Hop'solutely | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
183
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of ogman
4.81/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of PatDreadful
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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 bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of CheonTang
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mcgrodan
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Thirsty2383
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Cr1ms0nGh0st
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Blackmajic
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of MichaelDobbins
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of jcartamdg
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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 LukeK
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of JimandTracey
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heavy malty beer with strong beginning, middle and lingering end. Good in small doses.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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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4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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
finish

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.

AMAZING, MUST TRY!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +14.9%
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 StoutElk_92
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Etan
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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