Thunderhop IPA - Church Brew Works

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Thunderhop IPAThunderhop IPA

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: ZimZamZoom on 02-08-2008)
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Reviews by Edgecrusher:
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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very cloudy.Reddish brown in color. Very opaque. Minimal head and lacing on glass.

Smell: Hoppy aroma with a caramel like overtone.

Taste: Very tart-not citrusy like most hopped up beers. Malt presence is minimal.

Mouthfeel: Good-slighlty oily with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not very drinkable due to poor taste.

Overall not a very good beer. A different take on the style but not satisfying.

*Note-I bought this at Capones-no date on bottle-could have factored into the quality of this particular bottle I sampled.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A huge and frothy copper-colored head sticking like ice cream hangs out at the top, leaving huge chunks of thick lacing all around the glass. Resilient like crazy. But oddly enough there's hardly any carbonation shooting toward the top in the lighter amber-colored body.

Smell: Very rooty and earthy and grainy hops. Almost tree bark-like in its earthiness, which I like a lot. Some orange and grapefruit come through. Totally earthy all over the place, which is odd for an IPA in my opinion, but I like it.

Taste: The grain and earth flavors come out a lot with the hops here too, seemingly like they're fresher or whole hops, though I'm not sure. More citrus than pine for sure, and nicely balanced with some malt characteristics too, since the bitterness isn't over the top. Again, maybe it's the freshness here that I like, if that indeed is the case, though the actual hop and malt complexity could be more and make this pretty wild overall. Fairly long finish with some herbal flavors, slightly tea-like, emphasis on slightly, coming through also.

Mouthfeel: A little slickness takes away a bit from this probably lighter to medium-bodied brew, I would say. I had a feeling from the lack of physical carbonation with the first pour that this would be the case.

Drinkability: A pretty drinkable brew overall, and an IPA that I could easily session with the hops becoming too bitter. Yet there's enough hop flavor to this, and the freshness factor, if I'm correct, and either way I like the earthy and root-like feel of it, has something to do with that.

Photo of Stigs
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz pour at Fat Head's, served in an English-style pint glass

A - amber colored and crystal clear, served with a thin layer of loosely frothy, off-white colored foam which quickly fell to nothing. no lacing, a bit boring through the drink.

S - citrus-heavy hops, over ripened melon and orange, pinapple. ample amount of dark caramel malts which work well and bring a bit of spice to the nose.

T - sweet again with some very noticeable caramel malts, yet a solid amount of citrusy and slightly piney hops assure you this is an IPA at heart. very balanced.

M - very thin body and a bit watery, carbonation is good and pretty mellow. goes goes a bit slick with just some lingering dryness.

D - not bad, this one really looks a bit boring. good lighter-character IPA to start the night.

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Photo of prototypic
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thunderhop IPA is a deep copper color. It’s very clear. A little light behind it shows some crimson and orange highlights. It’s topped with an off-white had that rises to nearly a finger in depth before falling back quickly. It held up at the surface for a short few. Lacing was spotty and on the lighter side. Not bad.

The nose is easily below average. It’s definitely lacking in strength. Saying it’s aromatic seems a little disingenuous, to be honest. It does have a sweet, sugary, caramel malt base. Not my favorite thing. Its biggest fault is that there isn’t much of a hop presence. There are some light spruce-like notes, but they’re subtle and don’t smell all that great. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. That’s a positive. All in all, not good.

The flavor is better, but is average at best. The malt base is mostly caramel and is very sweet. For an American IPA, it’s too much caramel (in my opinion). It seems like it’s the focal point of the flavor. Hops are secondary. Not good for an IPA. They have piney, spruce-like flavor that adds just a touch of bitterness. It’s alright, but isn’t nearly enough. Needs a lot more in the hop department. It’s sugary and sweet. Alcohol seems fairly light and doesn’t come through all that strong. Finishes sweet with a heavy dose of caramel malt.

Thunderhop IPA has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems active, but isn’t quite buzzy. While it’s not quite smooth, the feel is alright. This might be its strongest point. For what it’s worth, the flavor limits its drinkability quite a bit. Not a bad feel though.

Thunderhop IPA is not a very good American IPA. It has way too much caramel malt and seems to be hop deficient. I’m not sure what the hop bill is here, but it’s kind of weird, frankly. A little diversity from the strong pine and spruce flavors would be good. Eh. It’s not great. Needs work.

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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy ruby with a head that dissipates quickly, really dark for an AIPA.

Smell: Resinous and piney upfront with a big hit of sweetness following. There is some residual hoppiness in the background, might be some flavor left over front the bittering hops (slightly citrusy).

Taste: Very malt heavy on this. The big piney aroma gets a bit dominated by the maltiness and non fermented sugars. This leaves a bit more of a mix between citrus and earthy hops without much of a bitter bite.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy overall, has the body of a brown IMO and the smoothness of a really malt heavy IPA/DIPA.

Drinkability: This is probably the category that this beer shines, even though the beer has a whole lot of non fermented sugars. Not to sure on the ABV but whatever it is you really can't taste it. Probably could hang out on these all night long.

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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap: Pepperwood Grille, Greensburg PA

Appearance: Clean looking red with small cusp of head. Head did not stick around but just enough that it did not look flat.

Smell: hops are dominant smell, though not overpowering the malt underneath

Taste: Starts out slightly sweet and then the bitter hops stick in the rest of the swallow. Clean and smooth tasting. Actually quite balanced and could see drinking several of these which I did with dinner.

Overall: I don't think the name does this one justice at all. Thunderhop? I think people going in are expecting a hop bomb and this is clearly not the case. This is actually a very good Red Ale that is hopped up but definitely not an IPA.

PS: Much better on tap than bottle. Out of the bottle, the hops are quite muted.

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Thunderhop IPA from Church Brew Works
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