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 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 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 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 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 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 Pencible
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like orange and sugary grapefruit and candied apricot, with some caramel and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like juicy orange and sweet candied apricot, with some caramel and copper and honey wheat bread. It had a somewhat clean, sweet and hot aftertaste with some bitterness.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was more like an American barleywine with substantial malt, than a double IPA. The scent and taste and body were all nice. The finish wasn't very smooth though, so it was better to sip. It might actually age really well, and help mellow out the alcohol. Fresh, it was decent 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 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 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 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 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 brstls4drmrs
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 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 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 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 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 DaveHack
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into DFH snifter.

Hazy, golden wheat color.
This beer smells of hops and booze
Very nice bitter hops, smooth boozy taste on the swallow
This isn't a light beer. It is pretty thick and chewy, but it is good.
I enjoy this beer, but it is not for the faint of heart.

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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 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 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 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 Thanby
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel with a huge off-white head that stays for a while and leaves a very nice sticky lacing.

The nose is like solid caramel, it's hard to even get hops off this one. Traces of pine notes are making me think of a Columbus bittering maybe?

The first taste is huge bodied caramel malt, followed closely by sweeter bittering hops with some floral notes around the edge, then the malt sweetness comes back to stay through the finish.

Thick body and with a ton of malty sweetness, not as hoppy as I was expecting, but overall enjoyable.

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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 inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Victroy snifter. No bottle date (?). 11.5% ABV.

A: Clear, orange color. One finger, pure white head. Looks like Hopslam, but does it taste like it. Carbonation is OK. Good lacing. Sticky.

S: This smells like a hop bomb from afar. Extreme fruity hops. Awesome smell.

T: From start to finish: we go from mild & smooth to intense hop flavor & sweet malts in the middle to extreme bitterness & mouth pucker at the end. Like Hopslam, but nowhere near as refined. Boozy finish.

M: Mouth pucker'er. Coats and stays with you.

O: Good beer from a local PA brewer that prior to this I'd never heard of. Not Bell's quality, but a nice offering. Pretty darn good.

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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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