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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4762) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Sample at CBW. Clear copper/amber pour with a medium beige head. Bitter orange aroma with some sweet malt. Piney and orangy flavor with a bitter grapefruit finish. Pretty tasty stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009

8/25/2009: Church Brew Thunderhop Double IPA... Aroma: Super floral and herb-like, BASIL?!, pine/evergreen hops; more citrusy when warmer and less herbs. Appearance: Transparent reddish-amber color; clean appearance; frothy off-white head. Flavor: Also very floral and herby; light toffee maltiness underneath; lots of PINE hops. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; great mouthfeel. Overall: Very balanced, very drinkable!

Draught at Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA. Rating #77 for this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Enjoyed at the brewery/restaurant in a pub glass. The beer pours a medium to dark amber color. The aroma brings a noticable level of hops, but not to the extent that one would expect in a double IPA. The malt presence is also relatively weak, giving hints of greatness, but falling far short in the end. Mouthfeel was so-so, at best, and at its worst, was nearly insipid. Overall, one of the better beers offered at CBW, but certainly not better than average.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle shared by TheCaptain and BeerGestapo, thanks guys. I wasn’t too thrilled with this one when I thought it was a regular IPA and now that I know it is supposed to be a DIPA I am even less enthusiastic. Clear amber with a decent head. IPA? Where are the hops? Barely any perceptible hops aroma or flavor. Instead it was mostly bready, sweet malt and just a bit of citrus. Certainly not enough to venture into DIPA territory. Try again guys.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2649) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Had this from a cask. Very smooth. Nice hoppiness to it. Dark amber with a long lasting head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2200) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2009
nice moderate body with an effervescent carbonation it is strong of alcohol enhanced likely because of the blast of hop and malt in the flavor. tart and tangy a bit chalky as in the rind this brew is a hop heads reward. sweet, piney and darkish with a touch of orange candy. quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Update 9/3/2012. On draught at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange/red with a thick white head. Aroma of bitter garlicky, grassy hops, pot, and caramel malt. Flavor is super hoppy and bitter with more pot, garlic, grass, and a hint of citrus. A great hop bomb and it’s hard to compare this awesome IPA on tap to the bottle form. Tasty stuff. 8/4/8/4/14 [3.8/5]

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a clear brown. Aroma of sweet citrus and orange peel. Flavor of caramel malt upfront with citrus. Slightly astringent. Very sweet, so overall just meh. 6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
PPRBSG09. Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Sweet viney citrus with a big etoh and floral hops. a nectar hoppiness with some pine. Eh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Mrchopin. Pours clear dark orangish amber with small light tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine, floral hops, sweet malt and some spices. Flavor is citrus, pine, hops, caramel and sweet malt and finishes bitter. Lots of sweet malt. Not enough hops for a double in my opinion but it is not a bad beer just not a good DIPA.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2009
12 ounce bottle. The pour is very dark amber orange with a dense tan frothy head. The nose is light with some floral piny notes and background malt dust. The flavor is a bit like a solvent or a pine cleaner. Very thin with scrubbing carbonation and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Tick.


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