Helltown The Rapture IPA | Helltown Brewing

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Brewed by:
Helltown Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
85 IBUs

Added by merc7186 on 11-15-2011

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Photo of BeerHo
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at Canal Street Pub in Reading, PA. The color is gorgeous. There was no foam whatsoever and the lacing dissipated quickly which was disappointing but this beer still packs a ton of flavor!

Carbonation was very good.

Smell & taste were fantastic with obvious sweet ripe citrus & apricot immediately noticeable and lingering well on the tip of the tongue after each sip.

Mouthfeel is very good and satisfying with No disturbing flavors popping up.

Overall a very good summer IPA that I could see myself ordering a few at the bar. will try to get a sixtel to have at home. Very Drinkable at 7.00% ABV. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DWolf
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty orange color with a nice finger of sea foam white head, which dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing down the pint glass.

The aroma is pleasantly strong. The citrusy hops of orange and grapefruit and pine hit your nose. There is a slight caramel sweet malt presence.

Taste follows the nose with the citrus notes and a wonderful hoppy, piney bitterness. It drinks smoothly and relatively dry. It's full-bodied and well-balanced with an appropriate level of carbonation. You don't even really notice the 7.X% AVB. (Good thing I limited myself to 2 of them!)

Overall, this is another excellent IPA. Reminds me a lot of some "west-coast" style IPA's, whereas some of Helltown's IPA's I've had have felt more "east-coast." But, that could just be me. Regardless, for a small operation, Helltown is turning out some impressive beers, in the hoppy-style I prefer. Nicely done!

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Photo of JohnnyLarue
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock solid offering, more in the balanced malt variety of IPAs than their Insidious or Idle Hands but equally well crafted. Pours a copper pale slightly hazed body with abright white speckled lacing forming on the sides of my pint glass at Mad Mex Robinson. Aroma has a pungent citric and floral hop nose with a balancing mild booziness abv clocked in at 7% if you're interested. Malt breadiness a touch of caramel/crystal malt action to candy coat the hop additions. Flavor wise I liked the upfront bitterness, with citric peel, layered with some earthy herbal hops. Mild sweet bready malts interplay perfectly with the hop profile, you can't tell me this stuff isn't super drinkable. My glass was empty before I knew it, medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils gracing the palate. Moderate carbonation just well made enjoyable beer to come across, I'm sold at this point I don't care if says Helltown on the tap handle I'm drinking that.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cclark67789
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of RoyAlan
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At P.J. Whelihan's served in a pint glass. Beautiful copper color, with a quickly dissipating head. Lacing hung in there. Big hop hit on first taste. Very we'll made American IPA. Gonna have a couple while Im here. Hope to see more of this brewery in the eastern PA area.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seaba
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Saxboy10
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Apex
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryften
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzy
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jtyson
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of rondufresne
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Carrie Furnaces in Pittsburgh, PA.

This one pours a slightly hazy orange, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like candied hops- sugar coated grapefruit and orange, with a little bit of caramel malt.

This is a more old-fashioned style of IPA, and it's done fairly well. The malt character is supporting, and not too heavy, adding a candied sweetness to the juicy hop character- some definite grapefruit and orange, with a fairly heavy bitterness on the finish. This is nicely done.

This is medium bodied, pretty juicy and full, with a good level of carbonation.

This was very enjoyable.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of jjd315
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a 4 dollar pint pour at the Beermuda Triangle (New Ken)

A - A nice full pour produced only a 1/4 inch of head atop of typical golden amber hue beer.

S - Smells pretty balanced and inviting I get mild citrus and pine hops and typical sweet and crystal malts.

T - Well being impressed by the Devious and enjoyed the Mischievous I can say that Rapture was a very solid IPA offering. Sure you get bittering hops but it plays with the sweet crystal malts in a way that it never gets too cloying or bites the palate. Not saying it's the best IPA but it was pretty good.

M - Light to medium a very easy drink despite what ABV it was.

Overall I liked the Devious more and will seek out others for an IPA fix. Sorry guys!

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Helltown The Rapture IPA from Helltown Brewing
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