Hop Explosion | Allentown Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Deuane on 11-23-2007

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Reviews:
57
Ratings:
212
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
29.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 212
Photo of beermanbrian
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Brass Rail Deli.

Copper color with a nice frothy off white head. Good lacing and some nice retention. Smell is very citrusy, oranges and grapefruit stand out. The taste slides into the piney notes with real strong grapefruit. Bitterness puckers your cheeks just enough. This is a world class west coast style from and east coast brewery. This is the best brew i've had from Allentown/Bethlehem Brew Works. Nice job guys.

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Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light yellow copper color, clear and bubbly, with a modest white bubbly head and very thorough lacing. The aroma is citrus hop, polite but sure with a bready malt complement. The taste brings a bit weaker citrus in a woodsy crisp and clean feeling mouthful. The mild bitterness is somewhat cloying and the malt sweetness I anticipated from the aroma is generally absent. But it is a very drinkable hop offering that, as advertized, should please all hopheads. The malty background presents itself more as it sits, overall an enjoyable hop brew.

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Photo of jlandis
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was amazingly tasty. The description was fairly basic "Brewed with pale, and crystal malts, hopped with Tomahawks" Definite West Coast style American Pale Ale. This was amazingly drinkable, although served a little colder than I would have expected. Nice round hop flavor, with just the right bitterness. As it warmed up a bit I started getting some DFH 90min vibes, but all in all a very nice brew and I wouldn't mind having another.

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Photo of tempest
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub.

I like my hops, but this beer doesn't do it for me. It reminds me of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion which has a lot of harsh bitterness without enough redeeming flavor. In this case it tastes like I've got hop leaves and vines in my teeth - just too earthy. The appearance, I should add, is on the dark side of golden and there's a short white head. If you like your hops unbalanced, this one's for you.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poued a fairly light golden color, nice one finger head with good lacing noticed.
Smells was very hoppy, citrus came to mind. Smelled melons, grapefruit and a slight twist of grainy malt.
Taste was lived up to its name, very hoppy, bitter. Citrus notes aroused the taste buds. Not a whole lot of malt backing though. A little thin.
I tend to like my APA's balanced a bit more.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to the Allentown Brew Works for their semi-weekly stand up comedy night. Poured into a pint glass. Only $4.

Very little head, i assume this is due to the pour as it isn't hard to rouse up a decent head by giving it a bit of a swirl. Nice copper color and lots of lacing.

Smell is fairly hoppy, especially for a brewery that seems to focus on belgian styles. Not overly hoppy, though. Grapefruit and pine.

Taste is sweet malt and american hops in a very nice balance that tips, as it should, towards the hops. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, very well crafted and balanced. A delicious brew that I would recommend to anyone. For a fairly small, and new, brewpub, this is a very good beer. It's almost impossible anymore to shine in the world of the American IPA, but the fact that this is a local offering and is just so well crafted makes it a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper with a nice fluffy white head....slightest of haze...chill?

S - Could smell the hops from 2 feet away...nice! Grapefruit and pine scent very lively.

T _ Nice and crisp with an excellent hop bitterness. Nothing over the top but very solid all around. Plenty of malt to support the hops but does not overwhelm.

M - Solid malt that does not overpower the hops with sweetness. A very solid hop forward A-IPA

D - A wonderful west coast IPA done on the east coast! Hoop forward, just the way I like it. I could drink plenty of this brew. Well done!

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Hop Explosion from Allentown Brew Works
3.75 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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