Hop'solutely | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop’solutely is a premium, flagship offering from Fegley’s Brew Works. This triple IPA has become a craft beer fan favorite. The addition of brettanomyces is the logical evolution of this brew. Brewmaster Beau Baden commented about Brett Hop’solutely, “We are excited to have this beer finally available after aging for nearly 4 months. This beer is fermented with 100% wild yeast (Brettanomyces). the wild yeast gives this beer a dryer flavor, light fruitiness and an effervescent finish. This beer weighs in at 11.5% ABV just like our regular version.”

We used Brett (brettanomyces – a wild yeast) to ferment Hop’solutely instead of regular brewer’s yeast, which typically ferments our beer. Brett yeast takes approximately 3 to 4 months to ferment Hop’solutely rather than 14 or so days with typical brewer’s yeast.

Added by yourefragile on 11-07-2009

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Photo of haines710
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I’ve never had a Triple IPA so I had to give this a shot when I saw a bottle at the supermarket. No date in the bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Didn’t get much citrus scent. Mostly clove and bitter. Taste was the same. Not a favorite. Bitter and boozy. Glad I’m drinking this late night. I won’t be looking for more

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy golden pour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Solid ring of lacing.

S: Strong citrus and alcohol... sweet, malty, and mild pine.

T.F : Strong and malty... rich grains and sweet malts/alcohol. Bitter hops, citrus forward with milder pine and herb/spice. Sticky on the tongue... medium bodied and oily. Well balanced.. ABV not overly hidden.

O: A solid triple IPA. Boozy but flavorful and fairly balanced for what it is. Not one I'd want a lot of, but a nice big change of pace IPA.

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Photo of scurfie
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TomT2
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy golden orange color. Thick yellowish/white head that faded quickly and left tremendous lacing.

S---Sweet & malty. More malts than hops, not that hops are missing. Grapefruit & a touch of orange.

T---Alcohol is noticeable. Mildly bitter. Fruity--grapefruit & maybe apricot. Very well balanced between hops & malt.

F---Noticeable alcohol. Juicier than expected for ABV. Mild carbonation.

O---A very nice, high octane IPA. Will definitely pick up more if I see it.

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Photo of Thomash-houston
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave1999
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NotSaussure
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of reebtaerG
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jimpyle48
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of Dougwillhike
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into pint glass in November 2017. Packaged date of 6/12/2017 on the bottle, and drank less than 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Deep gold body with thick light-tan head. Beer is cloudy as typical of an American IPA. Head is thick, and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with a strong hops aroma, and includes grapefruit, pepper, other citrus, and pine smells.

Taste: There is a noticeable bitter hops flavor, as expected from an American Double-IPA. There is good bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus, and the hops bitterness is not overpowering. This is not as bitter as some other American IPAs, and there is a little sweetness. The aftertaste provides a variety of flavors over time. Not overly bitter or hoppy, and has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Strong alcohol, which matches the 11.5% posted.

This is a smooth medium-to-full-bodied beer, that is complex and enjoyable to drink. It is one of my favorite IPAs, and is very well balanced. The aftertaste is really enjoyable. I will definitely buy this again.

February 3, 2018 update:
Compared Hop Explosion to the brewery's Hop'solutely IPA. The Hop Explosion had a much larger head and more lacing. Both have citrus and pine aromas, but Hop Explosion has more sweetness, while the Hop'solutely has more bitter aroma. Both has good IPA bitterness with citrus flavors, but the Hop'solutely is more intense. The mouthfeel of the Hop'solutely is heavier and stronger. Overall I prefer Hop'solutely over Hop Explosion, but both are good, and Hop Explosion is a good daily drinker.

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Photo of rjd722
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a 64oz growler of this at Castle Liquor, Williamsport MD and immediately poured 6 ounces into a pint glass half an hour later at home.

A= Lovely golden clear color. Adequate white active head with plentiful lacing.
S= Nice malts, some hints of fruit. Not as much hoppy nose as one soon finds in the Taste.
T = Very bitter on the front of the tongue, then rather sweet on the back of the tongue. Somewhat dissonant for me but still an adventurous IPA. Someone suggested pineapple. Yes maybe I sense that, and or tart apple. Definitely some hints of fruit.
F= Not liking the dissonance of the nearly cloying sweet versus strong bitter although it's almost like a magic trick, bitter on the front of the tongue and sweet on the rear.
O= I'd drink this again but it doesn't make my list of favorites.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChipMurray
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy orange color with a moderate white quarter finger head. The head faded within about twenty seconds and left some light stringy lacing. The smell started off with a ton of citrus with a nice light dosing of pine and tropical fruit. The taste was basically the same but added a nice light sweet bready maltiness. On the palate, this one sat just a tad above medium on the body with a more of a sipping quality to it. Once again, I didn’t really find this too sessionable, and that was probably due to the fact that this one was just too high in ABV. Overall, for the most part this was a nice DIPA (er uhmmm...Triple IPA perhaps) as the alcohol isn’t noticed that much. I’d have this again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottled on 03/16/17

Pours clear amber orange with a dense creamy white foam head with good retention. Smells like mango nectar, papaya, melons, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, slightly boozy toasted bready caramel malts, some toffee, with floral earthy herbal grass and dank resinous pine sap. Tastes like boozy toasted bready caramel malts, some toffee, mango nectar, papaya, melon, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, peaches, with bitter floral earthy herbal grass and dank resinous pine sap. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice and boozy triple IPA.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Timtac
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ogman
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ithacabaron
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked a single up before I realized it was 11.5 percent ABV. Yikes. Well, let's see what's in store.

Pours with a bright, zesty Tang-like glow. Small bubbles gather up into a slim head that soon dissipates into film and lacing. Celebratory, and promising.

Aroma blooms out with a major aroma of underripe mangoes and candied orange peel. Mellow and blanketing. Bit of a jolly rancher glycerine thing going on as well. Rich and tropical.

Taste is surprisingly bitter and focused; after the pillow-like tradewinds on the nose, I expected a similarly diffuse flavor. Pinecones and cloves on the finish. No juice, no sugar. Incidentally, while you'd never think this was a session beer, the booze is fairly well balanced. A few sips in, however, you feel it.

Mouthfeel is nicely done. Not too flabby, not too sharp. Again, unexpected, and demonstrating skill with how much is going on here.

Overall, a surprising, mildly flawed, and unexpected delight! Drink it fresh; this is not a beer that's built to age. Will I be buying another? Probably not. But worth a try on your end.

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Photo of Sorcerer
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let me tell you about this beer.
11.5 ABV

It's really really Good.

Been on a tear tasting a lot of East Coast IPL IPA and DIPA on a temporary visit to New England. Bravely picked up a 4-pack.

Poured into a frosty chilled pint glass.

Little or no foam. Really practically no head at all. No lacing. Nada. Not a clue as to what is going on. No legs.

First scent upon opening the 12oz bottle eagerly inhaling the nose spoke of bananas, pineapple, birch sap, maple syrup.

I am not worried about the lack of foam. The smell is hella promising!

A little caution is required. It's a triple IPA. I had to select Double Imperial IPA style on Beer Advocate to rate the beer because there is no Triple category.

Having to settle on just one beer for the night, this one ought to do the job.

The first sip is heavenly. All the scents of the fragrant aroma materialize. The strength of the brew is reminiscent of a top shelf margarita. There is a sweetness that is not the malty kind. It strongly reminds me of the sherry soaked sponge cake at the bottom of the trifle.

The bitterness is very high.

Low carbonation warning. The bubbles are small and few. Still a pleasant fizz, but I know that at the pace I will drink this, it will go flat...and it did.

For this style, I am impressed!

The alcohol is really masked by the fruity hop shellac.

Drank this one as a dessert. It's delicious.

Not sure how a second one of these would sit. That would be something a clown might do!

The finish is peaty like single malt scotch.

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Photo of Millersbrewers
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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