Hop'solutely | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TurdFurgison on 03-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
177
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
23.94%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | 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 Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 71ADub
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A neighbor who grew up in Allentown gave me a 12 oz. bottle a year ago. It's been in my fridge, forgotten and neglected. Found it the other day. Good stuff. What surprised me was how smooth it is. At 11.5% I expected it to be hotter than a bottle of Everclear. If I had to be really picky, I'd say it was a just a tad too sweet. Bitter, but not over the top. Being a year old, the nose was a little weak, but that's on me. I would like to try this on draft, or at least a fresher bottle. Defintely worth having again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pine, citrus and some bready malt. Not sure why, but the aroma is fairly sweet. The flavor is very sweet, with some syrupy citrus notes. I also get a little bit of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dacrza1
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: March 20, 2016... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: a Sunday spent at Lenape Valley's The World Goes Round... APPEARANCE: pours a strong orange/yellow amber body with ample effervescence... the head is a thick, creamy half-finger that coats intermittently... not demonstrative as it drains, with little to trace due to its high alcohol... AROMA: strong grapefruit and resin, with dank basement and orange peel as secondary aromas--not as big as anticipated... tough to ferret out the malts ... PALATE: here is the warmth, with a stoker-sized presence in the throat... a slight buzz about the teeth suggests n IPA,, but again, not the collision expected when in the presence of royalty...TASTE: the grapefruit is pronounced, while the resin and pine makes for a classic forest-and-field wedding.... some late malt akin to whiskey, but overall the profile is decidedly one-sided... OVERALL: the unmistakable Summit and Citrus hops have this beer smiling sunshine, while the Chinook represent enough to divide the hop character... still, as solid as this is, it does not approach the power or profile of other Imperials... but a tasty, solid beer nonetheless....

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see this offering in 12 oz bottles now!

Poured into a pint glass, fairly clear copper-amber body with 1 finger of creamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma consists of lots of piney / earthy hops and sweet caramel malts. Big burst of hops upfront, but is balanced out by those aforementioned sweet malts. The heat comes through more and more as it warms too. Medium bodied with a below average carbonation level.

Slightly below the big boys in the category when fresh. Much like most DIPAs, this seems to fade fast! This review is from the last bottle in my 4 pk which I bought about 2 weeks ago - there is a very big difference just in those 2 weeks. I kinda wish I would have review the first sample, perhaps would have raised the taste / smell a 1/2 point...maybe ill revist this review in the future.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mid coloured golden with a good amount of head, with one half inch retained. Low amount of hop aromas. Taste and mouthfeel is hoppy, but somewhat acidic. It needed and got food or I could not have finished a bomber. Some C-hop but the bitterness is a muddle and seems higher than 74 IBU. Also signfiicantly boozy.
Thanks Michael P.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz tulip from BBW Steelgaarten. Note: On the menu this is a triple IPA.

A- Perfect DIPA copper color with a thin white head. Retentious lacing down the side of my glass.

S- Very balanced malt with big hop aroma!

T- Nice and bitter and balanced. I don't know what's with all the haters on BA... this is a very fine DIPA and a fine example!

M- Very nice astringency with adequate carbonation.

D- I would never guess 11.5.. more like 9 if I had to guess. This is fairly bitter especially toward the end of the glass.

This is a very good brew and being local I'm proud that this came out of Bethlehem, PA.

EDIT: Had it in a bottle and it was WAAY sweeter and not balanced. Maybe the bottle was still young... no date codes. Carbonation wasn't quite there and it was oily and slick.. unlike the draft from the Steelgaarten.

EDIT 2: I drank another bottle from the same 4 pack and it was much better... concludes that my last bottle was just too young.

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Photo of Tarheel219
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of PatDreadful
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Victory Tulip.

Appearance: A vigorous pour yields a very small, thin head that quickly vanishes yielding no lacing. The beer itself is a very nice orange-brown and is crystal clear.

Smell: Pleasant pine and light citrus hit me up front. The mild citrus begins to dominate with the smell of earth and oranges as the hops eventually give way to a doughy sweetness.

Taste: The woody hops tease the palate with those citrus notes from the smell playing a supporting role. The nice caramel malts take over and make for a very sweet and smooth finish. This isn't the hop explosion that I was expecting. Instead, we get a very subtle and well crafted IPA that is almost perfect in it's balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and light carbonation make for a great drinking experience. The beer never gets hot, which is saying something given the ABV.

My last few selcetions from Fegley's have been pretty mediocre but Hop'solutely completely redeemed them in my eyes. The beer is perfectly balanced and I suspect that when fresh, this would be able to go head-to-head with the Plinys and Hopslams of the world.

Good on you, Fegley's!

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Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of taylor714914 and also had a couple of these sent a while ago by groetman which I never got around to reviewing. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark, hazy orange/tangerine color into a tulip. About a finger of slight off-white head is achieved with a careful pour, which dissipates somewhat fast leaving decent lacing.

Smell – Sweet citrus, slight hops, big malty backbone, and a hint of pine. Mainly a malty aroma.

Taste – As expected from the nose, more of a sweet malty presence up front followed by some slightly bitter hops and pine. Sweet sweet citrus notes like pineapple juice. Slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Pretty creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Overall – I will say, for the ABV you don’t really taste the alcohol that much, so it is masked well. However, it is masked behind just massive amounts of malty/sweet flavors which I don’t particularly care for in a DIPA. An interesting take, and I did enjoy some of the sweet citrus notes, but needs more hops!

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Photo of waddellc2
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nitro DIPA served at Al's of Hampden.

A: Golden amber. And translucent too. The ale has the majestic brilliance of, dare I say, Younger or Elder. A thin band of head, more CO2 than N2, rests atop the ale.

S: Hot, or should I say Hop, damn! The ale is a blend of intense hop bitterness and fusel heat. A very intriguing nose that is over the top with orange zest, extreme like a good DIPA should be.

T: Wait a minute. This came from BBW? Holy hell! The ale has a serious hop profile, heavy handed and full enough to stand up to the West Coast. The bitterness is citrus to the nth degree, orange peel and grapefruit are concentrated with a near-sugary strength. This is a booze bomb, heavy from the first sip. Paler malts don't get in the way of the hops. The sweetness is profound, rich and complex like those beers I mentioned above.

M: Hop-philia is a must to fully appreciate this beer. Sure it's over the top, but that's what makes certain beers work.

D: Weighing in closer to 12% than 10%, this is not a pounding ale. I enjoyed every sip.

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4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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