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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPAThomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

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very good

426 Ratings

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of Bravo, Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops give this beer a crisp, hoppy flavor. Dry hopping with Centennial gives this beer a beautiful aroma of citrus notes. Balanced but complex, this beer is a refreshing brew.

63 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2004)
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Photo of metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with hints of caramel malts and floral hops along with a very slight amount of bitterness. Some hints of watermelon are also perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that this beer seemed to be somewhat weak for an IPA because it didn't deliver much in the way of bitterness from the hops. Apart from this, it is quite balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:03:23 | More by metter98
Photo of alaimoa


3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a local restaurant poured into pint glass.
Appearance: reddish brown relatively clear and barely any head
Smell: piney, caramel, malt, didn't get a ton of citrus
Taste: a surprising stickiness for a medium body brew that leaves somewhat of an unpleasant dryness and aftertaste
Overall: just ok, dryness somewhat unpleasant and I wouldn't call it the most refreshing beer

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 02:56:56 | More by alaimoa
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born 4/04/13:

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy, somewhat bright orange colored body with a one finger white foamy head, light foamy lacing that leaves some rings

S: somewhat fruit, some caramel malts, a decent amount of hops - all combined nicely

T: mainly sweet becomes slightly balanced after a bit of warming through the hops, somewhat roasty as well, sweet aftertaste, slightly bitter dry finish

M: medium, fairly sessionable, adequately carbonated

O: this is good for an AIPA, could actually be borderline EIPA because of the strong sweet maltiness, no worries, I liked it and would have it again

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:52:12 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of TheSeeker61


4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this offering. Pours an inche head which dissapates but a ring hangs around. It's a filtered orange yellow in appearance. The smell is a typical IPA. Can smell the floral hops and some malts. The initial taste is a grapefruity hop with some malts in the middle and finishes with some hops in the end. Definitely a hoppy tongue. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall I'm enjoying this IPA. As I love big hops, this is a keeper for me. Was a good pickup.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 21:06:19 | More by TheSeeker61
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single bottle of this a while ago. Seems like a good choice to open on a Sunday afternoon.

They really sell the heck out of this beer being the hop lovers choice of IPA (guess Pliny didn't get enough votes). It smells pretty good. The hopping is there with a decent malt presence.

The flavor is pretty simple. The balance is a little off with more bitterness than you should have with this amount of hop flavor.

Overall a decent IPA, but there is nothing you should go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:38:53 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of alexgash


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Born on 2012-05-01.

Partly hazy orange copper body. A good inch of dense, creamy, light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Citrus (lemon zest and orange) and pine hop aromas over caramel, cookie, and slightly fruity malt. Nice.

Toasted malts quickly give way to herbal and citrus hop bitterness. Tropical fruit and caramel malt fill in the palate. Sweetness fades in the finish; peppery, spicy, citrus rind hop bitterness takes it away and dries it out. Medium bodied, with a slick, oily feel. Not bad, considering that it is not the freshest sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:50:41 | More by alexgash
Photo of Jimmys


3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip. born on 07-12-2012.

A: slightly hazed, bright orange hue. head is tightly bubbled and off-white. retention and lacing are good.

S: fruity bubble gum combines caramel undertones. the american hop presence is significant as it needs to be to battle with all this crystal malt.

T: very sweet. lots of malt in this brew. yeah, there are some fruity american hop flavors in there too, but i find the malt to be more of a main player. finish starts with sharp sweet candied malts then turns to a lingering fruit flavor. even some sort of roasted linger in there?

M: moderate, finely bubbled carbonation. medium body.

D: a lot of grain is all i keep thinking and coming back to. the hops are there as it is still a hoppy brew, but the grain overshadows in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:50:35 | More by Jimmys
Photo of CHADMC3


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body packed with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the small, but foamy off white head that is reluctant to disappear, leaving faint, scattered lacing behind.

Generous floral and herbal hops float from the glass. There also seems to be a generous malty backbone to accompany the hops as well as hints of spices.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers floral, herbal, and spiced hop character. The sweet matly backbone really backs them up nicely with perhaps just a hint of pine or woody notes.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

A nice IPA overall, perhaps on the malty side versus some of its counterparts, but certainly remaining style appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:31:38 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of smcolw


3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cask version of this beer is very different from the bottle. First, casks tend to emphasize the subtleties of a particular beer. In this case, there's a strong maple syrup sweetness that is drawn out--too much so. Second, the warmer temperature detracts, rather than enhancing, from the flavor. Third, the flavor profile puts the into the Old Ale category with a large kick of hops.

It's not bad, just confused.

Serving type: cask

07-08-2012 16:34:12 | More by smcolw
Photo of scootny

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light pale ale amber with a nice head and lace. Nose is a nice tip of coming attractions. Good blend of citrus and pine with and underlying carmel malt core. Taste is a similar profile in balance. A toasted malt gives a biscuity flavor that is enveloped in an excellent grapefruit and mild pine hop blend. Finish is dry with lots of hop oiliness. Toasted grains lingering as well. Feel is well weighted with a mildly tingly carbonation and crisp character. Super drinkable and a great one to slake your thirst.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2012 02:09:00 | More by scootny
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper light with foam. Some atop. Pine grassy notes. Toffee/caramel. Refreshing malty taste with a very even hop. Nice balance and malt taste. Strong pine. Smooth. Good carbonation.

Very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 10:50:03 | More by KTCamm
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly murky amber color. It seems to glow slightly. Light head, but better than most IPAs. Head leaves little Hawaiian islands of lace.

S-Sweet and hoppy. Balance. Sugared citrus flesh, caramel and grass. A bit spicy. A 6.5 on the aroma intensity meter. Pleasant but lacks the assertiveness that really makes me remember an IPA's nose.

T-Hoppy enough, but still reasonably sweet. A balanced beer. Not very bitter in terms of the style. I enjoy that the citrus hop flavor is the frontrunner, but it lacks both intensity and complexity. A bit too sweet during some sips. Fails to establish itself as a memorable IPA but still tastes pretty neat.

M-Light side of a medium body. Mellow carbonation. Bitterness is mild, but it can sneak up on you via the aftertaste.

O/D-A slightly above average IPA. The style is so flooded, in order to stand out I look for a big, assertively hopped brew. This one speaks of balance and drinkability. I enjoyed it but want more 'kick' from a beer that represents my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 01:26:30 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a copper color, nice fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer had a good amount of hop aromas and some English malt or yeast aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had a unique spicy hop flavor to it. The aftertaste reminded me of an English pale ale. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable. Overall I thought this was a really nice IPA. I wouldn't mind having it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 16:54:23 | More by Knapp85
Photo of DrDemento456


3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks of an unfiltered IPA, which in my opinion is kind of ugly. Color is a nice deep orange/amber brown with a 1/2 inch of sticky head.

S - Well this one isn't going to be very bold. Mostly caramel malts as listed in the description with mild hopping.

T - Not that bad, borderline's one an "English" IPA being more herbal of hops and fairly sweet. Not bad just not that great.

M - Light to medium this IPA goes down easy.

Overall defiantly not sure how old these are since I see no "bottled on" date but aside that I can think of better IPA's with not only more hop flavor but more ABV and even more ABV. Not bad Connecticut.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 02:03:19 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of garuda


2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, stamped 26.10.10 - Is this really a year and a half old?

A - Deep amber, cloudy, one finger thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Ugh, from the first whiff I can just tell its an IPA thats not my style. Thick caramel malts up front, hops come in after with with some grapefruit flesh and bitter pine hops in the long finish. The caramel malt is just too strong, with sweetness lingering. Give me something much more hop forward.

M - Full body, thick and creamy across the palate, finishing dry with a touch of heat.

O - Just not a fan of these deep amber IPAs with huge malt bases. They don't allow the hops to take the stage. I'll revisit this one if I can confirm its fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 12:10:21 | More by garuda
Photo of beergoot


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear golden amber with a thick bone-white head.

Aroma exudes sweet grass, earth, spiciness. Citrus notes abound.

Soft malts, light bread and toast, are immediately noticeable. Then a sublime bitterness arrives at the end. All flavors mix well in the finish.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Soft carbonation complementing the medium body.

An excellent, well-balanced IPA. Malts and hops dominate, nicely covering the ABV content. This makes for a rather enjoyable beer to knock back on a lazy afternoon. Perhaps two or three...Well worth acquiring...

Received as a single bottle extra in a beer trade with Tim from Houston...thanks...

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 23:06:57 | More by beergoot
Photo of B33R501


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wonderful. this beer's the closest thing to celebration that ive had, since i consider celebration one of the two best single ipas in the world, this is approaching upper stratus. just as good as i remember last year, very happy this is back around.

beautiful amber color, big aroma and taste of citrus hops, impressive hop bill to say the least, on a big malty background, with a little vanilla thrown in for good measure. beautifully balanced beer. all day drinkable, yet fully satisfied with just 3, save the other 3 for tonight. one of the best, reasonable, 6 paks you can get.

reminds me also of a smaller version of another treasure, central waters illumination.

top notch ipa, website says its year round, but only saw this last winter and now.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 13:55:15 | More by B33R501
Photo of jeffmart22


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. The beer has good carbonation and there is light lacing on the glass.

A - Really nice sweet tropical fruit hop aroma. Slight apricot aroma. Some sweet malt aroma. Almost has a candy like aroma. Very nice.

T - Sweet malt and nice tropical like hop bitterness. Nicely carbonated to help cleanse the pallet. Very nice and refreshing beer.

M - light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O - Really nice IPA. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 19:41:40 | More by jeffmart22
Photo of BeerLover99


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy dark orange/amber, 2 finger white head,
excellent lacing!

S: big bouquet floral, fresh grapefruit, lemon grass,
hint of pine

T: grapefruit, lemon grass, subtle biscuit,
long bitter sticky finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: How did I miss this brewery?
Hopheads will LOVE this beer.
Quite nice and can't wait to try more
of their beers. Fine American IPA.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 17:24:50 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of andylipp


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with illegible dating. Obtained from a case brought to a CT beer event directly from the brewery, so I suspect it was fresh.

A: Brassy, crystal clear copper-orange pour with a short-lived head 1 inch head into a tulip. Sticky lacing. Swirling wakes the head and it actually stays around a while. Hmmm...

S: Citrus-y, rind-y hop aroma with a serious dollop of malty sweetness.

T: Malty sweetness quickly gives way to the citrus and pine hop flavors, with a substantially bitter finish. Malty in an East Coast IPA way, but the bitterness is bold enough to hang. Alcohol warms a bit, with some tobacco-like spicy notes in the finish, too.

M: Medium-full, with nice carbonation, too.

O: This one is on the English side of American IPAs because of it's substantial maltiness and balance. Kind of surprised I liked it so much. This brewery has had its ups and downs, but this very fresh IPA is quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:38:45 | More by andylipp
Photo of crossovert


2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle born on 2011-05-18.

It pours a medium amber with a foamy off-white head.

Smell is fruity, sweet and spicy. There is some orange and some herbal notes.

The flavor is malty with a mediocre hoppiness that is sort of blunt. There is a sharp sweetness to start and the middle is okay, the end is just bitterness, not really piney or citrusy, just bitterness. It isn't that bitter.

I have had alot of better IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:16:54 | More by crossovert
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well balanced and enjoyable pale ale, although not the APA "west coast" hop bomb for which I'd hoped.

Beautiful amber, clear until the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is malt forward, while the hops & alcohol are evident throughout the taste profile. Well balanced sweet, malt flavours end with a nicely bitter finish.

Overall a pleasant and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 18:51:43 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of Thads324


3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a cyrstal clear golden orange with a sticky looking off white head. The head stays hearty through and through.

S : No malt here, just all hop. Very citrus and floral smelling hops with a sweet back.

T : A start of hop flavor that turns to a little bitterness. Citrus and earthy hops. The earthy and grassy hop flavor follows the bitterness to round out the beer. Very little malt, but the hop is great.

M : easy, well carbonated and finishes crisp and easy. A bit warming, which is weird.

A really good tasting ipa, but I'd love to see a bit more malt balance, which could elongate the beer and improve upon the great hop flavors. Overall this is the best of the regular hooker offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 03:05:02 | More by Thads324
Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny


4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass.

A: Pours a deep, semi-cloudy amber with 1 in. creamy tan head. Very nice lacing.

S: Cascade hops hit the nose first, followed by notes of pine and a complex bouquet of bitter fruit.

T: Very full flavor with bold hop character. Some sweetness and fruity notes, but the abundance of hops are front and center. Smooth, malty back pares down some of the bitterness of the hops, but just a little. If you’re offended by hoppy beer, keep walking. Aftertaste doesn’t change much, the flavor just sort of lingers. For a while.

M: This one’s a mouthful. Full, rich body that gets a little thick as it drinks. Average carbonation. Hop Meadow packs a 6.5% ABV, and Mr. Hooker has made no effort to hide this fact.

D: Generally balanced, but pushes the envelope just enough (like me). Overall, an excellent ratio of hop to malty flavors, which makes for a very drinkable beer. A sound “beginner IPA” that will still satisfy seasoned hop heads. Filling with a high ABV, so two in an evening might be enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 16:29:08 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
Photo of MikeyMikee

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on June 20, 2011. Served at fridge temp into a tulip glass.

A: Deep copper orange with a quickly dissapating head, descent lacing.

S: Orange rind, sweet grapfruit and pinapple. There's some toasted, grainy pale malt and a little bit of brown sugar as well.

T: Toasted malt up front followed by a mellow grapfruit and orange zest. The finish is clean with a little burst of orange. Not too much going on here as far as complexity goes but its very solid.

M: Creamy and full. Great carbonation as well. Hop Meadow has a really great mouthfeel but its not as crisp as most IPA's, so it wouldn't be my first choice on a hot summer day. Descent bitterness but nothing overpowering.

O: With not too much bitterness or alcohol this is a fantastic session beer. Its a really solid choice. I could definitely consider this a gate-way beer for anyone new to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:37:30 | More by MikeyMikee
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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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