Hop'solutely | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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180 Ratings
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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

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Added by TurdFurgison on 03-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Timtac
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ogman
4.81/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ithacabaron
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked a single up before I realized it was 11.5 percent ABV. Yikes. Well, let's see what's in store.

Pours with a bright, zesty Tang-like glow. Small bubbles gather up into a slim head that soon dissipates into film and lacing. Celebratory, and promising.

Aroma blooms out with a major aroma of underripe mangoes and candied orange peel. Mellow and blanketing. Bit of a jolly rancher glycerine thing going on as well. Rich and tropical.

Taste is surprisingly bitter and focused; after the pillow-like tradewinds on the nose, I expected a similarly diffuse flavor. Pinecones and cloves on the finish. No juice, no sugar. Incidentally, while you'd never think this was a session beer, the booze is fairly well balanced. A few sips in, however, you feel it.

Mouthfeel is nicely done. Not too flabby, not too sharp. Again, unexpected, and demonstrating skill with how much is going on here.

Overall, a surprising, mildly flawed, and unexpected delight! Drink it fresh; this is not a beer that's built to age. Will I be buying another? Probably not. But worth a try on your end.

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Photo of mikr
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Eh alcoholy 5/16

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Photo of sliprk314
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of zekeman17
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Theredphone
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 bylerteck
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of msp88
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 madelf66
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of awesomea
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjm5618
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of JimandTracey
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
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 SDL1911
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
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 Tarheel219
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Hop'solutely from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
3.76 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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