Hops Explosion IPA | Watch City Brewing Co.

very good
37 Reviews
Hops Explosion IPAHops Explosion IPA

Brewed by:
Watch City Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-05-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 54
Photo of warriorsoul
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally had the chance to meet up w/ carln26 for a few pints and thanks to Longstaff, I was in for a treat...Watch City's Hops Explosion IPA offered cask conditioned.
Pours a bright golden orange w/ two full fingers of creamy white head, so dense the majority of it remained the duration of the pint.
Lacing was thick and clingy...holding strong to the side of the pint glass.
Aroma was very fruity...citrus and grapefruits mostly...nice.
Taste was delicious...my first experience having the IPA on cask, so I was very pleased. Mouthfeel was slick, but not over the top...the hops dominate, but it also has a decent malt backbone...making this brew very drinkable. Bitterness is all up front and is very mild...the aftertaste is so clean and drinkability is through the roof.
A must try if in the area...thanks again for the tip Longstaff and thanks for meeting up carln26.

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Photo of Truh
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filled an order of nitro for Wile E. Coyote with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pour in a pint glass at the brewpub.

Film of coated head at start with some excellent stick and lace all the way down. Hazy, yellow straw hue with amber touches at its core. Huge, juicy hop nose made up of grapefruit, oily hop resin, some sweet grass, and freshly fallen, wet leaves. Bitingly hoppy as it passes the lips; tough to find any malt in there, or much of anything else for that matter. Begrudgingly, as pour warms, hints of malt start to break through the hop barrier. More than one of these could be deadly on the palate. However, this is a nice addition to the brotherhood of the bud.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on tap initially, which was a fine brew. After realizing it was available cask conditioned I had to order one and see what I could see.

Wonderful orange coloring with a little, frothy white head.

More citrus than hops smell and taste, but hops do kick in on the way down. The beer, of course, was not as cold as were used to with tap beer, something I was not used to but cherished with each sip of this baby.

Good mouthfeel here, lots going on, many feelings going on. The beer had attitude and I can't help but think as it swirled in my mouth that this beer was taunitng me, daring me to enjoy it and allowing me to go to another level of beer appreciation.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What sort of strawberry madness wafts off this frothy tulip? The beer is dark and hazy, somewhere between amber and milk-chocolate. It's no dainty golden pink berry brew but has a startlingly strong strawberry aroma. Its flavors were intense, with a citrus bite followed by a malt sweetness with some subtle strawberry notes. It's good, but not as impressive as the awe inspiring aroma led me to believe. Now, I wasn't looking for a chocolate-strawberry-cheesecake beer, but this one had me hoping.

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Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops Explosion was the 1st beer I tried from Watch City. It’s often on tap there, so I go back to it whenever the current seasonal doesn’t agree with me. Color: medium brown towards orange; nice head with a good lace on the glass after a sip or two. The aroma is mild hops with a surprising citrus smell. The citrus carries over to the flavor as well. For a beer called Hops Explosion, I was expecting more in the “hops” area, but this beer is all about balance. The hops flavor is tempered by the other characteristics of the beer. This is very drinkable, and because of the citrus/hops balance, is an excellent warm weather beer. I’ve had the beer on cask too, but will not write a separate review. It is worth ordering it off the pump. The texture and flavor are improved by the cask-conditioning.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown topped with a two finger tan head, laced in bits.
Citrus and floral aroma, clean and fresh, toasted bread, a note of tea.
Also get the citrus and floral notes in the taste, bready, caramel, well balanced, even though it's a hop-forward brew, you can still taste the malt.
Medium bodied and smooth, easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just came on cask.

It came to the table an incredible bright orange creamsicle complete with brilliant white fluffy head. As it cleared, the color dulled to an orangey amber haze with tan shadows down the back side of the glass. All along the citrus scent drifted across the table, and when I leaned in for a sniff, the aroma leapt up my nose.

It had a tender mouthfeel that went down easily, tasting mostly of sour, citrusy hops and a yeasty finish. The head stayed firm halfway down the glass, leaving streaks down the side.

This isn't exactly what you might expect in an IPA, but I like it. If a nice juicy orange could be turned into a beer, this would be it!

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/4/04 Had this again yesterday at Watch City, this time the abv was listed at 5.9%. The only thing I can add is the the initial taste of this beer was the most citrusy I think I have ever tasted. That went away after a while, but, whoa! was my first impression.

Had this on tap...orange amber color. Not much head when poured, but left some nice lace in the glass. Pleasant hop aroma.

I thought this was a very good, not over the top, hoppy IPA. Nice balance between the malt and the hops. Would have had more than one, but I wanted to try another style.

Would get again. Very fresh and easy to drink.


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Photo of goz
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium amber in color, small white head, diminishing to a long lasting, clingy lace. Aroma is floral, citrus, pine - all about the hops. Initially has a small malt sweetness - hints of caramel, followed by a good and long last hoppy attack. My main mug-filler at WCBC.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a fluffy off white head. With the IBU's in the 60's this is a hoppy beer and one that I do like. It has been about 15 min. since I finished this beer and it is still with me. It is actually very balanced with the hops coming through more in the end. It reminds me a lot of the Concord IPA. I believe the ABV is 6.1% and not 5.25%. Maybe they changed the recipe. Drink locally!

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Photo of Andy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy off orange color. Earthy hop nose, some malt hints (even chocolate-oily). Hop flavor is very earthy with a quiet malt balance. Malt is bigger in this finish, which also includes some citric tartness

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Photo of Todd
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Hand bottled @ Watch City for BeerAdvocate.com

Appearance: Clean, rich dark amber in colour. Pours an awesome creamy, foam head that sticks to the glass and has amazing retention.

Smell: Extremely aromatic. Huge, assertive hop bouquet. Spicy, citrusy, earthy with specifics like grapefruit and flowers in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. This is a very hoppy beer. First sip brings on an aggressive, fresh and complex hop profile of citrus, grapefruit, rind, salt, floral, mineral, spice and herbal flavours that peaks with a quick and intense sting on the palate. Hop flavours carry through to the very end. Malt characters are there, but my tastebuds are telling me merely for body and some balance. However, there are some toasty/biscuity flavours that pull-thru the intense hops with some dextrin flavour. A sweetness lurks in the behind the hops too, and rounds things off, well as much as it can. Hop flavours come back at the end and pretty much dominate the aftertaste.

Notes: Whoa! Did I mention that this is a very hoppy beer? Incredible aroma and bite. Hopheads, you'll love it! I'm literally burping-up hops.

This beer was brewed with 29lbs of hops in a 12bbl batch at 68 IBUs, using Cascade, Willamette, Perle, Eroica and Chinook hops.

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Hops Explosion IPA from Watch City Brewing Co.
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