Hop Explosion - Bethlehem Brew Works
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3.25/5 rDev -8.5%
On tap at the brewpub.
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.
11-17-2007 17:13:30 | More by tempest
3.55/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Victorry Tulip.
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.
02-21-2012 22:56:13 | More by PatDreadful
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-24-2008 16:15:25 | More by beerthulhu
3.61/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-18-2014 00:41:23 | More by undeadozzy
3.3/5 rDev -7%
Had this brew with a lovely dinner at the very loved Bethlehem Brew Works and it was quite an intense experience.
Appearance - Very nice amber color with a thick white head.
Smell - HOPS, WOW. This beer was so intensely spiced that it came through overwhelmingly and it gave the beer an odd, raw cheese smell. The first sign that we had gone overboard a bit here, though a citrus undertone was present (note it the tone undertone should be the other way around).
Taste - WOW, again the hops just blow you out of the water. The sweet citrus flavor was nice, but the hops were totally out of balance and completely overwhelmed the flavor with their rawness.
Mouthfeel - Consistency of the brew was pretty good but again the hops overwhelm your mouth and really overwhelm the taste buds.
Drinkability - Well it definetly belongs in the West Coast style IPA camp as proclaimed, but it's way too much. I've finally met my match in hops, though I'm not sure if it was the amount as much as the lack of balance and the sheer rawness (leading to the odd cheese odor). Not a great recco.
05-12-2007 01:18:09 | More by jdg204
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
Served on tap at The Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper in color with absolutely no hint of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall sticky/frothy/dense light beige head that quickly reduced to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a mottled group of thin patches with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light aromas of pine/resin hops with even lighter hints of grapefruit/citrus hops. Some light maltiness as well.
T: Moderate amounts of malt flavor with some light caramel malt sweetness and a heavy dosage of the pine/resin hop flavors. Additionally there are some lighter notes of grapefruit/citrus hops and a moderate bitterness that fades quickly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky yet slightly thin at the same time.
O: A little too heavy with the pine/resin hop for my enjoyment but the alcohol is very well hidden in this one. Easy to drink and enjoy but not anything special.
08-16-2012 16:30:59 | More by dbrauneis
4.33/5 rDev +22%
On tap at the BBW Brew Pub.
Poured a deeper orange/amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of overall citrus (grapefruit), pine with a splash of caramel. Tastes of the same. Very light alcohol in the finish. Nicely bitter. Light lacing left on the glass. Menu had the Alc Content @ 7.2%,
Notes from 9/9/06
11-25-2008 00:51:22 | More by hopdog
Hop Explosion from Bethlehem Brew Works
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