Hop'solutely | Allentown Brew Works

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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:
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Added by yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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152
Ratings:
468
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
27.03%
 
 
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16
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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 468
Photo of RacerX5k
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was so frigging good last night. Grabbed 2 bottles part of a pick 6 Allentown Wegmans. No bottle date and I did worry was this the oldest broken down 4 pak in the store? I did have one once must have been so old it was just terrible.

Popped the cap and the hops just jumped out of the bottle, smelled very fresh. That's a good start. Pretty color, big aroma bitter grapefruit, bitter orange, little pine. And that's exactly what it tastes like, big bitter, long lingering after taste. Nicely malted for balance, but letting the hops shine through. Smooth and very strong. Delicious.

This is an old favorite from early craft days 2010. While (with just the one above mentioned) always good, last night's beer must have just hit that perfect spot where the hops have mellowed just enough to create an outstanding experience. One of my favorite IPAs and so easily available. Did I mention this was $2 a bottle. Better than alot of more expensive beer.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy copper with a finger of head that enjoyed some decent retention for a bit and left some really intricate lacing behind. Grapefruit and pine notes were clearly present in the nose. Citrus notes are present upfront in the flavor profile along with some sweet malt. The finish is not nearly as hoppy as the nose might indicate. Also, an alcohol burn pokes through on the finish, but it is not enough to ruin the experience.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #225
Served On: 09/19/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 11.5%
Date/ Code: -

This was picked up at Brewskies of New Oxford, PA. Around $52.00 per case.

Look: Poured a clear light golden color with 1-finger of white foamy head. Carbonation bubbles were doing their thing. A very crisp looking beer - probably a bit misleading given the ABV of this monster.

Smell: A pungent hop resin with mango and peach. Some alcohol warmth seemed to tingle the nasal passages.

Taste: First up was a sharp tropical fruit with some creamcicle smoothness that quickly gave way to a nice bitterness for the middle. The finish was fairly clean with a residual hop resin retuning along with the alcohol kicking in. The aftertaste was fruity with some residual sweetness hanging on.

This was a dangerously drinkable brew for such a giant IPA. I won't lie, after just one - I was already starting to feel it. It was very well crafted with some nice balance between the huge malt bill and robust hop profile.

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Photo of farrago
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finger plus of just off-white foam, mostly tightly woven smaller bubbles, even surface, adequate retention, lacing weaker than expected. The liquid is a glowing rust orange, very clear and more yellow at the glass bottom and rims, only a few widely dispersed bubbles visible. The nose is very thick and arguably stickier than the lacing, really grips your nostril hairs with poached peach, pineapple, guava scents, tangerine reduction, pine sap, chocolate, offers white pepper and a smidgeon of peat and grassiness but nothing near full-on herbaceousness. Full-bodied, steady initial foaming action on the mouth entry, subsides swiftly as the tangy booziness takes over. Again, sticky and gluey in texture, nothing nimble about it. Dense pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus, tropical feel to the fruit, more guava, papaya, pineapple than peach or apricot. Mixes in cocoa, malt, honey and molasses along with that pine sap. Sweet all the way through, any pepper, grass mutters at best. Really comes across as extracted for effect, no natural flow to it. That said, if you have a fondness for sweetness you can add a few points to the final tally. Is there a category for dessert beer caliber India Pale Ales?

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit too fruity and tangy. Well, more than a bit really. And it's too boozy. Too hot. Eh. This really isn't impressing me at all. I am definitely glad I didn't get the 750ml bottle of this. I would have been pretty pissed. I guess that sums it up. Oh well.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a perfect pint glass.

About two fingers of white head recedes pretty quickly to a thin layer. Beautiful light orange and yellow color, fairly clear. Appearance makes me think this is going to be fairly light, when I know it's not. Smell -- Pine and Resin dominate, with light citrus in the background. Taste is similar, but with more of a citrus rind character, and a rather boozy finish. This is ok, not spectacular. Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to overstated. Overall this is a shade above average for me.

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Photo of pjpmcnally
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice orange color with the head leaving trails on the glass as I drank it

S - Smells fruity with some hoppiness as one would expect with the name.

T - You can taste the alcohol but it is not overpowering. Towards the end of the glass it is not really noticeable at all.

M - Definitely not a fast drink.

Good beer to try but heed warning becuase I definitely felt the alcohol after only one beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly new bottle since House of 1,000 beers just got these in for 4 bucks a single.

A - For such a behemoth it still has a 1/4 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Color is a nice clear bright orange yellow.

S - Again it smells like a DIPA not too much in the hops department and also no noticeable alcohol in the smell. Citrus like hops clash fairly well with the typical cracker malts.

T - Ah their it is mid palate I do get some noticeable ABV but it seems pretty balanced. Faint hops and malts and I didn't get much of a bittering finish.

M - Medium it drinks fairly easy for a sipper.

Overall not bad for a Triple IPA. It has some decent level of hop bitterness and malts to match and the ABV isn't very cloying. Damn that ABV will kick your ass though...

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was super confusing to find on beer advocate. Also, this beer has an indeterminable amount of age on it. Came out from one of my distributors as breakage. but at 11.5% it can't go bad.

Pretty clear bright straw color with a puffy bright white head. Pretty nice actually. Tastes like it has some age yet at the same time the hop bitterness is still present. Wish i knew exactly how old this beer was. Grainy sweetness up front followed by floral flavors and tropical fruits with a harsh bitterness. For such a big beer it's actually pretty simple. No deep layers of flavor or anything like that. Some detectable alcohol.

It's good but it's basically an 11.5% easy drink a brew. Made to make you drunk with only little effort put into the flavor department. Not that the flavors are bad but you can tell it's a half hearted effort.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, this bottle was from Fegley Brew Works, so both Allentown and Bethlehem get credit, although it reads Allentown on the label. Secondly, it is described on the label as a "Tiple India Pale Ale", despite being lower in ABV than Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree. Who's zoomin' who, here?

From the bottle: "Handcrafted in our small brewery with great pride. Family run, urban made, and fiercely independent since 1998."

My pour netted me a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, off-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber. Nose was big with grapefruit from the hops, underlain with a caramel malt sweetness. Wahhoo! Mouthfeel was medium and the tang of the citrusy hops was immediate on the tongue, followed by a wash of caramel sweetness and then some heat just after the swallow. Finish was dry as the Sahara and the sticky lacing that was beginning to appear was beautiful. It will hurt to gift the other bottle away, but I have a buddy who has been very good to me and is deserving.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a pretty nice head that sticks some lacing to the pint glass

Smell: Sugar-coated tropical fruit - pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit; a bit boozy

Taste: Sweet malts, up front, build through mid-palate while, at the same time, the tropical fruit hop profile moves the beer in a competing direction; way too boozy, after the swallow, with the fusel alcohol really detracting from the malt and hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Sweeter than I like my DIPAs but was still looking good until the fusel alcohol arrived - dial this one back, guys!

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Photo of B33R501
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty good huge beer picked up a 4 pak last night, very fresh.

poured in my wegemans coffee throwaway dont care much about the color, good head retension, lots of lace on the cup. nice hoppy aroma, big bitter blast grapefruit and some pine. malty sweet but not overbearing, good mouthfeel and very satisfying.

bottom line 9 bucks per 4 makes this a great value. gotta get this fresh though, i had an old bottle once that was terrible.

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Photo of facundoCNB
1.82/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a clear golden yellow pour with no head at all, slight foam around glass. smells nothing like an ipa, dipa, or imperial ipa.. citrusy orange peel, banana, pepper, not much else there. there's a weird medicinal type bitterness in the taste that makes me want to pour this out. this is pretty foul. i was really excited to see what an 11.5 abv ipa would be like - and i had heard good things about the brewer's fruit beers... i am REALLY let down. tastes burnt, earthy, boozey, medicinal.

medium body with mild carbonation. overall, this beer is terrible. i can't find a good excuse to drink this, and it's pretty insulting that i bought this as a "triple ipa" when it tastes nothing like an ipa, imperial ipa, or pale ale in general. i have taken a total of 4 sips and am now going to pour this down the drain. waste of $3 but really glad i didn't go for the 4 pack.

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Photo of haazer
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Hard pour produces a thick two finger white head, stays put for awhile despite high abv. The brew is a hazy unfiltered lemon yellow color. Becomes very dark and hazy towards the top.

S- Initial smell is of lemon peel. There is a lot of sap notes in here. Pretty zesty with some spices, and a huge base of caramel malt. It's not as hoppy as I'd expect so this bottle may be old.

T- Bitter lemons, sour apple, and some booze. Maybe some other fruits such as melon, but the sour apple and bitter lemons stand out. Booze is a bit harsh. This is too much for me.

M- Light to medium bodied with middle of the road carbonation. Theres some heat definitely from the abv.

O- Another fellow BA has told me that this is night and day between draft and bottle, with the former being better. I gotta say the bottle version was a bit much, too boozy and the apple flavor was off putting. Good if you want to catch a buzz I suppose, but theres a million better DIPA's out there.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden yellow with great clarity. The initial one finger head dies slowly to a thin film with a halo. Spotty lacing.

S - Very sweet citrus and malt aroma coupled with faint alcohol.

T - Strong bitter pine hops mixed with some sweet orange and sugary malt. Alcohol is very noticeable on the front and afterwards with a burn. Numbs the tongue a bit after it goes down.

M - Medium bodied, favoring the thinner side. Good, tingly carbonation.

O - This beer was a bit off the mark. The alcohol isn't well hidden and the flavors don't meld well. The sweetness comes across a bit like sugar water, but the initial hop bite is nice. I probably won't get this one again, although the alcohol bang (or burn) for your buck is certainly there.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful golden in color. Small fizzy head. And slightly murky. The color does it.

S: Pine and flower hops. Honey. A little alcoholy. Pretty malty for an IIPA. Vanilla pudding. Vanilla icing. Slight, slight woody. Butter. A buttered roll.

T: Buttery. Flowery. Caramely. Vanilla. Really sugary sweet.

M: A little oily. Thick and chewy tho. Good coat on the tongue.

O: We drank this next to Capt Lawrence's IIPA, Hop Slam, and Hop Riot; and this hung with 'big boys' for sure.

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Photo of themind
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good micro brew from Fegleys. This beer has a kick and a four pack would level most lesser men. That said it has a good aroma and the taste is very satisfying.

The alcohol content can be tasted in the beer, otherwise I would give it a higher rating. When you drink this you know where your headed if you grab another.

Overall if you like hoppy beers and seek the hard to find beers this one is for you...if you dont live in the tri-state area.

Bottom line...its worth drinking!

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Stella chalice

A: Clear filtered golden light amber color with minimal bright white frothy head after an aggressive pour

S: Lots of hops and malt in the aroma, very sweet, and a good amount of boozy alcohol. Sharp pine resin, grapefruit, fresh green apples, and some earthiness in the smell. It actually stings my nostrils a bit.

T: Follows nose with a pretty noticeable alcohol feel, and somewhat overpowering sweetness. There is an earthiness in the finish that doesn't jive with the rest of the flavor. This is a tough score to give for taste because many DIPA's that get an "average" taste score, are just that, average. This one is actually too much of everything, and needs better refinement.

M: Boozy, syrupy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Hop'solutely is like they turned every dial to 11 and hoped for the best. Lots of alcohol sweetness, lots of malt, and LOADS of hops. Which might sound like a good idea, but it's just too much to be a great IPA.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a rather clear golden yellow with a big two finger thick head that lasts and leaves rings of lacing as I drink it.

Smells: there is a mild malt character through the citrus/pine hops.

Tastes: A big pine hop that has orange zest and a little malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: weighing in at 11.5% this is a super smooth brew with little burn and great carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, and at $8 a four pack I would make it a regular if it was always around

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Photo of Bobancheff
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer was poured into a pint glass. Has a white foamy inch of head. Moderate lacing

S-You can smell that it is packed with hops it smells potent.

T- For being 11.5 percent alcohol it does hide it very well. It goes down smooth for being so potent.

overall- It will sneak up on you and get you. After 6 or 7 you should be feeling alright.

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

A: Hazy orange from all the hops. Almost looks like a hefeweizen. White 1 1/2 finger head that laced nicely. Head dissipated slowly for a high abv beer.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, hop bite that stings the nostrils. Slight malty background.

T: Lemon, citrus, pine, bitterness, caramel, lime. Really balanced. BU/GU is in good relationship.

M: Light and dry although still a hint of malt sweetness.

O: Excellent beer. Definitely for celebrating something fantastic. Have a 4 pack and you're a goner. Enjoy the deliciousness.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear amber with a very thin, quickly disappearing white head. Slight amounts of carbonation showing itself in the body.

S: Strong, citrus and piney smelling hops, not much else tough. Alcohol shows itself in the nose though.

T: Alcohol on the foretaste into a sweet mid with a grapefruit, apple, piney bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Too strong, the alcohol takes away from the flavor.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear golden brew with a small white head. No lacing.

S - Grapefruit pith, saaz hops. It is a decent, but subdued aroma.

T - Upfront strong citrus pith, white pepper, spruce tips, some peppery alcohol with a hint of honey. It is not very sweet. The aftertaste is only a tiny bit bitter. No where is the flavor really screaming at you, but it is heard - and it is nice.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - It has a very nice flavor that is well balanced. I've had better DIPAs. I've definitely had worse. This might be the most quaffable DIPA (or TIPA) I've had that is well past the 10% marker. I've enjoyed this four pack - and I might just buy another.

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Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works
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