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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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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA is a contract brewed beer for sales in Kentucky regional Liquor Barn retailers only.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-12-2007)
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stonequarrywest

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-09-2012 00:29:19 | More by stonequarrywest
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callmeoz

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-05-2014 01:39:49 | More by callmeoz
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Cory_Brown

Kentucky

2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 09:09:35 | More by Cory_Brown
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rxthree

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-02-2014 04:10:13 | More by rxthree
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-31-2013 02:38:44 | More by beerme626
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:00:19 | More by chinchill
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-09-2013 08:59:11 | More by crbnfbr
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-06-2013 01:13:36 | More by ADTaber
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djmichaelk

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

07-25-2013 20:07:58 | More by djmichaelk
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 18:48:35 | More by inlimbo77
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jkermitj

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-21-2013 23:08:55 | More by jkermitj
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-07-2013 22:08:59 | More by dalepryor
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davemathews68

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-23-2013 01:06:13 | More by davemathews68
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-17-2013 15:10:12 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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SerialHiker

Illinois

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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Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 22:42:22 | More by SerialHiker
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

02-25-2013 23:28:08 | More by lilnicky068
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barczar

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:04:08 | More by barczar
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bzach

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-16-2012 07:16:54 | More by bzach
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-06-2012 02:32:19 | More by Magery
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-24-2012 01:45:13 | More by t0rin0
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CLAZZ51

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-03-2012 03:50:48 | More by CLAZZ51
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-13-2012 02:41:03 | More by Dapperticus
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Veristic

Tennessee

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:18:25 | More by Veristic
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Anthony1969

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-01-2012 15:45:39 | More by Anthony1969
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:06:30 | More by OneDropSoup
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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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