Hop Explosion
Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,814
Ranked #26,647
3.58 | pDev: 15.08%
Sep 05, 2021
Nov 23, 2007
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3.75 by plaid75 from New York on Sep 05, 2021
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DuaneL from Delaware

This is nice - but think it's a seasonal - so hard to find. We'll have to keep an eye out!!

Jan 26, 2020
3.72 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Dec 22, 2019
3.56 by ogman from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2019
3.83 by LarryMyers from Pennsylvania on Mar 15, 2018
2.97 by bdoherty79 from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2017
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3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle into a pint glass NO freshness dating.

looks decent enough. deep coppery body with a small off white head which only slightly dissipates to a solid covering and thick ring. average lacing.

aroma is malty and slightly earthy. uh-oh, may be an old beer.

well the hops must have all exploded out of the bottle, because they are not present at all. There is a solid malt presence, a decent pepperiness initially, and a slight earthiness. This isn't too bad. But It then turns to a rough sourness which is non too pleasant.

Mouth is around medium, finish is that awful sourness.

Overall, likely an old beer and it doesn't age well at all. some old ipa's seem to evolve into a decent balance. This is not one of them. I would suggest avoiding this beer unless you are sitting at one of their brewpubs and it's on tap.

Aug 11, 2017
3.73 by Zaktcc from Maryland on Mar 13, 2017
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3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jameswaldo from New York

Just got a 12 oz bottle from a friend who doesn't like hops much. No clue how old this bottle is. Why does a brewery put "50930152B0446" in dot-matrix ink on the bottom of a bottle instead of a best-before date, or date of brewing? Maybe Allentown Brew Works thinks this beer will keep so long it can't go stale?
Anyway, I pour the bottle into a pint glass to get a good head. Looks surprisingly dark for an Indian "Pale" Ale. My SRM Beer Color Chart puts it at SRM 11, with nice turbidity and a fairly lasting head. Some lacing as I drink it down, but not quite as much as I'd like.
Smell is very barley wine, ethanol and maybe some other strange solvent, red to dark roast malt. No hops in this nose. I'd like more hops smell. Maybe it's an old bottle?
Taste is better than it looks: a nice bitter solid hop bite with large sweet malty syrup dancing around an ethanol fume you'd think more than 7% ABV for all the high-octane vibes this brew's ringing. Good hop bitter aftertaste, too.
Mouthfeel is a bit chemical, like ether, but carbonation's just right.
Not that I'd ever look a gift beer in the mouth, but I'd like to know how long ago this ale was bottled, as something tastes and smells not quite right with this nearly red ale.

Sep 25, 2016
3.58 by cdman56 from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BsRblu from Pennsylvania

Very nice, easy drinking IPA. Not as explosively hoppy as name suggests, if you are one who can't get enough hops.

May 20, 2016
3.54 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2016
3.58 by JPowell712 from Pennsylvania on Mar 02, 2016
4.17 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Feb 04, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Pours a dull copper orange. Huge head over 3 fingers (too much and course bubbles). Very hazy.

Smell- Grapefruit, bready malt, pine resin.

Taste- A very fruity grapefruit taste combined with a sweet bread malt comes first. Notes of honey bring sweetness and the bitterness builds to a dank pine flavor. The pine persists on the palate through the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A tastey flavorful IPA that combines grapefruit with pine. The head on this beer was way too much for opening an unagitated beer. May be a carbonation bottling issue but this did not effect the taste since it was quite good for the style.

Dec 30, 2015
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1.85/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
by JimandTracey

Too carbonated. Not hoppy enough. Flat finish.

Dec 28, 2015
3.6 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Dec 26, 2015
3.88 by Colin32 from Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 2015
3.65 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania on Nov 22, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Allentown Brew Works "Fegley's Brew Works Hop Explosion"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating

Appearance: Mostly clear copper-colored body. Creamy off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Boldly pungent and resinous. Earthy and herbal. Dried pine needles. Some grapefruit and pineapple. Backed by medium-dark caramel malt.

Flavor: Earthy, herbal, and piney hops dominate, followed by some grassiness across the middle. Citrus hops take a back seat in the hop profile, showing up towards the swallow. Solid caramel-accented malt base. Subtle oxidation. Bold but not brash bitterness. Finishes dry with steadily eroding malts followed by lingering herbal, earthy, and pine-like hops. Some alcohol becomes present but only towards the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium-fill in body with a crisp carbonation.

Overall: Credit for doing something a little different, rather than just going for another citrus blast.

Sep 10, 2015
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Aug 23, 2015
3.4 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Aug 19, 2015
3.75 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Aug 18, 2015
4.27 by jan_acker from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

I just want to see my deviation on this beer. I'll rameview it tomorrow after I give it more thought. Still not loving this new ranking system.... .. .

Jul 28, 2015
3.83 by Shafaegalo from Texas on Jul 25, 2015
3.34 by kmos27 from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2015
3.5 by Oakenator from Pennsylvania on May 15, 2015
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2.14/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by jjd315 from Pennsylvania

Did not smell good at all. Taste wasn't much better

May 11, 2015
3.35 by craigdb from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2015
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3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by 50marathons from Pennsylvania

This is an ok IPA. Nothing stands out about it. It is well balanced and drinkable.

Apr 18, 2015
3.75 by beermeister9 from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2015
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2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by frankwoj from Pennsylvania

Beginners IPA. Not good.Would not try!

Mar 22, 2015
3.47 by cchrink from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

A nice color, nice balance between malt and hops.....a piney slightly citrusy taste. I am sorry, but this is every bit as good as doghead fish 60, and I would rather drink 3 of these before 3 Pliney the elders. Good job, and its a Pennsy brew.

Feb 23, 2015
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2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by BrianQuinn from Pennsylvania

Not a good ipa. Rated too high

Feb 17, 2015
3.38 by therealJAYZ from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2015
3.92 by mjbrandt18 from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2015
3.87 by Brewlinson from Virginia on Jan 01, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by KTCamm from New Jersey

12/28...on tap in Allentown PA....Pours medium bronze with heavy foam. Heavy bitter in the nose. Sweet malt with a shift to a heavy bitter. Creamy. Nicely balanced.

Dec 29, 2014
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