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Hop Explosion - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goindownsouth on 03-22-2003)
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

randygreener, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of vicsju1991
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - dark amber/gold pour two finger head, with good lacing
S - delicious citrus, particularly grapefruit
t - hop explosion on my tongue, with a wonderful grapefruit finish
M - creamy and easily drinkable
O - delicious small ipa that was highly drinkable, and local and wonderful

vicsju1991, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

TTripp725, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of hopdog
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

hopdog, Nov 25, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Blackmajic, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

WallstreetB, Monday at 06:32 PM
Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a glowing amber body and a small, white head...the head didn't retain very much and didn't leave much lacing

S - Big, juicy, citrus hops...very nice aroma

T - The hops are the star in this beer...up front they are juicy and sweet with traces of grapefruit and some orange...in the middle there is a touch of caramel malt for balance...the end is bitter piney hops

M - Medium bodied...crisp and refreshing...good bitterness

D - This was a nice surprise from the Brew Works...this was a mild version of their Hops'lutely which was a little over the top if you ask me

thain709, Jul 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Travcofarms, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

st9647v3, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

yuenglingade, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Ivilldo, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

dsnyder61, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

jburlew, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overheard a story about this beer about a month ago, apparently it got it name due to a freak accident at the brewery. Something left loose during the brewing process and it actually made the beer spray all over the place. This was just a story I heard not I don't have any facts to back it up. However the beer is pretty good. It poured out as a copped yellow color with a creamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was loaded with grapefruit and pine aromas. The taste of the beer is pretty good also, has plenty of hop sweetness and bitterness. The mouthfeel was good and overall I found this ipa to be enjoyable. I would drink it again if they ever have it on tap again.

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

pep, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon and mango, with some copper and bready malt and a bit of honey.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and copper and grapefruit, with some honey and mango. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Oily body.
D: This was a nice IPA. The scent and taste were enjoyable. The body was good with a pretty smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. Nothing ground breaking, but a nice brew anyway.

Pencible, Feb 03, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass on 10.13.06 at Bethlehem Brew Works.

Filtered well and amber in colour, this IPA presented with little, if any head whatsoever. The little head that did present, left whisps of lacing along the sides of the class. Aromas of grapefruit and hop spice were evident. A sweet malt flavor followed with a good bit of hop bitterness. According to those in the know, this one was brewed with pale and crystal malts, and hopped with Tomahawks from Yakima Valley, WA.

I must admit, I have been down on BBW over the last 6-9 months. But this IPA has made me change my tune a touch. I would go back and make a night out of this one, for sure.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 13, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a pint glass, had very little head but left nice lacing, and it was clear but dark bronze. The nose wasn't overpowering, but clearly some hops were comin'

Taste *was* overpoweringly hoppy It was piney and resinous, with some citrus overtones, mostly just very strong. Malts were not much in evidence, I would have preferred a bit more for balance. Did I mention that this was really strong hoppy ale?

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, astringent, bitter but not everlastingingly.

Drinkability was diminished by the one-dimensionality of flavor. I ordered another with my dinner, and it improved my opinion of the beer. I guess I like my hops with more balance or nuance, not just the bomb

dickroop, Sep 01, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jdaddy, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Stofko1992, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

DrBier, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

curlybird, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

IPAchris, Aug 03, 2014
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Hop Explosion from Bethlehem Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.