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Hop'solutely - Bethlehem Brew Works

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BA SCORE
86
very good

145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 03-11-2010)
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

donniecuffs, Dec 22, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

nstroup, Jun 29, 2012
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megamass, Mar 13, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 29, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

RichardMNixon, Mar 13, 2014
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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.

prdstmnky, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Sammy, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

TheSupremeAJ, Jan 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Damian74Shensky, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jdaddy, Oct 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Travcofarms, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of PatDreadful
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

PatDreadful, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

erialbill, May 13, 2013
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!

SpdKilz, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

akorsak, May 22, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

buzzy, Nov 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

CBrown3763, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of BeerGodz
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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!

BeerGodz, Apr 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

OnryAndMean, Mar 16, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Blanco, Mar 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

st9647v3, Jan 12, 2013
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Hop'solutely from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.