Hop Suplex | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Suplex is juiced with six different hop varieties in the brew kettle and our slow, heavy weight dry-hop additions added by HopfenKubel. Hop Suplex Ale features Saucony's widest range of hop varieties and our most complex hopping schedule. Hop Suplex weighs in at 10% ABV compliments of a hefty grain bill, but a dose of honey balances the flavor and compliments the floral and strong citrus tones of grapefruit, melon, and gooseberry provided from our favorite selection of hops.

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Photo of zshaft
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours nice syrupy orange tranparent but just barley. not much head. nose is sweet melon and some resin with orange and mango. kind of nice but you can tell this is a heavy hitter. mouthfeel is fairly heavy with nice coating of the mouth. I get nice up front big orange followed by some pine but gives way to intense peach and apricot and some biscut. end palate leaves you with sticky hops and leaves a nice bitterness lingering. this beer is a nice surprise and the flavors really burst out for me mid palate. I feel this is well balanced but hop fotward and hides alcohol well. each sip leaves me puckering for more and overall a very good beer. glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saucony Creek Brewing Co. + Gastropub "Hop Suplex Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating or production code
$1.99 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Up until now I've really liked everything I've had from Saucony Creek, but this one has me scratching my head. I don't really find it that hoppy, which is odd for a double or "Imperial" IPA. Of course maybe it's old, and I just don't know it as there's no freshness dating on the bottle, but I don't find any oxidation so I'm sure it's at least fairly fresh.

What I do find is fruitiness, and sweetness, giving it a candy-like aroma and flavor that's mixed with sweet white wine and wild flowers. There's alcohol there as well, which should be expected at 10% ABV, but it seems to stand apart from the maltiness which isn't good, leaving it candy-sweet upfront and then alcohol-spiced in the finish. Fortunately the bitterness is not overdone, checking in somewhere along the lines of a standard IPA (perhaps a little higher). Some citrusy and other tropical fruity hops are present along the way including soft orange, mango, melon, white grape and some pine - but the whole just comes across as sloppy and muddled. The overall balance is OK: it's not too bitter, and the alcohol does a lot of the drying in the finish, but it's just not refined. Perhaps this is an example that proves the adage "sometimes less is more". I enjoyed it as best I could as an American strong ale, but I don't know that I can get behind it as an "Imperial IPA".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a subdued hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is very hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong but well-disguised kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just had this fresh and really loved it. pale honey in color with just a bit of visible sediment, the beer is quite light in appearance and grain character for its strength. I am wondering, and am in fact rather certain that there is some dextrose or some other sugar spike in this, because it just doesn't have the grain character that a beer this strong would otherwise have if it were all grain sugars. its almost light in texture too, which kind of confirms that. the hop complexion is what its all about though, and I have no problem with the apparent use of adjuncts to allow them to shine more. seems like a fair few variants going on, I get citra and simcoe coming through im pretty sure, their synergy is pretty distinct. plenty of citrus and pineapple notes in here too, even cranberry tang for a second before the finish. there is some residual sugar, and the alcohol comes right out, im not sure it benefits much from being so strong. it would be just as good if not better near 8% abv. still, this is definitely underrated on here, its way better than folks are giving it credit for. freshness must be critical here...

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - Hazy (almost murky) dark orange with two fingers of white head

S - Subtle citrus with strong resin

T - Surprisingly subdued hop intensity. Some orange, peach, and grapefruit keep this sweet enough to over come the hop oils and resins which dominate throughout. A small kick of pine on the finish.

F - Appropriate for the style without being syrupy or thick. Slight warming, but no alcohol taste. A little undercarbonated.

O - Bland-tasting for a Triple IPA as hops are surprisingly lacking and were put aside for strong, resinous notes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Pours a bright amber color. A big, robust Double IPA. Hops are citrusy and fruity and there is a thick maltiness there too. Reminds me of the gargantuan Imperial IPAs I used to drink often a few years back. So much flavor on both ends. Hop Suplex is initially hop dominant. It takes the malt a while to catch up but once it does it refuses to let up. Muscular hop, dense malt, stringent booze, bold bitterness. A large West Coast Imperial IPA. I have had this beer hundreds of times before but from dozens different breweries... I think I have begun to outgrow beers Like this; or they have become too much for me.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice, thick, rings of lacing;

S: assertive; slightly bitter grapefruit;

T: earthy and floral for a moment, then grapefruit comes in and builds though the finish; moderate bitterness at the end - more than most DIPAs;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: a little one note - a good note, but not very complex;

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy orange/amber color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a smaller layer, strong lacing

S- Tropical aroma, but not a strong citrus like most...has

T- tropical with a pine hint, but the honey makes it sweet...the alcohol for a 10% abv is nicely masked...has an aftertaste of a fruit that I cannot pinpoint, but is not bitter given the hop schedule.

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthful and a smooth finish

O- As an avid IPA drinker, I like it. It's a very nice change of pace from other DIPAs. I like the honey add.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no date on bottle, but case says 7/13/15

hazy orange golden color, thick white head. good head retention and lacing. nice juicy fruity hop aroma. same with the taste - with just enough malt to balance. not bitter at all. can't tell it's 10% abv either. mouthfeel is a bit sticky.

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Photo of Oofczer0
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't think this beer gets a perfect rating. But I do think it should be rated at least at 90 so I am overrating this to bring the overall up a little bit. This is a solid double IPA, better than most and at a good price. Smell reminded me of a Pliney or other heavy resin IPAs. Defintely worth buying and drinking. I will be snagging this one again.(this is my first review, sorry if this isnt the correct way to do this)

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Photo of Budlum
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a just barely hazy golden orange shade displaying a small amount of carbonation and topped with a firm white head. The nose has a pleasant aroma of evergreen hops mixed with sweetness, but it is a bit soft for a DIPA. An initial burst of pine hop flavors are supported by the sweetness of the added honey. The honey element is nice and serves to smooth the hops, but subdues their flavor a bit to much. One thing this beer does very well is mask the alcohol content. The feel is pretty clean for a DIPA.

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Photo of JocksNHops
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely a strong beer, but you wouldn't know that when you taste it. the honey they added really makes this beer an easy drink. i'm glad i was able to snag this before they sold out.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I attribute the recommendation for trying this to my son, since he liked the label when we were checking the selection out at the bottle shop. Poured chilled from the bottle in a pilsner glass.

The color is a golden amber with light haze and white head with fine bead and film of lace. The smell is tropical with fruit aromas from the hops such as pineapple and mango with grassy and herbal hop aroma and light malt sweetness in the nose. The feel is tangy and mildly sweet on entry with slight astringency from hops with medium bitterness and light alcohol in the dry finish which is slightly chalky.

The taste is very good with tropical elements as indicated in the smell with light grassy and bitter flavor coming through and mild pine sharpness and slight malt with almost no sweetness compared to the astringency and bitter taste which overwhelms. This is a bruiser-good if you are into unbalanced intense and lingering bitter IPA's -the flavor is good overall but not subtle enough to drinkk more than one for me.

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Photo of HotBeerJosh
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I've purchased this twice now from the local bucket trade. Very cool art with Macho Man going top rope on the Ultimate Warrior. That's what drew me in.

Taste for me took a little bit to adjust to the first time. But I quickly became a fan.

Feels a little thin for a 10% Imperial.

I paid 10.99 for a 4 pack.

I'll be buying again!

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Photo of Rbodacious
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Friend picked up in a random assortment mostly due to label art.
I likely would have not. Good friend good:-)
Never heard of the brewery but will check out.
Very solid appearance-rich hazy orange with creamy white head.
Sweetened hoppy scent.
Nicely melded bitter hop oil flavors yet piney juicy caramel finish. Somewhat odd but really good. I like it. Appreciate ABV 10.! ie: :-) Sipper. Enjoy.

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Main Street Pub in Bally, PA - poured in a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep amber, semi opaque with a thin white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Pine and evergreens plus some citrus notes. Biscuity malts. Semi sweet aroma.

T/F: Very aggressive and hops forward. Lacking in complexity but still enjoyable. 10% ABV and the associated warmth can mask some deficiencies. Moderate carbonation and a bit chewy.

O: A solid imperial IPA but there are many better ones out there. I enjoyed it though and would have it again. Definitely for the hop heads.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another hop forward hop aggressive beer. This will definitely please your palate if you're a hop head. Pours a hazy golden brown color, with a white creamy head. The aroma will knock you over with hops. The taste was very stingy and a bit bitter but hop heads won't mind. Overall a good beer to try. You can pick up the 10% ABV, so consume carefully! This is a heavyweight champion! Side note... May be my favorite bottle! Great artwork on the bottle!

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Photo of ajm5108
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very oily beer, almost feels like drinking grease...lots of hops, obviously, but not very balanced or unique. You get some floral hibiscus but that is quickly subsumed by the overload of hop bitterness, and it isn't a great mix to begin with

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Photo of StonewallSipper
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice drinkable hoppy beer. Many flavors hit the tongue, slightly bitter, citrus, honey, and unlike many double IPA's it is not filling. Good job, great beer.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium lasting off white head, some lacing. Aroma is sweet citrus and floral notes, some yeast and caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt, citrus orange flavors with some moderate hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. The finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast, sweet citrus and orange flavor with a floral citrus hops bitterness for balance. Overall a good drinking flavorful DIPA.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a smaller layer, a little bit of sediment floating around

S- big emphasis on tropical fruity hops with notes of mango, pineapple, guava and orange. It actually smells like guava nectar, unusual for an IPA, but nice

T- tropical emphasis continues through to the taste, with highlights of guava and mango. Slightly piney hop bitterness, sweet and sugary malt lead to a fruity finish with lingers of more guava on the close

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- a different take on a DIPA, but if you like tropical fruity hops, this is definitely worth a try. Bonus points for the awesome label, OOOOHHHH YEEEEAAAH!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle backlog here at Chez Woody has caused me to give short shrift to a number of breweries. In some instances, it was because I bought the bottle and then realized that no approved pic existed, so I took a pic, resized it, submitted the pic, set the bottle aside and then got sidetracked awaiting approval. In this case, some of their beers had pics and others did not, but now, all is in readiness!

From the bottle: "From farm to pint our beer is alive! Unpasteurized keep it chilled!"

Oh, here we go! I had spent a nice afternoon in the company of my late Pops on the 13th anniversary of his death and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a DIPA surfaced! The hops boys were ready to tag team me, so I donned my way cool knitted hophead hat and headed for the corner. Pinky was the first to come after me, flexing his muscles and acting like Billy Badass with that face paint. I ripped the cap off with my teeth and dug right in. I flew off of that turnbuckle like I had been turned upside down and jammed into a glass. As a matter of fact ... I was not going to play around with these guys. Their friends had spent the afternoon softening me up and now they were coming at me with a 10% tag team! I used a Neshaminy Creek glass since one Creek is just like another, right? Wrong! That really set them off for some reason and once the massive three-plus fingers of tawny head settled, Lil Yella Fella came off the ropes and kicked me square in the jaw. Color was a hazy Deep-amber (SRM = 13) and all of a sudden, things got hazy. I am not a big guy, but I picked up Lil Yella Fella and threw him over my shoulder and onto the mat with a thud. Mouthfeel, like Pinky, was medium, but with a wallop. He got me with a forearm to my chest and then to my jaw, clamping it shut just as the hops really went to work on my tongue. Jeez-O-Man! I was getting from outside and within. No wonder these little hoppy creeps looked and felt so confident. My leathery tongue was up to the task, however, and fought the juicy, citrusy hops until the weaker caramel malts showed themselves and then my tongue showed them all who was boss, sending them packing towards my throat. Once more, I was feeling a burn from inside and out. The hops made a resurgence on the finish just as Pinky chopped me in the Adam's Apple, all of which sank me to my knees. Now, Lil Yella Fella came hurling at me, feet first and caught me in the ribs. I began to gasp. Where had all of this come from? It had been such a nice, quiet, contemplative afternoon until now, and suddenly I was getting my ass kicked by a DIPA double team. It just did not seem fair until I remembered that I am a self-proclaimed hophead and there will always be those characters who want to take you down a notch. I weakly dragged myself over to the gloating Lil Yella Fella where I slowly dragged myself up off of the mat and to his astonishment, grabbed him by his ankles and began to twirl him around like the blades of a helicopter. This also caught Pinky off-guard, because he unthinkingly waded in to help his Lil buddy, only to get nailed on the chin by Lil Yella Fella's head. Pinky went down like I had hit him with a metal folding chair, which my corner was encouraging me to do, and then I began beating him with the now-unconscious Lil Yella Fella until the ref stepped in and called the fight. I climbed out from between the ropes and called Saucony Creek B.C. and told them to keep their weak stuff at home, where they belong. Once again, woodychandler reigns as Champion of Hops!

Addendum: At 3.69, my rDev is currently 0! That is as rare as sunshine in PA in February.

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Photo of slusk
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper with a dense one finger white head, minimal lacing.

S: Floral grapefruit, apricot and a bit of pine. A modest bit of caramel malt with a bit of citrus.

T: Balanced toward the hop end of course with a nice floral grapefruit and apricot flavor. Caramel malt comes in the middle with a surprisingly sweet orange-like flavor, much like an English malt. The bitterness comes in fairly strong in the end and survives through the semi-dry finish. Subdued bread crust in the background.

M: medium light body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Overall this is a nice hoppy IPA. It has a nice bitter kick in the finish but is quite sweet at the same time. There's a nice citrusy orange like malt flavor going on. This might not appeal to lovers of IPA's but I like it. Nice variety. It's like an overly hopped ESB. Not terribly complex but clean and distinct divide between Flavor and aroma hops and malt character.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden honey-orange coloring had a murky, dense nature in the glass. Pale-yellowish milky 1/2 inch head provides a generous amount of lace despite its small size.

S: Perfumy fresh lemon-citrus scent with some sweet sugar coated pink grapefruit. Fresh tangerines, buttered croisant and some honey-wheat malt. Fade of lightly dry flowery citrus.

T: Flavor was sweet malt, lemony citrus hops that was wet with a spicy tropical bite and zesty grapefruit hopping with some orange peel. Hopping turns to a dry floral nature with some grassy pine helping. The level of hoppiness is moderately strong with a bready, toasted sweetness for backing.

M: Good carbonation, spicy hop brightness on the hold and tongue, malty lush depth turns to a frothy creamy nature on the hold.

O: Overall the malting was heavy handed here, spicy, acidic, with multiple tiers of hop flavor and depth with a creamy, frothy texture. Very good try, mid to B+ rating.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper and hazy. Thick white head settles to a ring around my snifter. Soapy like lace that stays for days. Good looking beer.

S - Grapefruit parts way for burnt sugar and tropical fruit, boozy in the nose letting you know it packs a punch.

T - Grapefruit tossed in sugar, big sweet malt backbone to this one. Slightly tropical mid palate finishes citric bittersweet. 10%? I was guessing 12%, the alcohol is there! not hidden and that heat is an underlying part of the taste. It's only strike in my opinion, hide that so bit better send this could have been one of the greats.

M - Full body and starts off with carbonation that's just enough and fades to a slightly creamy and coating finish. Very smooth on the mouthfeel and I like it.

O - They have something here. It needs refinement, it's rough around the edges. It's different in a good way it just needs something that brings it together.

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