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

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West Shore IPAWest Shore IPA

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very good

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 159
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden served chilled in a Pizza Boy glass

The color is deep golden amber with thick white cap which retains well w/ slow moving bubbles and film of lace. The smell has a gentle citrus and nice piney hop aroma with light grapefruit and subtle malt odor with low alcohol in the nose. The feel is good w/ low sweetness and light chalky feel with moderate bitterness and slight spicy coarse edges with gentle astringency and high resinous mostly dry finish.

The flavor indicates the brewer achieve the goal of a west coast style IPA because it has a piney slightly grapefruit oriented taste with mineral tinge and harsh bitter finish with grassy and herbal qualities joining the pine flavor. Overall a pretty hoppy west coast style IPA, not one I would say tops my list, but it is good and even though it has some noticeable astringency the alcohol is mild and I might order it again based on the fresh hop flavors

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Pizza Boy

Slightly hazy copper pour with a small white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some foamy lacing on the glass. Floral hop aroma, toasted grainy malt base. Pretty basic, nothing that stands out, but nothing bad. Taste of citrus and floral hops, moderately bitter, with a solid sweet pale malt base, a bti soapy, with a slightly acrid finish, but nothing really offensive. Medium body, moderate carbonation, overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of orangesol
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours amber brown with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent hops, tropical fruits, pine and some slightly bready caramel malt. I like where this is heading.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hops and light caramel malt sweetness slowly giving way to hints of pine resin and fresh cut tropical fruits, mainly grapefruit and pineapple. Finish is bitter leaving the palate dried for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter feel but not as over the top as some of the other pizza boy beers.

O - This is a pretty solid IPA. It has everything a like in an IPA, it is just a touch out of sync. I look forward to trying the new batch coming out soon.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA

A: Pours a mostly clear amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of pine/resin hops, light notes of tropical/pineapple, and light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind. Underneath there are some lighter notes of bready malts with just a touch of caramel.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some very light caramel sweetness. That is followed by some moderate flavor of citrus/orange rind and pine/resin hops. The moderate bitterness in this one is rather harsh and lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an interesting beer and enjoyable but not as good as some of the other IPA offerings that I have enjoyed at Al's of Hampden. A little too bitter for my palate and not quite the hop profile that I truly enjoy (I'm more of a citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango/pineapple kind of guy).

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken more than a month ago. On tap at the source, the brew appears a hazed copper to burnt orange with a creamy white topping. Decent retention over but as the cap fades, a full wall of lace sticks in a curtain to the glass.

The aromatics includes a whole gauntlet of hop character. Pine, citrus, floral, fruity and grassy. Somewhat perfume-like at times and almost soapy which is a strange twist towards the back.

The taste carries with it a minor soapy quality just like the back end of the aroma hinted towards. A solid bitterness of pit, pulp and rindy elements of grapefruit with grassy herbal character. A dry bready grain feel and a touch of fusel alcohol fill out the rest of the profile.

This is a medium bodied, modestly carbonated beer. It is a decent take on the style but not something i would get thirsty for enough to want to drink a lot of considering the vast array of options always available at Pizza Boy.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz baby-growler poured into a shaker pint.
Purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.

Gold with a short off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Dank greens, passion fruit, grapefruit, wintergreen, and pine.

Grapefruit zest, dried pine needle, spicy & earthy hops, and perfumey florals. The super-thin malt backbone is barely perceivable. Finishes with notes of onion and crushed aspirin tablets.

Medium-light bodied, dry, and bitter.

Dry and bitter like a classic West Coast IPA should be, however it is a bit too dry and bitter for my personal taste.

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Photo of philbe311
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden straw color with a very healthy head. Nicely hoppy nose. Light bodied and a bit short in the malt department but the hop bitterness on the finish is solid.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass. Dated 8/2014

Honesty not your typical west coast IPA. Smells of citrusy, sharp, astringency but drinks very easily. Very drinkable at 6.5% too. Great lacing around the glass as I sip and decent head retention. Not the best west coast style IPA I have ever had but I would seek this out again for sure. Drank this at 55 degrees cellar temp. I suggest you do the same!


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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +1%

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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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer for a local brewery. It was a little dry, but I get it as that's what it takes to let those hops shine through. I enjoyed this so much I bought 3 bottles total. I would buy again if I had the opportunity. Nice tropical fruits! Cool graphic on bottle too.

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Photo of RLM15
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful copper orange color. Off-white head with a little soapy texture. A whiff of this and you'll smell a ton of citrus aroma; grapefruit, tangerine, orange; wonderful smell. The taste is also very citrus oriented. Very well balanced, though; carmel malts round out the complex taste. Just a great IPA. One of my absolute favorites I have had so far. If you are anywhere in the Harrisburg/Central Pennsylvania area, Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy is a must stop. Glad to support this local brewer.

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Photo of AutumnWolf13
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Nicely Done.
Not the best IPA I've ever had, but far from the worst!
Nice citrusy/piney stacked on a nice malt base. Kind of like an East Coast IPA that was heading West, but got lost out somewhere in Montana.
I like to support local breweries and this one is definitely growler-worthy!
Support your local gun-fighter...um...i mean brew-master.

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West Shore IPA from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.