Hop'solutely | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 56
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 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 Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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 LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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

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