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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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Reviews: 41
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 67
Photo of inpursuitofhops
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

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Photo of tone77
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Despite no agitation, foam came oozing out of the bottle upon opening, and has a golden color with a 1 inch head and lots of lacing. Smell is strong of oranges, tropical fruits. Taste has lots of flavor, orange, tropical fruits, mild bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a very good beer worth trying.

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Photo of Gouxman
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An excellent IPA made by the Bluegrass Brewing Company especially for Liquor Barn. I took home a growler of Hop-A-Lot instead of a 6pk this time.

This beer pours a nice orangish amber color. The aroma is full of pine resin, citrus and floral hops. The taste has a huge hop characteristic. A perfect beer for hop-heads! A slight malt backbone is dominated by the hop.

A similar feel to the BBC APA, yet bigger and stronger. The alcohol content (8%) is hidden underneath the flavor. You are not going to be able to find this kind of big and bold IPA for $6.99 for either a growler or 6pk anywhere.

So check out your nearest Liquor Barn and grab a growler or 6pk.

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Photo of kaips1
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a hazy copper body with an impressive beige head that retains well and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

Aroma is bold, lots of pink grapefruit essence as soon as the bottle is opened. Some caramel malt underneath.

Lovely mouthfeel has a creamy carbonation that highlights the hop oils. Medium body.

Taste is dominated by juicy hops. A grassy and pine bitterness pushes thwe sweeter grapefruit and caramel to the background. Finishes with a flourish of citrus rind. No hint of the 8% abv.

A solid American IPA here, dripping with hops. A nice coup by the Liquor Barn stores.

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Photo of Dave128
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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!.

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Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled in 2/08 (according to notch on the label). The body was clear of sediment and dark honey colored. Cream colored foamy head left a sticky lace netting.

Smell was fruity, sweet hops. Citrus sweetness.

Taste was hops oils, lovely grapefruit pith bitterness, and caramel sweetness. Smooth bitterness, not harsh. Nice long finish. This one hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel was medium to full with moderate carbonation. Not much alcohol sizzle in the mouth.

I wish the BBC would adopt this as a regular offering, especially since they do not offer an IPA in their line-up!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Liquor Barn in Louisville Ky. The six pack carrier mentions the name in reference to the turtle on the label. I poured this chilled into a session ale glass

A - Deep copper, almost bronze w/ subtle caramel shades. The head is bone white and measures about an inch w/ a smooth appearance and a fine bead

S - A fresh hopped ale aroma w/ a cherry and citrus hop odor. The smell is slightly boozy and earthy w/ a caramel/nut malt aroma and subtle fruit in the yeast ester

M - Sweet w/ mild citrus and then the ale plunges headlong into hops and booze w/ sweet crisp caramelly notes w/ plenty of carbonation and a long bitter finish

T - A noticeable amount of spice flavor makes an entrance w/ a woody crisp touch and round sweet candy like shell encasing some seriously piney hop flavor. A sappiness w/ a subtle citrusy grapefruit pinch in the middle stands out. When just a shade below cellar temp the booziness comes forward w/ more of a pine needle-like hop flavor and modest warming from the abv w/ a slight residual sweetness. The flavor is very pale and crystal malt influenced w/ a nutty and sweet toasted kernel flavor. The finish is more on the bitter side, but has a remarkable amount of balance for an 8% abv IPA

D - My, my this is fine - a bit boozy for my taste, but a very tasty IPA w/ out the tongue bashing hop assault - just great hop flavor w/ a nice malty/boozy finish. Pretty simple and therein lies its strength. I should have grabbed a case while at Liquor barn This is very easy to drink.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.1/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite impressed to see the Kentukcy Liquor Barn chain commission a nearby brewery to brew this beer specifically for them. They certainly hit a home run with this beer. The beer pours a golded-copper hue with sparlkling clarity, froathy off-white head retention that laced very well. Scent is dominated by distinct American hops that come across as citrus (orange peel, lemon rinds) and piney (spruce and lemon grass). The hops are supported by a firm malty base with some bready, caramel sweetness, but well attenuated for crispness. Flavors are dominated by citrus and pine hop character, while the bready, nutty, caramel flavors take a back seat. The hops are showcased in the mouthfeel with powerful bitterness, more so than hop flavor or aroma. The malts quickly fall off, leaving a resinous, bitter linger on the toung. Although a sharp metalic sensation hits the back of the throat rather abruptly, the bitterness is as intense as any IPA. Perhaps the balance is off a bit as the malts fade away a bit too quickly in the finish, but it's a rather picky criticism. I could have used this beer back in the summertime. This beer is ultimately light on flavor and texture compared to most great Double IPA's, but certinly shows the class of bigger standard IPA's like Sierra Nevada Celebration or a Clipper City Hop 3 Ale.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass (bottled Oct. '08)

For an IPA, Sheltowee pours a bit darker than expected, with a maple hue surrounded by amber-orange. Upon seeing its "IIPA" status, however, I realized it appropriately fits the style with respect to appearance. Besides, the monstrous, rocky tan head retains like no other, leaving behind intricate, thick globs of lacing on the glass. The aroma could use a slight tweaking, though, but the husky, breaded malt notes are well-balanced by a pleasant dose of resinous, piney hops and a touch of citrus.

Great balanced flavor, too. Rich biscuity-nutty malts provide a solid backbone to an onslaught of bitter, piney hops. The bitterness lingers on into the finish for just the right amount of time. The hoppiness is a bit one-dimensional, though, but that's merely a nit-pick. Body is on the thinner side of medium, perfectly carbonated, and smooth. This beer makes for some plain ole' good drinking, and for a IIPA, the heaviness is a non-factor, which can be a good thing. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was skeptical of this beer when I first saw it due to the fact that it's brewed for Liquor Barn. This caused me to think "Store Brand." However, some good feedback on this site encouraged me to buy it. I'm glad I did.

The beer pours a deep copper color with a tan head. Lots of nice lacing is left on the glass. Lots of juicy, citrussy, grapefruity hops show up on the nose, along with caramel and alcohol.

The tastes starts off with some good juicy sweetness followed by a big whollop of bitterness that sticks around forever. Alcohol also shows up on the taste, with a nice full mouthfeel.

This is a damn good IPA. Possibly my favorite beer I've had from BBC.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As noted by others, it is interesting to see the Liquor Barn outlets contract for a pair of unique beers, rather than just have a vanity label slapped on an existing brew. Boldly hopped with citrus notes, with a substantial malt backbone to hold it up. I'm not sure I would go so far as to classify this as a double IPA, but it easily clears the APA mark.

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Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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

Label reads: Brewed and Bottled for Liquor Barn by BBC Beer Co.; Good thing I visited Liquor Barn on my visit to Louisville.

Pours is deep gold, slight haze. Big, firm, head - good retention and most excellent lacing.

Nose is floral hops and carmel malts...but a bit restrained on the hop side for this style.

Medium mouthfeel on entry - nice balance of carmel malts and piney hops. The hops take over quickly and provide rather full bittering that builds to the finish. Finish is dry and bitter. Grapefruit.

At 8%, it provides nice warming charachter.

A very flavorful beer at a good price! 6.99 for a sixer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of eljefe21
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a soft foamy one to two finger head. Cloudy and orangish in color.

S: Subtle mixture of hops and malt.

T: Well balanced taste of hops and malt.

M: A bit sharp up front with a medium body. Fades to a satisfying dryness.

D: A very good IPA brewed specially for Liquor Barn. Wish I lived out there so I could take home a growler of this stuff. Was a steal at $6.99 for a 6'er.

Bottled on date of Feb 09

Served in an imperial pint glass

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Photo of Douglas88
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to mmm///beer for this one, my first Kentucky brew! Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium white head, with lots of lacing. The aroma is tons of caramel malts, and an equally large amount of hops, mostly grapefruit notes. The flavor very nice; a hefty amount of caramel and earthy malts attempt to balance out the powerful bitter hops. The hops are mostly bitter metallic and citrus notes. Leaves your palate with a zesty hop bite. Quite nice. The alcohol adds some warmth, but overall is subdued.

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Photo of ajsdad06
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of wspscott
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass (bottled Nov07)

A: Dark copper color with thick, creamy off-white head. Lots lace.
S: Muted nose, lots of hops but nothing specific jumps out
T: Super hoppy, on the citrusy side, definitely American hops. Lots of malts attempt to balance things out.
M: On the rich/creamy side of an IPA, hop oiliness on the tongue, mouth-filling.
D: This is a very nice IPA, given the amount of hops I don't think they will be brewing this in the near future. Not my favorite IPA, but worth picking up a sixer given the price if you are in Liquor Barn.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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