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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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

djrn2, Oct 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

acurtis, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear dark golden color and a modest head that drops to a film but continues to provide sheets of lace

Smell: There is some citrus here, but an unfortunate vegetal aroma is clearly present

Taste: Starts out with a sweet bready flavor as the malts assert themselves; after the swallow, the hoppy flavors arrive but it is not a citrusy west coast hop profile (as advertised) but rather a piney, slightly metallic bitterness

Mouthfeel: Just a tad slight of a medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but lacks the citrus to proclaim itself as a true West Coast version of the style

brentk56, May 19, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
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
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

InspectorBob, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

DrBier, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerthulhu, May 24, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

rolltide8425, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

IPAchris, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

LoveStout, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First thing's first....This beer is not hoppy! I don't know what they are talking about in the description, but this stuff is not an IPA, it's a lighly hopped pale. Granted the orangey hue is nice, as is the nice white head of foam. The aromas smell of subtle, candied hops, and the malt profile is huge! The taste is malty with some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and watery but the drinkability is high!

francisweizen, Nov 06, 2003
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
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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4/5  rDev +12.4%

st9647v3, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

tommyguz, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

SadMachine, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

hoppymcgee, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

waddellc2, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

nh2032, Nov 20, 2011
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Hop Explosion from Bethlehem Brew Works
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