Hoptart 3.0 (Colombard) - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 05-21-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A deep golden sour fermented with fresh pressed French Colombard grape must then dry hopped with dried hibiscus flowers, citra and galaxy hops.
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by philbe311:
Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of crisp airy quickly receding bone colored head... What's left is just a mere splotch of lacing in the center of the glass... Still with a few stray carbonation bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass... The color is an intense and interesting mixture of white hold and amber which produces a very sleek and regal appearance...

S - Holy grape must batman!!! Sweet white grapes... Very reminiscent of a glass of Reisling... Table sugar... Perhaps just the slightest hint of lactic sourness lingering way beneath the surface... Very intoxicating...

T - A moderate lactic tartness dominates the palate to begin with... Greek yogurt... Tart peaches... The grape must sweetness expected from the aroma briefly emerges on the finish adding yet another layer of depth... There is a slight vinegar presence on the finish which intensifies the sourness... Then it's back to the sweet grapes on the deep finish that continue to linger until the next sip... A truly complex and enjoyable flavor profile...

M - Medium bodied... Dry throughout... Brisk carbonation... Puckering on the finish...

D - Yet another excellent sour from Al and Terry... A bit challenging with lots of interesting things going on... A rather pedestrian appearance other than the outstanding color... A slightly cloying, but highly enjoyable wine like aroma... The flavor profile is intense, challenging and spot on for the stye... The mouthfeel is a bit sharp, but there's nothing wrong with that... The end result is a highly enjoyable American Wild Ale...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep golden body. A bit of a white head. Settles to nothing.

Smell - Very nice. Lots of grapes. Citrus hops. Acidic.

Taste - Bright grape and citrus. Light grain. Sourness builds. White wine grape sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Pretty sour.

Overall - This is quite good. Pizza Boy sours never seem to disappoint.

Photo of lurpy1
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not the hoppiest beer I've ever had, nor the sourest. But it was easily the hoppiest sour beer I've had, and also the sourest hoppy beer. The nose is mostly hops, as is the first sip, but then the grapes take over. I really enjoyed the curve it threw my palate. Pizza Boy, keep those sours coming!

Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours slightly hazey amber orange with a thick one and a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving little to no lace on the glass.

S - Smells of strong lactic sourness, fresh picked fruity hops, lemon zest, bit of yogurt and some very light funk. Love the balance of tartness and holiness in this version.

T - Starts off with the intense lactic sourness quickly giving way to hints of lemon rind, light musty funk, yogurt and bright fruity hop bitterness. Finish is pretty dry thanks to the sour bitter hop combo, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, sour feel is there and then it isn't as it is quickly replaced by the hop bitterness and then the lingering dryness. It packs a pucker but then it has me coming back for more.

O - Not sure which version I like more, the first or this one. I think this one may be a bit more balanced but I don't get as much grape as before. Either way another killer sour from the HopTart series, can't wait to see where it goes in the future.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At first this was really putting me off. The grape tones to it were so sharp that it was not working at all. Thankfully it tones down and turns into a much more pleasurable experience. I get peach and mild grape. Ends up being a lot smoother and a lot easier to drink.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Week old growler from the brewery,
The beer pours a slightly dull burnt orange color with no sediment and loose, white head that fizzles out quickly, but easily regenerates. I held a lazer pointer up to it for a few seconds, nothing happened, thought this might be relevant to some people. The nose has a strong fruitiness upfront - some peach, maraschino cherries, citrus - followed by bubblegum and malty sweetness. The taste has slightly acidic and tart citrus fruit upfront plus amplified bubble gum flavors that transition into lingering fruit, different from the nose - grape, apple skin, unripened pear. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a juicy fruitiness, masked alcohol, a distinct yeast presence, and a lingering, dry, tart bitterness. This beer is a delight to drink though has a bit too much bubble gum in the nose/taste (a personal turnoff). It's more refined than most sours I've been drinking recently and I appreciate the crisp hop bite it offers by comparison.

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy amber color with a decent off-white head and little lacing

S-lemon, light grain, white wine, slight funk

T-light grain, lemon, sour grapes, white wine, funk, mild bitter hop presence

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry, puckering

O-enjoyed this sour, the columbard seemed to work well for this, have never heard of this varietal used before

Hoptart 3.0 (Colombard) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.