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Hops Explosion IPA - Watch City Brewing Co.

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Hops Explosion IPAHops Explosion IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Watch City Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 37
Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz mini growler poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel and bready malts followed by some floral hops.

Taste: Same as above with some grassy hops in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and some mild hop bitterness.

Overall: Pretty average IPA on the border of a bitter or English pale ale.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a Sam Adams glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant, yellow-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, white head that clings strongly to the glass. Aromas of sweet caramel, a subtle roasting, and spicy, dry hops. Flavors are cedar and grassy hop forward with a bitter, drying end of the palate. The hops profiles are balanced by a solid, buttery and sweet caramel backbone. Very balanced with enough of a resiny hops punch to quench a hophead's thirsts. Aftertaste is bitter and green, with a dry, bitter finish. Very well rounded and drinkable.

Photo of jneiswender
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub. Served in a small/medium sample glass as part of a sample tray.

A-somewhat cloudy amber body, and a faint head (can't identify the color)

S-floral hop aroma

T-very strong herbal hop flavor

M-medium

D-I think kind of one dimensional. Certainly very hoppy but not much in the depth department. I would steer hopheads to it but few else.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a small bubbly white head that dissipated quickly and leaves nice sticky laces.

Citrus, grapefruit, pine. Apple fruitiness from yeast. Caramel bready malts.

Big hop taste. Super citrus, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel. apples and other fruit/floral flavors from the hops and yeast. caramel bread malt profile. Buttery bitter grapefruity resin that tingles the palette. piney in the aftertaste.

Buttery smooth. medium to light bodied. sticky and dry.

Great drinkability, could drink these all night long (and have). loaded with hops, enough malt to give stability to the mouth feel and ever so slightly balance it.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub. This batch came out 5.9% a.b.v. and IBU 68. Medium yellow, that leaves a lace trail. C-hop aroma. A good bitterness, like a 1.5 times IPA. The malts are here for drinkability. Pretty solid Amercan IPA, and it tastes better than it looks.

Photo of Damian
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a cask at Watch City Brewing Co., Waltham, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, medium amber color with a tight, sticky, off-white, two-finger head that slowly faded to a resilient cap of froth. Thick, spiderwebbing blankets of lacing coated the glass and remained long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was fairly mild. Powdery with some citrusy hop notes (orange peel was most noticeable). Semi-sweet caramel malts were detectable as well.

The taste was quite hoppy yet balanced. The hops were fruity and slightly floral. Caramel malts came through up front. Orange peel dominated the center. Notes of grapefruit and pine appeared in the lingering, off-dry finish.

The mouthfeel was slick and creamy with a very fine and mild carbonation. Definitely more interesting than your average cask conditioned ale.

Many hoppy beers become overwhelming bitter when served at cellar temperature (i.e. on cask). This beer however had just the right balance of malty sweetness and hoppy goodness to remain highly drinkable. Overall, quite an impressive offering.

Photo of Jayli
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light to medium hazy, hazy golden color with a frothy head to it. There is a nice retention of the head and an abundance of lacing left on the glass. Nose is very powerful - strong floral hops dominate the nose, with a touch of citrusy grapefruit hops mixed in. Taste is huge on hops - completely lives up to its name. The citrusy hops hit you first, grapefruit is the most detectable, then a slight biscuity yet sweet flavor and then floral hops dominate the rest of the way. This is a medium body, with medium carbonation beer. It's crisp and clean and goes down very easy. Another nice brew by Watch City.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thin finger of head. Golden/orange amber. Nice clarity. A speck of visible carbonation.

Light citrus aroma. A bit of toasted malt in the backround.

Flavor is real nice. Great bready quality to the flavor. Initial burst of cracker/dough then a blast of hops. This is followed by a moment of fruit and into the bread notes. Finishes with a bitter burst again that is a bit resin like.

Mouth feel is almost powdery. Not in a bad way. But just feels a bit thick. Medium bodied.

Nicely drinkable.

Photo of Acochran
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at a company sponsored event. As the name reads, "hops explosion," this is definitely one for the hop lovers. Poured by Watch City staff via tap into an 8-ounce sampling glass. Poured with a nice frothy head. It's a pale ale with what seems like a number of different types of hops...and boatloads of them at that. Not overpowering though, balanced and sweetened a notch with Munich and Vienna malts. I came back to this one several times during the event. It's a must try for all beer lovers, especially hop lovers!

Photo of mmmbeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 64 oz. growler filled almost to the very top. It pours a fully opaque, nearly uncarbonated toasted amber hue, with a somewhat creamy finger of off-white head that leaves a few patches of lace. Pretty tropical in the nose, with lychee, pink grapefruit, mango?, sweet/toasted malts, and some late pine. Definitely a bitter explosion on the palate, with orange peel and pulp, white grapefruit, lychee, spicy green hops, pine and perhaps some crystal malts. Very low carbonation in its dry, yet creamy body, and the hops linger nicely for a while. I bought the growler pre-filled, so maybe that explains the lack of carbonation. A good IPA, not great, but having just moved to Waltham, it makes for a nice introduction to my new local brewpub.

Photo of taez555
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is from a Dunkin Donuts napkin that I did while sitting at the bar on a Friday afternoon. :-)

Poured a somewhat cloudy, brownish/tan body with a very small white head. (the bartenders here have something against pouring beer with any head, so...)

Nose is, as always, tricky in the bar atmosphere. Mostly a nice big MOR citrus hop smell and some clean caramel malt.

As for taste? My notes say "Wow!!!". Big, hoppy and citrusy with a mild caramel malt backbone. A nice strong overall bitterness that doesn't distract, but is big and noticable over the malt. This isn't one of your over the top dry super bitter pallette killers, this is just a nice big, and very well balanced IPA. It says 68 IBU's, but it's just not a pallette killer.

I think I've found a reason to actually want to come back to Watch City. I've found a lot of their beers to be watery, or even having a soapy flavor. This though.... this is a magnificent beer. Just a perfect IPA. I'll be back a lot more often.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask with crystal hops at Watch City. I reviewed this a short while ago, also on cask at Jake's up the street. I was hoping a second go-round would be better. And sure enough, it was much better. Probably because, later that night, I talked to the bartender at Jake's, and the cask had been there for quite some time. So just a word of warning if you're at Jake's.

A: Pours a dark amber with a thin layer of head. Dissipates quickly, but good lacing.

S: Floral hops, a bit of earthiness to it.

T: Much better this time. The hops are much more present and flavorful. Floral and hints of citrus. An earthy malt backbone balances it nicely.

M: A little thin, but smooth overall.

D: Again, much better the second time around. I could definitely throw down a few of these as it was much more enjoyable at the brewpub.

Photo of RixBeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light amber 1/8" head with nice lacing. stick nicely to the sides

S- Hops, hops, hops, earthy, citrusy, just smells delicious

T- My god this beer is very very hoppy. As a hop head I can only commend the brewer for an excellent beer. It's biscuity and hoppy and slightly orange and a nice sweetness not normal for this hoppy of an IPA

M- Medium body, lightly carbonated

D- If you're a hop head, this is pretty close to heaven.I mean this is more of a double IPA than an IPA.

Photo of NEhophead
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub on 07.08.2007.

Clean copper with a slight haziness beneath a creamy off-white head. Patches of condensed lacing with good strength. Musty floral hop aromas with a slight touch of hop resin. The flavors begin where the aroma leaves off, but the bright, floral hops quickly subside to a weak, adjunctory, and stiff wheat flavor. Yeasty astringency lingers leaving a dry finish, and a confused bitterness. Medium in body; yeast-filled film on the palate. Not impressed from a local brew with some past respect. The flavors seem all over the place with a noxious yeast character.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64oz. growler, which was purchased & filled at the brewpub on 5/10/07 and consumed on 5/11/07, into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color with a thin dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a very fruity citrus aroma with a good hops background and a little bit of caramel in there.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet burst of citrus and caramel, but then a strong flavor of floral hops bitterness comes in and dominates the taste, thus earning the beer its name. The malt character is a little thin, but that’s not a bad thing; it works very well for this beer. The after-taste is hoppy with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, good representation of style, good kick to it. I could drink this beer all evening, but alas the growler disappeared rather quickly. I guess I’m going to have to head up to Watch City and get some more very soon.

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice lace on the glass, thin, but typical bar head; amber in color; clear.

Very low aroma; frankly, I detected a little soapiness. No discernable hop. SECOND TIME REVIEW: Simply an awesome prickly, grapefruit-like hop aroma...very floral.

Excellent floral hop in the taste which was completely missing in the smell. The hoppy flavor is high but not overwhelming. Good body with appropriate amount of carbonation.

A nice IPA, but lacks the nose to be a great one.

Photo of lawrence76
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

although I may have had this at a beer fest at some point in the past, I finally had a chance to really sit down with a whole pint and think about this beer @ the pub last night

pours a nice orange colour, decent white head which strangely didnt last very long. Aromas of spicy hops, piney, mustardy, earthy citrus...must be 5 different hops in there

Taste is of a wonderful hop "salad" -I swear I can taste 5 different types...hop flavours span the range from oregon to the czech republic. For some reason I feel that they dry-hopped with cascade pellets...not sure.

There is a bit of a malt presence mid-way through the sip, but nothing to remark upon; this beer is all about the hops.

Very drinkable, only criticism is that it could use just a BIT more body....

Photo of hermesch
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inviting deep copper with a formidable head that doesn't quit. Neither does the lacing for that matter. An impressive sight.

Smell: Strong hops backed by spicy pine notes that tickle the back of the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dominant hop/piney taste, though backed up nicely by sweeter citrus notes and a trace of malt.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA with individuality. I drank several at the bar less than an hour after slicing my finger open and getting six stitches in the ER. They eased my pain and brought back my smile. Try this beer!

Photo of Gavage
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear orange in color sporting a 2" head that lasted a long time. Super thick lace painted the glass. Handful of carbonation bubbes slowly rise to the surface.

Smell: citrus and mild pine bitterness.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit and lemon citrus, and a hefty dry pine bitterenss which help balance the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: slightly heavier than some other IPAs. Very crisp at the start, less crisp and dry at the finish. The aftertaste was long on the bitterness.

Drinkability: for me this was what I like in an IPA. Bold flavors, mildly refreshing, and easy to drink. Outstanding.

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a good, floral nose that was up front and left no question as to what style it was. The head was light and bone-white, but man-oh-man, did it leave a sticky lace. The color was a cloudy, lemon-yellow, speaking to the importance of not fining the crap out of beer. It may not have been sparklingly pretty, but the bite of the hops on the tongue is unbeatable. The mouthfeel was medium, but not inappropriate. The finish tended towards dry, which was a direct result of the hop intensity (65 IBU, 5.7% ABV). A gooood beer!

Photo of Franchise
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange color leaving a thick frothy white lace that sticks to the glass. The smell is orange, peach, grapefruit, sun ripened fruit bouquet, delicious nose. The taste starts smooth slightly hoppy followed by a bitter grapefruit nudge but not overpowering sort of mellow to compliment all the flavors in the beer. The sweetness of fruit really balances this beer. The finish is again smooth, mellow fruity esters, with one last helping of citrus rind to leave you with a bite in the back of the throat.

Photo of bjohnson
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellowish copper color with an initial one finger white head that dissipates to a fine dusting after about 3 minutes. Nice lace.

S: Aromas of fruity hops and biscuity malts.

T: Initial taste of citrus hops, maybe grapefruit, then a nice smooth bitterness and back to hops, then finally finishing with a good bitterness and a bit of malt. Very good tasting IPA.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Nice smooth beer finishes dry making it an easy drinker. Good levels of carbonation don't overhelm the hops. Well balanced IPA. I would have another!

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy mandarin orange. Good-sized white head that recedes to a thin film with some stronger concetrations of larger carbonation bubbles. Some spotted lace. Nose is hops and a bit of dough.

Flavor is one dimensional. Just loads of citrus hops with just a faint bit of pine. Malts are present and give a nice doughy aspect but fail to help with any semblance of balance. Just a lot of hops going on--kind of tingles in the finish too. Medium body that is a bit astringent. Slight dry finish which is very nice. Fine but not a solid representation for the style.

Photo of orsulacp
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a hazy yellow-orange with a white small head. Excellent smells, citrus like a grapefruit then some malt. I like when I can smell the malts in an IPA. Medium body lets the hops and malts mix very nicely, get bitter hops then some malt to balance the hops. Leaves a slightly bitter after taste. Really well balanced, glad I made the trip to Waltham. I took a growler of this back to the hotel.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Watch City in April 2005.

This IPA poured a clear, amber color with white foam that clung and left lace. The smell was very hoppy with lesser malt coming through. The taste was dominated by the hops with a good malt backbone. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy with medium body and moderate carbonation; relatively clean with a light hoppy and malty aftertaste. This was good and enjoyable overall.

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Hops Explosion IPA from Watch City Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.