Permasmile - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 6.17%
Wants: 80
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A white wine barrel fermented american sour ale aged on apricots.

(Beer added by: stakem on 04-30-2013)
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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Pizza Boy

Hazy orange-amber pour, with a chaotically coagulating layer of off-white head, splotches of lacing on the glass, and a plethora of floaties in suspension right from the start. Strong aroma, lactic sourness, tart fruit, funky, brett...I could tell heartburn was in my near future. This beer kind of reminded me of Cascade Apricot, although maybe even a bit more intense in its sourness. So yeah, sour taste, lactic, apricot pulp, yeasty/bretty funk, some barrel notes, but the sour/fruit aspects pretty much drowned out any wine flavors that might have been present. I'd say this really need more time to mellow out to get any complexity out of it, but as it stood, it was still a good brew. Medium body, ample carbonation, full of flavor. Good, but still needs time to reach its potential. Either that or I got a bottle from the bottom of the barrel. Either that or drinking the whole bottle myself was just too much.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Nate for sharing this one. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Foam quickly settles to wisps, a thin collar, and specks of lace. Hazy peach flesh-colored body.

S - Funky and dirty; some enterobacter here for sure. Very wild, with hints of cheese, diaper, and baby vomit. Some light oak, and hints of stone fruit malt and lactic acidity.

T - The taste is more acidic and less funky. Stone fruit malt and vinous oak come out lot more and the sulfurous and dirty flavors retreat significantly. Quite sour, but not excessively so.

M - Dry, medium body, with zesty carbonation, and a bit of tannic oak in the finish. Quite acidic, with stomach distress setting in after a decent-sized pour.

D - The aroma is very dirty and might be off-putting to some, but letting this warm a bit does it quite a bit of good. The flavor and feel are quite enjoyable; a well-craft American wild.

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this from the bottle at Al's new location in Enola, enjoyed with August and Tim.

The color is a golden peach hue with thin white cap w/ sticky lace pattern and tight bead. The smell is lightly funky with some mild lactic aroma ala greek yogurt. The feel is super-sour and puckering with dry and light tangy and funky yeast with high carbonation.

The taste has a light fruitiness with a yeast quality that is dominant with the lacto pretty acidic in the flavor but not enough to be uncomfortable to the tastebuds, just very tart and a little lemony with mild hint of funk to round out the taste with lots of carbonic acid since it is highly carbonated making it seem dry. The overall impression is very flavorful wild ale with the bacteria dominating making a very sour end result.

Photo of philbe311
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml for on-site consumption into a Pizza Boy snifter....

A - A sturdy pour yields only a slight bone white colored head that quickly fizzes a way leaving no discernible lacing or collar... The slightest bit of lacing sticks to the glass... The color is a vibrant slightly glowing orangish amber... There is a slight yet distinctive haziness... A modest bit of carbonation...

S - A good bit of funk to start... It slightly obscures the other ingredients that I know are present... The Apricot and fruit notes are next... A slight white wine barrel component compliment be some faint vanilla tones...

T - Wonderful balance and complexity... The fruitiness of the apricots... The moderate lactic tartness... The complexities of the white white barrels... Even some light vanilla notes... This has aged wonderfully in the bottles... The wow factor really starts to emerge as this one warms a bit...

M - Light to medium bodied... A slight carbonation... Crisp... Even and consistent... Velvety throughout... Starts a bit lush and finishes a bit dry... Spot on for the style and quite enjoyable...

D - A very well rounded excellent American Wild Ale... It's even more remarkable when you consider that Pizza Boy is still a fairly new kid on the block... This bodes very well for the future of the brewery that I'm excited to witness and enjoy over the coming years... I highly recommend stopping by if your in the area or driving a bit our of your way if you're not... This is a dam fine brew by any measure...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL unlabaled bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Chunky foam on the surface. Retains pretty well.

Smell - Lots of nice apricot. Lemon peel acidity. A touch of funk, but light. Wheat and grain.

Taste - Grain and fruit. Less distinctly apricot, but you still get it. Lactic sourness. A touch of wine in the finish. Lemony.

Mouthfeel - Medium light, well carbonated. Moderate sourness.

Overall - It actually has some of that lambic character, which surprises me. This was a remarkable treat to have driving through Harrisburg.

Photo of MDDMD
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy orange amber color with e decent white head and a little lacing

S-grain, wheat, fruity, sour, funky

T-yeasty funk, hints of apricot, lemon, sour grapes, little oak

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, tart and puckering, but not astringent

O-happy to see domestic sours of this quality, wish it were more widely available

Photo of lurpy1
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%

Great sour on a par with some of Russian River's stuff. Nose is a little mellow but wonderfully sour. Weird thing is, I paid $25 for a bomber, while I could get 3x that amount of HopTart for $10 and HopTart's almost as good. I probably won't get it again due to the value prop but if you get the chance to try it, absolutely do so.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Initially I was geeked to be able to get a chance to try this one. Then I started wondering how good it would actually be.

It is good. Super sour, in a very gueuze kind of way. I don't really get any apricots on here, as it is noted on the board. But the sour character is full, unwavering, and exactly as it should be. I would imagine that this would get better with some age, but I wonder if the bottles will be around long enough for that.

Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 1/25/14 notes. At the brewpub, bottle split 4 ways.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apricots, white wine, oak, earthy notes, light funk, and floral notes. Tons of apricots, very nice.

t - Tastes of sour apricots, sour fruity malts, funk, oak, grass, earthy notes, floral hops. Taste is more sour than the nose. Lots of fruit, awesome taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a fantastic beer; second best beer I had from them behind Sunny Side Up. Highly recommend buying a bottle if you ever visit them.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mini tulip glass. Generously poured by the barkeep from behind the bar.

A: Pours an opaque, light golden-straw color with a half finger of dark orange-tinted cream head. Minimal lacing and bubbles, with a thin collar. Clears out after a good half hour of sitting.

S: Sour and a bit of funk, stone fruit, a moderate whiff of white wine, vanilla, an oak and spice backbone. More wet hay and earth as it warms.

T: A mouth puckering, moderate to light sourness that doesn't get in the way of the drinkability. Pretty clean tasting, with moderate apricot, tannins, and a little sweetish white wine in the background. Moderate oak flavors are well integrated.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Pretty soft on the tongue.

O: Very solid and highly drinkable. On the level of something like RR’s Temptaton in terms of quality. The fruit is subdued but the sour is at a good level, not overpowering.

Photo of orangesol
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle on opening day of the new Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours slightly hazy yellow with a small film of white head, dissipating down to a light ring around the outside of the glass, leaving very light strings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of strong lactic sourness, mild apricot and peach sweetness, oak from the barrels, brett must and some nice funky cheese. Nowhere near as cheesy as the single barrel peach was but still quite nice. A little one dimensional initially but it really grows into itself as it warms up.

T - Starts off with plenty of lactic sourness giving way to hints of fresh fruit, wet basement must, drying oak tannins, a bit of cheesy funk and some chewy base malt. Finish is mild all things considered, a little chewy with some mild sourness, leaving the palate dried for awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, sour feel from start to finish. Flavors are well balanced and it has more carbonation than meets the eye.

O - A very nice wild ale. I have heard this called "baby Fou' Foune," multiple times now and I can see where that is coming from. It is comparable to an aged bottle of Fou' Foune but it lacks the strong fruit presence of a fresh bottle. Definitely worth the price of the bottle to try it but lets not get carried away here.

Photo of stakem
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not to be confused with permasmile peach which was a limited draft only offering that was just peaches. This listing is for the blend of american wild ales that was aged in wine barrels with some having peaches and some having apricots.

Served at Al's for in house consumption via 750ml bottle. The brew pours orange in color with a bit of haziness about it. The cap forms white in color and collapses leaving some patches of lacing effect on the glass. The way the head coagulates across the top looks like it has some protein or pellicle keeping the spots together.

The aroma has some juiciness left to it which smells fruity and somewhat like peaches/apricots but that might not be readily identifiable if you weren't expecting that based off the description. Behind the juicy quality of the brew is a huge funky brett inclusion that is wild with a bit of earthen and horsey aspect.

The flavor is sour with a bit of that juicy fruit aspect before the onset of brett funk. The way this brew has aged and blended together is pretty damn fantastic. It has a perfect balance of character and is deeply complex that I feel like I am hardly scratching the surface of this brew's nuance. How many more words can I use to describe fruitiness and brett funk? There, im done.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a fantastic wild ale with plenty of both sourness and residual juicy aspect that demand your attention throughout the experience. I drank this glass way too quick, I will need to have this again soon to fill in some voids of this review. Exceptional stuff.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at Pizza Boy, poured out behind the counter.

The beer pours a healthy cloudy orange with little to no head or lacing, just a ring of white around the sides. A nice bright look.

The smell has some nice stuff going on and it reminds me of some of the cantillon beers like mamouche because of the earthy, flowery overtones. Peppery, yeasty, tart bright fruit. I get some peach in there along with the apricot. A nice dry sour aroma, well done. A touch of oak when I get my nose in there.

The flavor follows suit and wasn't as peppery or tart as I expected. The white wine barrel takes the day here followed by the fruit and then a splash of tartness and dried flowery herbs at the finish. A nice dry finish, but it has a nice lingering flavor with a touch of vanilla too. A good body and decent carbonation, I would probably want a bit more to compliment the flavors.

Overall an elegant and nice sour. Not as heavy on the fruit, people who prefer more of the spicy, pepper and earthy sours will love this one. I definitely enjoyed it.

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Permasmile from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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