Hop Explosion
Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,634
Ranked #26,935
3.58 | pDev: 15.08%
Sep 05, 2021
Nov 23, 2007
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Rated: 3.75 by plaid75 from New York

Sep 05, 2021
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Rated by DuaneL from Delaware

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is nice - but think it's a seasonal - so hard to find. We'll have to keep an eye out!!
Jan 26, 2020
Rated: 3.72 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by ogman from Pennsylvania

Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by LarryMyers from Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 2.97 by bdoherty79 from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
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
Rated: 3.73 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Mar 13, 2017
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Reviewed by jameswaldo from New York

3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.58 by cdman56 from Pennsylvania

Aug 06, 2016
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Rated by BsRblu from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.54 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Feb 04, 2016
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Reviewed by PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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Rated by JimandTracey

1.85/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
Too carbonated. Not hoppy enough. Flat finish.
Dec 28, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by Colin32 from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2015
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 3.4 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Aug 19, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 4.27 by jan_acker from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.83 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Jul 25, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by kmos27 from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Oakenator from Pennsylvania

May 15, 2015
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Rated by jjd315 from Pennsylvania

2.14/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Did not smell good at all. Taste wasn't much better
May 11, 2015
Rated: 3.35 by craigdb from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2015
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Rated by 50marathons from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This is an ok IPA. Nothing stands out about it. It is well balanced and drinkable.
Apr 18, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by beermeister9 from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2015
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Rated by frankwoj from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Beginners IPA. Not good.Would not try!
Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 3.47 by cchrink from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2015
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Reviewed by StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Rated by BrianQuinn from Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Not a good ipa. Rated too high
Feb 17, 2015
Rated: 3.38 by therealJAYZ from Pennsylvania

Jan 16, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by mjbrandt18 from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by Brewlinson from Virginia

Jan 01, 2015
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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