Honey Crisp - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.
A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the outer edge, leaving small beads of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of crisp apples, funky saison yeast, banana, light spice, dash of citric fruit and only the faintest hint of booze. Pretty complex yet rustic aroma.
T - Starts off with a quick hit of funky saison yeast quickly being joined by tart honey crisp apples, light spice and some chewy fruit skin. Booze is nearly non existent, a triumph for a 13+% beer. Finish is earthy with some mild sweetness, not lingering overly long after consumption.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, earthy feel with some backing tartness from the apples.
O - Not too bad all things considered. The booze is hidden extremely well and it packs all of the intended flavors. I just can't get into this style as hard as I try, either way it is worth a shot if you are into Belgian beers.
02-01-2014 07:31:17 | More by orangesol
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
Thanks to Kirb for sharing this growler with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew initially appears a clear golden color but additional pours get a bit hazed. A white head initially forms and falls back to a thin film with spotty lace. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface.
The aroma opens up smelling lightly of apples with some yeasty spice addition smelling of earth, pear and straw-like grains. There is only a mild touch of alcohol considering the strength and at times it kinda feels like a saison, just ravaged by cider.
The taste is again, faintly like a saison with some mild spice like yeast notes almost clove-like and earthy before getting fruity with apple/pear skin. The alcohol is really masked here outside of a slight warmth after the swallow. It gets progressively more cider-like once warm which I wasnt a huge fan of but what do you expect with this many apples added.
This is a medium to thinner bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It had a booze kick to it but not nearly as warming as you might expect for 13%. Interesting idea, just not something I would return to since it has quite a cider feel to it. If ciders are your thing, you will probably dig this.
02-10-2014 13:52:02 | More by stakem
3.81/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours orangey light gold. Aromas of sappy sweet wine flavored apples. The taste is crisp, bitter, light, fruity, green, sweet, white wine characteristics, and a light honey sugary finish on the back end. The mouthfeel has a bit of a high carb with a sweet, crisp, dry, clean palate.
03-02-2014 11:58:15 | More by jbaker67
Honey Crisp from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.