Afternoon Delight - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
4.41/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap (praise Jebus) at Pizza Boy.
Light golden color, slightly hazy, with a finger or so of bubbly white head that fizzled down to a tiny layer, leaving minimal lace and legs on the glass. Fresh fruit and hops in the nose, lemon and grapefruit, white grapes, grassy hops, with a slight cobwebby funk. In the taste, saliva-inducing tartness, but not quite puckering, lemon and grapefruit, lesser notes of white grapes and apple, brilliantly fresh grassy and citrusy hops, which complement the sour profile nicely, crackery malts and grain husks in the background. Light-medium body, crisp mouthfeel, nice complexity. A very "crushable" sour beer.
This is easily one of my favorite Berliners. I prefer the straight-forward more "classic beer-like" inclusion of hops, as opposed to the typical usage of fruit to flavor beers of the style. Understated and unique.
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2014 00:20:22 | More by Rifugium
4.39/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Bright, straw yellow with froathy white head. Good lacing.
S: Tart, slightly astringent, yet pleasant sour aroma. Reminiscent of a Berliner, but without all the wheat on the nose. Pineapples and citrus fruits.
T: Good acidity levels, tight and crisp. Round, fruity and tart. Clean finish.
M: Once you get past the initial sour shock to your palate, it comes across as light and dry. No bad tannins on the end.
O: The name says it all. Crack one of these open (at Al's) on a warm summer afternoon, sit in the outdoor area, and you'll see why it's an Afternoon Delight.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2013 00:19:01 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Pizza Boy snifter...
A - A standard pour yeilds a finger's worth of pure snow-white colored slighly fizzy whimsical head... Minimal retention gives way to little or no lacing and the slightest of collars... The color is a vibrant slightly glowing pale golden orange... There is a slight haziness... Mostly still with a couple of stray carbonation bubbles seen rising throughout...
S - This beer smells fresh... Some light tartness... Lots of light refreshing tropical fruit goodness... Subtle touches of Belgian yeast and wheat... A faint bit of funkiness on the nose as well...
T - A minimalistic lactic acid tartness to beging... Slightly fruity and tropicalll... A mix of orange and lemon zest... The majority of the hops take on a mix of earthy and lemony character - almost a mix of hallertu and sorachi... Some light Belgian yeast notes... There is also a faint slightly spicy wheat component...
M - Light bodied... Limted yet lively carbonation... Clean... Crisp... Ultra refreshing... Slightly saliva inducing... Each sip is even and consistent...
D - Very easy drinking... Highly enjoyable... Stylistically, this one seems to walk a fine line between American Wild Ale, Saison and Berliner Weissbier, but that's a good thing in my opinion... Further proof that Pizza Boy is beginning to turn out some truly exceptional offerings...
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2013 12:22:47 | More by philbe311
4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This poured out as a nice bright golden color with a white head on top. Very thin retention and nearly no lacing. The smell is really interesting, fruity and funky on the nose. The taste of the beer is similar to the nose. The flavors of some lactic acid give this a nice tart flavor yet it allows the malt elements through. The mouthfeel of the beer is light, refreshing and drinkable. Overall this beer is pretty damn good.
Serving type: growler
05-01-2013 22:48:28 | More by Knapp85
4.48/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap on opening day of the new Al's of Hampden!!
A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light ring around the outside of the glass, leaving spotty trails of lace down most of the glass.
S - Smells of bright indiscriminate tropical fruit, mild citric hops, a bit of lactic sourness and some light funky saison yeast. As others have said, it just smells fresh and inviting yet still intriguing.
T - Very similar to the nose. Starts off with a strong lactic sourness quickly giving way to hints of fresh fruit zest and juice, moderate musty funk and a nice citric hop bite. Finish is a little chewy from the backing malt with some lingering sourness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish. It just makes you want to drink more of it after each sip.
M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, super easy drinking. I know terry would love to bottle condition all of these sours but this has the best carbonation of the three so far, and it isn't bottle conditioned.
O - I could care less what style we are calling this one, I am firmly in the Imperial Berliner Weisse category for the record. Anyway, this is an extremely easy to drink beer, I should know as I drank three glasses of this stuff throughout the day. A sign of great things to come from Pizza Boy in the not so distant future.
Serving type: on-tap
04-30-2013 05:28:25 | More by orangesol
4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Reviewing this as a berliner weisse since Al's website lists this as both a hoppy berliner and a sour saison at 6% depending on whether you are drinking the bottled version or the one that was on tap this evening for their grand opening at the new location. By all means, this is not the first time there has been confusion regarding Pizza boys sours and whether they are american wild ales, berliners or funky gym socks. Regardless, the argument is pointless, these beers are mighty tasty.
Served in a snifter on tap at the source. (There was one keg filled with the rest going into bottles for on-site consumption.) The brew appears a mildly hazy color of light golden yellow that is lighter around the edges. A white cap about a finger strong fades leaving spots of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl revives about a finger that dissolves and holds around the perimeter of the glass.
The aroma is fresh and juicy with hints of zest, pulp, rind and fruitiness that is reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Some hops come into play adding their own tropical fruity aspect that is very enjoyable. This brew is pretty much downright salivating before even taking the first sip.
The flavor is no surprise after taking in the aromatics. The way this note of grapefruit juice transcribes from the aroma into the flavor is pretty impressive. It is quite sour with notes of zest, rind, pulp and just an overall juicy quality. The hops faintly provide a contrasting bitterness at times but overall the taste of this is between tart and sour with an overall juicy aspect that is fantastic.
This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is quite refreshing and just overall excessively drinkable. When I say drinkable, I mean shoot the boot 22oz at a time isn't enough. If this beer was more readily available, I would drink this daily with a shitty smile on my face. Fantastic job on this one regardless of what style you want to call it. I am saying this will honest sincerity and not just because I am crazy for the berliner style... fans of sours must seek this out.
Serving type: on-tap
04-30-2013 01:05:11 | More by stakem
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a growler filled only a couple hours earlier.
Poured a gorgeous, vibrant orange. Big billowy head settles to a small foam on top.
There is a really awesome scent coming from here. It is a very fresh fruit scent mixed with a Belgian yeast type of scent. A touch of earthy aroma rounds it out. This just reeks of 'fresh'!! Add to it just a bit of funk and you've got a winner!
The taste is similar. There is a fresh fruit aspect to it, though not like any fruit I'm familiar with...it just tastes like I'd imagine an exotic, puply fruit to taste like. There is a bit of earthy, grassy flavors ant some sour funk.
In the mouth it feels very refreshing. The carbonation is PERFECT! It coats the mouth with just a perfect amount of flavor.
This stuff is REALLY good! It really bends the saison style to the limits of being a wild ale. This is not one to miss if you enjoy saisons and or wilds.
Serving type: growler
04-30-2013 00:36:30 | More by DaveHack
Afternoon Delight from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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