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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPASheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-12-2007

Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA is a contract brewed beer for sales in Kentucky regional Liquor Barn retailers only.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 40
Photo of Retroman40
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a decent enough IPA - It apparently is only available at Liquor Barn stores and made by local brewer BBC. Pours out a orange amber with good head retention. The smell is fruity hops and the flavor is dominated by these hops. I found it a tad on the sweet side but nothing that detracted from the beer. If you happen to be in a Liquor Barn give this a try as it is between a buck and buck and a half less than many other similar beers.

Photo of Cory_Brown
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Went to liquor barn looking for a stout and or IPA. Couldn't pass up a 6er of a double IPA for 7.49.. (So glad I got a 4 pack of storm king) Honestly, the only reason this beer intrigued me was because it didn't say BBC on it. I haven't liked anything I've tried from them but may try a couple more just because they're local..
Anyway, the only thing I liked about this is the creamy head and lacing that persists throughout. It's just too much. Way too one dimensional. It's a hop bomb and the bitterness is just too much for my taste.
The only reason I'm not scoring this even lower is because of the price.

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Contract brewed for Liquor Barn - not likely to be even average you might think. But wait, this IPA looks and smells great, tastes pretty good and is above average overall. The beer is a deep orange-amber with a well-proportioned and very durable off-white head. The aroma is another strong point, with citrus and tropical fruits, including pineapple and tangerine rind, mixed with a faint breadiness. Quite a bit more pine comes forward in tasting, with a moderate grapefruit rind aftertaste. Of course, some hop heads will like these qualitites, but I wish it tasted more like it smells. Still, worth trying, especially at this price point.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, bottled 6/14/13
DFH IPA glass

A: Clear glowing orange color. Thin layer of slightly off white head. Nice carbonation. Some sticky lacing bits.

S: Nice fruity hop aromas. Muted but there. Orange marmalade. Some earthy pine notes.

T: Some bitterness on the tip if the tongue. Not overpowering. Again the muted fruity hops. Definitely orange and some light citrus. At the back of the palate you get a good amount of bitterness. Sticks around a while. Bitter dry finish.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Photo of SerialHiker
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amberish orange color…dark and transparent, there’s little bubble action happening…a thin, off white layer of head forms, but settles into something almost non-existent…swirling it around only brings back temporary life…pretty average…(3.5/5)

Smell: Woodsy, dank hops right off the bat, I could smell the dank bitterness as soon as the cap came off the bottle…it’s very musky, which I’ve been seeing more of lately in the IPA’s I’ve been trying…I also get some sweet, toasted, bisciuty, caramel malt action that has a spiciness to it that’s a mix of rye and black pepper… not an “American” style IPA, very little citrus or zestiness of any kind…(3.5/5)

Taste: Earthy, mildly dank hops up front…malts are toasted and biscuity, adding to the overall earthiness of the flavor… spicy, herbal, piney hops are noticeable after my palate gets over the initial earthy overthrow (and the beer warms)…there is a light citrus freshness that does hit the outside of my tongue after every swallow…the flavor I have to say, gets better as it warms in my glass…very much a traditional style IPA, nothing overly citrus about this…(3.65/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with medium to full carbonation…brew fluffs bringing earthy bitterness mixed with biscuity maltness to the palate…mildly chewy…earthy, damp woodsy bitterness lingers well into the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…it’s definitely more of a traditional style IPA, very earthy and biscuity…as it warms, it becomes more complex, bringing some noticeable spiciness…while this isn’t my favorite style of IPA, this one isn’t that bad and is something I would actually drink again…9.0% ABV is high and not too apparent in the overall flavor, but I’m sure after a couple of these I’d be feelin’ good…if you see it on a mix-a-six rack, it’s worth picking one up, but don’t expect too much…for me, one is all my palate can handle…(3.5/5)

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Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish brown with a frothy one inch light beige head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt and burnt breadcrust meet onion and catty hops in the aroma.

Flavor is very hop dominated initially, with muted citrus, earthy hops, and pine riding a wave of burnt malt into a fairly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a tad light, and substantial alcohol warmth. Astringency is irritating.

Good bang for the buck. A lot more malt than I recalled, but I drank it just short of rom temp.

Photo of Veristic
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot poured into an etched DFH snifter, consumed on 4/23/12. Case is stamped Feb. 2012 but bottle date is notched Jan. 2012 Not really sure what's going on there.

A- Small off-white head dissipates to a thin sheet that persists to the end. Spotty lacing. Deep red-amber body with tiny little floaties. Poor Clarity.

S- Some Citrus hops right off the bat. Then a fair amount of malt, some sweetness. Maybe even some English and/or noble hops in there. As it warms it gets even more maltier and "non-American".

T- Moderate-high bitterness supported by a bold malt character. I swear I think they may have used some English malt in this as well. Citrusy, resiny and slightly piney hops. I'm also getting what seems to be some notes of spicy/herbal/floral UK hops. Malt and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. Overall, the taste is good but not great and not what I look for in an Imperial or American IPA. As it warms the flavor goes through the same transformation the smell does, maltier and less American character.

M- Really great mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, medium body. Creamy & coats the mouth well. Finishes a little dry.

O- I really think this bottle is a little past it's prime but it was the only Hop-a-Lot I could find after going to 3 different Liquor Barns. There are many other Imperial IPAs I'd rather drink but for the price this can not be beat. I've let this variable weigh into the overall impression rating. Come on, where else you gonna find a $1 Imperial IPA!?!? This is American macro pricing!

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

Poured into a shaker: Amber with gold highlights under two fingers sticky, meringue with tapioca bubbles. Lots of small, slow nucleation, patches of sticky lacing.

Piney orange marmalade in the smell, with a cakey, "browned edges" kind of sweetnes, like an orange cake with a zesty hop brightness. Good stuff.

Bitterness hits immediately in the flavor, with zest & pine, then lets in a bit of orange & caramel sugar, then a mild lemon tea-like dryness in the finish. Nice bracing bitterness in the finish, too, rounding off like an orange muffin.

Medium-full-bodied, mildly abrasive bitterness, smooth finish & then a woody/tannic feel.

Straight up good, nothing showy or crazy, hits the right notes & definitely assertive. Well done.

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice head that sticks and laces better than most

Smell: Malt forward, with caramel tones, but there is ceratainly some pith and pine in the aromatics, as well

Taste: Very well-balanced, at the outset, with the caramel, citrus and spruce flavors coalescing; by mid-palate, there is a unique fruity character that becomes more pronounced, after the swallow, and is reminiscent of Juicy Fruit gum; the finish has plenty of hop oil bitterness though there is also quite a bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a pretty decent DIPA that has some unique characteristics; not in the top echelon but worth seeking out

Thanks, Cresant, for the opportunity

Photo of shanblur
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a Liquor Barn location in Louisville, KY. Bottled in May of 2011. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A - A murky mix of brown and orange hues. Has a white head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Only minimal hops on the nose. More of a malty and grainy quality. Does not smell like an IPA.

T - Piney hops come through on the taste up front on a sweet malt backbone. Not overpowering.

M - Medium body with a gentle carbonation.

Hops come through on the taste but definitely not the smell. An average beer.

Photo of bobhits
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6 pack of double IPA on sale for about 7 bucks, how do you turn that down?

Pours a thick cloudy ruby orange color. Thin head with marginal lacing is left in the glass. Looks rather thick for 8%.

This one has a lot of malt in the mix. Strong caramel malt with a lot of citrus and tropical fruits. There's a certain grainy and sweet element here that's a touch over the top for me.

Hops bite the tongue, strong citrus blend pours down the gullet, but there is a certain element to this much like all other BBC ipas that I don't like.

Easy drinker here, but the flavors keeps me from enjoying it.

This is a good deal, it isn't bad, and it can certainly help when you have a hop fix in need of fixing! That said I'll spend the extra money for some of the better IPAs and double IPAs more often than not.

Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into snifter. looks like it was bottled on Sept. 2011

A: a reddish, orangy, light brownish. white/red head starts by pluming and has good retention.

S: floral. smells of american hops, but not glaring. a sort of rye, pumpernickel like toasted grain smell.

T: a subdued citrus with an earthy bitterness. a bit chalky. not as fruity and floral on the palate that it was in the nose. maybe a little heat under the hops?

M: mouthfeel is gentle, but present. on the fuller side of medium bodies.

D: pretty mild for a DIPA. makes it easy to drink, but if you can tell by the comments above, not the best DIPA out there. lacking some body and i was expecting more of a hoppy punch.

Photo of ajsdad06
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Tmoney99.

Pours a deep amber color with a medium beige head.

The aroma has moderately sweet caramel malt goodness with an equally impressive floral and citrus hop presence.

The flavor is well balanced with a caramel/toffee malt backbone and floral, earthy, and light citrus hops coming together nicely.

The bitterness lingers well into the finish in a good way. This was a surprise because it had no hype, but is definitely a very solid beer.

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and food lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, hint of grass, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight grain, and slight grass. Overall, good appearance and aroma.

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden/amber in color, with a nice head. Good lace.

Strong aroma of citrus/grapefruit hops. Potent and appealing.

Tastes pungent, piney, with sour grapefruit. I get more sour/bitter qualities, and not a lot of balance this time.

A pretty hop-heavy bomb that's pretty tasty, but there are better. Still, this is a great value for a strong Imperial IPA.

Photo of kaips1
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a small stein

a-nice dark amber color, slight cloudiness
s-nice floral citrus smell, makes me think of hopslam but not quite as many hops
t-very similar to the smell, still reminds me of hopslam but not all the hops, a good bitter through the sip or drink
m-not bad, good tingle,wet finish
overall- this is becoming a default beer since its easily accessibly and very price conscious for the abv, you dont notice the 8% at all

get some if you can

Photo of Dave128
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in January 2011. Gotta say I don't have very high hopes for this one. Being a Liquor Barn exclusive and a double IPA at such a cheap price point, I'm skeptical, but here goes.

A - About average for an IPA/DIPA not a huge head but actually great lacing from the tiny disc on top. Amber in color. Only slightly hazy.

S - Flowery and fresh smelling. Pretty citrusy smelling as well as another note... I'm not sure if I like it.. its a somewhat grassy hop note but also smells kinda astringent? idk, no big deal it just smells a little off.

T - Pretty darn good. Its actually a very decent offering from a local brewery. Mmm citrusy and fresh up front with a lasting bitterness to follow. Not sure what kinda hops went into this, but I'm pretty surprised how good it is. That smell comes back into a grassy bitterness so I guess its just the hops.

M - Medium body and decent carbonation

D - I cannot tell this beer is 8 percent alcohol at all. I cannot taste it all. The bitterness is pretty heavy, but for a hop lover its absolutely great. I picked this up as a single to try and I'll def be getting a sixer sometime in the future.

Kentuckians, pick up a sixer at your local Liquorbarn!!! Its greatly priced and you will appreciate it!.

Photo of rpardon7
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark rosey amber with a thin white head that dissapated quickly. Smell was dominated by hops pine and floral with a small amount of citrus in the nose. Taste is floral orange and lemon up front with a small amount of malt in the middle with a dry finish of pine and cut grass hops. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for a double but habd decent carbonation and body. Drinkability was nice very clean and crisp IPA. Would have another but not my favorite of this style.

Photo of inpursuitofhops
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a growler at Liquor Barn @ Beaumont Center in Lex, KY. Poured to pint glass.

A: Pleasantly dark for an IPA--Small white head, thin lacing down the glass.

S: Piney, Flowery hops.

T: Hops, Hops, Hops!! Good floral accents and lasting flavour.

M: Distinctly carbonated, smooth, and refreshing.

D: I like to drink one on my 30 minute lunch break, but it's also nice to sip for hours.

Only $6.99, will definitely get more until they take it away!

Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler picked up for dirt cheap at the liquor barn in lexington, KY. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a glowing golden orange colored body with a thick looking bright white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves being solid rings of lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts come up first. after that comes a boat load of grapefruit like hops. thats about it.

T- the taste is pretty much like the smell. lots of grapefruit like hops with some sweet caramel malts. nice and bitter.

M- full bodied and palate coating. leaves the mouth feeling nice and dry.

D- either the glass with this one was free, or it was 5.99$ for the fill. fantastic. id buy another one right now if i could.

Photo of RyanC84
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Kevin.

A: A hazy orange amber pour with a nice foamy head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Pretty sweet malt with a touch of grapefruit, but just a touch. I was expecting more hops on the aroma.

T: Goes down easy with a piney hop bite, but finished very dry. Definitely a unique taste with this one, but the finish is too dry for my liking.

M & D: Full-bodied and creamy. Carbonation is heavy but it works for this one. Not my favorite IPA, but if you don't mind the very dry finish you could have a couple of these no problem.

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

A deep amber color with a cream colored head that is a quarter inch high, that shows strong sustainability. The aroma starts with a strong malt sweet fragrance, then blends itself to a grassy and floral scent. The malt is very striking on the palate at first taste. The hops soon takeover, with a citrus bitterness, bringing along a combination of flavors. Grass, pine, and tobacco all blend together at the end and staying on the palate for sometime. A medium heavy feel, with touch stickiness at the front, then fading to a medium dryness at the end of each taste. Overall a solid IPA, a strong malt backbone along with the expected

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This obscure brew has very limited distribution. Its a shame as it is truely a quality product and would get a lot more respect if it were distributed widely. Here is my review:

A: Pours a very dark amber color. Almost a burnt caramel, bordering on to brown. A bit darker than a typical IPA. Has a nice foamy head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: Smells quite fruity. Some earthy, grassy notes. Doesn't smell very citric or bitter. Good smell overall.

T: This tastes a lot like Victory Hop Devil. Not very citrusy. More grassy and earthy with a touch of pine. Mild bitterness. Definetly get some toasted malts in the finish. Somewhat bready. Very well balanced flavors.

M: Medium bodied and very clean finish. Bitterness lingers a little after each swig. More thirst quenching than drying. Pretty good overall.

D: It is a little heafty at 8% ABV, but actually drinks very smoothly. Good flavors that don't overwhelm the palate. Great beer to sit back on the porch on a hot summer evening.

Very nice beer that actually surpassed my expectations. It is brewed by Bluegrass Brewing, which tend to make pretty marginal beers overall. Quite a surprise hit and well worth seeking out.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled December 2008. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. It smells like pine and citrusy hops, bready malt and some caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrus (grapefruit) hops, bread/grain and caramel malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and creamy. Drinkability is decent too. And at a price of $6.99 a sixer, it's a pretty good deal. If you're ever at a Lexington or Louisville Liquor Barn, this isn't a bad choice to pick up for the price. I thought it was a good overall brew. Next time I'd like to try a fresher batch and see how that is.

Photo of Sanford
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first review
With an agressive pour I got about a 1/2 inch of off white head that receded pretty quickly. Initially, after a few sips, a bit of lacing was left, but it was pretty insubstantial, and it slowly worked its way down the inside of the glass. The beer has an attractive amber hue, and when held up to the light the orange highlights are quite nice. For me,the beer has a more earthy hop aroma than citrus, or pine. It is not bad, but it isn't a bright fresh smell, more earthy (as I repeat myself), or funky. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this beer, I enjoy funk. The flavor pretty much mirrored the aroma, but with the malts adding a nice sweet graininess that balanced the bitterness quite nicely. Considering the style and abv, I thought the mouthfeel was really quite good, medium full? smooth, with enough carbonation to keep it lively, but still quite easy to drink. 8% does not a session make, but Hop-A-Lot is really easy (and enjoyable) to drink.

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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.