Hop Explosion | 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 IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by goindownsouth on 03-22-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
2
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20
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Photo of jambo297
2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LI_PO12
2.41/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nitro On-tap growler fill into pint glass

Appearance- Dark copper, clear about a finger of white head that fades quick

Aroma- Faint for something named hop explosion, There are grassy hops some pine, caramel, biscuity malt but its not very strong. Was hoping for some citrus or tropical fruits but not to be.

Flavor- Some caramel malt sweetness, decent bitterness, grassy hops, some pine, its pretty muddy hard to pull out anything strong.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, fairly low carbination for an IPA, no alcohol present

Overall- Its kind of bland for the style not a whole lot of hops in terms of aroma or flavor here. Its not bad, just not something I would seek out or recommend.

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Photo of BigMike
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of iterationzero
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark golden color with one finger of head, decent retention and nice lacing. Light citrus notes highlight a wonderful smelling brew. Unfortunately, it doesn't drink as well as it looks and smells...

Nice start with fruit undertones that quickly give way to an over-hopped beer with little balance and an almost musty finish. Decent body and carbonation for an IPA.

There are certainly better IPAs to be had.

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Photo of waddellc2
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of pknyc
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Budinetz
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gotta 32oz growler from whole foods of this IPA

Out the growler, Not much of a explosion in terms of look, a copper lagerish look with a nice amount of foamy flimsy off white to tan head, no stick. It dies down real quick.

Smells real earthy and grainy and hoppy but not citrus laden. It's a grass bomb, that turns sweet malty quick. Not picking up any disernable fruits from the tropics.

Yeah, not so great, I guess Im just not digging the hop variety in this one as the tropics are not present, and while malty, it's not sweet enough to be in the realm of the East Coast IPA's, To tell you the truth I don't know what this is, it's different though. Grass, hay grain caramel, yep.

Feel is less than medium with a lowish carb, not that bitey on the tounge, sort of comes and goes which is nice in this case. Not my glass of beer.

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Photo of mikr
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of nicholas527
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of CreightonSM
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A growler from whole foods.

A- two fingers of tan head from a hard pour that settles in a bit to a small cap nd a nice ring crystal clear orangeish brown in color.

S- big time caramel malts bounce off the grapefruit and pine hops.

T- definitely a east coast ipa here. Lots of toasty sweet malts with the hops playing second fiddle. Hops come off with lots of pine and to a lesser extent some earthy vegetative hits and a grapefruit rind touch.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body and on the other side of medium in carb.

D- its nice enough ipa. A bit heavy on the malts of my taste but its solid. I would love this at a spring bbq when there might be a cool breeze going.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear amber with a large, frothy eggshell head leaving layers of lace.

Smell is biting pine, a little cat pee, and grapefruit zest.

Taste is less powerful zesty pine, not too woody or bitter, with bready caramel, and a little lime and grapefruit zest.

Frothy feel with a bitter, dry finish.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the Harrisburg brewfest. Appearance - amber color with a mostly diminished head. Aroma - mostly pine and resin. Taste - bitter, dry and noit much hoppiness. Mouthfeel - dry. Ok as an IPA, ut not something I would go our of my way to drink or find.

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Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub.

This immediately reminds me of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion made up the road in Easton. While there's a lot of citrus hops flavors, this beer has almost no balance. Just really big hops. It's too much I think, the flavors are too intense for their own good. I like a good IPA or DIPA, but this one doesn't drink right.

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Photo of pavpav12
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of bacher468
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of jdg204
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this brew with a lovely dinner at the very loved Bethlehem Brew Works and it was quite an intense experience.

Appearance - Very nice amber color with a thick white head.

Smell - HOPS, WOW. This beer was so intensely spiced that it came through overwhelmingly and it gave the beer an odd, raw cheese smell. The first sign that we had gone overboard a bit here, though a citrus undertone was present (note it the tone undertone should be the other way around).

Taste - WOW, again the hops just blow you out of the water. The sweet citrus flavor was nice, but the hops were totally out of balance and completely overwhelmed the flavor with their rawness.

Mouthfeel - Consistency of the brew was pretty good but again the hops overwhelm your mouth and really overwhelm the taste buds.

Drinkability - Well it definetly belongs in the West Coast style IPA camp as proclaimed, but it's way too much. I've finally met my match in hops, though I'm not sure if it was the amount as much as the lack of balance and the sheer rawness (leading to the odd cheese odor). Not a great recco.

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Hop Explosion from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
3.54 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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