Hop'solutely | Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of cpanossian
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into a large clear glass. An abundance of foam that eventually settles down. Hazy attractive orange/amber color. Very strong aroma of piney hops and alcohol - the alcohol so strong it almost smells like rubbing alcohol! Some nice lacing. Taste is very sweet with strong tingly hop bitter aftertaste. No way I can finish this bottle - one glass would have been enough - so I recommend you share this with a friend. High booze content gives oyu a good kick and really warms you up. Be careful with this one - have it with a meal.

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Photo of Brillig
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A six pack of hops, a six pack of alcohol and seemingly a six pack of glass in this remarkably thick glassed cork bottle.

Nice clear deep gold color with a frothy head if you're not careful with the pour.

A nice take on a triple IPA as far as I'm concerned. Malt backbone strong enough to let the heavy, almost tangy hops shine above it. Both balance the strong alcohol content niceley

As you sip this over a good long time, the hop effect stays strong and never dulls. I' m impressed. It's not up there with my all time favorite doubles, but I would put it up there as a recommended try, and is an outstanding effort from an East Coast brewery.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter

A nearly transparent orange body with a yellowish one finger head. Some lines of lace, but nothing over the top. Head falls to form a thin layer over the top of the beer. This is not a bad looking beer.

The aroma is of tropical fruit (papaya and pineapple) with a hearty backbone of sweet toasted malt. An underlying aroma of pine resin is welcome. The malt is a little too strong for my liking and the hops aren't as well rounded as one would hope.

A step up on the flavor. Tangerines, pineapple, and papaya with pine resin up front. Sweet, clean malt carries the load through the middle while the finish is of pineapple and white grapefruit. Above average bitterness, which is probably this beer's saving grace, along with a lingering citrus sweetness that doesn't quite belong. Overall though, I find the sweetness of the malt to take away from the beer as a whole.

A medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is right on the money. This guy is dubbed a triple ipa and I beg to differ. While this is most definitely generously hopped, it doesn't quite belong in that category. This is definitely drinkable but it is nothing special.

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Photo of meatyard
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Releasing the cork produced a very loud pop but, thankfully, no gushing.

Pours a clear, reddish/amber with a 2-finger, whitish head that has good retention and decent, splotchy lace.

The smell is some solid, piney hops and sweet, toasty malt.

The taste is not what I was expecting being, small in the hops, largish in the malt sweetness, and it has very little bitterness. Triple IPA-no way, Double IPA-maybe, but barely and only because of the 11.5% ABV. It's not even very balanced being more malt centric. There are many IPAs with more hops in the aroma & taste. The alcohol is not very noticeable but it is warming. The sweetness in the finish is a bit much.

Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: While it's not a bad tasting beer, one glass would have satisfied me, this will not fill anyone's search for a hoppy beer. I wanted to like it more since it is a "local" beer. I don't like brewers that call a beer something that it isn't and a IIIPA it isn't. If you enjoy this beer, the price is good for a PA beer.

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Photo of bamadog
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this up for me on a recent trip he took back to PA. Review is from notes taken on 7/20/2010 and poured from the corked and caged bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is an orange and coppery color and starts with a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim and thick ring; body is very hazy and shows thin lines of tiny bubbles; a nice curtain of lacing is left on the back of the glass and random spots elsewhere.

Smell: Sweet and juicy orange hops and grapefruit; a bit of a sweet honey-like maltiness and a bit of an alcoholic whiff; a bit of a spicy dry hop leaf aspect as it warms; not quite as robust as it could be, but still pretty good.

Taste: Wow -- lots of nice juicy and citric orange and grapefruit hops; nice sweet honey-like malts bring about some balance and support, but the hops manage to edge them out; pretty big alcohol mixes in -- definitely warm and sweet in the aftertaste with a vaporous alcoholic burn.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and lightly spritzy carbonation that keeps the body lively; the gums are left quite tingly; roof of the mouth is left quite dry, like cotton -- finish as a whole is quite dry; belly is left warm from the big ABV.

Drinkability: Moderate because of the weight and high ABV, but it's really tasty and I appreciate that the hops edge out the malts and remain the (just) dominant flavor and the more lively body. Most beers like this are a little flatter because of the malts needed to balance the large amount of hops, typically not a bad thing, but this one just has something a little different going for it.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly dark amber with a slight orange hue to it. The head is fluffy and impressive with a slightly off white color and nice staying power. It leaves pretty average lace. The aroma is decidedly piney and malty sweet, with a sort of canned pineapple and mandarin orange thing going on. It reminds me somewhat of HopSlam's aroma , though nowhere near as good, or intense. The taste is very malty with the classic pale malt profile, as well as a bit of caramel and dark sugar flavor as well. I am detecting piney and pineapple hops, but they really are struggling against the malt. There is also a bit of an herbal presence in there. One definite positive is that this beer has some major bitterness going on and It's definitely more balanced in that aspect than some of its contemporaries. The mouthfeel is fairly full, and a bit syrupy with a slightly cloying finish, but a drying quality at the same time. Not too hot for being a strong beer, I think the bitterness helps hide it well. This beer's aftertaste is actually quite pleasant and leaves a nice spicy hoppy sweet flavor in its absence. Definitely not the most drinkable double I have had, but it is alright. All in all a solid beer, just not maybe one I will buy again for quite some time. One last note, what is with the packaging? 750ml bottle for a beer of this strength, plus calling it a triple IPA when it seems to be squarely in the double IPA category. Just seems a bit odd.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden oranage color with moderate plume of white head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is quite mild, with some flowery and grapefruit hops up front, backed by touches of pine and an almost wheat like scent from the malt. Taste is very floral, backed by a nice grapfruit and mango taste, very little pine and a very faint, again quite wheaty malt backbone. Body is a little thin, carbonation is active. A quite unique IPA, in my opinion that goes in different directions with its hop and malt profile.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I hope I got this right... I saw it listed under Bethlehem Brew Works as well, but the label reads Allentown. Additionally, this bottle is corked and caged, and the picture currently on the site is simply capped. Is this contract brewed? Perhaps at Sly Fox? Anyway...

Poured into an Imperial pint Nonic glass (perhaps not a great idea at 11.5% abv) it displays a surprisingly clear golden-amber body beneath a frothy head of bone white. There is some haze to it, but it's surprisingly minor, especially given that it's a very hoppy beer. The label reads "bottle conditioned" but there's very little sediment. I'll guess that it's only slightly bottle conditioned, starting with a pretty good carbonation level of about 2.4 volumes to begin with. The head retention is really quite good, and it'll hold a fairly thick and solid cap across the surface throughout at least the first half of the glass. Solid walls of lacing round it out and bring it to a first-class appearance.

The aroma is obviously hoppy - how could a "triple" IPA not be? It's not a stunner though. It's fresh and bright, and resinous but it doesn't knock you over. It's fruity but only mildly citrusy (pineapple/orange) with some grassiness and a hint of pine needle .... I can't quite pick up the hop, or the blend, but I'm sensing Cascade and Amarillo, with perhaps some Goldings to round it out. I find it kind of an English/American mix, but at the same time there is a raspy edge that I associate with west coast beers, namely Port Brewing, so I don't know... Some yeastiness also comes through. Forgetting that it's supposedly a "triple" IPA it scores pretty high for aroma. As a "triple" I'd say it lacks - there are single IPAs that match the volume of aroma found here.

The body is good. It's not over-done and malty as one might expect of a "triple" IPA. But let's get rid of that descriptor, it's not a "triple" IPA. It's a double. If anyone can come up with just cause as to why this is a "triple" IPA over all of the the double IPA s that are already on the market I'd love to hear it. BUT, even as a double IPA, it's finely tuned and balanced. There's enough malt to balance the hops, with just enough sweetness and body to get you there. Kudos!!!

Onward to the taste... well, everything that's come before pretty much follows as it's not over-done, and it's nicely rounded and balanced. There are some nice caramel and dark sugar notes amidst the soft maltiness to give it a full character without becoming cloying. Some yeasty presence is there as well, and then the raspy fruitiness of the hops steps in. It's not overly bitter - and, in fact, it's actually fairly soft and accessible for a double IPA. I find it pleasantly lingers on the palate with a bit of spiciness and pungent hops amidst a delicate malt base; and to be honest, that's what makes it - it starts firm, rises across the palate, and then gently settles in the finish. Which brings us to drinkability...

... it's a solid beer. It's very drinkable. It's NOT a triple IPA, but it is a REMARKABLE double IPA that's nicely done and well worth trying. I'd pair it with some spicy and herbal BBQ, or some toasted bread and blue cheese - even some Gorgonzola for a more minty mix. And I'll even just throw in almost anything Mexican because it can stand up to the heat and balances the tomatoes a little bit.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
2.07/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Got me a deuce-deuce bomber from Wegman's fantastic selection of beers. Poured it in to the Dortmunder Boot after about an hour in the fridge.

Pour - Beautiful cloudy copper brown with hues of yellow, amber and red. Creamy two finger head left some light lacing and persistent tiny bubbles. A nice pour.

Nose - sweet citrusy aroma with a bountiful helping of hops. A really fresh smell with lots of character - I really looked forward to drinking this.

Taste - jesus f*&$ing ch!%st!! This is easily one of the biggest blunders Ive EVER tasted. There is the craftfully, well-thought out process of brewing, especially when it comes to something as delicate and potentially frightful as an IPA, and then there is this utter non-sense. A complete overload of anything meaningful, this beer uses WAY too much hops to even be palatable - and I LOVE HOPPY BEERS. There is no malt whatsoever, it is a complete frat party of hops - no control, no method, no quality - just unabashed overuse of hop, and in a completely bad way. Maybe I got a bad batch, maybe I did something wrong, but this beer is fifth level of hell disgusting.

Mouthfeel - cant feel anything, my taste buds are overwhelmed by the utter grossness of the beer.

Drinkability - couldnt even finish it. Had about 3/4 of a pint and had to throw it out. Never again. Im extremely disappointed.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bit pale for an IIPA. Orange and gold colored with a one finger head that looks quite creamy.

S: Big fruity and citrus hop aroma. You get a very good sweetness from the malts, good backbone for the hops. I get some lemongrass and orange along with a reasonable heat from the alcohol. Even has some sweet notes of vanilla and cherry.

T: More of a barleywine type of flavor, big malt taste. I taste raisins and plums right off the bat with a bit of alcohol bite. Certainly not hoppy by any means. This beer is very sweet and full of dark fruits. This is a Triple IPA? Doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like a hop forward beer whatsoever.

M: Thick and lustrous, creamy with low carbonation. Everything this style shouldn't be really. Too syrupy for a triple Ipa.

D: Goes down very smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Just don't think anyone looking for a hop bomb will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of rawthar
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as a triple IPA on City Taphouse's menu. I don't know about that but I am a fan of this DIPA.

A- Pale straw yellow with a very persistent creamy head.
S- Citrus and grass hop aromas, a bit on the subtle side with a strong malt presence.
T- Awesome malt backbone without sweetness, great complexities in the balance between the malts and killer flavorful hops.
M- Creamy and thick, like a milk stout in IPA's clothing.
D- You'll never guess that this guy is packing an 11.5% punch. You'll drink way too many of these before you realize what you've done to yourself.

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Photo of DBoone
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bomber poured into a dfh snifter. Nice reddish brown color, mediocre head that disappears shortly. Nothing here to give you a big clue.
S- Unusual for a big ipa. Malt is quite prominent in nose, hops secondary.
T- Very good malt dominates, but hops are present in adequate quantities. The alcohol is well hidden for a 11.5 abv beer. Guessing ibus are low 70s.
M- Great, malt, hops, not too heavy on tongue/palate
D-Easy to drink, but at 11.5 abv don't have more than 2 bombers or you will be stumbling and having difficulties conversing.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it in a 25 oz foot long.
Pours a wonderful amber. Great bone head, and it goes up great. has a sweet, grassy nose.
Taste is malty and citrus mixed together. You can taste the alcohol, but not in an over-powering way. Definitely somewhat warming. Interesting mix of flavors. Despite the strength this is surprisingly drinkable. The cork & cage make for a good show, so for an affordable, nice brew, this is a good call

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Photo of Pinto21
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: two fingers white head. Light copper/amber. Pretty light for dipa
S: sweet citrus. almost orange. touch of alcohol.
T:Sweet malts and a touch of alcohol. hops come through to balance it out. Not exactly bitter. Def not a hop bomb. Well balanced for a nice DIPA. touch of citrus and floral, but you have to hunt under the sweet malts.
M,D: High carbonation, very nice bottle conditioned. The alcohol is warming so you know it's there.

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Photo of regspeir
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel goblet
Poured a dark orange, amber with a large, lasting white head and adequate lacing as it warms. Citrus/hoppy nose and start gave way quickly to brown sugar and caramel. Not overly bitter. Very sweet finish. Carbonation is evident in this bottle-conditioned DIPA. I could smell the alcohol and there was some warming but not as much as the 11.5% would lead you to expect.
Overall, perhaps a bit sweet for my personal tastes but a good sipper and worth your attention.

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

On tap at the Drafting Room in Exton the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with OK head retention, but very good lacing. On the nose, I get an attractive combination of citrus and white pepper. Flavors replicate the nose, with some underlying honey and orange citrus as well. Still, this beer is on the dry side, with just enough malt sweetness to balance the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good finish, and drinkability is surprisingly good given the alcohol. The beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, and I confess I would never have guessed this beer to have an abv. in excess of 11%.

Wouldn't mind trying this again... nice beer.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 12/13/09

Pours a cloudy amber color with a slight yellowish tanned head. Bit of lacing around the glass and very good head retension. Solid amount of malt aroma with an unavoidable presence of alcohol. Citrus spices from the hops found in the background. Highly carbonated with a medium feel. This is a very drinkable beer and dangerously so for more than 11% abv. Lingering taste of bitter hops is partially floral. Well balanced and offers a nice complexity of malt sweetness verse the hop characteristics of bitter, spicey and floral.

This is a very enjoyable DIPA and a testiment of how freshness and serving type makes a big difference in your experience. While this review was good and for the bottled version, having it on draft and fresh (as I did yesterday) is simply outstanding and on a higher level review-wise.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on Sat, Feb 27. Split a bottle with a friend over dinner. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Golden color with a gigantic head that overflowed the glass. Wasn't poured too fast, and glass was clean. Seemed like something I made once that was just over carbonated. Head settled to about three fingers. Lots and lots of citrusy hops in the nose and something sweet in there as well. First sip is not what I expected. Tasted more like a wine at first. Thought it may be an older bottle, but after that, BAM! hops like I couldn't believe. They were for sure still there. As for being 11.5% ABV, you would never know by the taste. Finishes very sweet and lasts a long time in the mouth. Almost have to was out with something before the next sip.

Overall, a pretty good brew. If it was sold around here, I would probably keep a few in the fridge for something different.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a cloudy dark amber color. there is basically no head that I can conjure up and no lace left behind.

S-the nose is rather large and brings a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness accompanied by a resignous pine hop and a touch of citrus hops. very similar to a hop extract in the nose.

T/M-extremely thick and syrupy, almost fake tasting. burnt brown sugar, pine and bitterness make up most of the flavors. low carbonation and smooth; but this just doesn't taste right, almost like pure syrup.

D-not a fan, will not drink again, it does bring a lot of flavor, it just tastes artificial to me.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crisp, clear, deep gold color with a massive billowing three finger rocky head.

The aroma is dominated by a sweet, oily, greasey hops. Aside from the inviting hop aroma there's fruity citrus, along with a spicey hop oil character with not much malt. For an 11.5% beer, the ABV is practically undetectable.

Taste is similar to what was picked up in the nose, the hop taste is absolutely magnificent. Lots and lots of tangy, sweet, acidic hop oiliness dominates with some apple, pine, and citrus to round things out. Up front there's a quick hit of malt and it immediately gets buried under the hops. This beer ends nicely starting with oily bitterness morphing into a citric, dry metallic-like finish. At this point, the alcohol still isn't that detectable, amazing.

Hop'Solutely has a heavy medium body, a little sticky sweet, is semi-smooth with small amounts of prickliness, and drinkability runs very high.

For those of us who are hop addicts, it's by far the best beer to date from the Brewworks. I'm enjoying this in a snifter and the only thing I can compare it to is the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid off the tap. I absolutely love this beer and I tip my glass to Bo on this one. How can you cram this much ABV in a beer and not taste it? Wow! Although I'm confused because this is the best value case price for a beer of this magnitude but yet one of the pricier growler fills. Still, I think it's better than the overall rating

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clear golden color. Thin head but that was to be expected. Tons of resinous hop oils in the nose. Candied sweetness is hiding but dosn't show itself until the first sip. Hops blast your tongue up front but the candy sugars really take over on the back end and finish. Sticky sweet mouth. So so brew overall. This is becoming an over attempted style and there are tons of good ones but this falls into the also ran category.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my second (and third) rounds at Allentown on 26JAN10, I opted to go DIPAing. And I was not let down! Had 2x of these for $6.50 per 13oz tulip.

My glass was holding a deep golden liquid, with some haze. Slow carbo meandered upwards, creating a fine, creamy white head. Foam was thin, but lasted, and left very nice lacing behind. Nose had lots, and I mean lots, of citrus. Loads! Wow. That was quite the enticement! Body was more than medium; quite viscous for the style. And as it traversed the tongue? Exceedingly smooth. Top-shelf mouthfeel, right here, folks!

Surprisingly, there was some malt evident upon tasting this sucka. It was a touch sweet, bready and toasty. Then? Hops!! And more hops! X10!!Citrus, pine, resiny character - they all coat the palate. Damn, I love this! Way, way too bad I had to up and drive on, else I'd have quaffed more of this and melted away in a lupulin-induced haze. Top-friggin'-shelf!

Zum Wohl!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of psujesus
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brew works a couple of times, i was tempted to buy a bottle at the bethlehem site at first but found out that it was on-tap here

poured into a 12oz snifter with a ruby reddish color, could def smell the booze and hop in it, tastes a bit sweet like DFH 90 without as much bitter aftertaste, being 11.5% it is a bit boozy to the tongue

at a 100 ibu's its def a usual when i go to the brew works but no more than one

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lot of snap, krackel, pop to the pour.

Hazy orange body, hazy like the London fog in a Jack the Ripper movie. Huge billowy off-white foam. Sporadic lacing.

Big sweet aroma flees the bottle, lots of citrus, fruity candy, and licorice. An alcohol warning signal plain as day.

Thick waves of sticky sweet malt roll across the tongue. Bitterness bombs from the top of the mouth. Finishing taste of alcohol, though not a real belly burner. There must be a lot of hops here, but they are exhausted after balancing the malt and can't dominate as expected. Still sweet through the swallow and aftertaste.

Thick slathery mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok considering the initial aroma and sweetness.

It big and huge in all ways, but despite the name the hops are the part that does't get to shine. Better a DIPA with less malt and less balance.

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Photo of number1bum
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Purv's in Peckville. Had no idea this was 11.5% when I ordered it. Came a very vibrant burnt orange color with a creamy beige head that took some time to settle down and finish pouring. Kept nicely with a full lace.

Smell was outstanding, with a ton of juicy hop character. Lots of citrus, plus some sweet candied fruit. Very fresh, floral and juicy.

Taste didn't quite deliver on the promise of the nose. Lots of juicy hop flavor, but the trouble is that it came with a ton of sweetness and alcohol that detracted from the hoppiness. Almost a medicinal sweetness, or candied fruit maybe. Too sweet, though. Also some alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Good amount of hop bitterness in the finish, as well, atlhough this one did lean more toward hop flavor.

Mouthfeel was rich and full, very creamy, but the alcohol burn detracted from the overall feel.

Didn't know what I was getting into when I ordered this one. It was definitely a monster, but it was a nice, fresh local DIPA, and I would order it again for that reason alone. One is enough, though.

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
3.7 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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