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Hop'solutely - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Hop'solutelyHop'solutely

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BA SCORE
86
very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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jburlew

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.8%

02-01-2014 01:37:53 | More by jburlew
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Seanibus

California

2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is simply too much of a muchness. Too strong and sharp to be enjoyable.

Pours clear golden with a slight head. Smell is grainy, cidery, sharp. The flavor is hot and sharp, raw and alcoholic, with a savage pine hop bite and a brandylike bitterness and a lemon zest acidic sting. Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Too too too much.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 14:22:37 | More by Seanibus
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Axic10

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:22:09 | More by Axic10
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

02-20-2014 13:40:56 | More by Travcofarms
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CBrown3763

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

12-24-2012 17:42:12 | More by CBrown3763
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Smurf2055

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

08-07-2013 05:47:34 | More by Smurf2055
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

05-25-2012 02:50:45 | More by notdriving
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pajeff

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

05-18-2012 19:03:30 | More by pajeff
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-19-2011 00:47:24 | More by bacher468
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BHopp12

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-11-2012 20:41:43 | More by BHopp12
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miodusb

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-27-2012 13:05:56 | More by miodusb
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-21-2013 08:41:34 | More by Budinetz
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-21-2013 23:21:02 | More by Mark5252
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 06:32:52 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:22:12 | More by oline73
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is a hazy, radiant orange hue, with 1/4" of off white head. Lasting head retention and a decent amount of lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers, alcohol, pine, sweet malt, hops. The flavor is balanced, with a very prominent malt presence. The beer is pretty hot, and could / should be more hop forward, per the style. I'm glad we split this bottle, as six ounces was no small undertaking. Mediocre, and not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 18:09:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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BeerGodz

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 21:46:57 | More by BeerGodz
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from its corked bottle into a mug.

As a funny aside before I start the review, I struggled for several minutes trying to uncork the bottle before finally meeting success.

Beer pours lighter than anticipate. It's almost the color of honey. Beer releases a thick, creamy head that slowly dissipates. The smell is subtler than expected as well. Lots of hops, mostly citrus... definitely the smell of abundant Northwest hops. It really smells great.

It's intensely bitter almost to an unpleasant degree and you can taste the alcohol on the edges of each sip. The mouthfeel is thick and bitter with almost an acidic tinge to it. It burns slightly on the way down.

As for drinkability, I drank the entire 23.4 ounce bottle, but won't be rushing out to pick this up again any time soon. Hop'solutely has some promise, but it needs to mellow out around the edges. If I do pick it up again, I'll probably cellar it in an effort to smooth the beer out.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 23:10:56 | More by pburland23
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:23:50 | More by Blanco
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: "That head is very creamy" remarked my friend when looking at this beer. Hazy yellow pour with nice lacing.

S: Big hop smell, with a sweetness in the background. Perhaps from malts. More citrusy than piney

T: Hops are muted, but that might be unfair as I'm unsure of the age of this one. Malts coming through on the backside in a big way. The taste is really sweet, citrus or other fruits.

MF: Light with a nice amount of carbonation. Hardly any hint of alcohol, which is impressive.

O: Pretty average. Nothing really stands out, but it isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:26:53 | More by russwbeck
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: a very bright rich blond color. head has some reddish tints to it, but mostly white. good retention and lacing.

S: lots of ethanol on the nose. sweet raisins mixes with american hop aromas. big sweet hop flowers. citrus. not too shabby.

T: very sweet flavors. sugar in the raw. sweet fruits, mangos. a little piney. finish is combined flavors of alcohol heat and lingering hop alphas. maybe a little butterscotch flavor. toffee. bitterness throughout, but not really at the forefront.

M: carbonation combined with the alcohol gives some feeling of tight carbonation. full bodied.

D: a little too much and needs some refining. calm some of the heat out and focus on the good american hop aromas/flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 04:20:23 | More by Jimmys
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-03-2013 01:23:00 | More by ColdWaffles
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:37:27 | More by thedoubler55
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty typical amber w/ some dark copper color along with a fingers-thick of white fairly dense head on top. Settles to a nice surface layer.

Fairly mild nose: Some crisp pine hops on the nose with a bit of grapefruit. Nothing major.

Sipping, it reveals a very sweet and sugary floral flavor that reminds me of honeysuckle sweetness. Some earthy flavors as well, but upon the swallow a very "hot" burning comes through from the alcohol. The aftertaste lets a grassy flavor stick around for a bit.

Prickly carbonation w/ a medium-to-full body, which was a bit more than expected. Alcohol is very apparent, and to me, enjoyable.

Overall, I have 25+ oz to drink, and I'm sure I'll enjoy drinking it. Makes a great sipper!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:25:14 | More by Fish113d
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-30-2014 21:36:28 | More by TTripp725
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Hop'solutely from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.