Hop'solutely | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

very good
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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 jburlew
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of bylerteck
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Seanibus
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
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 -27.6%
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 Travcofarms
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of CBrown3763
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Smurf2055
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of notdriving
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of pajeff
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of SDL1911
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smoother than I thought. One beer is enough

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Photo of dbauer78
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of BHopp12
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of miodusb
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Budinetz
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
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 -18.8%
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 -18.3%
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 -17.2%
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 -16.2%
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 -15.9%
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 -15.1%
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 -14.3%
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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Hop'solutely from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
3.77 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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