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

Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPASheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA
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From:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
 
Kentucky, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
8%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 12.83%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
27
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 08, 2017
Added:
Dec 12, 2007
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  4
SCORE
85
Very Good
Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPASheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA
Notes: Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot IPA is a contract brewed beer for sales in Kentucky regional Liquor Barn retailers only.
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Rated: 3.43 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
Nov 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Grindelvasdrum from Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.
May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Nov 19, 2015
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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.
Aug 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by AmitC from New York

Jun 05, 2015
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Burnt orange body with a ton of white soapy foam. Pine, grapefruit pith, caramel malts, and dying flowers aromas. Taste is pithy but not in a constructive way, with a lot of caramel malt, but has decent hop resin. Feel is prickly but somewhat watery, malts just fade away through the sip
May 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by bigeyedfish89 from Maryland

Apr 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by KerryCummins1977 from Kentucky

Dec 29, 2014
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Reviewed by Retroman40 from Florida

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.
Dec 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Oct 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.04 by Washuffizi98 from Tennessee

Aug 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by dlin0sbb from Ohio

Jul 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by callmeoz from Kentucky

May 05, 2014
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Reviewed by Cory_Brown from Kentucky

2.43/5  rDev -35%
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.
Apr 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by rxthree from Ohio

Feb 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by beerme626 from Kentucky

Aug 31, 2013
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.
Aug 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by crbnfbr from Kentucky

Aug 09, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Aug 06, 2013
 
Rated: 1.5 by djmichaelk from Florida

Jul 25, 2013
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Reviewed by inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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.
Jun 27, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by jkermitj from Mississippi

Jun 22, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by dalepryor from Kentucky

May 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by davemathews68 from Ohio

Apr 23, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by 4Socialanxiety from Tennessee

Apr 17, 2013
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Reviewed by SerialHiker from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours an amberish orange color…dark and transparent, there’s little bubble action happening…a thin, off white layer of head forms, but settles into something almost non-existent…swirling it around only brings back temporary life…pretty average…(3.5/5)

Smell: Woodsy, dank hops right off the bat, I could smell the dank bitterness as soon as the cap came off the bottle…it’s very musky, which I’ve been seeing more of lately in the IPA’s I’ve been trying…I also get some sweet, toasted, bisciuty, caramel malt action that has a spiciness to it that’s a mix of rye and black pepper… not an “American” style IPA, very little citrus or zestiness of any kind…(3.5/5)

Taste: Earthy, mildly dank hops up front…malts are toasted and biscuity, adding to the overall earthiness of the flavor… spicy, herbal, piney hops are noticeable after my palate gets over the initial earthy overthrow (and the beer warms)…there is a light citrus freshness that does hit the outside of my tongue after every swallow…the flavor I have to say, gets better as it warms in my glass…very much a traditional style IPA, nothing overly citrus about this…(3.65/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with medium to full carbonation…brew fluffs bringing earthy bitterness mixed with biscuity maltness to the palate…mildly chewy…earthy, damp woodsy bitterness lingers well into the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…it’s definitely more of a traditional style IPA, very earthy and biscuity…as it warms, it becomes more complex, bringing some noticeable spiciness…while this isn’t my favorite style of IPA, this one isn’t that bad and is something I would actually drink again…9.0% ABV is high and not too apparent in the overall flavor, but I’m sure after a couple of these I’d be feelin’ good…if you see it on a mix-a-six rack, it’s worth picking one up, but don’t expect too much…for me, one is all my palate can handle…(3.5/5)

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Mar 25, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by lilnicky068 from Kentucky

Feb 25, 2013
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear reddish brown with a frothy one inch light beige head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt and burnt breadcrust meet onion and catty hops in the aroma.

Flavor is very hop dominated initially, with muted citrus, earthy hops, and pine riding a wave of burnt malt into a fairly bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a tad light, and substantial alcohol warmth. Astringency is irritating.

Good bang for the buck. A lot more malt than I recalled, but I drank it just short of rom temp.
Jan 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by bzach from Indiana

Oct 16, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Magery from Kentucky

Oct 06, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by t0rin0 from California

Aug 24, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by CLAZZ51 from Pennsylvania

Aug 03, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Dapperticus from Kentucky

May 13, 2012
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Reviewed by Veristic from Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Sheltowee Hop-a-Lot poured into an etched DFH snifter, consumed on 4/23/12. Case is stamped Feb. 2012 but bottle date is notched Jan. 2012 Not really sure what's going on there.

A- Small off-white head dissipates to a thin sheet that persists to the end. Spotty lacing. Deep red-amber body with tiny little floaties. Poor Clarity.

S- Some Citrus hops right off the bat. Then a fair amount of malt, some sweetness. Maybe even some English and/or noble hops in there. As it warms it gets even more maltier and "non-American".

T- Moderate-high bitterness supported by a bold malt character. I swear I think they may have used some English malt in this as well. Citrusy, resiny and slightly piney hops. I'm also getting what seems to be some notes of spicy/herbal/floral UK hops. Malt and bitterness linger in the aftertaste. Overall, the taste is good but not great and not what I look for in an Imperial or American IPA. As it warms the flavor goes through the same transformation the smell does, maltier and less American character.

M- Really great mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, medium body. Creamy & coats the mouth well. Finishes a little dry.

O- I really think this bottle is a little past it's prime but it was the only Hop-a-Lot I could find after going to 3 different Liquor Barns. There are many other Imperial IPAs I'd rather drink but for the price this can not be beat. I've let this variable weigh into the overall impression rating. Come on, where else you gonna find a $1 Imperial IPA!?!? This is American macro pricing!
May 12, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by Anthony1969 from West Virginia

May 01, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by stonequarrywest from Ohio

Feb 09, 2012
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Reviewed by OneDropSoup from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a shaker: Amber with gold highlights under two fingers sticky, meringue with tapioca bubbles. Lots of small, slow nucleation, patches of sticky lacing.

Piney orange marmalade in the smell, with a cakey, "browned edges" kind of sweetnes, like an orange cake with a zesty hop brightness. Good stuff.

Bitterness hits immediately in the flavor, with zest & pine, then lets in a bit of orange & caramel sugar, then a mild lemon tea-like dryness in the finish. Nice bracing bitterness in the finish, too, rounding off like an orange muffin.

Medium-full-bodied, mildly abrasive bitterness, smooth finish & then a woody/tannic feel.

Straight up good, nothing showy or crazy, hits the right notes & definitely assertive. Well done.
Dec 09, 2011
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice head that sticks and laces better than most

Smell: Malt forward, with caramel tones, but there is ceratainly some pith and pine in the aromatics, as well

Taste: Very well-balanced, at the outset, with the caramel, citrus and spruce flavors coalescing; by mid-palate, there is a unique fruity character that becomes more pronounced, after the swallow, and is reminiscent of Juicy Fruit gum; the finish has plenty of hop oil bitterness though there is also quite a bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a pretty decent DIPA that has some unique characteristics; not in the top echelon but worth seeking out

Thanks, Cresant, for the opportunity
Dec 02, 2011
Sheltowee Hop-A-Lot IPA from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 71 ratings