Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
IPA is pretty much the style when it comes to craft beer, and with so many brewers wanting to make things BIGGER, it’s no surprise that we started seeing “double” and “imperial” IPAs that jacked up the hops and alcohol content to extreme levels. Apparently, brewers in Pennsylvania have never heard of “restraint,” because with this beer, Fegley’s (known for their Brew Works pubs in Allentown and Bethlehem) pushes the rules over and kicks dirt in its eyes. This is a triple IPA, whatever the hell that means, and it’s utterly massive. Loads of hops, yes, but also loads of sweetness to balance it, with plenty of herbal intrigue and a very slight sour tang that works great in this heady 11.5 percent beer. This beer has even been compared to the elusive Pliny the Younger, a Russian River brew that draws lines around the block when it is tapped. And you can actually FIND this one. Hop’Solutely is sometimes available at both Brew Works locations, as well as The Greeks Next Door.
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