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 Seanibus
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is simply too much of a muchness. Too strong and sharp to be enjoyable.

Pours clear golden with a slight head. Smell is grainy, cidery, sharp. The flavor is hot and sharp, raw and alcoholic, with a savage pine hop bite and a brandylike bitterness and a lemon zest acidic sting. Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Too too too much.

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Photo of Axic10
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Duvel Snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a finger of foam sitting on top.

Smell: Hops, bitter grapefruit citrus, caramel from the malt, and a sting from the alcohol.

Taste: This is weird, I smell hops, but the hops are so subdued on the taste. They are so faded that it is too sweet/malty. I've had this on draft before and it was a total hop bomb. This bottle was not. Caramel sweetness, sugar cane and malt dominate this.

Mouthfeel: Seems like the carbonation is off. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: I'm sure I got a bad bottle, which will affect this score, however I was impressed when I had this at a beer festival. Not sure if they have issues with bottling or not.

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

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is a hazy, radiant orange hue, with 1/4" of off white head. Lasting head retention and a decent amount of lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers, alcohol, pine, sweet malt, hops. The flavor is balanced, with a very prominent malt presence. The beer is pretty hot, and could / should be more hop forward, per the style. I'm glad we split this bottle, as six ounces was no small undertaking. Mediocre, and not a repeat for me.

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Photo of oline73
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden/amber color with a bit or orange coming through. Just a layer of white head that disappears right away. I hope this one tastes better than it looks.

Smell: Sweet citrus hop bitterness with some grapefruit and pineapple. I also get a little bit of the grain and some alcohol.

Taste: Very sweet citrus hop bitterness. I pick up a lot of pineapple and some tangerine. Quite a bit of alcohol hits the tongue at the end of the sip. Did I mention this is sweet? I really think it would be better with the sweetness toned down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little delicate carbonation. At the end of the sip, this beer is a bit slick on the tongue.

Drinkability: You can tell there is a lot of alcohol in this beer. The hop profile is really nice, but there isn't enough to combat the sweetness and the booze. Not a bad beer, but I don't know that I'll look for it again.

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Deep copper/amber color, clear, almost no head with little retention & lacing.

Smell: Tons of malt, with caramel, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Very sweet malt, toffee, caramel. Finish: Citrus and pine hops, more malt

Mouthfeel: Full body with little to no carbonation, very cloying

Drinkability: I had a tough time with this one

Overall Impression: The malt/toffee,caramel flavors were really nice, but I felt the beer was flat, too sweet, not nearly hoppy enough, and thus unbalanced. If you like super sweet beers, you'll love it.

I'd like to throw out some kudos to Chris and his staff over at Hawthorne's Cafe in Philly. Very courteous & knowledgeable staff, great food & atmosphere, and an impressive selection of Quality Craft Beer. PROST!

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Photo of russwbeck
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: "That head is very creamy" remarked my friend when looking at this beer. Hazy yellow pour with nice lacing.

S: Big hop smell, with a sweetness in the background. Perhaps from malts. More citrusy than piney

T: Hops are muted, but that might be unfair as I'm unsure of the age of this one. Malts coming through on the backside in a big way. The taste is really sweet, citrus or other fruits.

MF: Light with a nice amount of carbonation. Hardly any hint of alcohol, which is impressive.

O: Pretty average. Nothing really stands out, but it isn't bad.

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Photo of pburland23
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from its corked bottle into a mug.

As a funny aside before I start the review, I struggled for several minutes trying to uncork the bottle before finally meeting success.

Beer pours lighter than anticipate. It's almost the color of honey. Beer releases a thick, creamy head that slowly dissipates. The smell is subtler than expected as well. Lots of hops, mostly citrus... definitely the smell of abundant Northwest hops. It really smells great.

It's intensely bitter almost to an unpleasant degree and you can taste the alcohol on the edges of each sip. The mouthfeel is thick and bitter with almost an acidic tinge to it. It burns slightly on the way down.

As for drinkability, I drank the entire 23.4 ounce bottle, but won't be rushing out to pick this up again any time soon. Hop'solutely has some promise, but it needs to mellow out around the edges. If I do pick it up again, I'll probably cellar it in an effort to smooth the beer out.

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Photo of Blanco
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a cloudy amber/orange color with offwhite head. big thick head and excellent lacing. smell is of fruity hops. hmmm...the taste is not at all like I expected. having some difficulty even explaining, but it is very hoppy but can't even pick up any citrus, pine, fruity or floral profile. Malt bill is very high. No bitterness. caramel coming through. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy.

I don't know what to make of this beer. The taste is not like anything I've had and the hop bill is very...generic is all I can call it. Perhaps it's an old bottle. Who knows, another brewery with no bottle dates.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: a very bright rich blond color. head has some reddish tints to it, but mostly white. good retention and lacing.

S: lots of ethanol on the nose. sweet raisins mixes with american hop aromas. big sweet hop flowers. citrus. not too shabby.

T: very sweet flavors. sugar in the raw. sweet fruits, mangos. a little piney. finish is combined flavors of alcohol heat and lingering hop alphas. maybe a little butterscotch flavor. toffee. bitterness throughout, but not really at the forefront.

M: carbonation combined with the alcohol gives some feeling of tight carbonation. full bodied.

D: a little too much and needs some refining. calm some of the heat out and focus on the good american hop aromas/flavors.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Alcohol and some sweet malt that makes for a barleywine-like aroma.

T- Very boozy with some more of that sweet malt trying to balance things out, but it just doesn't work. I don't even get the IPA side of this as all I'm tasting is alcohol and malt.

M- Sharp and hot from the booze with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Way too hot. This is not an IPA, it's a barleywine and one that's gone wrong at that. Very little character and way too much alcohol. This is the first beer I've had from this brewery and it's a rough introduction.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty typical amber w/ some dark copper color along with a fingers-thick of white fairly dense head on top. Settles to a nice surface layer.

Fairly mild nose: Some crisp pine hops on the nose with a bit of grapefruit. Nothing major.

Sipping, it reveals a very sweet and sugary floral flavor that reminds me of honeysuckle sweetness. Some earthy flavors as well, but upon the swallow a very "hot" burning comes through from the alcohol. The aftertaste lets a grassy flavor stick around for a bit.

Prickly carbonation w/ a medium-to-full body, which was a bit more than expected. Alcohol is very apparent, and to me, enjoyable.

Overall, I have 25+ oz to drink, and I'm sure I'll enjoy drinking it. Makes a great sipper!

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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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Photo of thedoubler55
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Orangey brown color, about a finger of off white head and a bit of lacing not to much.

S- Very strong hint of hops right away, a sweet scent of honey as well, pine and grapefruit.

T-Strong taste of booze right away, bits of honey and caramel at the front. Very strong tasting IPA.

M- Huge beer! Medium bodied.

D-Dont know if I will be trying this one again, it was very boozy and not to fitting for my style of likes.

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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 KAP1356
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure these are fresh. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Pours a hazy, golden-oragne color. A modest pour borught about 1 finger of eggshell-white head. Decent lacing as what head that did formed, receded quickly.

S - Sweet citrusy hops with a hint of pine. TON of malt backbone. Slight honey covered grapefruit on the backend. Smells reminiscent of Hopslam that has been sitting around for a few months.

T - Caramel and honey maltiness right up front. Pine and citrus come out next although nowhere near enough to break through the malt wall.

M - Creamy, medium bodied beer. Carbonation is pretty nice for the style. Coats the mouth pretty well.

O - Nice beer, but not what I had hoped from what was touted as a big, beefy, triple IPA.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Victory Pint Glass.

A- Cloudy, orange-amber color. Pours very thick like motor oil. Almost no head- 1/16th inch, but it lasted five minutes before morphing into a paper thin film of lace.

S- piney hops, with a sweet note- hints of dried fruit.

T- BIG flavor- hoppy twinge of bitterness up front, but also with an interesting blend of sweetness. Dried apricot notes, with pronounced alcohol in the finish. I think I'll age the other two bottles I have for a few years...

M- FULL body- thick and chewy, medium body but a bit on the flat side.

D- A 'Big' IPA, with lots of typical Triple IPA characters. But this feels like a brew that will soften nicely and score better with age.

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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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild hop aroma along with a fairly complex malt bill boasting of pale, caramel, and bisquit malts. The taste is decent. It has a syrupy caramel malt flavor that's a little overly sweet along with a mildly bitter hop character. It goes down easy with a bit of warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I was excited to try it, but I have to say, I like their draft offerings better.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a pretty clear, honey colored body...there was a thin, one finger, white head sitting atop the beer...some lacing

S - Holy hops...that's all the nose is filled with...hops, hops, and more hops...strong and bitter

T - The strong hop presence is carried over into the flavors...the hops are all around...they are very fresh, hot, and bitter...the flavors come across as citrus with grapefruit and lots of pineapple actually...there's a huge sweetness to this beer but I can't detect any malt...some alcohol is present

M - Medium bodied...bitter, sticky, sweet, alcohol flavor

D - Whatch out for this one...weighing in at almost 12% you have to drink this one slowly...the hops were actually too much for me but if in need of a hop fix this one would do the trick

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with friends thanks dermopower for the hook up.

A- a good finger or two of off white head atop a golden sunset yellow orange in color.

S- big huge hop nose with citrus and a mild pine. Sweet malts that bring to mind honey. A rather present booze hit with rubbing alcohol.

T- hop forward and bold. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Sweet malts with a touch caramel and honey. Some booze in the finish.

M- above medium in body and a tick lower in carb. A good bit of heat but hey it a big beer.

D- I really like this stuff very big hop profile and a nice malt backbone. A big boozy and hot but its a pleasant burn.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz. chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange color with a moderate white head. The head faded rather quickly to leave a healthy bit of lacing.

Smell – There is a nice buttery biscuit aroma with plenty of good citrus smells. Some hints of pine and tropical fruit aromas are present as well and when mixed with a nice caramel aroma create a very pleasing smell.

Taste – For the most part the same flavors were present throughout the entire taste, but with varying intensities. A big bready malt taste was up front and remained strong throughout the taste. In the beginning the malty taste was mixed with a tropical fruit and light caramel sweetness and a good shot of more bitter pine hop flavor. The sweetness faded over time and the bitter hop grew stronger and stronger as the taste advanced. At the end a strong bitter hop was there and lingered on the tongue with the biscuit malt. While these were the main flavors, one in which I expected, was absent; surprisingly there was almost no alcohol flavor in this rather potent (11.8 %) brew.

Mouthfeel – Thick and chewy with a lower level of carbonation. The creaminess coated the tongue and this coupled without no burn of alcohol made it very easy to drink; somewhat dangerous for such a strong brew.

Overall – It had good characteristics. The flavors were nice, it had a wonderful aroma and it was very easy to drink, but due to all tastes being present at all times and the more subtle changes it was somewhat unexciting. Quite good but not great.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Jackie O's snifter. Thanks Mike (stmgl01) for this one!

No bottle date that I see.

A- Pours a Translucent brownish golden with a fairly thin white head that leaves some light spotty lacing. Decent consistent rising carbonation.

S- Fairly malty, a hint of booze although not bad for 11.5%, some light earthy hops that are balanced with the malts. Not overly aromatic and not overly interesting.

T- Light earthy hops balanced with light sweet malts, a hint of caramel sweetness, a little bit of a booze bite on the finish with light earthy greeny hops. Abv could have been dialed down a bit and a little bit more hops added. Overall not bad though for a very high abv IPA.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, some light alcohol burn on the finish although to be expected at this abv. Fairly drinkable at 11.5%, but definitely not the most drinkable IPA I've had over 10%.

O- For a high abv "triple" IPA this wasn't a bad beer. I will admit that I like lower abv IPAs a lot more, once they start getting over 9.5% the alcohol (and the malts used to hide it) takes away from the hop presence which is completely true in this beer. If you are looking for an ultra-hoppy IPA this beer isn't for you. However if you want a beer that is decently balanced between hops vs. malts, high abv, and a little bit more on the sweeter side then citrus then this is more for you.

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Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi transparent amber with a 2 finger head of fluff with a small head of marshmallow. Scattered bits of lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of herbal, caramel, floral notes, and orange candy.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with fruity apricots, golden raisins, brown sugar, and fresh spring flowers.
Mouthfeel is peppery, medium bodied, syrupy, and balanced.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz caged and corked bottle into a few tall glasses. Thanks to Dermopower for the hook up. My first from this brewery which is quite odd since I love locals.

A- This comes out looking bold with a mixture of orange and gold and even some bright copper if you look hard enough. A good amount off off white bubbles form a head but quickly die down, no lace.

S- Smells like a triple eye with that nail polish remover scent that I only get from triple IPA's, not a knock, it's just common for me. A slight sour grapefruit and other light citrus with a ton of sweet malt in the back.

T- While it smells like a triple, it tastes more like a double, less nail polish, more citrus with white grapefruit and small mango underneath a huge malt bill. Pile that on with a yeasty finish and you got yourself a triple IPA.

M- This is a medium bodied IPA with a smoothness and a nice amount of bitterness. It's not hugely mouth crushing but there is some heat on the end with the almost 12% in this here. The carb could stand to be knocked up, this almost felt dead by the end, to much alcohol I suppose.

D- Besides the alcohol and usual characteristics of the style, I enjoyed this but would only drink about 8 oz or so in a sitting. They should bottle this in 4 packs or something.

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