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Hop Explosion - Bethlehem Brew Works

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of LI_PO12
2.4/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nitro On-tap growler fill into pint glass

Appearance- Dark copper, clear about a finger of white head that fades quick

Aroma- Faint for something named hop explosion, There are grassy hops some pine, caramel, biscuity malt but its not very strong. Was hoping for some citrus or tropical fruits but not to be.

Flavor- Some caramel malt sweetness, decent bitterness, grassy hops, some pine, its pretty muddy hard to pull out anything strong.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, fairly low carbination for an IPA, no alcohol present

Overall- Its kind of bland for the style not a whole lot of hops in terms of aroma or flavor here. Its not bad, just not something I would seek out or recommend.

LI_PO12, May 10, 2013
Photo of BigMike
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

BigMike, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of iterationzero
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark golden color with one finger of head, decent retention and nice lacing. Light citrus notes highlight a wonderful smelling brew. Unfortunately, it doesn't drink as well as it looks and smells...

Nice start with fruit undertones that quickly give way to an over-hopped beer with little balance and an almost musty finish. Decent body and carbonation for an IPA.

There are certainly better IPAs to be had.

iterationzero, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of waddellc2
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

waddellc2, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of pknyc
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

pknyc, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of CraftBeerGuild
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

CraftBeerGuild, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Budinetz
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Budinetz, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta 32oz growler from whole foods of this IPA

Out the growler, Not much of a explosion in terms of look, a copper lagerish look with a nice amount of foamy flimsy off white to tan head, no stick. It dies down real quick.

Smells real earthy and grainy and hoppy but not citrus laden. It's a grass bomb, that turns sweet malty quick. Not picking up any disernable fruits from the tropics.

Yeah, not so great, I guess Im just not digging the hop variety in this one as the tropics are not present, and while malty, it's not sweet enough to be in the realm of the East Coast IPA's, To tell you the truth I don't know what this is, it's different though. Grass, hay grain caramel, yep.

Feel is less than medium with a lowish carb, not that bitey on the tounge, sort of comes and goes which is nice in this case. Not my glass of beer.

BARFLYB, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -15.3%

VikeMan, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.3%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -15.3%

jpd7374, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of nicholas527
3/5  rDev -15.3%

nicholas527, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of CreightonSM
3/5  rDev -15.3%

CreightonSM, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A growler from whole foods.

A- two fingers of tan head from a hard pour that settles in a bit to a small cap nd a nice ring crystal clear orangeish brown in color.

S- big time caramel malts bounce off the grapefruit and pine hops.

T- definitely a east coast ipa here. Lots of toasty sweet malts with the hops playing second fiddle. Hops come off with lots of pine and to a lesser extent some earthy vegetative hits and a grapefruit rind touch.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body and on the other side of medium in carb.

D- its nice enough ipa. A bit heavy on the malts of my taste but its solid. I would love this at a spring bbq when there might be a cool breeze going.

oglmcdgl, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of doubleipa
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Harrisburg brewfest. Appearance - amber color with a mostly diminished head. Aroma - mostly pine and resin. Taste - bitter, dry and noit much hoppiness. Mouthfeel - dry. Ok as an IPA, ut not something I would go our of my way to drink or find.

doubleipa, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

tempest, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of pavpav12
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

pavpav12, May 05, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

bacher468, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

LoveStout, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of jdg204
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

jdg204, May 12, 2007
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is copper to light amber with a nice light tan head that laces very well.

Smell is toasted and caramel malts with a nice hop fruitiness, notes of grapefruit and light pine with grapefruit flavors winning out.

Taste is prety clean, but a little to bitter of a mouthfeel makes the flavors tough to pinpoint, but mostly some clean malt hints of toast and caramel leaning more towards caramel at first but the toast/biscuit type flavors come through as it warms. hop flavors are different than the scent more towards the pine, resinous flavors with grapefruit flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel is more towards bitter at first but comes through more smoothly as it warms.

Overall, a solid ipa, maybe a bit to biscuity/toasty/caramely but the hop flavor is just right and a nice solid bitterenss.

mvanaskie13, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of mgbickel
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Served in a standard pint glass. A single finger of bone white head rested upon the golden-orange body.

The nose was weaker than I expected. Some light hops on top of a grainy backbone.

The taste is pretty much in line with the nose...some hops bite up front and at the end, but the middle is pretty boring...grassy with a tiny bit of malt flavor.

Light bodied, slick and well carbonated pretty much sums up the mouth feel.

Meh...not a bad beer, but not outstanding either. Refreshing and tasty still...

mgbickel, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of pezoids
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a bright and clear golden yellow color and was topped with a small but rich white head of foam. There is a big citrus hop aroma, more noticable than the malt or grains. An intense and sharp astringent flavor overwhelms this beer, not the kind of bitterness that I’m looking for in an IPA, but not that bad. The smell and the look of this beer is better than it's taste.

pezoids, May 25, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a golden copper color sitting under a small white covering of foam. It has a nice spicy hop aroma.

The body is medium to light, just a tad thin for my liking. I will say, however, that as it warms, it picks up a whole lot of flavor (much more than I had anticipated). It is nicely hopped, but just not quite enough to live up to its name. It is still a pretty good brew.

ElGuapo, Aug 29, 2003
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Hop Explosion from Bethlehem Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.