Organically Brewed Imperial IPA | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Spring

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Added by goindownsouth on 03-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by ggroller:
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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother and I went to the cask conditioned Ale night this past Thursday on April Fool's Day and found the joke to be a cask of ginger ale. I must admit I was actually a little pissed off because I hadn't been to a cask night at the Brew Works in a little while and was really looking forward in anticipation to what the brew would be. I got over it, though, and ordered an Imperial IPA. This is the first time I had heard of this style and upon reading the beer menu found it to be brewed using all organic ingredients.

The beer was served in the typical unmarked Brew Works pint glass. The color was a cloudy dirty copper and a nice white fluffy head sat firmly on top. This was a pleasant change of pace since in my experience the only other Brew Works beer ever to contain a head was an oatmeal stout I had a month or two ago.

This was definitely a traditional IPA in aroma and in taste but had a much more smoother and chewy mouthfeel. A very, very tasty beer. In fact, it was absolutely delicious and so incredibly easy to drink. I drank the entire pint in about two minutes and ordered another.

Nice job Lewis. Keep the great brews coming.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A Brewery-filled 64 ounce Bethlehem Brew Works Growler, immaculately packed and carefully boxed. Almost filled up to the cap but with some air space unfilled. It arrived at “Chez Bum” thanks to the generosity of PA-BA Ericaweizen, and care of the Man in Brown.

Appearance: The Growler arrived last Friday (22nd) and has been in my fridge since. A week later the tightly wound black tape around the white screw top took some getting off, as did the screw top itself, but the pour proved it all to be worthwhile. Immense carbonation from the pour and increase in temperature. Allegedly unfiltered, and it seems so, for this disembarks the Growler into the Glass with a turbid and very hazy scorched Devon toffee appearance which has a dark orange hue when held to the strong but natural Long Beach Sunlight. Dirty white head is large at first but soon calms down to a restrained but consistently ¼” thick cap like covering. Maintains it conditioning well to say it’s from a Growler.

Nose: The nose seemed a tad hidden at first, but my second top up revealed its hidden treasures. Freshly baked bread hints are mixed with a sweet malt aroma and some juicy liquefied hops. Lovely thirst inducing nose all round.

Taste: Soft biscuit malts followed my luscious juicy fruit hop essence, not so much flowery but more oil like in character. This D-IPA has a solid malt base, but it differs from others that I have had, namely West Coast variants, in so much as it has a lovely well defined Orange bitterness that is very juicy and not as in-yer-face as typically experienced. A smidgeon of liquorice comes through in the finish at times, as indeed does a warming trickle that slides down the gullet with this AD-IPA, gently reminding you that this is 7.1%, and not to forget that!

I’m getting tired writing this Review, I just want to drink this….

Mouthfeel: Well, it’s….

Totally Bombastic…

Drinkability: An Incredible Imbibing Libation. Has a lovely Double IPA ‘feel’ but the 7.1% alcohol is well-hidden and the fresh hoppy feel backed by the nice malty base is teasing me into thinking that this is a Session IPA – it’s not, but it does act like one. I started with one 20 ounce Glass to Review and in the process of this Review alone I managed to drain well over half the Growler, I can’t stop returning to my fridge to slurp more. Damn tasty stuff and dangerously quaffable!!! Top Marks here no question.

Overall: Wow, I have a 64 fluid ounce Growler of this….I have some other beers that I really want to sample today before I head out for a weeks work travel, but even so, this one may not last the day, I feel some TUI on BA coming on later. Definitely benefits from being Unfiltered IMVHO.

What can Brown do for you today??…..well he could send me some more of this….its bloody gorgeous.

A Huge LongBeachBum Thanks to the lovely BA Ericaweizen for hooking me up with this one!!! Here’s raising my next glass of BBW OB D-IPA to yerz. Cheers!

Hmmmm….gotta check my AirMiles and get me to Bethlehem, PA!!!

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Photo of yen157
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sticky off-white head on an unfiltered amber body. Fruity hop nose, strawberry-like, with a bottom note reminiscent of an alt. Not overpowering at all, and thankfully not one of the overworked west coast hops. Smooth and slightly sweet this beer is, with barely a trace of the substantial 7.1% abv. Bread crust malt balances the hops (17.7% AA for the Pacific Gem I was told!), beautiful fruitiness. Fruit, that sums this beer up. The berry flavor of the hops in this make it taste almost like a fruit beer. It really is amazing. Body is substantial. You can tell there a lot of sugar left in this guy, but the carbonation is modest so it’s not like drinking a Coke. Very quaffable. This and Burton Baton are the two most drinkable high-octane beers I’ve ever had. This is the best beer I’ve had from Bethlehem! Superb!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HGG (Half-Gallon-Growler) consumed last night. Bright amber/orange hue with a puffy off-white head of chunky foam that dies down to about a 1/4" layer. Foam is sticky and leaves nice lacing in the glass. This looks like a typical imperial ipa, but it's not. The aromas are hoppy, but not hoppy like one would expect. The moderately high-acid Pacific Gem hops, mixed with the other 2 varieties, which I forget, and can't remember (1 German, 1 English. The German hop may be Hallertau) make for a hoppy aroma, but the 4 malts used in this baby back it up with a nice sweet bready aroma that is wonderful. There is also a slightly acidic alcoholic punch in the aroma as well, but it is nothing distracting. The taste is good. Hoppy and not too sweet or bitter. The malts play an important role here and you can really *taste* the malting used in this brew. The little bit of chocolate malt makes things stick together, better than I expected. The acidic hop flavor mixes well with a slight alcoholic flair. The hops are more citrusy than floral but not really either. A bit of berry is evident in the doughy finish that is dry, and lingering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and carbonation is lush. The drinkability? Insane! This growler was drained in under an hour! Damn this stuff was good. Burp (Hop).

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of probably the first pints sold, 03.28.05.

Yowsa! Let me just tell you, this one is a beauty. This murky, orangish-hued brew presented with a vivacious head, and aromas of wonderful hops. The blurb at the Brew Works says New Zealand, German and English Hops. I know for a fact Pacicif Gem hops were used, and that definately adds to the uniqueness of this brew. Some light malt character, but make no mistake about it, this beer is all about the hops. Solid tones of citrus fruit, but by no means over powering. The finish is crisp, without being cloying in its dryness. Felt good on the palate in so much that it is not overly astringent or overly carbonated. A fantastic interpretation of this style. I will admit, I was hesitant on this one given its organic make-up. Forget that. This one is a winner...


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Organically Brewed Imperial IPA from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5 ratings