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
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
180
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 180
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 Seanibus
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
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 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 BeerGodz
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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 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 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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Hop'solutely from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
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