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Hop Test #1 (Allergic Reaction) - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 06-09-2014

Beware if you have a wheat allergy! This is a wheat based IPA hopped with centennial and bravo hops.
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Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy golden amber with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of juicy citric hops, pine resin, bit of fresh cut grass, caramel and toffee sweetness and the bready wheat.

T - Starts off with plenty of the caramel and toffee sweetness that never really goes away. The citric hops, grass and pine combine with the wheat to offer some contrast but the sweetness is a powerful beast. Finish is a little chewy with plenty of sweetness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel mostly with the hops and chewy wheat trying to slow down the onslaught. Booze is pretty well hidden, only really creeping in as it warms up.

O - Ehh this one is ok. It smells really nice with plenty of hoppiness but the strong sweetness really works against it. Some hop heads may love this one but I prefer a bit more balance.

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This is a great beer. The wheat gives it a great feel and nice spiced character. I get a lot of peach on this beer; a lot. Nice fruity edge with a bitter and mildly spiced afterthought. Very smooth feel. Way too easy to drink. This beer was over with well before I would have preferred.

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Hop Test #1 (Allergic Reaction) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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