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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 Sanford
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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 DarkerTheBetter
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 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 Ricochet
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 skizziks
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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