Hop'solutely | Allentown Brew Works

Hop'solutelyHop'solutely
BA SCORE
3.82/5
473 Ratings
Hop'solutelyHop'solutely
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yourefragile on 11-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,878
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
473
pDev:
14.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
70
Trade:
2
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Photo of rjd722
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy orange color with a moderate white quarter finger head. The head faded within about twenty seconds and left some light stringy lacing. The smell started off with a ton of citrus with a nice light dosing of pine and tropical fruit. The taste was basically the same but added a nice light sweet bready maltiness. On the palate, this one sat just a tad above medium on the body with a more of a sipping quality to it. Once again, I didn’t really find this too sessionable, and that was probably due to the fact that this one was just too high in ABV. Overall, for the most part this was a nice DIPA (er uhmmm...Triple IPA perhaps) as the alcohol isn’t noticed that much. I’d have this again.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ogman
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sorcerer
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let me tell you about this beer.
11.5 ABV

It's really really Good.

Been on a tear tasting a lot of East Coast IPL IPA and DIPA on a temporary visit to New England. Bravely picked up a 4-pack.

Poured into a frosty chilled pint glass.

Little or no foam. Really practically no head at all. No lacing. Nada. Not a clue as to what is going on. No legs.

First scent upon opening the 12oz bottle eagerly inhaling the nose spoke of bananas, pineapple, birch sap, maple syrup.

I am not worried about the lack of foam. The smell is hella promising!

A little caution is required. It's a triple IPA. I had to select Double Imperial IPA style on Beer Advocate to rate the beer because there is no Triple category.

Having to settle on just one beer for the night, this one ought to do the job.

The first sip is heavenly. All the scents of the fragrant aroma materialize. The strength of the brew is reminiscent of a top shelf margarita. There is a sweetness that is not the malty kind. It strongly reminds me of the sherry soaked sponge cake at the bottom of the trifle.

The bitterness is very high.

Low carbonation warning. The bubbles are small and few. Still a pleasant fizz, but I know that at the pace I will drink this, it will go flat...and it did.

For this style, I am impressed!

The alcohol is really masked by the fruity hop shellac.

Drank this one as a dessert. It's delicious.

Not sure how a second one of these would sit. That would be something a clown might do!

The finish is peaty like single malt scotch.

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Photo of Millersbrewers
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gold amber with practically no head, just a hint of its having been present with a slight film on top.

Garlic aroma hits me first, then pine and grapefruit.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, like cherry medicine. I can't get over that so that's where I'll leave it.

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Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of threeviews
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date (shame), into a 13oz Libbey 3807 Belgian Beer Glass. I purchased the bottles at the brewery/restaurant, so I know they were relatively fresh:

A - Absolutely clear burnt orange/copper color with only a wisp of a white, creamy head which dissipated in mere seconds...certainly signature of a high ABV beer.

S - Boom! I've had this on multiple occasions (purchased at bottle shops), but these bottles are the most aromatic I have ever experienced. Sticky, pine resin, mint, overripe citrus (orange, grapefruit), stone fruit (apricot, peach) and caramel sweetness are all represented. Unless they are lying, the 11.5% ABV is completely hidden, making this one dangerous beer.

T - Juicy citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) and mint pounce first followed by a malty sweetness and then the aforementioned pine lassoing it together. Hoptimum (Sierra Nevada) comes immediately to mind. The high alpha hops used (Apollo, Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade) match perfectly with the hefty malt backbone without the beer ever coming close to becoming cloying. 11.5% ABV? Nope...like the aroma, the flavor has no alcohol presence.

M - A big beer indeed...Full-minus body with a palate coating piney resinous finish. The ever-so-slight warmth from the alcohol can be detected, but exquisitely masked for such a substantial beer. Again, hop bill achieves a perfect balance between bitter and sweet.

O - In this new era of hop varieties and brewing strategies, Hop'solutely would be considered by many to be a classic, West-Coast interpretation of the Imperial IPA style. However, its ability to harness hop, malt and alcohol makes this one memorable brew which affords much of its charm. If you enjoy big, burly West Coast DIPA's in the vein of Hoptimum (Sierra Nevada) then you are guaranteed to like Hop'solutely. Unfortunately, you best get it on draught at Allentown Brew Works or purchase bottles from the source because you never know how long they have sat on the shelf. One more thing...the value. $10, 4Pack for an 11.5% ABV (year-round) hop monster is hard to beat and historically speaking, one of the first to label it as a "Triple India Pale Ale."

Batch bottled 27 December 2016 (exactly 3 months from packaging and the date of this update), the aroma, flavor continue unabated. I certainly wouldn't want to keep this much longer, but the profile of this beer speaks clearly 90+ days after packaging...a detriment to many IPA/DIPA/TIPA's on the market. If you enjoy beers like RuinTen (Stone), Seeking Alpha (Captain Lawrence) and Hi-Res (Sixpoint), you might want to seek this out...and Hop'solutely is year-round to boot!

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Photo of micropale
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass. Comes in a 4-pack. Set you back about $11.

L - bright and clear amber color. Thin foam head, more like a ring around the glass. Little bit of lacing on the glass. Bubbles look nonexistent but with some agitation they really build up.

S - soft hop aroma. Notes of grapefruit with hints of pine bitterness. Candy like scent coming from the alcohol, but no burn coming through.

T - very subtle and balanced. Pale malt, grapefruit, pine bitterness. Alcohol and hops lingers on the mouth.

F - Not so much of a slow sipper beer, drinks like a regular IPA. Little bit boozy, but not overly boozy for 12%.

O - pretty close to Pliny The Younger if you ask me. I would like more citrus hops to balance out the alcohol a little bit more. Excellent beer, Fegleys is a phenomenal brewery.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a lovely honey-amber color with a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing. It smells of malt, molasses, orange peel, and hops. The taste is quite sweet and fruity with lots of orange, grapefruit, caramel, and molasses. It's not nearly as bitter as I anticipated. It's medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and the 11.5% ABV packs a punch. Hopheads might not like this ale but I did; it's tasty and refreshing. I'd like to try it on draught. In my opinion, Fegley's is an underrated brewer.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyG44
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. Tried this at a sampling and this one was a winner. As soon as the bottle was popped, I noticed an amazing hit of grapefruit and orange. A solid taste of the citrus hops up front and a yummy malt on the back end. Good carbonation, dry, bubbly, clean, light, crisp. Big fan of this brewery , big fan of this beer. Nice job Fegley's Brew Works.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: Allentown Brew Work’s Hop’solutely

Poured into: 12 oz. draft offering at the bar/brewery poured into an ABW snifter

S: Crystal clear burnished orange/amber body under a beige head that quickly recedes into a soapy island on top.

A: I got quite a few tropical aromas including mango, guava, melon (my wife said grapefruit) plus a hint of heat and a caramel and toffee sweetness. This brute is also dry-hopped with Amarillo and Chinook hops, what a treat to the nose.

T: Wow! An aggressive bitter hop assault of pine and dryness, and oh… did I say bitter? I’ll chalk this up to the Cascade, CTZ, Summit, Amarillo, and Chinook hop bill. After your senses recover, you can also get a nice sweet caramel to counter the hops from the Caramel malt, and even a touch of fruitcake-y sweetness.

F: Oily, slick, and coating. There’s a prickly carbonation that helps to scrub the palate, easing you into the next sip of this 11.5% abv behemoth. It ends with a bone-dry finish that enables you to go back for more.

O: Crazy, fun, fresh offering at the location. Drink with care and a smile. Reminiscent of an American Barleywine or Strong Ale, because technically, there is no such thing as a “triple IPA” and that’s fine by me. I’ve read other reviews that give this beer such a hard time. Try it fresh from the tap at the Allentown location, you might think about it differently.

S: 4 A: 4.5 T: 4.25 F: 4 O: 4

Suggested food pairing: Pasta Primavera, buffalo wings with bleu cheese, carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting

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Photo of PA-hunter
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 11.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a copper/orange. Two fingerhead. Opaque

Smell- Sweet malt, lots of grapefruit

Taste- Sweet malt, very herbal. Caramel with orange and grapefuit notes. Strong. The finish is of alcohol burn and a bitter hop kick.

MOuthfeel- Heavy in body, low carbonation.

Overall- Too sweet and too much of an alcohol burn. Both of these elements do not make for a satisfying double (no such thing as a 3xipa either). I'll pass

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Photo of EvoRich
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tim007007
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jasonfrantz
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks, smells, tastes and feels like it was made too. A huge mess of pine, citrus, sweetness with a bit of booze at the finish line. You're not gonna find an Imperial IPA w/ this ABV that makes everyone happy. As a Hophead I would go to this beer over just about any DIPA or TIPA that I have had lately based on the taste and $$ value.

Overall: Met all expectations of what I was expecting and after dropping $53, I don't regret one sip......

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 473 ratings
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