Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPASheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA is a contract brewed beer for sales in Kentucky regional Liquor Barn retailers only.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-12-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mrfrancis
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This bottle came to me courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77 and in reading the notes, I am honored to be able to review a relative rarity. This will mark the end of my Kentucky bottle foray as I next turn my attention to another brewery's beers.

From the bottle: "Brewed and bottled for Liquor Barn by BBC Beer Co. Louisville, KY".

I had not even fully Pop!ped the cap when I began to experience the foaming described by tone77. Fortunately, I always have an awaiting glass at the ready, so I placed the bottle in the glass while I prised the cap off completely. There was still some foam pushing up in the neck, so I conducted a very gentle pour which still produced three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pungent with dank, resinous hops! It was kind of unexpected, but once I got over my initial shock, my mouth began to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium and for all of that foaming, the carbonation seemed pretty light. The taste was sharp, very hoppy, but at or beyond the point of saturation. The hops had a grassy, minty taste, not unlike the BBC APA, but sharper, without much of a malt presence at all. This was an example of the type of imbalance that I am not big on. Finish was dry and slightly astringent, not unpleasant, but not the sort of thing that I enjoy, either.

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

On drat at local establishment.
A-Light translucent orange like weak tea. Little head & little lacing.
S-Sweet pine, citrus, maybe orange.
T-Mild pine bitter that endures, some sweet citrusy notes. No hint of the 8% abv.
M-Good carbonation, light bodied.
O-Very easy drinker.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Despite no agitation, foam came oozing out of the bottle upon opening, and has a golden color with a 1 inch head and lots of lacing. Smell is strong of oranges, tropical fruits. Taste has lots of flavor, orange, tropical fruits, mild bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall a very good beer worth trying.

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

Photo of ZEB89
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KerryCummins1977
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Retroman40
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

This is a decent enough IPA - It apparently is only available at Liquor Barn stores and made by local brewer BBC. Pours out a orange amber with good head retention. The smell is fruity hops and the flavor is dominated by these hops. I found it a tad on the sweet side but nothing that detracted from the beer. If you happen to be in a Liquor Barn give this a try as it is between a buck and buck and a half less than many other similar beers.

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Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of LoganMc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of dlin0sbb
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of callmeoz
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Cory_Brown
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Went to liquor barn looking for a stout and or IPA. Couldn't pass up a 6er of a double IPA for 7.49.. (So glad I got a 4 pack of storm king) Honestly, the only reason this beer intrigued me was because it didn't say BBC on it. I haven't liked anything I've tried from them but may try a couple more just because they're local..
Anyway, the only thing I liked about this is the creamy head and lacing that persists throughout. It's just too much. Way too one dimensional. It's a hop bomb and the bitterness is just too much for my taste.
The only reason I'm not scoring this even lower is because of the price.

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Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beerme626
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Contract brewed for Liquor Barn - not likely to be even average you might think. But wait, this IPA looks and smells great, tastes pretty good and is above average overall. The beer is a deep orange-amber with a well-proportioned and very durable off-white head. The aroma is another strong point, with citrus and tropical fruits, including pineapple and tangerine rind, mixed with a faint breadiness. Quite a bit more pine comes forward in tasting, with a moderate grapefruit rind aftertaste. Of course, some hop heads will like these qualitites, but I wish it tasted more like it smells. Still, worth trying, especially at this price point.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of djmichaelk
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, bottled 6/14/13
DFH IPA glass

A: Clear glowing orange color. Thin layer of slightly off white head. Nice carbonation. Some sticky lacing bits.

S: Nice fruity hop aromas. Muted but there. Orange marmalade. Some earthy pine notes.

T: Some bitterness on the tip if the tongue. Not overpowering. Again the muted fruity hops. Definitely orange and some light citrus. At the back of the palate you get a good amount of bitterness. Sticks around a while. Bitter dry finish.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dalepryor
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
3.76 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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