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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 02:00:01 | More by Sammy
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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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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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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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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-23-2013 17:12:45 | More by GraduatedCashew
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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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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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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-20-2012 02:12:20 | More by koopa
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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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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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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

03-11-2013 22:16:44 | More by Davepoolesque
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.3%

10-03-2013 16:42:54 | More by Kmlund
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2007 12:38:48 | More by NEhophead
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-19-2012 21:40:28 | More by Rekrule
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: growler

04-19-2013 01:53:10 | More by Flounder57
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2006 01:54:15 | More by MuddyFeet
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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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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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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 23:10:44 | More by mmmbeer
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown topped with a two finger tan head, laced in bits.
Citrus and floral aroma, clean and fresh, toasted bread, a note of tea.
Also get the citrus and floral notes in the taste, bready, caramel, well balanced, even though it's a hop-forward brew, you can still taste the malt.
Medium bodied and smooth, easy drinking for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2004 20:24:59 | More by mschofield
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-13-2013 06:36:00 | More by DelicateDelirium
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-10-2006 23:19:11 | More by bjohnson
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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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Hops Explosion IPA from Watch City Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.