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:
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite impressed to see the Kentukcy Liquor Barn chain commission a nearby brewery to brew this beer specifically for them. They certainly hit a home run with this beer. The beer pours a golded-copper hue with sparlkling clarity, froathy off-white head retention that laced very well. Scent is dominated by distinct American hops that come across as citrus (orange peel, lemon rinds) and piney (spruce and lemon grass). The hops are supported by a firm malty base with some bready, caramel sweetness, but well attenuated for crispness. Flavors are dominated by citrus and pine hop character, while the bready, nutty, caramel flavors take a back seat. The hops are showcased in the mouthfeel with powerful bitterness, more so than hop flavor or aroma. The malts quickly fall off, leaving a resinous, bitter linger on the toung. Although a sharp metalic sensation hits the back of the throat rather abruptly, the bitterness is as intense as any IPA. Perhaps the balance is off a bit as the malts fade away a bit too quickly in the finish, but it's a rather picky criticism. I could have used this beer back in the summertime. This beer is ultimately light on flavor and texture compared to most great Double IPA's, but certinly shows the class of bigger standard IPA's like Sierra Nevada Celebration or a Clipper City Hop 3 Ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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

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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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Liquor Barn in Louisville Ky. The six pack carrier mentions the name in reference to the turtle on the label. I poured this chilled into a session ale glass

A - Deep copper, almost bronze w/ subtle caramel shades. The head is bone white and measures about an inch w/ a smooth appearance and a fine bead

S - A fresh hopped ale aroma w/ a cherry and citrus hop odor. The smell is slightly boozy and earthy w/ a caramel/nut malt aroma and subtle fruit in the yeast ester

M - Sweet w/ mild citrus and then the ale plunges headlong into hops and booze w/ sweet crisp caramelly notes w/ plenty of carbonation and a long bitter finish

T - A noticeable amount of spice flavor makes an entrance w/ a woody crisp touch and round sweet candy like shell encasing some seriously piney hop flavor. A sappiness w/ a subtle citrusy grapefruit pinch in the middle stands out. When just a shade below cellar temp the booziness comes forward w/ more of a pine needle-like hop flavor and modest warming from the abv w/ a slight residual sweetness. The flavor is very pale and crystal malt influenced w/ a nutty and sweet toasted kernel flavor. The finish is more on the bitter side, but has a remarkable amount of balance for an 8% abv IPA

D - My, my this is fine - a bit boozy for my taste, but a very tasty IPA w/ out the tongue bashing hop assault - just great hop flavor w/ a nice malty/boozy finish. Pretty simple and therein lies its strength. I should have grabbed a case while at Liquor barn This is very easy to drink.

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

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and food lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, hint of grass, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight grain, and slight grass. Overall, good appearance and aroma.

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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 bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled December 2008. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. It smells like pine and citrusy hops, bready malt and some caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pine and citrus (grapefruit) hops, bread/grain and caramel malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and creamy. Drinkability is decent too. And at a price of $6.99 a sixer, it's a pretty good deal. If you're ever at a Lexington or Louisville Liquor Barn, this isn't a bad choice to pick up for the price. I thought it was a good overall brew. Next time I'd like to try a fresher batch and see how that is.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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 khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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

As noted by others, it is interesting to see the Liquor Barn outlets contract for a pair of unique beers, rather than just have a vanity label slapped on an existing brew. Boldly hopped with citrus notes, with a substantial malt backbone to hold it up. I'm not sure I would go so far as to classify this as a double IPA, but it easily clears the APA mark.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle pours a hazy copper body with an impressive beige head that retains well and leaves a ton of sticky lacing.

Aroma is bold, lots of pink grapefruit essence as soon as the bottle is opened. Some caramel malt underneath.

Lovely mouthfeel has a creamy carbonation that highlights the hop oils. Medium body.

Taste is dominated by juicy hops. A grassy and pine bitterness pushes thwe sweeter grapefruit and caramel to the background. Finishes with a flourish of citrus rind. No hint of the 8% abv.

A solid American IPA here, dripping with hops. A nice coup by the Liquor Barn stores.

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass (bottled Oct. '08)

For an IPA, Sheltowee pours a bit darker than expected, with a maple hue surrounded by amber-orange. Upon seeing its "IIPA" status, however, I realized it appropriately fits the style with respect to appearance. Besides, the monstrous, rocky tan head retains like no other, leaving behind intricate, thick globs of lacing on the glass. The aroma could use a slight tweaking, though, but the husky, breaded malt notes are well-balanced by a pleasant dose of resinous, piney hops and a touch of citrus.

Great balanced flavor, too. Rich biscuity-nutty malts provide a solid backbone to an onslaught of bitter, piney hops. The bitterness lingers on into the finish for just the right amount of time. The hoppiness is a bit one-dimensional, though, but that's merely a nit-pick. Body is on the thinner side of medium, perfectly carbonated, and smooth. This beer makes for some plain ole' good drinking, and for a IIPA, the heaviness is a non-factor, which can be a good thing. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden/amber in color, with a nice head. Good lace.

Strong aroma of citrus/grapefruit hops. Potent and appealing.

Tastes pungent, piney, with sour grapefruit. I get more sour/bitter qualities, and not a lot of balance this time.

A pretty hop-heavy bomb that's pretty tasty, but there are better. Still, this is a great value for a strong Imperial IPA.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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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Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled in 2/08 (according to notch on the label). The body was clear of sediment and dark honey colored. Cream colored foamy head left a sticky lace netting.

Smell was fruity, sweet hops. Citrus sweetness.

Taste was hops oils, lovely grapefruit pith bitterness, and caramel sweetness. Smooth bitterness, not harsh. Nice long finish. This one hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel was medium to full with moderate carbonation. Not much alcohol sizzle in the mouth.

I wish the BBC would adopt this as a regular offering, especially since they do not offer an IPA in their line-up!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into snifter. looks like it was bottled on Sept. 2011

A: a reddish, orangy, light brownish. white/red head starts by pluming and has good retention.

S: floral. smells of american hops, but not glaring. a sort of rye, pumpernickel like toasted grain smell.

T: a subdued citrus with an earthy bitterness. a bit chalky. not as fruity and floral on the palate that it was in the nose. maybe a little heat under the hops?

M: mouthfeel is gentle, but present. on the fuller side of medium bodies.

D: pretty mild for a DIPA. makes it easy to drink, but if you can tell by the comments above, not the best DIPA out there. lacking some body and i was expecting more of a hoppy punch.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler picked up for dirt cheap at the liquor barn in lexington, KY. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a glowing golden orange colored body with a thick looking bright white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves being solid rings of lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts come up first. after that comes a boat load of grapefruit like hops. thats about it.

T- the taste is pretty much like the smell. lots of grapefruit like hops with some sweet caramel malts. nice and bitter.

M- full bodied and palate coating. leaves the mouth feeling nice and dry.

D- either the glass with this one was free, or it was 5.99$ for the fill. fantastic. id buy another one right now if i could.

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Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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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