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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
95
world-class

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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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-05-2001)
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2007 01:23:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Franchise

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-30-2006 16:04:02 | More by Franchise
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-31-2011 17:52:51 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-09-2012 02:52:05 | More by redfox405
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2007 03:52:09 | More by RixBeer
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2007 23:35:01 | More by taez555
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Acochran

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2008 02:53:04 | More by Acochran
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2006 11:57:28 | More by Gavage
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 14:01:53 | More by woodychandler
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on tap initially, which was a fine brew. After realizing it was available cask conditioned I had to order one and see what I could see.

Wonderful orange coloring with a little, frothy white head.

More citrus than hops smell and taste, but hops do kick in on the way down. The beer, of course, was not as cold as were used to with tap beer, something I was not used to but cherished with each sip of this baby.

Good mouthfeel here, lots going on, many feelings going on. The beer had attitude and I can't help but think as it swirled in my mouth that this beer was taunitng me, daring me to enjoy it and allowing me to go to another level of beer appreciation.

Serving type: cask

08-09-2004 05:24:06 | More by fdrich29
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 13:26:22 | More by Jayli
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/4/04 Had this again yesterday at Watch City, this time the abv was listed at 5.9%. The only thing I can add is the the initial taste of this beer was the most citrusy I think I have ever tasted. That went away after a while, but, whoa! was my first impression.



Had this on tap...orange amber color. Not much head when poured, but left some nice lace in the glass. Pleasant hop aroma.

I thought this was a very good, not over the top, hoppy IPA. Nice balance between the malt and the hops. Would have had more than one, but I wanted to try another style.

Would get again. Very fresh and easy to drink.

pat

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2003 10:39:25 | More by PatandDavid
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Todd

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Hand bottled @ Watch City for BeerAdvocate.com

Appearance: Clean, rich dark amber in colour. Pours an awesome creamy, foam head that sticks to the glass and has amazing retention.

Smell: Extremely aromatic. Huge, assertive hop bouquet. Spicy, citrusy, earthy with specifics like grapefruit and flowers in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. This is a very hoppy beer. First sip brings on an aggressive, fresh and complex hop profile of citrus, grapefruit, rind, salt, floral, mineral, spice and herbal flavours that peaks with a quick and intense sting on the palate. Hop flavours carry through to the very end. Malt characters are there, but my tastebuds are telling me merely for body and some balance. However, there are some toasty/biscuity flavours that pull-thru the intense hops with some dextrin flavour. A sweetness lurks in the behind the hops too, and rounds things off, well as much as it can. Hop flavours come back at the end and pretty much dominate the aftertaste.

Notes: Whoa! Did I mention that this is a very hoppy beer? Incredible aroma and bite. Hopheads, you'll love it! I'm literally burping-up hops.

This beer was brewed with 29lbs of hops in a 12bbl batch at 68 IBUs, using Cascade, Willamette, Perle, Eroica and Chinook hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-25-2012 19:33:49 | More by standardcherry
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 23:40:39 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What sort of strawberry madness wafts off this frothy tulip? The beer is dark and hazy, somewhere between amber and milk-chocolate. It's no dainty golden pink berry brew but has a startlingly strong strawberry aroma. Its flavors were intense, with a citrus bite followed by a malt sweetness with some subtle strawberry notes. It's good, but not as impressive as the awe inspiring aroma led me to believe. Now, I wasn't looking for a chocolate-strawberry-cheesecake beer, but this one had me hoping.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2004 11:25:17 | More by AllThingsNinja
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

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

Finally had the chance to meet up w/ carln26 for a few pints and thanks to Longstaff, I was in for a treat...Watch City's Hops Explosion IPA offered cask conditioned.
Pours a bright golden orange w/ two full fingers of creamy white head, so dense the majority of it remained the duration of the pint.
Lacing was thick and clingy...holding strong to the side of the pint glass.
Aroma was very fruity...citrus and grapefruits mostly...nice.
Taste was delicious...my first experience having the IPA on cask, so I was very pleased. Mouthfeel was slick, but not over the top...the hops dominate, but it also has a decent malt backbone...making this brew very drinkable. Bitterness is all up front and is very mild...the aftertaste is so clean and drinkability is through the roof.
A must try if in the area...thanks again for the tip Longstaff and thanks for meeting up carln26.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2005 23:29:42 | More by warriorsoul
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

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

Just came on cask.

It came to the table an incredible bright orange creamsicle complete with brilliant white fluffy head. As it cleared, the color dulled to an orangey amber haze with tan shadows down the back side of the glass. All along the citrus scent drifted across the table, and when I leaned in for a sniff, the aroma leapt up my nose.

It had a tender mouthfeel that went down easily, tasting mostly of sour, citrusy hops and a yeasty finish. The head stayed firm halfway down the glass, leaving streaks down the side.

This isn't exactly what you might expect in an IPA, but I like it. If a nice juicy orange could be turned into a beer, this would be it!

Serving type: cask

03-14-2004 00:32:05 | More by gentlebubbles
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carln26

Missouri

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

Hops Explosion was the 1st beer I tried from Watch City. It’s often on tap there, so I go back to it whenever the current seasonal doesn’t agree with me. Color: medium brown towards orange; nice head with a good lace on the glass after a sip or two. The aroma is mild hops with a surprising citrus smell. The citrus carries over to the flavor as well. For a beer called Hops Explosion, I was expecting more in the “hops” area, but this beer is all about balance. The hops flavor is tempered by the other characteristics of the beer. This is very drinkable, and because of the citrus/hops balance, is an excellent warm weather beer. I’ve had the beer on cask too, but will not write a separate review. It is worth ordering it off the pump. The texture and flavor are improved by the cask-conditioning.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2004 23:39:54 | More by carln26
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 16:59:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 16:55:43 | More by Reagan1984
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 00:23:26 | More by smcolw
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2005 04:19:07 | More by UncleJimbo
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lawrence76

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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....

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2007 13:42:15 | More by lawrence76
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-26-2009 00:06:44 | More by Damian
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Hops Explosion IPA from Watch City Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.