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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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Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ejimhof, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -21.7%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours a straw golden color with a two finger head with rediculous lacing. Aroma...a west cost dipa from Pennsylvania? This is great stuff,Aroma of hops, hops and more hops. really tasty lots of hops malts that are there but not balanced in a good way. This is the sleeper dipa that needs more recognition. Check it out!

jcartamdg, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

DaveHack, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

I've had this beer on different occasions, Had it from a Corked bottle once and on tap at the brewery. Both seemed to be pretty good. The beer poured out as a hazy golden orange color. The head is big and fluffy at first. It leaves a decent lacing on the glass too. The smell of the beer has a ton of hops on the nose, some booze and a light amount of malt. The taste of this beer is quite hoppy too. The mouthfeel is smooth but has a hefty amount of alcohol burn. Overall it's a good beer for a Hop Head.

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Pretty sure these are fresh. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Pours a hazy, golden-oragne color. A modest pour borught about 1 finger of eggshell-white head. Decent lacing as what head that did formed, receded quickly.

S - Sweet citrusy hops with a hint of pine. TON of malt backbone. Slight honey covered grapefruit on the backend. Smells reminiscent of Hopslam that has been sitting around for a few months.

T - Caramel and honey maltiness right up front. Pine and citrus come out next although nowhere near enough to break through the malt wall.

M - Creamy, medium bodied beer. Carbonation is pretty nice for the style. Coats the mouth pretty well.

O - Nice beer, but not what I had hoped from what was touted as a big, beefy, triple IPA.

KAP1356, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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 Thanby
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a hazy caramel with a huge off-white head that stays for a while and leaves a very nice sticky lacing.

The nose is like solid caramel, it's hard to even get hops off this one. Traces of pine notes are making me think of a Columbus bittering maybe?

The first taste is huge bodied caramel malt, followed closely by sweeter bittering hops with some floral notes around the edge, then the malt sweetness comes back to stay through the finish.

Thick body and with a ton of malty sweetness, not as hoppy as I was expecting, but overall enjoyable.

Thanby, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

thedoubler55, May 12, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Victroy snifter. No bottle date (?). 11.5% ABV.

A: Clear, orange color. One finger, pure white head. Looks like Hopslam, but does it taste like it. Carbonation is OK. Good lacing. Sticky.

S: This smells like a hop bomb from afar. Extreme fruity hops. Awesome smell.

T: From start to finish: we go from mild & smooth to intense hop flavor & sweet malts in the middle to extreme bitterness & mouth pucker at the end. Like Hopslam, but nowhere near as refined. Boozy finish.

M: Mouth pucker'er. Coats and stays with you.

O: Good beer from a local PA brewer that prior to this I'd never heard of. Not Bell's quality, but a nice offering. Pretty darn good.

inlimbo77, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +7%

12oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with an orangy hue and a half inch head of rocky bone. A partial skim coat and broken ropes of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with apricot, tangerine, lemon pith, grapefruit, pine, and peach fuzz. Quite floral, but not screaming hops out of the glass as a IIIPA should.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. Resinous.

Grapefruith pith, pine sap, and alcohol start the palate. A firm, pressing bitterness steps forward along with tongue-numbing tropical hops
and rocket fuel.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, a high-alpha hop bombing, and loads of hot alcohol.

This beer is a bruiser. Very strong and face-smacking with the hops. More hops in the nose would be nice though.

brewandbbq, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6%

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 russwbeck
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

russwbeck, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of DrStiffington
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a golden color with a monster of a head. I've actually had this before, but only in the 750ml size. I liked it then so I bought a 4 pack when it came out. The second one tastes different from the first one in this 4 pack. Anyway, the smell is of citrus, maybe a little grapefruit. Not too powerful. The taste has some nice hop bitterness, some citrus and pine, but also an aftertaste that is not quite pleasant. I like the creamy thick mouthfeel, but the alcohol is very present, not surprising with an 11.5 abv. I like, but don't love, this beer.

DrStiffington, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Blanco
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%

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
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev +7%

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

bigfnjoe, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

oline73, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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 beerman207
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Found a bottle of this back at my hometown that was a 12 oz. Pretty excited since I didn't want to drop $14 on a bomber

A: Nice amber color with great white fluffy head

S: Hops and malt dominate but very good pine hops coming out in the nose

T: Wow - I was expecting this to bring me to my knees in bitter but the balance is just perfect with a nice malt presence to balance out the hops.

M: Mild - easy to drink carbonation

D: COuld have had another although that would have been a night-ender at 11.5%

beerman207, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

750 caged and corked bottle purchased at Capones in Norristown PA (also saw it at Oak Tree in South Plainfield NJ)

Appearance: Pours a murky caramel with orange / auburn folds. The crown is 1 finger, slightly off white (slightly hop stained) with moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Caramel malt, mild pine note, grassy herbal notes, and a touch of bitter citrus.

Taste: Same as nose. Very balanced. Alcohol is fairly concealed but not totally.

Mouthfeel: A bit low in carbonation and muddy.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and abv hold it back but still fairly good. There is no huge dose of hops or alcohol that hold back the drinkability. I polished the 11.5% abv 750ml bottle by myself rather easily.

A fairly balanced 11.5% abv "triple" ipa in my opinion.

koopa, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

TheFightfan1, Jan 09, 2011
Hop'solutely from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.