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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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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

stonequarrywest, Feb 09, 2012
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.

OneDropSoup, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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

brentk56, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

shanblur, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of bobhits
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

bobhits, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Jimmys, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of ajsdad06
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

ajsdad06, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Tone, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

secondtooth, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of kaips1
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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

kaips1, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Dave128
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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!.

Dave128, Feb 20, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

rpardon7, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of inpursuitofhops
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
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!

inpursuitofhops, Jun 09, 2010
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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.

jwinship83, May 10, 2010
Photo of RyanC84
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

RyanC84, Jul 11, 2009
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

cameraman, Jun 23, 2009
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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.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 14, 2009
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.

bluejacket74, May 22, 2009
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.

Sanford, May 19, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, May 03, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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

eljefe21, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Ricochet
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Ricochet, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Gouxman
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Gouxman, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

wagenvolks, Dec 28, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Douglas88, Nov 13, 2008
Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.