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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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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 2
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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Photo of Cory_Brown
2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of shanblur
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of skizziks
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. A new Bluegrass Brewing Co. brew made just for the Liquor Barn stores. No mention of the BBC except for small print at the side of the label and the usual BBC bottle cap. Is 8%ABV a double IPA? Seems like the high side of a plain ol' IPA to me but that may be picking nits.

Slightly hazy copper with an offwhite head. Pretty good retention with a little left behind on the glass. Big Amarillo hop aroma over some sugary, bready malt. Amarillo always has a striking resmeblance to some sort of fruit pee to me. Not my favorite, but it is done well here.

Sugar and pears roll across the tongue with a solid hop bitterness chasing. The bitterness wins in the finish and hangs out to hop up and down for a while in a haze of alcohol. Hop flavor is not as pronounced as the aroma but it is definitely present throughout, just hanging out for the ride.

Medium light body with just a tad under a medium carbonation provides a nice smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability would be very high if it weren't for the sticking heavy bitter. Not a bad thing in a big IPA.

Very well brewed, worth seeking out unless you don't like the choice of hop. I think I paid $6.99 for the six. A steal compared to the better known brands and quality is as good as, if not better than, the better American IPAs out there..

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Photo of Ricochet
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First impression? Serviceable. I liked how it was 6.99, and it has a few ratings posted in the store. It's better than it's brewed by the beeb. Taste is where it counts, and well, this one is indeed serviceable, maybe a speck better.

A: Hazy, light amber with a sticky lace and lively foam top

S: Sugary, hoppy, only a twinge of grapefruit.

M: Was very foamy going down and bitter aftertaste that faded like a fizzy candy. Enough texture to almost chew.

T: IPA stong hops, a decent mix of the tar and the grapefruit with neither winning but neither failing either. The sugary sweet was a little off putting also a slight burnt popcorn remainder added to the oddness. Very little alcohol taste made this a bit deceiving, so that was a plus.

D: Hell, for 7 a sixer, if you like the hops and you're new to the IPA, this is a good one to sample. You'll move up to better IPAS pretty quick and appreciate where you came from. For a store label beer, this was a winner. The store however has 50 IPAS better and 50 IPAs worse to choose from. I'll get something else that is not as raw to me.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Brian for sharing a little love from Kentucky.

This beer pours a dark honey amber that's just a little bit on the golden side. There's a swarm of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my pint (which I don't look forward to drinking) but they sustain a beautiful, frothy head.

Smells like disturbed brush, pungent pine dryness and a squeeze of grapefruit rind. There's a touch of rye and crackers beneath.

Tastes quite slick and clean at first with a piney zip of hop that effervesces against my palate bringing with it touches of Sprite. Sadly, this finishes off quite dry and bittering with a lingering, woody, coarse hop.

Feels dense, but slick. The CO2 actually works quite well with this giving it a soda-like feel.

Not too bad, but I don't think my tummy likes the bubbles. Also, the super dry finishes is a bit much.

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Photo of rpardon7
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of RyanC84
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Sanford
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Veristic
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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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.

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Photo of wspscott
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Douglas88
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 sweethome
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +3.7%
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 secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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