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: 40
Hads: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (779 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,325 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,532 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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! (641 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (634 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Cory_Brown
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of Spidey13
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (667 characters)

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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.