Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPAThomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Bravo, Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops give this beer a crisp, hoppy flavor. Dry hopping with Centennial gives this beer a beautiful aroma of citrus notes. Balanced but complex, this beer is a refreshing brew.

63 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2004

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Photo of gestyr
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep gold with a huge long-lasting head of tightly packed white bubbles. Smells nice and hoppy. Very hop forward aroma. Taste is hoppy with a good malt backbone. Overall, a nice IPA for a winter evening.

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Photo of Crentist
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- dark amber for an IPA, standard opacity, standard short head that dissipates quickly
S- mild citrus, mild floral hops, tiny bit of dank herbs. Nothing out of the ordinary, smells like a solid IPA
T- smooth caramel malts, piney, hint of citrus. Finishes with a very nice bold hop bitterness. Good amount of hops in here, it's aromatic and bitter but not overpowering.
F - heavier body than the IPAs I've had recently, in a good way.

O- This things good. Well balanced IPA all around. Kind of a sleeper pick that flies under the radar around here. I'll be sure to pick this up again soon this winter.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2015-5-3 into pint glass. Slightly cloudy pale gold with a great eggshell-colored head. This is a great balance of malt and hops - initially you get roasted malt, but it's quickly followed by floral/citrus hops. Nothing overpowering - just enough to remind you that this IS an IPA, after all. Finish is quite dry. Overall, very refreshing. Moderate ABV doesn't preclude a second one.
Nicely done. Never heard of this brewery, and I have relatives in CT. Probably trying to keep it a secret.

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Photo of Franksuzan
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice session IPA crisp and citrus taste. Beautiful lacing. Orange light brown in color. Really nice from a brewery that I never heard of. I am now curious to learn more about this brewery as they know what they are doing.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Dandelion Pub in Philly. Nice pour by Christy into a "pineapple" mug. Nice and smooth with a vet British Bitter taste. Not all too hoppy. More bitter. Maybe that's just the atmosphere in here, though.

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Photo of wiegs4life
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the featuted draft at Manny Browns in Langhorne PA. The color is a golden hue a lot like most In its style. The smell is very faint and inoffensive This is a very good IPA. Well balanced hops. Nothing too flashy as well so I can't way it is world class, but very solid.

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Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Murky gold with one finger of soapy off white head, a little spotty lacing
S - Caramel malt, orange juice an big grapefruit, some pine,
T - There is such a huge toasted nutty malt flavor to this its shocking. Some mild pine and grapefruit juice come through, its mildly hoppy.
M - Bitter a little soapy and chewy.
O - This should for sure be classified as an English IPA, the toasted nutty malt taste makes it feel like a brown ale, but its mildly hoppy. Nothing extravagant.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus along with hints of caramel malts and floral hops along with a very slight amount of bitterness. Some hints of watermelon are also perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I felt that this beer seemed to be somewhat weak for an IPA because it didn't deliver much in the way of bitterness from the hops. Apart from this, it is quite balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a local restaurant poured into pint glass.
Appearance: reddish brown relatively clear and barely any head
Smell: piney, caramel, malt, didn't get a ton of citrus
Taste: a surprising stickiness for a medium body brew that leaves somewhat of an unpleasant dryness and aftertaste
Overall: just ok, dryness somewhat unpleasant and I wouldn't call it the most refreshing beer

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this offering. Pours an inche head which dissapates but a ring hangs around. It's a filtered orange yellow in appearance. The smell is a typical IPA. Can smell the floral hops and some malts. The initial taste is a grapefruity hop with some malts in the middle and finishes with some hops in the end. Definitely a hoppy tongue. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall I'm enjoying this IPA. As I love big hops, this is a keeper for me. Was a good pickup.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single bottle of this a while ago. Seems like a good choice to open on a Sunday afternoon.

They really sell the heck out of this beer being the hop lovers choice of IPA (guess Pliny didn't get enough votes). It smells pretty good. The hopping is there with a decent malt presence.

The flavor is pretty simple. The balance is a little off with more bitterness than you should have with this amount of hop flavor.

Overall a decent IPA, but there is nothing you should go out of your way for.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Born on 2012-05-01.

Partly hazy orange copper body. A good inch of dense, creamy, light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Citrus (lemon zest and orange) and pine hop aromas over caramel, cookie, and slightly fruity malt. Nice.

Toasted malts quickly give way to herbal and citrus hop bitterness. Tropical fruit and caramel malt fill in the palate. Sweetness fades in the finish; peppery, spicy, citrus rind hop bitterness takes it away and dries it out. Medium bodied, with a slick, oily feel. Not bad, considering that it is not the freshest sample.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip. born on 07-12-2012.

A: slightly hazed, bright orange hue. head is tightly bubbled and off-white. retention and lacing are good.

S: fruity bubble gum combines caramel undertones. the american hop presence is significant as it needs to be to battle with all this crystal malt.

T: very sweet. lots of malt in this brew. yeah, there are some fruity american hop flavors in there too, but i find the malt to be more of a main player. finish starts with sharp sweet candied malts then turns to a lingering fruit flavor. even some sort of roasted linger in there?

M: moderate, finely bubbled carbonation. medium body.

D: a lot of grain is all i keep thinking and coming back to. the hops are there as it is still a hoppy brew, but the grain overshadows in my opinion.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body packed with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the small, but foamy off white head that is reluctant to disappear, leaving faint, scattered lacing behind.

Generous floral and herbal hops float from the glass. There also seems to be a generous malty backbone to accompany the hops as well as hints of spices.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor offers floral, herbal, and spiced hop character. The sweet matly backbone really backs them up nicely with perhaps just a hint of pine or woody notes.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

A nice IPA overall, perhaps on the malty side versus some of its counterparts, but certainly remaining style appropriate.

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cask version of this beer is very different from the bottle. First, casks tend to emphasize the subtleties of a particular beer. In this case, there's a strong maple syrup sweetness that is drawn out--too much so. Second, the warmer temperature detracts, rather than enhancing, from the flavor. Third, the flavor profile puts the into the Old Ale category with a large kick of hops.

It's not bad, just confused.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light pale ale amber with a nice head and lace. Nose is a nice tip of coming attractions. Good blend of citrus and pine with and underlying carmel malt core. Taste is a similar profile in balance. A toasted malt gives a biscuity flavor that is enveloped in an excellent grapefruit and mild pine hop blend. Finish is dry with lots of hop oiliness. Toasted grains lingering as well. Feel is well weighted with a mildly tingly carbonation and crisp character. Super drinkable and a great one to slake your thirst.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper light with foam. Some atop. Pine grassy notes. Toffee/caramel. Refreshing malty taste with a very even hop. Nice balance and malt taste. Strong pine. Smooth. Good carbonation.

Very good IPA.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly murky amber color. It seems to glow slightly. Light head, but better than most IPAs. Head leaves little Hawaiian islands of lace.

S-Sweet and hoppy. Balance. Sugared citrus flesh, caramel and grass. A bit spicy. A 6.5 on the aroma intensity meter. Pleasant but lacks the assertiveness that really makes me remember an IPA's nose.

T-Hoppy enough, but still reasonably sweet. A balanced beer. Not very bitter in terms of the style. I enjoy that the citrus hop flavor is the frontrunner, but it lacks both intensity and complexity. A bit too sweet during some sips. Fails to establish itself as a memorable IPA but still tastes pretty neat.

M-Light side of a medium body. Mellow carbonation. Bitterness is mild, but it can sneak up on you via the aftertaste.

O/D-A slightly above average IPA. The style is so flooded, in order to stand out I look for a big, assertively hopped brew. This one speaks of balance and drinkability. I enjoyed it but want more 'kick' from a beer that represents my favorite style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a copper color, nice fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer had a good amount of hop aromas and some English malt or yeast aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had a unique spicy hop flavor to it. The aftertaste reminded me of an English pale ale. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable. Overall I thought this was a really nice IPA. I wouldn't mind having it again one day.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks of an unfiltered IPA, which in my opinion is kind of ugly. Color is a nice deep orange/amber brown with a 1/2 inch of sticky head.

S - Well this one isn't going to be very bold. Mostly caramel malts as listed in the description with mild hopping.

T - Not that bad, borderline's one an "English" IPA being more herbal of hops and fairly sweet. Not bad just not that great.

M - Light to medium this IPA goes down easy.

Overall defiantly not sure how old these are since I see no "bottled on" date but aside that I can think of better IPA's with not only more hop flavor but more ABV and even more ABV. Not bad Connecticut.

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Photo of garuda
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, stamped 26.10.10 - Is this really a year and a half old?

A - Deep amber, cloudy, one finger thick white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Ugh, from the first whiff I can just tell its an IPA thats not my style. Thick caramel malts up front, hops come in after with with some grapefruit flesh and bitter pine hops in the long finish. The caramel malt is just too strong, with sweetness lingering. Give me something much more hop forward.

M - Full body, thick and creamy across the palate, finishing dry with a touch of heat.

O - Just not a fan of these deep amber IPAs with huge malt bases. They don't allow the hops to take the stage. I'll revisit this one if I can confirm its fresh.

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Photo of beergoot
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear golden amber with a thick bone-white head.

Aroma exudes sweet grass, earth, spiciness. Citrus notes abound.

Soft malts, light bread and toast, are immediately noticeable. Then a sublime bitterness arrives at the end. All flavors mix well in the finish.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Soft carbonation complementing the medium body.

An excellent, well-balanced IPA. Malts and hops dominate, nicely covering the ABV content. This makes for a rather enjoyable beer to knock back on a lazy afternoon. Perhaps two or three...Well worth acquiring...

Received as a single bottle extra in a beer trade with Tim from Houston...thanks...

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Photo of B33R501
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wonderful. this beer's the closest thing to celebration that ive had, since i consider celebration one of the two best single ipas in the world, this is approaching upper stratus. just as good as i remember last year, very happy this is back around.

beautiful amber color, big aroma and taste of citrus hops, impressive hop bill to say the least, on a big malty background, with a little vanilla thrown in for good measure. beautifully balanced beer. all day drinkable, yet fully satisfied with just 3, save the other 3 for tonight. one of the best, reasonable, 6 paks you can get.

reminds me also of a smaller version of another treasure, central waters illumination.

top notch ipa, website says its year round, but only saw this last winter and now.

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Photo of jeffmart22
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy copper/orange color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. The beer has good carbonation and there is light lacing on the glass.

A - Really nice sweet tropical fruit hop aroma. Slight apricot aroma. Some sweet malt aroma. Almost has a candy like aroma. Very nice.

T - Sweet malt and nice tropical like hop bitterness. Nicely carbonated to help cleanse the pallet. Very nice and refreshing beer.

M - light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O - Really nice IPA. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy dark orange/amber, 2 finger white head,
excellent lacing!

S: big bouquet floral, fresh grapefruit, lemon grass,
hint of pine

T: grapefruit, lemon grass, subtle biscuit,
long bitter sticky finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth

O: How did I miss this brewery?
Hopheads will LOVE this beer.
Quite nice and can't wait to try more
of their beers. Fine American IPA.


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