Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #493
Ranked #1,690
4.24 | pDev: 6.84%
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Juicy New England style IPA dry-hopped with a massive amount of Citra and Mosaic hops.
Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 258 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pour from a pint can into a clear liter mug displays a nice hazy deep amber liquid with a substantial soft white head. There is just enough glass lace to make it a beautiful serving. There is a noticable juicy hop aroma to met the nose. The taste is accurately described on the can. The tropical fruit flavor decisively overwhelms all others and makes the ale a bit too sweet for my taste. This is a beer of obvious quality, smooth mouth feel and substance. It's perfect for those that dislike the bitter side of hops.

Jul 05, 2020
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really love the mango and melon flavors going on here. Taste is close to a 5 for me, and let's face it, is that not the most important attribute of any beer??? Dinged it for thinness, and mild nose, but who cares. This is crushable and delicious for a cheapish NEIPA. Recommend

Jun 27, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Very light golden orange color. Hazy. One finger white head that had ok retention and left meh lacing.

S---Fruity, like super fruity. Lots of citrus & tropical notes. Orange, lemon, mango, papaya, & apricot.

T---Follows the nose almost exactly, but stronger.

F---Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

O---A fruit/juice bomb as expected for the style.

May 17, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and dull light yellow body; looks like peach and grapefruit juice; thick head, sculpted and creamy. Muted smell of ripe apricot and orange. Outstanding taste; lightly toasted grain and bread crust with a light citrus flavor; somewhat tart and a decent bitterness. Heavy body; coarse and prickly on the palate; tangy with a dry juiciness.

Not bad for a NEIPA / hazy / cloudy beer. It delivers some fine eye appeal and is pretty balanced in the taste department. The smell was rather tame, but all other elements were top shelf. Very nice.

Dec 02, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - freshly canned from the brewery (11/21/19), poured into a 10 oz glass. Two-finger head, cloudy, and lemon yellow in color. All great aspects of a hazy IPA.
Smell - strong scent of citrus + tropical fruits, and a bit of sweetness. Juicy, sweet, and inviting - this beer has aced it so far.
Taste - continues to impress. little bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. all of the juicy fruit flavors detected in the smell is here with a rather strong malt backbone as well. beer finishes with delicious lingering malt flavor.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and on the higher side in ABV at 7%.
Overall - this beer is a quintessential New England IPA - hazy, juicy, full of hop flavor, but not high in bitterness. a beer that can be enjoyed by pretty much everyone, and is just downright tasty. Phenomenal brew.

Nov 27, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/16/19

Pours a pretty bright, opaque golden orange topped with a sturdy head of fluffy white foam; excellent retention fades steadily to a generous, uniform layering layering of lacing along with a lasting cap and collar.

Aromas open with orange, tangerine, peach, and a medley of spicy tropical fruits; some doughy malts and herbal tones are supportive but fleeting in the background, while mild, creamy sweetness fades through the finish.

Taste shows an intriguing combination of orange pulp, sweet mango, grapefruit juice and light tart guava, with the slightest white bread backbone; not much of a spark, but the profile is very consistent.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with some lower carbonation; smooth, bordering on light across the palate; finishes quite juicy, and very clean on the swallow.

A steady NEIPA with little in the way of spark, but plenty of consistency across the board to go with an innately easy-drinking lightness.

Aug 11, 2019
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful hazy, juicy IPA as advertised! Will be looking for this one some more! Found it at Aston Beer Store. BTW this beer is a NE Style IPA, so mis-categorized. On par with Brewdog's Hazy Jane.

Jun 15, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy amber-yellow with a rapidly vanishing head.
Smell: Mango, orange, bubblegum, tropical fruits. Some spicy herbal hop aroma.
Taste: Juicy orange, blood orange, mango, pineapple. Herbal, slightly minty hop bitterness. Clean and juicy.
Feel: Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated. Very crisp and clean.
Overall: This is a really nice, fairly simple NE IPA.

Jun 14, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours completely opaque with the color of grapefruit juice. The nose is very tropical. The flavor is plenty juicy but one dimensional. The body is light for a 7% abv offering.

Apr 28, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with brutalfarce. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/23/2018. Pours very deep golden/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, lightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight lingering resins. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an incredible NEIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish; amazingly soft feel. Amazing Citra/Mosaic profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank/earthy hops; with a perfectly balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazingly spot on style example. Loved the hop profile as expected. I would buy this often if they were available to me.

Feb 05, 2019
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Muddy yellow color. Thin head. Tastes very much like a counterweight headway clone to me. The citra lemon and fruit is not jumping out as much as the subtle grass n weediness, which i very much appreciate. This is not a juice bomb, this is still “a beer.” just a hint of bitterness that is really more of a vegetal, herbacious bite on the backend than an outright bitterness. Its very good and im enjoying it but it costs a full two dollars more than counterweight headway and to my taste is not quite as good... (less of a fluffy head, less mouthfeel, a bit thinner and flatter) But yeah, damn good. Price point is my only complaint here.

Dec 26, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed juicy pour. Medium orange color with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Tropical citrus juice.

T/F: Juicy grapefruit, pineapple , and mango. Sweet fruit up front with modest bitterness... more melon, tangerine, and citrus follows. Oily on the tongue... sticky and delicious.

O: An elite NEIPA. A delicious hoppy juicebomb of a beer. Outstanding!

Dec 19, 2018
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Tallboy into a tulip glass with a hazy yet not cloudy medium golden body. The crown rises up to a finger high with a thick creamy consistency and fairly good retention. Lacing is spotty at times with webs forming on parts of the glass.

S- A balanced hop profile of pine, citrus fruits and softer tropical fruits. Orange, pine resin, grapefruit, mango, bubble gum, melon and floral hops lead into just a hint of sweet base grain.

T- Leans towards the pine and citrus hops here with the more delicate hop flavors taking a bit of a back seat. Sweet and zesty orange, grapefruit, bitter pine resin, floral, melon, bubble gum, mango, peach and tangerine hop notes. The grains provide a sweetness, a touch of cracker and a light caramel hint. Sharp and comes off as greater than 7% ABV for whatever reason.

MF- Puffy and creamy medium bodied brew with a silky smooth feel on the palate. The bubbles are on the high side and the beer really fluffs up. Ends fairly bitter.

Plenty of hops with citrus, pine and other fruity flavors strong on the taste buds. A good attempt but in the end the beer just isn't quite as smooth as others with things not quite as balanced as the great once.

Oct 22, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of white head that settled pretty quickly.
Smells of sweet orange, some tropical notes of pineapple and mango.
Taste follows the nose, lots of fleshy orange a bit of pithy bitterness on th finish.
Light to medium body with good carb levels.
Overall a solid beer that would be in my regular rotation if in distro here.

Oct 06, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I can’t believe I can get it at Wegmans in Pennsylvania. Love the fruitiness in the smell and taste is brilliant combination of bitter and fruit just he right mix for me. I can drink this all day. Very smooth with nice bitter finish. A definite winner

Sep 21, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can into tulip appears hazy golden with white head.

Aroma is fruity almost melon-like with a minty hoppiness and dusty hop debris.

Taste carries the same melon/hop dust with lots of fruity hop character and low key bitterness. As it warms it has a sweet candy-like finish im not crazy about.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. It is tasty no doubt but certainly not the “best ipa ever” my dumbass friend told me as he encouraged me to buy more than just a 4-pack.

Sep 20, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice NEIPA with a pronounced malty profile and a fruity aroma/taste combination that makes it a nice beer to pair with some salty or bready items

Jul 14, 2018
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 5-14-18. Into Spiegelau IPA.
L: Light orange, cloudy.. some small particulates. Medium head that recedes slowly.
S: Very balanced. Flush with typical citrus and tropical aroma's.
T: Juicy, orange/grapefruit mesh. Tropical with a nice balance of hops, that aren't overly sweet.
F: Medium with a mild bite of carbonation and bitterness. No lingering of either.
O: This is a really good tasting beer. I can't really call this a full NEIPA. For my tastes, it's more like a hybrid IPA and NEIPA. Love the aroma.. balanced so well with the hops, it won me over.

Jun 30, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Here comes the fifth (?)/sixth (?) beer in Happy Damn You for Being with the Best Multiple New Hookers with Tea on Sunday When There's Beer, Bro. Woody! (Week 687).

From the CAN: "Character: Tropical Fruit Juice Aroma"; "Abundant quantities of Mosaic and Citra hops make this unfiltered IPA explode with a tropical fruit juice aroma. Heavy on the aromatics but light on bitterness, this brew is a true New England IPA."

There were several strikes against this Hooker before I even beCAN, IMHO, but I reserve my opinions for the tasting. I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent & a hard, but not inverted, Glug. Unbidden, it formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention that slowly fell, leaving behind nice lacing. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was very sweet & tropical fruity with notes of mango, papaya & guava. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste pretty much followed the nose with loads of tropical fruit flavors, but where was the bitterness?!? It was unabating in terms of its mango, papaya & guava flavors. This is an AIPA, FFS! I CANnot rate to style & give it the high numbers that others have, at least not in good CANscience. Finish was semi-sweet, very fruity & while a nice drink, it had nothing to do with the style guidelines. YMMV.

Apr 23, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-03-16 in Columbia, PA from a 16oz canned on 2017-11-00

A - Definitely-hazy, golden-orange with a pillowy 1-finger white head and good lace.

S - Orange flesh, grassy and herbal, biscuit and honeysuckle. Pleasant and moderately-strong.

T - Hop bud forward, only mildly dank, orange flesh and zest, mango, bread crust, moderate pine, herbal and pepper spice. Mild-moderately bitter - restrained as you'd expect for a NEIPA. Aftertaste is orange and spice and not bitter.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation. Soft and smooth.

O - This works for me. Great balance. Enough piney-zip, which I like, that is missing in some NEIPA.

Mar 16, 2018
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can

A: Dirty peach color. One finger of white head. Carbonation is strong at first than dies down a little. Good retention with plenty of sticky/slick lacing.

S: Fruits. Sweet. Peach. Mango. Candy. Cream. Orange. Mostly fruits. Strong initial aroma but quickly becomes faint.

T/M: Tart. Fruity. Orange. Mango. A little tropical. Dank. Slight herbal taste. Off and on funkiness. Smooth and creamy. Very little bitterness. Somewhat dry aftertaste but mostly just clean. Feels flat. Needs more carbonation.

O: Good Beer. Nothing special. A little bland. Needs hops.

Feb 27, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped glass: color is hazy, opaque straw gold, head is brighter white with fine to small bubbles, head presents at least 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to 1/8 inch top.

Smell is big tropical hops with mango, grapefruit rind, then some lighter malt with toast and biscuit.

Taste is similar with heavy tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, malt is light but provides a counter to the hop potency.

Mouthfeel is bitter, starting slow but comes through as it warms with lingering bitterness.

Overall a good take on the sub style with dominant tropical hop notes and just enough malt presence.

Feb 26, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated can (pet peeve: I think IPAs should ALWAYS be dated) into pint glass. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a persistent off-white head. Initial impression is tropical fruits, pineapple, orange, and a touch of caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and slightly sticky. Carbonation is just about perfect for the style. Finish is smooth, with zero residual bitterness.
Not the most flavorful NEIPA I've ever tried, but then the unknown age may have muted things somewhat. Without a date, you just don't know.

Update: Growler into pint glass, so this one is quite fresh. Pours a cloudy amber-gold with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is an intense citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruits, with a hint of pine and caramel. Mouthfeel is somewhat sharper than your typical NEIPA; carbonation is medium. Finish is more citrus, followed by a slight caramel sweetness, ending in a lingering but not unpleasant bitterness.
Very nice balance between hops, malts, and alcohol. I'm adjusting my rating (upward) to give credit where credit is due.

Jan 31, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#NoFilter - Thomas Hooker
NE IPA - 7% abv
Canned 12/27/17 (25 days ago)
Purchased for $12.99/4 pack at Whole Foods

L - 1 finger bright white head atop a dirty orange body.

S - tropical. Guava, pineapple, grapefruit. Accidentally inhaled some trying to take it all in. Yum!

T - Follows the nose. A bit of dankness/weediness seeps in after the fruity flavors. Moderately sweet. Very low bitterness. Booze is not detectable.

F - medium body, medium carb (more than usual for the style).

O - A very enjoyable, fruity ipa. I was worried the sweetness would take over here but thankfully the bitterness fights back. For the price (less than HopHands) this is rather remarkable.

Jan 21, 2018
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Billolick from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can..12/27/17

Pretty typical NEIPA look....leaves nice looking strands of fine lacing

Ripe pineapple sniff...

Tasty n juicy IPA with more pineapple, oranges and general tropical goodness going on...not up there with the true heavy weights of the genre, but this is a more then respectable take on the sizzling hot style.....everyday NEIPA....nothing amazing...but pretty damn good...go get some and enjoy

Jan 09, 2018
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 258 ratings