Hop'solutely | Allentown Brew Works

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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

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Added by yourefragile on 11-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
472
Reviews:
155
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
70
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 472 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyG44
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +14.1%
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 -33%
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 +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tim007007
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jasonfrantz
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: nice bubbly head that is gone in a flash great clarity caramel light amber in color

S: A little floral and herbal with a nice pineyness to it odd juice smell on the finish

T: very hoppy nice herbal floral taste a little metallic taste some pineyness

M: Syrupy very low carbonation

O: Not a very good beer lots of flavors but that off metallic and odd smell is average its triple but not very amazing a little bit of rotten fruit taste.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of orsulacp
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the best value in high original gravity IPAs. The look is great, clear golden nice white head. Where this beer falls is the smell, I expected more citrus, floral, or some hop, but they played send fiddle to the ethanol. I get ethanol, caramel, piney, citrus and floral in that order in the smell. The tasted is better managed, all of the components play together nicely with the alcohol hidden by the caramel sweetness from the malts. The flavor starts and ends bitter but not overly. Not too syrupy showing good attenuation and a medium mouthfeel. Overall good, if it has some more nose it would be better.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeThumel
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of squonk45
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was Highly recommended by good to go Ver close to a Hoptimum but less carbonation and resin

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Photo of soulcougher
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of funcooker78
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmg480
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
3.7 out of 5 based on 472 ratings.
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