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Thunderhop IPA

Church Brew Works
Pittsburgh, PA

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)

Baby-Boy’s Rating:
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The Church Brew Works is a brewery that got its start in the late 1990s by taking over a closed church. It remodeled the church into a brew pub and began brewing beer in tanks located where the altar once stood.

That probably accounts for the Thunderhop name, which seems to evoke lightning bolts coming down more than the heaviness of the hops.

I am not an IPA drinker normally, and while I found this to be a goood beer overall, I think I have tasted hoppier beer. This one is deeply bitter, but it will not knock you over with its bitterness so it’s accessible to non-hopheads.

When I went to open the beer, the bottle seemed a little low in comparison to others, but maybe it is a weight/volume thing. Either that or the bottlers at Church Brew works are going to be in double trouble with the divine entities for taking over a church and stiffing buyers on beer.

The beer had a cloudy amber color and a strong bitter hops smell. It also had a thick feel to it and a medium body, but it was a smooth drinking beer.

Reviewed by Baby-Boy Jackson on October 22, 2009.
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