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West Shore IPA - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 07-01-2012

A west coast style IPA, over-the-top hoppy and oh so dry. Hopped with simcoe, columbus and a touch of citra.
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged amber with an off-white head that leaves a lot of lace. Kind of an earthy, leafy, pine thing going on here. This is named West Shore, but it seems more East Coast an IPA to me. Almost Double Simcoe-like? (I swear I didn't read the notes on this beer before I wrote that.) Not that I've had that recently. Anyways. An interesting brew from Pizza Boy, but not what you would expect judging from the name.

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650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Big white head. Chunky head. Good retention.

Smell - Smells like a lot of simcoe. Citrus. Grapefruit. Pretty grassy too.

Taste - Nice orange hop. Cracker malt. Fairly strong pale malt sweetness. Grassy hops in the back end and a little bit astringent.

Mouthfeel - Kinda creamy. Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - This is excellent. Maybe a little rough around the edges, but otherwise very nice.

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Pours slighty hazy and a dull amber orange with a frothy head of off-white foam. Lacing sticks around.

The aroma is citrus, fresh hops, mango, and melon. Noticeable hop aroma, but not your typical west coast dankness.

Tropical and citrusy hops galore with a faint malt backbone that provides just enough caramel malt sweetness to make this an outstandingly drinkable IPA.

Mouthfeel is dry, but aroma and flavors are perfectly balanced.

Overall, a damn good IPA, tastes very similarly to a local favorite of mine, but I won't name names.

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A growler of the new house IPA at Al's. In a tumbler.

A: The IPA is a golden brown color, barely translucent but still so. A sizeable head, almost a finger, is white and clings to the sides of my glass.

S: Lush citrus aromas, grapefruit and pineapple and orange, waft out of my glass, strong but not too heavy. The hops roll over the caramel base, thick and bitter.

T: That bitterness continues into the body of the ale, citrus and pine drive the flavor. Caramel and toast are plentiful though, matching the hops punch for punch. Peppercorns add some heat but the citrus profile does just fine on its own. The resiny flavors linger, tropical fruits like pineapples and grapefruit and mangos, with an appreciable bitterness. The hoppiness just sits on my palate, hanging around long after each sip is gone.

M: A winner - a fitting house IPA. More than enough bitterness to keep me happy but balanced enough to keep me going.

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An active billowing pour yields three plus fingers worth of rich frothy light khaki colored head with a bit of a waffled top... Excellent retention... The color is a muted bronze... Mostly still with a stray carbonation bubble visible here and there... A good bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is dominated by a citrus forward hop presence... Grapefruit... Pineapple... Orange... Mango... Assorted other tropical fruits... Never overpowering, but leaves no doubt that you're about to encounter some happy goodness... The palate produces more of a solid malt backbone... The hops also take some additional piney and earthy dimension... Medium bodied... Smooth... Sleek... Slight carbonation... A bit sticky... A highly enjoyable American IPA that I'm proud to say is brewed a mere few miles from my house... Kudos to Al and Terry on another solid bottle offerings...

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West Shore IPA from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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