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Church Brew Thunderhop IPA
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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle, 12oz. Deep hazy brown with a very small amount of fine head. Aroma is first quite sweet: bubble gum and then picks up with grape fruity hops. Flavor is sharp of hops and leads to a long bitter finish. The light body is a surprise given the murky appearance. A decent double IPA whose hops are unencumbered by excessive malts.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
[1279-20080410] 12floz bottle. Super grainy hops aroma with citrus navel orange and toasted lemon and pine and sweetness. Clear, medium orange amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Pine hops citrus flavour has acidic bitterness and toasted malt. Medium bitter body. Good, but made even better because Zeus is throwing hop thunderbolts!
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, and toasted caramel. Tastes of basically the same. Alcohol content well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours deep copper with 2-finger off-white head and great lacing. Nose is fruity, with berries, heavy grapefruity hops, solid caramel malt. Tastes very resiny hoppy, with caramel malt, and not as much fruit in the flavor as the aroma, but notes of grapefruit and mild berries emerge throughout. Smooth, velvety palate. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Hoppy aroma. Smells of hops, citrus, grapefruit, resin, and nectarine. Poured copper in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared. Clear. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, grapefruit, resin, citrus, fruit, and tropical fruits. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish is not all that bitter. 8%ABV is well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Had to take it by the bottle, but very nice double IPa, with plenty of aroma and florals but still firmly on the dry side. Very slightly hazy light amber, faur head

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
12 oz bottle from a trade with Linus_Stick. pours brown with a mid sized tan head that lasts forever. nice lacing on the glass. very dark orange, much darker then most IIPA’s. aromas of sweet maltiness. mostly caramel with some hops but the aromas are pretty subdued. flavours are smooth malts with piney hops, a touch of plastic near the finish. not very complex a little to sweet and the plastic almost ruin it all. not terrible but needs some ironing out.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
agl108 (786) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Poured deep amber with poor head retention. No lacing. Piney nose. Sweet and malty with a piney, citrus flavor. No alcohol noticeable. Nothing stands out about this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle from Capones - Amber color with a medium head. Aroma is big and citrusy with some sweet, sugary essences. Flavor is a bit citrusy and piney with some sweet malts, but lacks a dominant "punch" that I would appreciate in the style (I would call it a regular IPA). Not bad at all - good stuff, just not in the "outstanding" category.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
smetrick (21) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2008
12 oz bottle. Poured a dirty water brown with little carbonation and hardly any head. Smelled like wet bark. The hops were strong but one dimensional- all bitter and hard on the palate without any floral or citrus on the nose. There are so many better IPAs out there. Thundercr@p.


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