Hop’solute Certainty: Fegley’s “TIPA”

On the docket:  Allentown Brew Work’s Hop’solutely

Poured into:  12 oz. draft offering at the bar/brewery poured into an ABW snifter

S:  Crystal clear burnished orange/amber body under a beige head that quickly recedes into a soapy island on top.

A:  I got quite a few tropical aromas including mango, guava, melon (my wife said grapefruit) plus a hint of heat and a caramel and toffee sweetness.  This brute is also dry-hopped with Amarillo and Chinook hops, what a treat to the nose.

T:  Wow!  An aggressive bitter hop assault of pine and dryness, and oh… did I say bitter?  I’ll chalk this up to the Cascade, CTZ, Summit, Amarillo, and Chinook hop bill.  After your senses recover, you can also get a nice sweet caramel to counter the hops from the Caramel malt, and even a touch of fruitcake-y sweetness.

F:  Oily, slick, and coating.  There’s a prickly carbonation that helps to scrub the palate, easing you into the next sip of this 11.5% abv behemoth.  It ends with a bone-dry finish that enables you to go back for more.

O:  Crazy, fun, fresh offering at the location.  Drink with care and a smile.  Reminiscent of an American Barleywine or Strong Ale, because technically, there is no such thing as a “triple IPA” and that’s fine by me.  I’ve read other reviews that give this beer such a hard time.  Try it fresh from the tap at the Allentown location, you might think about it differently.

S:  4  A:  4.5  T:  4.25  F:  4  O:  4

Suggested food pairing:  Pasta Primavera, buffalo wings with bleu cheese, carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting

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