Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Pale Ale - American
3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
Feb 20, 2016
Jul 15, 2004
Very Good
Notes: None
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3.77 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2016
4 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania on Feb 10, 2016
3.68 by GratefulJack from Pennsylvania on Dec 30, 2015
3.25 by LoveStout from New York on Jul 01, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Golden copper with a faint hoppy nose. The body is light for the style. Malt profile is light. Hoppy finish is alright but nothing to go write home about.

Mar 12, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by thain709 from Pennsylvania

A - Served with a golden yellow body that showed visible carbonation bubbles...the white head was one finger tall and receded to a full ring...that ring left behind some nice lacing

S - A well balanced nose that showcased bready and caramel malts with a blast of sweet, grapefruit hops

T - Much like the nose, there is a nice balance of malt and hops...the hops start things off, but they only show off a juicy's short lived as the big malt bill comes into play...bready malts with a touch of caramel...I'm happy there wasn't a graininess to it...the slightly bitter hops come back for the finish to make things refreshing

M - Medium bodied...a little lighter, crisp, refreshing, slight bitterness

O - I enjoyed this Pale Ale very was my first, and second, beer on my recent trip to the pub...very well balanced while allowing both sides to shine through

Apr 04, 2012
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3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by nrs207 from Pennsylvania

Growler filled 1/27 (around midnight 1/26-27 who wants to be technical). Enjoyed about 10 minutes later super fresh.

A - Really great looking. Good head, good lacing, great honey color, very transparent.

S - something off in the smell. Some hops, but something just off. Can't quite tell what it is.

T - same as the taste. Hops, good carbonation, some malt backbone. Average pale ale.

M - good mouthfeel. The carbonation makes it lively, pretty smooth overall.

O - Wouldn't recommend this. It's an average brew. For a $14 growler fill, I'd much rather get something like Hops Infusion from Weyerbacher. Hopsolutely is also much better. I'd stay away because of price. It's an average beer, but overpriced for a growler.

Jan 27, 2012
3 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jan 15, 2012
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3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by woosterbill from Kentucky

Growler into a Duvel tulip. Thanks Drew!

A: A harsh pour from the growler yields 2" of frothy white foam that quickly recedes into a more modest finger of creamy white head and leaves some spotty lace Pretty nice looking APA.

S: Not much going on, really. Light citrus hops and pale malt. Very clean, but kind of boring.

T: Much like the nose (i.e., perfectly fine, but weak), but with a bit more intensity to the malt. The sweetness is restrained nicely by the fairly generous amount of hop bitterness on the finish. Very crisp, but, again, not that interesting.

M: Smooth, light body with moderate carbonation. Refreshing and enjoyable.

D: Well balanced, clean, and crisp. I'm not too enthralled with drinking it, but it's very, very easy to do.

Notes: While not at all a bad beer, this just doesn't come close to measuring up to better examples of the style. Maybe I just got spoiled drinking Moon Man, Daisy Cutter, and St. Lupulin this summer, but this just seemed underhopped and weak for an APA. Not at all a bad growler to split while grilling, though.


Sep 12, 2010
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by hopdog from Pennsylvania

On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amberish color with a medium sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel, toasted malts, and pine. Tastes of citrus (more than the aromas), pine, and some caramel.

Notes from 6/14/08

Nov 24, 2008
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3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tempest from New York

Ordered a pint down in the Steelgaarden. I wasn't a huge fan of this brew, but I can see why other people would. The bitterness pushes the limits of a good APA while it still matches some dry, biscuit malt flavors to the grassy and spicy hops. I guess I just didn't like the combination of the hops and malt. Both were very dry, and while not overly spicy, had too much earthy character. I felt like I was eating bitter herbs and grains, maybe the yeast is just too clean and vigorous.

Jul 29, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by WesWes from New York

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and carapils malt scent along with an ecellent hoppy nose. The taste is great. It has a very bitter hop bite that feels like Chinook hops; very grapefruity. It's balanced with pale and carapils malts for mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good APA. It's solid malt wise and has a powerful hop contribution.

May 06, 2008
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2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by NJpadreFan from New Jersey

BBW- CH-47 Pale Ale

Appearance- Light orange with a moderate head, slight lacing of the glass.
Smell- 12 grain bread with sweet sugarcandy malt.
Taste- Light weak grains, Bready malt with sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel- Weak, no citric/ floral hops. Mild grain/ malt body.

Overall- A dud!! I was hoping for a nice floral/citric hop flavor but got nothing. A letdown.

Dec 10, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by elsinore from Pennsylvania

Got my growler refilled with this beer, which I hadn't tried before. Glad I decided to give it a try.

Pours light orange, with a head that fades quickly.
Taste packs plenty of piney hops, gradually retreating into a biscuit-like malt base.
Very, very drinkable, with hops enough to keep most any ale-head happy.

There was talk on the boards a while ago on whether BBW had "lost it." If they have, you can't tell by this beer. I hope to get back there and fill my growler again with this.

Nov 28, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Billolick from New York

on tap at the brewery, poured a cloudy copper shade of orangy amber, the head was off white, with decently developed stringy lacing. Respectable hop wallop, layered on a quite smooth malt base. Pleasant and well crafted Pale ale, with a grainy hop finish. If the pale ale is the benchmark and test of a breweries skill, this one shines a favorable light on BBW.

Sep 11, 2005
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gentlebubbles from Massachusetts

The lid of the growler came unscrewed with a gentle pouf and a cold breath of hops curling out. Filled to the very brim!

Pale gold with coppery shading. A strong pour produced a cumulus of off-white head tinged with amber. Ladders of lace down the glass.

Pleasant floral breeze. When the wind shifts, sweet malt or sour notes emerges.

Citron bite up front with a bready malt base. Has sort of a stealth finish; it doesn't seem like much at first, but a lemony tang slowly builds as you drink.

Sparkling mouthfeel with some resiny stickiness.

A nice straightforward Pale. Time to lose my Fear of Growler and get another glass!

Thanks go to francisweizen for the growler .

Feb 19, 2005
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by claytri from Maryland

It came out a good pale gold with a nice white head. The smell was a nice blend of malt and hops. It is a good example of a pale ale with a nice round maltiness, but a bit of hop in the finish. The moutfeel was light, clean, and crisp. Definately a beer I will have again on my next visit.

Aug 09, 2004
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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by psugrad98 from Pennsylvania

A great Pale Ale. Golden Straw in color with sharp hop bitterness on the nose with a slight trace of sweetness. Thick foamy head, long lasting, with clingly Brussels lace.

Cripy dry bitter beer with slightly sweet undertones. Rich and satisfying full mouthfeel. Gets slightly sweet as the beer warms, but predominated by hop bitterness.

A good summer brew.

Aug 02, 2004
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by erica from California

Sampled at the BBW and then took a growler to go. A damn good beer, I thought. Nice amber colour with a white head that can doesn't last too too long, smells like hops, a bit citrusy and a teeny bit malty, very nice. Tasted even better, with the hops coming through like they've never come through before on a Fegley brew. Not bitter at all though, but hoppy, which is how I like it. Nice and fruity too, and that tad bit of malt flavour to balnce it out oh so nicely. Moutheel is average and drinkability is good. I was trying out a new recipe when I got this growler, so I didn't have time to drink the whole growler, I had to share. I suppose that's a good thing, though, working with knives and whatnot. But yes, this Pale Ale is mighty tasty, highly recommended.

Jul 16, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by francisweizen from Washington

A deep amber/copper colour with a nice pillowy white head that lasted for a long time, leaving nice lacing on my pint glass. The aroma was nice and hoppy, I think this may be one of the first "dry-hopped" brews that Fegley has made in recent times. The taste was hoppy up front with a nice sweet malt balance in the mix as well. This beer tasted very biscuity and hoppy, but not very bitter at all. This reminded me of a sweeter hoppy beer, such as Troegs nugget nectar. The mouthfeel was smooth, snappy, and very easy to drink! The growler was drained in no time. I hope that the next pale ale (or hopefully west coast IPA) that Fegley makes will be this good....or better!

Jul 15, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by goindownsouth from New Jersey

Wow. Perhaps the best Pale Ale produced by the mad scientist known as Dr. Fegley at Bethlehem Brew Works. This Pale Ale offered a deep coppery color and a head that was rough and ready, and quickly faded to an eye-pleasing lace along the side of my pint glass. Aromas of hops and piney resins invaded my sinuses, with pleasure might I add. The CH-47 offers a slightly sweet flavor, but make no mistake about it...this brew is about the hops. A beautiful I hope to sample again soon!

ADDENDUM (7/16/04):

I just received this email from Megan, a member of the great staff over at BBW.

She told me the main hops used in the CH-47 are Chinook hops, which are known to give the beer its real distinctive bite. The origins of the name "CH-47" are interesting as well. All cargo helicopters are named after Indian tribes, and the CH-47 helicopter is named after the Chinook tribe. Since that is the main hop that was used in the beer, that is how they arrived at the name "CH-47" Pale Ale.

Zum wohl!

Additional Review:

I had to re-review this brew, if for no other reason than the fact that it has really taken on a life of its own. There is no questioning the fact that the hops are down and dirty in this one. A beautiful thing. From the first whif, the hop essence and piney aromas pop you right in the nose. The flavor follows suit to make this one of the my favorite pale ales.

Jul 15, 2004
CH-47 from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 21 ratings