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Permasmile - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 6.17%
Wants: 74
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: Limited (brewed once)

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

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

(Beer added by: stakem on 04-30-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Sean9689, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

jrallen34, Aug 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Gonzoillini, Aug 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

theGlasstronaut, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

BMart, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

oldp0rt, Aug 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

salthemonster, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

OleDixie, Jul 17, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Greenplastic615, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

jampics2, Jul 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

erikkoppin, Jun 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

kevrice88, Jun 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Invictus, Jun 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Retail1LO, Jun 14, 2013
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

russwbeck, Jun 02, 2013
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.

Rifugium, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Thorpe429, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

SourinQns, May 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Jspriest, May 27, 2013
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.

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Deuane, May 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Lane23, May 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

TroyG2352, May 06, 2013
Permasmile from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.