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Hop'solutely | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
627 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
thebrewworks.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,891
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
627
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
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Ratings: 627 |  Reviews: 214
Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like orange and sugary grapefruit and candied apricot, with some caramel and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like juicy orange and sweet candied apricot, with some caramel and copper and honey wheat bread. It had a somewhat clean, sweet and hot aftertaste with some bitterness.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was more like an American barleywine with substantial malt, than a double IPA. The scent and taste and body were all nice. The finish wasn't very smooth though, so it was better to sip. It might actually age really well, and help mellow out the alcohol. Fresh, it was decent but not great.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

(no dates on the bottle - poured into a tulip)

A: fairly clear, fiery amber hued liquid... spongy, sticky off-white foam atop... I saw somewhere where this is supposedly bottle-conditioned - I'm not sure that's the case with this bottle, as it poured remarkably polished for a hop bomb

S: melange of citrus aromas with an acidic edge to them... zesty, grassy... perhaps a bit of a mild toasty, caramelized character in the background - mid-dark crystal malt covered in citric acid?... the alcohol is pretty well-tempered by the juicy malts that come more to the fore

T: the alcohol does, however, surge right on through to the back of the throat upon first sip - medicinal, with an unrefined, cheap vodka quality to it, and it sets up shop back there for the duration... luckily, this is met in brashness and boldness by the pungent, pith-y citrus tones of the hops... light showing of pale and light crystal malts in the aftertaste, a bit of black pepper as well... quite bitter and spicy-hot hops hold on the back of the tongue, with a slight vegetal, tannic nuance to them, kinda like putting some whole-flower hops in your mouth and just sucking on them... but, all in all, the taste is pleasingly well-tailored and crisp, with the booze doing its fair share to keep the volume loud

M: medium-full bodied up front, but excellently dry in the finish... easy as hell to knock back, not at all weighty

O: exceeded my expectations, I suppose... actually fine work for an IPA of this magnitude... I'd certainly recommend it for hop lovers looking to have their palates shredded

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

One of the most complex beers I've had lately. The bitterness is followed by a lovely sweet aroma and aftertaste. Pours virtually no head but the lovely amber color of the brew compensates for it.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into snifter glass. thanks to Wiid for sharing this one

Pours a clear golden orange with very little head, light filmy retention, and equally small lacing on the glass.

Some slightly sweet fruity hops with citrus tones emit from the nose with tropical tones and a touch of honey.

A decent amount of hoppiness right up front with some more sweet tones, similar to the nose. Tropical fruit mixes with honey before the caramel malt backbone kicks in. Other notes of raisin and slightly darker fruit are also apparent. Finishes with alcohol heat and some grapefruit hops.

Fuller medium body, sticky and chewy, overall heavier feel. Drinks alright but the booze is a little much and the flavors aren't really there. I wanted to like this but it was pretty "eh."

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of justintcoons
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a slight amber hue; almost no head is visible and has a sticky film that clings to the side of the glass. No carbonation is visible.

N: Rich caramel, cough syrup, sugar and a little toffee. No hops are apparent.

T: Sweet toffee, caramel, sugar, cough syrup, Tootsie Roll and a slight booziness. No hops and no bitterness.

M: Full bodied, chewy and sticky.

O: They should really change the name of this beer. I understand there might be a lot of hops in this but that's only balancing the maltiness and it's still on the sweet side. This beer has barely any hop presence so if that's what you're looking for skip this beer. This tastes closer to an English Barleywine rather than any kind of IPA. It hides the alcohol presence pretty well and is still a decent brew just don't expect any hops.

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Photo of rdoggg
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AntLeatherface
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of hurdjg
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bruindre
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of theGlasstronaut
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.52/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a cloudy dark amber color. there is basically no head that I can conjure up and no lace left behind.

S-the nose is rather large and brings a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness accompanied by a resignous pine hop and a touch of citrus hops. very similar to a hop extract in the nose.

T/M-extremely thick and syrupy, almost fake tasting. burnt brown sugar, pine and bitterness make up most of the flavors. low carbonation and smooth; but this just doesn't taste right, almost like pure syrup.

D-not a fan, will not drink again, it does bring a lot of flavor, it just tastes artificial to me.

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Photo of Gschaf
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this recently at the Mohawk House, in Sparta, NJ. In a 4oz sampling glass, it poured a golden amber, mostly transparent with two fingers of white that retained and laced very well. Modest carbonation. Big herbal, grassy, dry citrus peel, and apple blend in the nose. The flavor was a nice blend of the same, just not as intense, with more malty apple hitting midpalate, after the bitter peel hits you hard at first. Finishes on a dry peel note. Alcohol content was very well hidden. The feel was a very smooth medium, with almost no carbonation. Very pleasantly surprised by this beer, as I hadn't heard too much about it. Tastes like a session beer, but this one's dangerous. My only beef with this beer is that while the flavor was a nice blend, the taste was nowhere near as intense as the nose.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Spiegelau "IPA" glass.

Looks somewhat disappointing. Keeps a nice steady white head, but it is a light apple juice amber with very evident carbonation. 3.25/5

Smells good enough. Grassy hops with a hint of underlying sweet malt character. 4/5

Pretty one dimensional excess hopped IPA with a tiny bit of sweet malt character at the end. Not assisted by the mouthfeel at all. 3.5/5

Way too thin and way too carbonated. 3.25

I was really hoping to fall in love with this given it's ease of availability, but I have to grade this down on the style for sure. Even as a relatively easy regional find for the style, it seems to disappoint.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Hop'solutely from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 627 ratings