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Hop'solutely - Bethlehem Brew Works

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very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 53
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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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like orange and sugary grapefruit and candied apricot, with some caramel and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like juicy orange and sweet candied apricot, with some caramel and copper and honey wheat bread. It had a somewhat clean, sweet and hot aftertaste with some bitterness.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was more like an American barleywine with substantial malt, than a double IPA. The scent and taste and body were all nice. The finish wasn't very smooth though, so it was better to sip. It might actually age really well, and help mellow out the alcohol. Fresh, it was decent but not great.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Jackie O's snifter. Thanks Mike (stmgl01) for this one!

No bottle date that I see.

A- Pours a Translucent brownish golden with a fairly thin white head that leaves some light spotty lacing. Decent consistent rising carbonation.

S- Fairly malty, a hint of booze although not bad for 11.5%, some light earthy hops that are balanced with the malts. Not overly aromatic and not overly interesting.

T- Light earthy hops balanced with light sweet malts, a hint of caramel sweetness, a little bit of a booze bite on the finish with light earthy greeny hops. Abv could have been dialed down a bit and a little bit more hops added. Overall not bad though for a very high abv IPA.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, some light alcohol burn on the finish although to be expected at this abv. Fairly drinkable at 11.5%, but definitely not the most drinkable IPA I've had over 10%.

O- For a high abv "triple" IPA this wasn't a bad beer. I will admit that I like lower abv IPAs a lot more, once they start getting over 9.5% the alcohol (and the malts used to hide it) takes away from the hop presence which is completely true in this beer. If you are looking for an ultra-hoppy IPA this beer isn't for you. However if you want a beer that is decently balanced between hops vs. malts, high abv, and a little bit more on the sweeter side then citrus then this is more for you.

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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.

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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.

Hop'solutely from Bethlehem Brew Works
86 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.