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Hop'solutely | 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): 11.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 jcartamdg
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw golden color with a two finger head with rediculous lacing. Aroma...a west cost dipa from Pennsylvania? This is great stuff,Aroma of hops, hops and more hops. really tasty lots of hops malts that are there but not balanced in a good way. This is the sleeper dipa that needs more recognition. Check it out!

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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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Photo of BeerLover99
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy deep gold/orange, trace white head,
nice lacing

S: huge peach/mango, pine, malt, sugar

T: big peach/mango, malt/pine, long sticky bitter

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: WOW! This is my Imp IPA. Love big citrus
and sticky/oily Double IPAs. Will most
assuredly get again and recommend.


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Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color with about one finger of foamy white head that dissipated into some pretty good lacing.

The nose was full of various fruits and good hop presence, also a more sugary scent.

The taste was of an abundance of sweet fruits; citrus, pineapple, maybe some pear?. There was a good bitter hop presence toward the end. The alcohol was noticeable but not that one would expect from almost 12%.

Medium bodied, smooth and sort of creamy, perfect carbonation.

Very tasty beer. This one snuck up on me a bit. After 1 I though I should have felt more of the alcohol, so of course I ordered another and ended up with a pretty good buzz on my lunch break making for an interesting afternoon.

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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 Etan
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent from Pennsylvania by JZeilinger. 12oz bottle poured into a Libbey craft pint.

A: Pours an almost-clear bright yellow-gold with a couple fingers of rocky off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Giant nose of juicy citrus hops. Fresh grapefruit, clementine, candy-like sweetness, apple juice, a tiny whisper of alcohol. Fantastic.

T: Bursting with fresh citrusy hop flavors like the nose. Sweet orange, black pepper, jazz apple, fruit candy, honey, a bit of cake-like malt. Large but tolerable presence of alcohol throughout complements the sweetness. Almost no hop bitterness. Clean and juicy.

M: Good body. Could use a little more carbonation.

O: A great, big DIPA. Very little bitterness but huge fruity hop flavors. Glad to have tried a fresh bottle of this.

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Photo of Spfarner
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, caramel malt, light Earth, and a hint of tropical fruit. Poured amber in color with a huge, foamy, rocky, creamy, beige/tan head that diminished a bit but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, caramel malt, pine, resin, slight wood, light Earth, slight tropical fruit, spicy hops, and some citrus. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, pine, caramel malt, and slight tropical fruit finish is dry. 11.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Had a friend who works for a beer distributor and he managed to get me a full case of these! So i was sitting on a bunch but they didn't last long! Very exceptional brew!

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Photo of beerman207
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this back at my hometown that was a 12 oz. Pretty excited since I didn't want to drop $14 on a bomber

A: Nice amber color with great white fluffy head

S: Hops and malt dominate but very good pine hops coming out in the nose

T: Wow - I was expecting this to bring me to my knees in bitter but the balance is just perfect with a nice malt presence to balance out the hops.

M: Mild - easy to drink carbonation

D: COuld have had another although that would have been a night-ender at 11.5%

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub. The serving notes, paraphrased slightly: 1.100 OG, 11.5%, IBU 100. A heavenly heavily hopped triple IPA packed with pacific NW hops. Brewed with two-row pale and caramel malts. Hopped with Cascade, CTZ, Summit, Amarillo, and Chinook. Then dry hopped with Chinook and Amarillo.

The beer is clear, bright copper color, 1 finger head that laced all over the glass. The aroma of sweet hops, with lots toffee and caramel malts in the backbone. Citrus leads the way, grapefruit and whatnot, with floral notes following.

I can't taste any ethanol but I can sense that this beer is immense. Loads of caramel and grapefruit and pine needles. The hops burn after each sip, but sweetly. Very sweet and sticky, this felt like sucking on a hop cone.

Highly recommended. I saw bottles for sale in Philadelphia, I may have to pick one up.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at the brewery. A little disappointed that it wasn't on tap

A- pours amber with a one finger white head and nice lacing. About standard for a DIPA

S- getting a nice aroma of pineapples...reminds me a lot of Hopslam, though a little more muted

T- a tad bit of pine, and a solid taste of pineapple and a little tropical fruit as well. Tasty

M- very thick, close to the point of being syrupy. That's a huge turnoff for me

D- this one could be dangerous at 11.5%, because the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Would like to try it fresh on tap, though

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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 brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with an orangy hue and a half inch head of rocky bone. A partial skim coat and broken ropes of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with apricot, tangerine, lemon pith, grapefruit, pine, and peach fuzz. Quite floral, but not screaming hops out of the glass as a IIIPA should.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. Resinous.

Grapefruith pith, pine sap, and alcohol start the palate. A firm, pressing bitterness steps forward along with tongue-numbing tropical hops
and rocket fuel.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, a high-alpha hop bombing, and loads of hot alcohol.

This beer is a bruiser. Very strong and face-smacking with the hops. More hops in the nose would be nice though.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on different occasions, Had it from a Corked bottle once and on tap at the brewery. Both seemed to be pretty good. The beer poured out as a hazy golden orange color. The head is big and fluffy at first. It leaves a decent lacing on the glass too. The smell of the beer has a ton of hops on the nose, some booze and a light amount of malt. The taste of this beer is quite hoppy too. The mouthfeel is smooth but has a hefty amount of alcohol burn. Overall it's a good beer for a Hop Head.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured for a growler purchsed last week at McGrath's in Harrisburg. This is actually listed as a 'Triple IPA' on the tap head.

A: Clear golden amber color. Thin off-white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves moderate lacing.

S: Mainly citrus hops with a sweet maltiness. Some pine in the background and orange.

T&M: Wow, this is like fluffy, hopped bourbon. The alcohol comes through strong. Definitely orange and pineapple flavors. The maltiness really subdues most of the hops which kind of kills the flavor for me. Thick medium to full-bodied with a semi-dry, oily finish.

This definitely has a distinctive taste. Good sipping beer due to the alcohol afterburn. It says 11.5%, but I think it may be way higher. At least the batch I got! I'm not sure how I'm gonna finish the growler on my own, but will surely try.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well reviewed under this one because it is the corked version. After reading a recent article from Joe Sixpack stating that this was as good if not better the PTY just not as hyped. I had to try it. Thanks to a colleague from my work for getting me this.

Poured into a tuliip.Pours a lighter amber color with golden highlight's. A little hazy after the intial pour but does seem to clear up.A decent heading for an 11.5% ABV.Nice bubbling action from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Smell is very balanced.Amarillo hops are the main aroma.Piney kind of grassy.A nice sweeter maltiness underneath the bigger hoppy notes.

Taste starts out with that same pine hop as in the nose. The middle is more of a quick hot alcohol flash.Quickly put away with the sweeter almost sugary maltier side.Hops are there but not overpowering just balanced.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation for the heavier alcohol content as well as the drinkability.

All and all a fine beer. I don't know why all the hatred towards this brew just because it was compared to PTY. A solid beer and much more affordable and available then PTY. The only thing I would say is this is a bit more boozey and a little less of a hop aroma. That's about it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and orange. There were some bubblegum notes, too. Not much in the way of caramel or malt.

T - Nice spicy hops upon first sip with those grapefruit and bubblegum flavors. There was sweet malt with some boozy alcohol presence, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with an alcohol warmth.

D - This is a pretty good imperial IPA. Good aroma and good taste.

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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 caged and corked bottle purchased at Capones in Norristown PA (also saw it at Oak Tree in South Plainfield NJ)

Appearance: Pours a murky caramel with orange / auburn folds. The crown is 1 finger, slightly off white (slightly hop stained) with moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Caramel malt, mild pine note, grassy herbal notes, and a touch of bitter citrus.

Taste: Same as nose. Very balanced. Alcohol is fairly concealed but not totally.

Mouthfeel: A bit low in carbonation and muddy.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and abv hold it back but still fairly good. There is no huge dose of hops or alcohol that hold back the drinkability. I polished the 11.5% abv 750ml bottle by myself rather easily.

A fairly balanced 11.5% abv "triple" ipa in my opinion.

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Photo of biker30x
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, far clearer and more golden than expected for a "triple" IPA. A thick white head was fairly quick to fade but left quite a bit of lacing.

Smelled of hops, hops, grapefruit, hops, citrus, hops ALCOHOL and hops.

The bite of the first sip is the hops but the burn that follows is the booze highlighting the malt. Amazingly the grapefruit and other citrus flavors seem to survive this and come through pretty well. The finish is sweet malt and hot alcohol while the hops lay waste to all.

The beer is thinner than I expected and the carbonation a little too pronounced but overall this is a very nice, very big beer. At 11.5%, you can feel it before the first glass is gone.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: loads of grapefruit, lemon zest, and a bit of an earthy quality is pleasant on the nose,

Taste: big caramel profile with a bunch of grapefruits, lemom zest, a bit of pine, and a strong sharp bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness, citrus and alcohol lingers.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer. One bomber is more than enough in a single session.

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Photo of DrStiffington
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with a monster of a head. I've actually had this before, but only in the 750ml size. I liked it then so I bought a 4 pack when it came out. The second one tastes different from the first one in this 4 pack. Anyway, the smell is of citrus, maybe a little grapefruit. Not too powerful. The taste has some nice hop bitterness, some citrus and pine, but also an aftertaste that is not quite pleasant. I like the creamy thick mouthfeel, but the alcohol is very present, not surprising with an 11.5 abv. I like, but don't love, this beer.

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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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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks maniacal82 for this DIPA.

A - Pours a straw, blonde color with a splash of amber in there too. It starts out pretty clear with the carb bubbles quickly swimming to the surface but gets cloudy after it sits.

S - Very fruit forward and boozey scents. Get some guava mixed with caramelized sugar and a hint of lemon zest. Slight bad unfresh odor came out at first but quickly went away. Probably a note of the fresher the better.

T - A big fruit, pine, punch with a good balance of sugar that isn't overpowering. The booze is in there as well.

M - Sticky and a bit chewy. Light to medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad DIPA. One of the fruitiest ones I've had which I enjoyed.

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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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