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Thunderhop Double IPA | Church Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by watermelonman on 02-21-2006

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by leftmindedrighty:
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4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Church Brew Works

Amber in color, very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell, wonderful citrus notes. Hell, they aren't notes. They tattoo their great aroma to your nose hairs.

Taste, yeah, is awesome. Great citrus hop flavors going on here. And while the hops start doing their version of Stomp on your taste buds first, the heavy malt body comes through to keep them from just totally wrecking your palate. This DIPA is so full of great hop flavor, both bitterness and aroma. But is balanced beautifully by the substantial malt body.

Overall, this was probably my favorite beer at the Church Brew Works. If I wasn't heading onto more beer bars, I would have taken home a growler. Enough said.

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Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of watermelonman
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived as a dark amber and brown, looking like it had plenty of malt. The head was medium and lace was substantial.

Hops come through strong in the smell, but almost completely drop out of the taste! Rich amber malts are welcome and tasty, but a double IPA is supposed to be bitter. The mouthfeel is fairly full, and drinkability is nice for the alcohol content.

Not a bad beer, but it's more like a strong ale than any kind of IPA (let alone double).

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drcarver
2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - cloudy amber color with 0 head on top by the time it reached my table. Carbonation was more that of soda than a beer. No lacing.

S - I cannot accurately gage the aroma since the smell of the building itself takes over. Citrus is definite.

T/M - creamy mouth feel, which is odd but nice. citrus overtones carry throughout. no aftertaste and a clean finish.

O - a nice double but nothing too shocking.

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Photo of Snellgg5
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty sweet ale; but DIPA ~ ?~ I don't know how it was brewed so what would I know. It was not a bitter beer. It is liquid candy.

Appearance: Pours copper color with no head. Is that because it went flat or it's always that way? I don't know.

Smell: Very candied malt aroma with loads of caramel followed by a nice hop aroma though not as aggressive as I would have expected.

Taste: Very sweet sticky caramel malts with a healthy serving of hops but fro something called "Thunderhop" the hops seemed a bit held back. That is largely because I was expecting a big DIPA instead this was more like a sweet barley wine or strong ale.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and smooth with little carbonation. Maybe it was flat but it worked.

Drinkability: I really liked this beer. I wouldn't consider it sessionable but one does nicely.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of pogoowner
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, and toasted caramel. Tastes of basically the same - citrus, floral hops, caramel and a little toasty. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from: 8/4/08

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Photo of gjrey
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Church Brew Works : Thunderhop Double IPA

Pours a clear golden color. White soapy head leaves plenty of lace. Aroma of grapefruit and floral herbs. A bit of malt sweetness in the nose. In the taste, grapefruity hops and fairly bitter. Small hint of alcohol. Pretty mild for a double IpA but fairly agreeable flavor. Medium to full bodied brew with a hop bite. Overall this is a pretty nice beer. The Thunderhop Extreme IpA was also available and has stronger abv and a more tropical hop presence.

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Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of monriverrat
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of irishevans
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of sinistrsam
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a darker-than-expected brownish gold with a medium tan head and great lacing.
The nose was an asault of wonderfully floral, not necessarily piney hops. Mild malt hints but this was a big beer in terms of the hops.
I'll group the aroma and the taste into one single impression; both were like holding a handful of fresh hops up to your nose and taking a huge deep smell. It was as fresh as I've ever experienced in an IPA, and that says something. The mouthfeel balances the sweet and floral, while keeping the bitterness to an absolute minmum.
I loved this beer, and I haven't really enjoyed much from the CBW in the last several years. I can honestly say this was the best beer I've had from them, and one of the best hoppy beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of shortkut
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joebaas11
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of TBavaro
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep reddish brown in color. Almost opaque. Forms a smallish off-white head. Light lacing; poor retention.

S: Very light aroma of caramel malts and citrus hops.

T: Lightly sweet, lightly roasted caramel malt base with a citrus bitterness and a sweet finish.

M: Medium in body with lower carbonation levels gives this one a syrupy feel.

D: I didn't realize this one was even a DIPA until I looked it up. Really more on the scale of a IPA. Rather malty and a bit too sweet without the necessary bitterness to offset the sweetness. Okay drinker.

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Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thecheapies
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy and light orange, in color. The barkeep likes me, so I got an overpour in a pint glass. No head could form.

Smells of sweet, tangy papaya, grapefruit, and pine. Really tangy hops with an infiltrating nose. Very diminutive malts makes this smell almost entirely of resinous hops.

Massively bitter and sweet with candied tropical fruit notes and intense pine hoppiness. Grapefruit, big sappy pine, and spicy alcohol. Not the most realized DIPA.

Low carbonation, glaze-y body, and a lot of strength.

Average in a style that needs it to be more. Too many good examples out there. I won't include this one.

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Thunderhop Double IPA from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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