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Church Brew Thunderhop IPA
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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The ThunderHop I.P.A. has an intense bitterness, flavor and aroma. We chose to use two varieties of American hops in the brewing process. The color is copper to amber and the aroma is noticeably hoppy due to the use of Glaciers in the dry hop process. You will also pick up a complexity from fruit-like esters. The body is big and malty with some caramel sweetness.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a reddish amber with a one finger creamy orange head. The nose is citrusy, sweet, piney, sweet malt, a tad spicy, smells like Simcoe to me. The flavor is spicy, has a nice hop balance, earthy piny hops, pronounced bitterness, tastes like Simcoe too. Palate shows more of a harsh bitterness than I’d like. Overall I enjoyed this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Pours a clear, dark copper color with a foamy, off-white head. Tattered cobweb lacing marks the glass. Aromas include toasted biscuit malts, dry grains, caramelized sugar, and citrus blossom hops. Flavors are well balanced but underwhelming, cereal grains and glazed biscuit malts countering sharp citrus and floral hop notes. There’s a bit of unfortunate soapiness as well, especially on the finish. Substantial on the palate, but lightly syrupy, the mouthfeel shows extremes of both cloyingness and astringency. Drinkable, but not impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours a transparent copper orange with a frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of crisp grapefruity hops and sweet caramel malt with some grassy notes. Body starts with good fullness and lightly sweet toasty malty flavor giving way to a more bitter, resinous citrus hoppiness. Finishes bittersweet and slightly warming. A pretty good IIPA, but could be a little cleaner and more assertive with a hoppier nose.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Tulip glass, brewery tap. Murky brown in appearance, with a thin soapy head. Thin aroma, with just hints of citrus, and bitter grassy hops. Bitter bitey flavor, overwhelms all citrus tones to the beer. Almost hurts to drink it. Hoppy in all the wrong ways for me, may dull a little bit over time. Going to buy a bottle of it and see how it goes.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheMurphys (18) - Willowbrook, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
This beer did not smell like much and the color was ok but the taste. Now that is where it is at in this beer. I really liked the citrus orange peel notes that linger in this beer. Hoppy sure its an IPA but those orange notes were just awesome

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2898) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle generously shared by Robert at SL. Pour was orangey amber, ok initial head, lacing a tad weak. The aroma was grapefruity citrus with both pine and floral playing a light role. The flavor followed the aroma, a sweet caramel-bready type malt flavor under it all. Good overall flavors but I wanted more hop bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
pours a amber color with slight foamy offwhite head. Aroma is sweet fruity (like oranges). Flavor very malty and sweet for an ipa with a bit of bitter hoppiness, but not much. Thought it was good, but was hoping for more hop presence.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6777) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2008
Pours amber cloudy, white head. Aroma, hoppy and fruity (lime / orange) Taste, I am not usually a big IPA / oppy fan, but this brew was damn sweet on the palate with still some hops bitetrness. Well balanced with malts and the fruits and the right dose of hops. This is one excellent 2xIPA. Zeus really hit this one with lightning bolts and did something amazing with this beer. The Gods are with us.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours deep orange with copper hues and off white head. The aroma has solid malt notes pairing up with tangelo and grapefruit juice. The taste has some creamy malt sweetness mixing with a mouth full of grapefruit hops and tangelo. Very nice mixture of flavors where the malty sweetness and the solid hops are in a tasty proportion to one another with the hops having the bolder character. Very nice IPA and decent IIPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle from Summer SS 08. Good citrus and fresh floral aromas. Cloudy cooper body with off white head and decent lacing. Good citrus grapefruit hop flavor with some sweet sugar addditive. Cool and crisp on the palate with citrus lingering on palate. Good brew thanks Alan.


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