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Hop Explosion - Bethlehem Brew Works

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81
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
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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Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pavpav12
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Blackmajic
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of nicholas527
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of BigMike
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of LukeONeill
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of PatDreadful
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of iterationzero
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mgbickel
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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...

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

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

Photo of doubleipa
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of jdg204
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Hop Explosion from Bethlehem Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.