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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 177
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 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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and orange. There were some bubblegum notes, too. Not much in the way of caramel or malt.

T - Nice spicy hops upon first sip with those grapefruit and bubblegum flavors. There was sweet malt with some boozy alcohol presence, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with an alcohol warmth.

D - This is a pretty good imperial IPA. Good aroma and good taste.

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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 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 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 Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: loads of grapefruit, lemon zest, and a bit of an earthy quality is pleasant on the nose,

Taste: big caramel profile with a bunch of grapefruits, lemom zest, a bit of pine, and a strong sharp bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness, citrus and alcohol lingers.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer. One bomber is more than enough in a single session.

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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 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 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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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 akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
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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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 TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub. The serving notes, paraphrased slightly: 1.100 OG, 11.5%, IBU 100. A heavenly heavily hopped triple IPA packed with pacific NW hops. Brewed with two-row pale and caramel malts. Hopped with Cascade, CTZ, Summit, Amarillo, and Chinook. Then dry hopped with Chinook and Amarillo.

The beer is clear, bright copper color, 1 finger head that laced all over the glass. The aroma of sweet hops, with lots toffee and caramel malts in the backbone. Citrus leads the way, grapefruit and whatnot, with floral notes following.

I can't taste any ethanol but I can sense that this beer is immense. Loads of caramel and grapefruit and pine needles. The hops burn after each sip, but sweetly. Very sweet and sticky, this felt like sucking on a hop cone.

Highly recommended. I saw bottles for sale in Philadelphia, I may have to pick one up.

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

Reviewed on 12/19/2009. Bottle purchased from the Allentown brewpub. Pours a hazy orange brown with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, raisins, oatmeal, light citrus, and some booze. Flavor is heavily malt-dominated with some sweet citrus and a touch of fruits including apricot and tropical fruits. More like a hoppy barleywine than a IIPA. Still, it's quite tasty and it really grew on me.

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Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 caged and corked bottle purchased at Capones in Norristown PA (also saw it at Oak Tree in South Plainfield NJ)

Appearance: Pours a murky caramel with orange / auburn folds. The crown is 1 finger, slightly off white (slightly hop stained) with moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Caramel malt, mild pine note, grassy herbal notes, and a touch of bitter citrus.

Taste: Same as nose. Very balanced. Alcohol is fairly concealed but not totally.

Mouthfeel: A bit low in carbonation and muddy.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and abv hold it back but still fairly good. There is no huge dose of hops or alcohol that hold back the drinkability. I polished the 11.5% abv 750ml bottle by myself rather easily.

A fairly balanced 11.5% abv "triple" ipa in my opinion.

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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 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 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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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 bigfnjoe
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at the brewery. A little disappointed that it wasn't on tap

A- pours amber with a one finger white head and nice lacing. About standard for a DIPA

S- getting a nice aroma of pineapples...reminds me a lot of Hopslam, though a little more muted

T- a tad bit of pine, and a solid taste of pineapple and a little tropical fruit as well. Tasty

M- very thick, close to the point of being syrupy. That's a huge turnoff for me

D- this one could be dangerous at 11.5%, because the alcohol is hidden extremely well. Would like to try it fresh on tap, though

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well reviewed under this one because it is the corked version. After reading a recent article from Joe Sixpack stating that this was as good if not better the PTY just not as hyped. I had to try it. Thanks to a colleague from my work for getting me this.

Poured into a tuliip.Pours a lighter amber color with golden highlight's. A little hazy after the intial pour but does seem to clear up.A decent heading for an 11.5% ABV.Nice bubbling action from the bottom of the glass to the top.

Smell is very balanced.Amarillo hops are the main aroma.Piney kind of grassy.A nice sweeter maltiness underneath the bigger hoppy notes.

Taste starts out with that same pine hop as in the nose. The middle is more of a quick hot alcohol flash.Quickly put away with the sweeter almost sugary maltier side.Hops are there but not overpowering just balanced.

Mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation for the heavier alcohol content as well as the drinkability.

All and all a fine beer. I don't know why all the hatred towards this brew just because it was compared to PTY. A solid beer and much more affordable and available then PTY. The only thing I would say is this is a bit more boozey and a little less of a hop aroma. That's about it.

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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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