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Hop Explosion - Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 89
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 24.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: goindownsouth on 03-22-2003

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This immediately reminds me of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion made up the road in Easton. While there's a lot of citrus hops flavors, this beer has almost no balance. Just really big hops. It's too much I think, the flavors are too intense for their own good. I like a good IPA or DIPA, but this one doesn't drink right.

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Appearance: The crystal malt gives this a very nice dark amber complexion that yeilds a big fluffy two finger white head. The head leaves a beautiful sticky lace that lasts the whole drink through.

Smell: Typical West Coast nose with citrus dominating. The main difference here is the strong aroma of red grapefruit which is rare (at least for my nose) in an IPA. It works well and the piney notes really help to keep this thing grounded.

Taste: There are hops up front but not nearly as bright as I had hoped. The grapefruit and orange play center stage but quickly give way to a sweet malt and it all finishes with some strong hop bitterness. The middle and end are great for the style but with a name like "Hop Explosion" well, I guess I was hoping for a bit more up front.

Mouthfeel: Above average with a nice creamy feel and medium to high carbonation that allows the hop flavor to pop off your tongue.

I love to support local breweries but the higher tier pricing on this ($13/six pack) and the lack of upfront hop flavor may keep me away in the future. Of course, if I were ever to get this fresh I'd order it up in a second. Simply put- an average IPA that is nice but doesn't do much to impress.

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A: Poured a bright, hazy golden-orange with a creamy white head.

S: On the nose was some citrus and flora notes, a moderate level of hoppiness. Nose was lighter then expected.

T: there was a medium level of hoppiness, fresh citrus, some grapefruit against a nice palate of fresh wet grains. There was a dry floral hop fade.

M: was light, a tad watery but modest on hopping and very smooth.

D: A very smooth and light drinking ipa which is best suited as a session ipa rather then one named as such. A tad disappointing considering name and style but moderately enjoyable by itself.

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A - Poured a deep golden hue with intense creamy solid white head that never went away,

S - Not picking up on any particular scent, maybe a little buttery cracker, but not very much in the hops department.

T - A heavy dose of hops on the initial sip, lots of pine and citrus that stains my mouth for several moments afterward. Some touches of pepper spice, maybe a hint of ginger freshness, some smoke, a little pineapple and grapefruit on the end. The end of the taste is more of the same, a little salty with some citrus hoppiness, and a even some cornbread sweetness on the way out.

M - Not very sticky, but thick. It has body, but not much character.

O - On it's own, it's a great IPA, but for something called "Hop Explosion", I was hoping for face warping levels of hoppiness not seen in quite some time. Still, the beer itself is wonderfully crafted, and tastes great. Just waiting for more of the namesake explosion of hoppy goodness.

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Hop Explosion from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.