA. Very little bitterness but huge fruity hop flavors. Glad to have tried a fresh bottle of this.

Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent amber with a 2 finger head of fluff with a small head of marshmallow. Scattered bits of lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of herbal, caramel, floral notes, and orange candy.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with fruity apricots, golden raisins, brown sugar, and fresh spring flowers.
Mouthfeel is peppery, medium bodied, syrupy, and balanced.

Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured for a growler purchsed last week at McGrath's in Harrisburg. This is actually listed as a 'Triple IPA' on the tap head.

A: Clear golden amber color. Thin off-white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves moderate lacing.

S: Mainly citrus hops with a sweet maltiness. Some pine in the background and orange.

T&M: Wow, this is like fluffy, hopped bourbon. The alcohol comes through strong. Definitely orange and pineapple flavors. The maltiness really subdues most of the hops which kind of kills the flavor for me. Thick medium to full-bodied with a semi-dry, oily finish.

This definitely has a distinctive taste. Good sipping beer due to the alcohol afterburn. It says 11.5%, but I think it may be way higher. At least the batch I got! I'm not sure how I'm gonna finish the growler on my own, but will surely try.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well reviewed under this one because it is the corked version. After reading a recent article from Joe Sixpack stating that this was as good if not better the PTY just not as hyped. I had to try it. Thanks to a colleague from my work for getting me this.

Poured into a tuliip.Pours a lighter amber color with golden highlight's. A little hazy after the intial pour but does seem to clear up.A decent heading for an 11.5% ABV.Nice bubbling action from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Smell is very balanced.Amarillo hops are the main aroma.Piney kind of grassy.A nice sweeter maltiness underneath the bigger hoppy notes.

Taste starts out with that same pine hop as in the nose. The middle is more of a quick hot alcohol flash.Quickly put away with the sweeter almost sugary maltier side.Hops are there but not overpowering just balanced.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation for the heavier alcohol content as well as the drinkability.

All and all a fine beer. I don't know why all the hatred towards this brew just because it was compared to PTY. A solid beer and much more affordable and available then PTY. The only thing I would say is this is a bit more boozey and a little less of a hop aroma. That's about it.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at the brewery. A little disappointed that it wasn't on tap

A- pours amber with a one finger white head and nice lacing. About standard for a DIPA

S- getting a nice aroma of pineapples...reminds me a lot of Hopslam, though a little more muted

T- a tad bit of pine, and a solid taste of pineapple and a little tropical fruit as well. Tasty

M- very thick, close to the point of being syrupy. That's a huge turnoff for me

D- this one could be dangerous at 11.5%, because the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Would like to try it fresh on tap, though

Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color with about one finger of foamy white head that dissipated into some pretty good lacing.

The nose was full of various fruits and good hop presence, also a more sugary scent.

The taste was of an abundance of sweet fruits; citrus, pineapple, maybe some pear?. There was a good bitter hop presence toward the end. The alcohol was noticeable but not that one would expect from almost 12%.

Medium bodied, smooth and sort of creamy, perfect carbonation.

Very tasty beer. This one snuck up on me a bit. After 1 I though I should have felt more of the alcohol, so of course I ordered another and ended up with a pretty good buzz on my lunch break making for an interesting afternoon.

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, this bottle was from Fegley Brew Works, so both Allentown and Bethlehem get credit, although it reads Allentown on the label. Secondly, it is described on the label as a "Tiple India Pale Ale", despite being lower in ABV than Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree. Who's zoomin' who, here?

From the bottle: "Handcrafted in our small brewery with great pride. Family run, urban made, and fiercely independent since 1998."

My pour netted me a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, off-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber. Nose was big with grapefruit from the hops, underlain with a caramel malt sweetness. Wahhoo! Mouthfeel was medium and the tang of the citrusy hops was immediate on the tongue, followed by a wash of caramel sweetness and then some heat just after the swallow. Finish was dry as the Sahara and the sticky lacing that was beginning to appear was beautiful. It will hurt to gift the other bottle away, but I have a buddy who has been very good to me and is deserving.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Victory Pint Glass.

A- Cloudy, orange-amber color. Pours very thick like motor oil. Almost no head- 1/16th inch, but it lasted five minutes before morphing into a paper thin film of lace.

S- piney hops, with a sweet note- hints of dried fruit.

T- BIG flavor- hoppy twinge of bitterness up front, but also with an interesting blend of sweetness. Dried apricot notes, with pronounced alcohol in the finish. I think I'll age the other two bottles I have for a few years...

M- FULL body- thick and chewy, medium body but a bit on the flat side.

D- A 'Big' IPA, with lots of typical Triple IPA characters. But this feels like a brew that will soften nicely and score better with age.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: loads of grapefruit, lemon zest, and a bit of an earthy quality is pleasant on the nose,

Taste: big caramel profile with a bunch of grapefruits, lemom zest, a bit of pine, and a strong sharp bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness, citrus and alcohol lingers.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer. One bomber is more than enough in a single session.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this recently at the Mohawk House, in Sparta, NJ. In a 4oz sampling glass, it poured a golden amber, mostly transparent with two fingers of white that retained and laced very well. Modest carbonation. Big herbal, grassy, dry citrus peel, and apple blend in the nose. The flavor was a nice blend of the same, just not as intense, with more malty apple hitting midpalate, after the bitter peel hits you hard at first. Finishes on a dry peel note. Alcohol content was very well hidden. The feel was a very smooth medium, with almost no carbonation. Very pleasantly surprised by this beer, as I hadn't heard too much about it. Tastes like a session beer, but this one's dangerous. My only beef with this beer is that while the flavor was a nice blend, the taste was nowhere near as intense as the nose.

Photo of DaveHack
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into DFH snifter.

Hazy, golden wheat color.
This beer smells of hops and booze
Very nice bitter hops, smooth boozy taste on the swallow
This isn't a light beer. It is pretty thick and chewy, but it is good.
I enjoy this beer, but it is not for the faint of heart.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Orangey brown color, about a finger of off white head and a bit of lacing not to much.

S- Very strong hint of hops right away, a sweet scent of honey as well, pine and grapefruit.

T-Strong taste of booze right away, bits of honey and caramel at the front. Very strong tasting IPA.

M- Huge beer! Medium bodied.

D-Dont know if I will be trying this one again, it was very boozy and not to fitting for my style of likes.

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Hop'solutely from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.