Hop Explosion | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by goindownsouth on 03-22-2003

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26
Ratings:
97
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
25.42%
 
 
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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 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 mgbickel
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Served in a standard pint glass. A single finger of bone white head rested upon the golden-orange body.

The nose was weaker than I expected. Some light hops on top of a grainy backbone.

The taste is pretty much in line with the nose...some hops bite up front and at the end, but the middle is pretty boring...grassy with a tiny bit of malt flavor.

Light bodied, slick and well carbonated pretty much sums up the mouth feel.

Meh...not a bad beer, but not outstanding either. Refreshing and tasty still...

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Photo of thain709
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a glowing amber body and a small, white head...the head didn't retain very much and didn't leave much lacing

S - Big, juicy, citrus hops...very nice aroma

T - The hops are the star in this beer...up front they are juicy and sweet with traces of grapefruit and some orange...in the middle there is a touch of caramel malt for balance...the end is bitter piney hops

M - Medium bodied...crisp and refreshing...good bitterness

D - This was a nice surprise from the Brew Works...this was a mild version of their Hops'lutely which was a little over the top if you ask me

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the BBW Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper orange/amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of overall citrus (grapefruit), pine with a splash of caramel. Tastes of the same. Very light alcohol in the finish. Nicely bitter. Light lacing left on the glass. Menu had the Alc Content @ 7.2%,

Notes from 9/9/06

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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 beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright, hazy golden-orange with a creamy white head.

S: On the nose was some citrus and flora notes, a moderate level of hoppiness. Nose was lighter then expected.

T: there was a medium level of hoppiness, fresh citrus, some grapefruit against a nice palate of fresh wet grains. There was a dry floral hop fade.

M: was light, a tad watery but modest on hopping and very smooth.

D: A very smooth and light drinking ipa which is best suited as a session ipa rather then one named as such. A tad disappointing considering name and style but moderately enjoyable by itself.

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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 brentk56
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear dark golden color and a modest head that drops to a film but continues to provide sheets of lace

Smell: There is some citrus here, but an unfortunate vegetal aroma is clearly present

Taste: Starts out with a sweet bready flavor as the malts assert themselves; after the swallow, the hoppy flavors arrive but it is not a citrusy west coast hop profile (as advertised) but rather a piney, slightly metallic bitterness

Mouthfeel: Just a tad slight of a medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA, but lacks the citrus to proclaim itself as a true West Coast version of the style

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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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Photo of goindownsouth
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass on 10.13.06 at Bethlehem Brew Works.

Filtered well and amber in colour, this IPA presented with little, if any head whatsoever. The little head that did present, left whisps of lacing along the sides of the class. Aromas of grapefruit and hop spice were evident. A sweet malt flavor followed with a good bit of hop bitterness. According to those in the know, this one was brewed with pale and crystal malts, and hopped with Tomahawks from Yakima Valley, WA.

I must admit, I have been down on BBW over the last 6-9 months. But this IPA has made me change my tune a touch. I would go back and make a night out of this one, for sure.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of dickroop
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a pint glass, had very little head but left nice lacing, and it was clear but dark bronze. The nose wasn't overpowering, but clearly some hops were comin'

Taste *was* overpoweringly hoppy It was piney and resinous, with some citrus overtones, mostly just very strong. Malts were not much in evidence, I would have preferred a bit more for balance. Did I mention that this was really strong hoppy ale?

Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, astringent, bitter but not everlastingingly.

Drinkability was diminished by the one-dimensionality of flavor. I ordered another with my dinner, and it improved my opinion of the beer. I guess I like my hops with more balance or nuance, not just the bomb

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Photo of francisweizen
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First thing's first....This beer is not hoppy! I don't know what they are talking about in the description, but this stuff is not an IPA, it's a lighly hopped pale. Granted the orangey hue is nice, as is the nice white head of foam. The aromas smell of subtle, candied hops, and the malt profile is huge! The taste is malty with some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and watery but the drinkability is high!

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Photo of yen157
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like my review of BBW’s Berliner weisse, this can’t contain any comments of the nose since it was overpowered by the brewer’s decision to brew during this visit.

The beer had a pleasant copper body with a thin lacy head. It didn’t look too malty since what little foam was left on top didn’t make much effort to cling to the glass. My inference proved to be correct after the first sip. I wouldn’t consider the beer thin, but it was less that I would expect for an IPA. While the hops were there, it seemed more like an aggressively hopped pale ale than an IPA, as is the case with 3F Alpha King. The hops were bracing but not over done, and the bitterness build in the back of my throat as my glass became lighter. A slight candy sweetness from the malt combined well with the citrus from the hops. Everything was in very good balance, but in less quantity than I was hoping for. Nonetheless, it was a good beer, but not as good as the case Alpha King that sat in my back seat from my trip to Shangy’s.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a golden copper color sitting under a small white covering of foam. It has a nice spicy hop aroma.

The body is medium to light, just a tad thin for my liking. I will say, however, that as it warms, it picks up a whole lot of flavor (much more than I had anticipated). It is nicely hopped, but just not quite enough to live up to its name. It is still a pretty good brew.

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Photo of pezoids
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a bright and clear golden yellow color and was topped with a small but rich white head of foam. There is a big citrus hop aroma, more noticable than the malt or grains. An intense and sharp astringent flavor overwhelms this beer, not the kind of bitterness that I’m looking for in an IPA, but not that bad. The smell and the look of this beer is better than it's taste.

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Hop Explosion from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
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