Fegley’s Brew Works Hop’solutely

Being sick has set me behind in the beer tasting. This was a brew I got a growler of and did a tasting of a few nights ago. I first tried them at the Philly Craft Beer Fest with Joey and I thought their stuff was pretty good. I also love me a good hop bomb, so a growler of this did not seem like it would be a problem.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This ‘triple’ India pale ale is utterly smooth with a powerfully hoppy presence and pleasing 11.5 percent content of alcohol by volume. Its Chinook and Amarillo hops are at once earthy and floral, and its full malt body provides a sweet, sticky finish that isn’t so cloying that you wouldn’t take a second sip. That next gulp soothes the palate with a softness you wouldn’t expect from any IPA. You might even find honey and fruit notes that are sweet as melon. While Hop’solutely is fairly well regarded on the blogs and at beer-rating websites, it can’t match the publicity surrounding that other ‘triple’ IPA, Russian River Pliny the Younger. The California-made ale [is] frequently voted the world’s greatest beer…Is Hop’solutely as good as Pliny the Younger? In a word, yes.””

Random: Yeah…about that whole as good as Pliny thing…I haven’t had the Younger yet, but pales in comparison to the Elder…

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I got some definite pine with a strong caramel malt backbone. The taste had some mild bitterness with a big malt aftertaste. Umm, I thought this was a double IPA…? Where is the hop bomb I expected? The alcohol was decently hidden but this brew needed more hops. The carbonation was also a little too subtle for the brew. It wasn’t a bad beer, but I could easily find a better DIPA out there. It was just a little too malty for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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