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

Hop Test #1 (Ninja Snipa)Hop Test #1 (Ninja Snipa)

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very good

13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%

Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 03-10-2013)
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Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pizza Boy

Golden-yellow pour with a frothy white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice, fresh, hoppy aroma, citrusy, sweet malt base. There was a distinctive candy sweetness in the taste that I wasn't expecting--kind of reminded me of Mike & Ikes. I actually couldn't tell if this flavor was coming from the malts or the hops. Not too typical for an IPA, but it worked here. The sweetness was countered by a good citrus and grassy hop profile, with a minimal bitterness. Fresh, clean, and flavorful. Medium body, and quite good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 13:35:42 | More by Rifugium
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden apricot in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and orange + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly redues to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter notes of caramel malts (slightly sweet) and just a touch of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops and just a touch of honey/brown sugar. Just a light note of bitterness and fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with just a slight hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This was a very enjoyable beer and a nice example of the DIPA style - wonderful aromas/flavors of grapefruit hops which I really enjoyed. Overall, this one is well balanced and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 01:06:37 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of campuschief


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer. Creamy & hoppy. Wicked taste and the Snipa is no BS...It hits you about halfway through beer two...WOW. Good Job Terry.

I don't like long reviews, It's just good beer. I travel and drink 10+ new beers a week and this is tops. Good pour, nice caramel color. Good head that sticks to the glass an a ful mouthfeel.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2013 00:31:46 | More by campuschief
Photo of orangesol


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving sticky rings of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of freshly juiced grapefruits, grassy hops, mildly toasted caramel malt and a dash of booze as it warms to room temperature. Fairly well balanced nose, nice.

T - Starts off with a nice grassy hop bite quickly giving way to the strong grapefruit flavor with the sugary sweet malt helping to round things out. A bit of booze comes in as it warms up. Finish is a little sweet with lots of hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with lots of hop bitterness. Only a touch of the 9.7% shows.

O - A very nice DIPA. It has everything you would want in a DIPA yet it remains well balanced and easy to drink. One of the better hoppy beers Pizza Boy has made to date. Get some while you can.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 18:49:59 | More by orangesol
Hop Test #1 (Ninja Snipa) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.