Hop Explosion | Allentown Brew Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Deuane on 11-23-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
213
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 213 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of Zaktcc
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jameswaldo
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of cdman56
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BsRblu
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPowell712
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-hunter
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of JimandTracey
1.85/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Too carbonated. Not hoppy enough. Flat finish.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Colin32
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tedho21
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TLA
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jan_acker
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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.... .. .

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmos27
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjd315
2.14/5  rDev -42.9%
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

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Photo of craigdb
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 50marathons
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of beermeister9
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
3.75 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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