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Permasmile - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.15%
Wants: 93
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
Beer added by: stakem on 04-30-2013

A white wine barrel fermented american sour ale aged on apricots.
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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.

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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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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.

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Permasmile from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.