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Synchronicity - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Synchronicity
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BA SCORE
86
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 6.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-13-2013)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Al's in a Tulip pint.

the color is golden with hazed appearance yet has a thick head of white with fine bead and lace stickage is decent. The smell is nice with some herbal hop odors and phenolic yeast with a spiced and slight stone fruit quality. The feel is very good with moderately creamy body with semi-dry texture and moderate bitterness w/ semi-high carbonation and mostly dry and bitter finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is good with some herbal hop and slight fruity yeast flavors up front which lead to a mild medicinal edge and light pine mixed with herbal hop and perhaps a light astringent or grass taste in the background with mild malt and more tangy almost tropical notes from the yeast with slight earthy element. Overall this is a very good beer, I like the flavor but was surprised to learn it was fermented with a saison strain. It is very similar to another East coast brewer's Belgian IPA who will remain nameless, but I like it so it gets a good drinkability score since it is fresh and is very low in alcohol flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 14:04:08 | More by Slatetank
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-22-2013 16:28:48 | More by brez8791
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-19-2013 21:33:42 | More by baybum
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft offering at the source. The brew appears a clear pale yellow with streaming bubbles of carbonation that support a pillow of white froth atop. A full wall of lace sticks to the glass and the cap displays solid retention.

The aroma includes herbal hops that are somewhat spicy and almost lemony. Some yeasty pepper and more fruity aspects come out as it warms up. Overall a solid smelling brew balanced somewhere between a spicy saison and herbal pale ale.

The flavor is sweet at first then herbal bitter hops come into play with a slight lemon essence and warming alcohol feel. Some apple and pear esters are present mid palate. A yeastiness like bubblegum and clove come in towards the back before a bit of solvent alcohol rounds things out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a prickly level of carbonation. Very warming and spicy for 7% that drinks like a big and spicy saison with an extra hop kick. I liked this quite a bit despite not being the biggest fan of belgian ipas. I think the choice in hops was really well done in the way it blended with the yeast character. I look forward to drinking this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 15:31:44 | More by stakem
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours pale yellow with a small half finger tall white head leaving soapy rings of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells like a typical Belgian IPA with a bit of extra hops on top. Hints of grassy hops, some tropical fruit zest, typical Belgian spiciness, touch of sugary sweetness and a bit of light funk from the saison yeast. A very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a quick hit of hop bitterness quickly being overrun by the strong Belgian core of the beer. Hints of light spice, fresh cut grass and earthy funk from the saison yeast help round things out. Finish is a mix of sweetness and spicy funk, lingering on the palate for awhile after the finish.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness and a touch of breadiness in the feel. Booze creeps in toward the end of the glass but it does't affect it much.

O - An interesting take on the style. It packs plenty of hops to make it an IPA yet it has a touch of earthy funk from the saison yeast. Not your typical IPA thats for sure but it is still very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 21:58:10 | More by orangesol
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A slight one fingers worth of pure white slightly lush head... Limited retention gives way o a full veil of lacing... The color is a golden yellow... There is moderate carbonation... Sheets of lacing cling to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - A bit subdued, but still quite pleasing... As expected Belgian yest and what appear to be noble hops dance in enjoyable fashion... Some light notes of fresh cut grass and a hit of funkiness as well...

T - A very strong undeniable one two punch of Belgian yeast an noble hops... The two contend for prominence in a battle that ultimately becomes a draw... A subtle mix of grassy and floral notes... The hops continue to crescendo on the finish and linger for quite a bit in a very enjoyable fashion...

M - Spot on for the style... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Real good "bite..." Light to medium carbonation... A bit chalky... Goes down easily sip after sip... Very nice...

D - A rock solid interruption of the Belgian IPA style... Quaffable... Hides the 7.4% ABV rather well... Solidly above average in all facets with outstanding taste... I will gladly enjoy in again and suggest other BAs do so as well... Pizza Boy is really starting to turn out some fantastic brews and its about time everyone begins to realize...

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 23:02:43 | More by philbe311
Synchronicity from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.