Hop'solutely | Allentown Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper with one-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Pineapple.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Bitterness throughout. Citrus and pine. Alcohol somewhat noticeable, but not very, which is surprising considering the high ABV.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth.

O: Pretty good Imperial IPA. Quite drinkable despite the high ABV.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color overall. I intentionally poured this one with a large head in mind - and ended up with a three finger offwhite head. Retention is actually pretty good for 11.5%, and once it recedes, it leaves consistent, thick-looking spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S: VERY fruity. There are dark fruit notes from the alcohol (very much in a rum raisin expression), along side dank orange, melon, and cannabis notes from the hops. Seems to be very sweet, too. Not all of the aromatic notes featured are great, but I love how bold the nose is, at least.

T: Due to its age, I'm reviewing it as a barleywine, not a TIPA (aren't they really one and the same anyways?) It opens very sweetly on the tongue. Lots of orange, grapefruit, melon, lychee and sweet caramel malts will soon give way to a light pine and black pepper past the midtaste. Its finish is somewhat alcoholic, earthy, and even a bit leathery. Weed-like characteristics pop up once it warms sufficiently. The booze character is still rather strong - so for that reason, it's hard to drink. On the plus side, it has a good level of depth so as to not bore the palate.

M: The booze is felt quite readily throughout the mouth and stomach. This is due to its dry nature on the finish and aftertaste. Breaking up the dryness is both an accumulating syrupy linger and resiny hop quality. Admittedly its lack of delicacy and mildly harsh nature renders it taxing on the palate after a while.

O: Not the most beautiful or elegant beer by any means, but just like a sledgehammer, it gets the job done. I doubt this is anywhere near as good as PtY (as one of the testimonials on the website says), though having said that it's a worthy offering. Basically, if you liked Founders Devil Dancer, you'll probably like this too.

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