Hoptart 1.0 (Blush)
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Hoptart 1.0 (Blush)Hoptart 1.0 (Blush)
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Wild Ale
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Nov 08, 2017
Oct 01, 2013
Hoptart 1.0 (Blush)Hoptart 1.0 (Blush)
Notes: 2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medalist for experimental beer.

We wanted to make a different harvest ale besides a fresh hop IPA so we decided to do something strange. This is a sour ale fermented on grapes from The Vineyard at Hershey. We then dry hopped it with locally grown Cascade hops from South Mountain Hops and also Centennial hops. The result is a blush colored sour ale with an INCREDIBLE aroma. Enjoy!
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3.26 by EersandBeers from West Virginia on Nov 08, 2017
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3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

16 oz can, dated 9/25/17

color is pinkish hue, clear, white head that fades. aroma definitely leans towards wine. fruity, berry, citrus. taste is mildly tart, similar flavor. body is thin, fizzy.

Nov 03, 2017
3.91 by caahare from West Virginia on Oct 29, 2017
4.25 by atrocity from Virginia on Oct 24, 2017
4.23 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2017
3.74 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2017
4.17 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2014
4.5 by cspompey from Pennsylvania on Sep 11, 2014
4.25 by jbriggs7 from North Carolina on Aug 15, 2014
4.5 by heave22 from Pennsylvania on Jul 29, 2014
4 by Eighty from Washington on Jul 24, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

Pour is. Watermellon pink with a bubbly very light pink head. Nose is a bit metallic, berry fruits, faint touch of lactic, subtle grassy hops to balance. Taste also has a metallic hint, flavors are nice but subdued. Fruity passion fruit, subtle Brett and some grassy hay like hops. Sourness is moderate, fairly dry finish with a balanced carb and soft light feel.

Jul 15, 2014
5 by erikkoppin from Michigan on Jul 08, 2014
4.25 by bum732 from Lesotho on Jun 21, 2014
3.75 by robgage from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2014
4.25 by fire34fighter from Virginia on Jun 18, 2014
4.25 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania on Jun 13, 2014
4 by BGsWo22 from Texas on Jun 11, 2014
3.5 by SHerninko from Pennsylvania on Jun 09, 2014
3.75 by Valleyview06 from Pennsylvania on Jun 09, 2014
3.5 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on May 24, 2014
4 by ubufan2112 from Connecticut on May 11, 2014
4.25 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Apr 29, 2014
4 by Holland from Illinois on Apr 28, 2014
4.25 by WillCarrera from Ohio on Apr 27, 2014
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Apr 17, 2014
4.25 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2014
3.75 by MarkJBurch from Pennsylvania on Feb 25, 2014
4 by Janeinma from Massachusetts on Feb 25, 2014
4.25 by bvdubn from Pennsylvania on Feb 21, 2014
4 by robieobie1 from Pennsylvania on Jan 28, 2014
3.5 by Kelp from New Hampshire on Dec 22, 2013
3.25 by Satchboogie from Belgium on Dec 22, 2013
4.25 by Stigs from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2013
4 by Schlais from Minnesota on Dec 15, 2013
3.5 by Rojada1988 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by joe1510 from Illinois

32oz Growler

Another big thanks goes out to Ryan for this growler! Way to keep me drinkin'! Wow, I didn't expect what I got on the pour. The body is that of a rosé wine, glowing red. The fizzy head is kept alive by a torrent of carbonation. While the shallow head looks purely white upon closer inspection it has a pink blush.Very interesting.

The nose is wildly interesting. Grape must right off the bat with some tannic, chalky, woody stems. There's a good deal of early morning dew, you know, the earthy, everything is damp kind. With warming, soft sugar cookie malt comes across. Peppery grapefruit and orange flesh waft through easily courtesy of the dry hopping. There's a nice tart note but oddly enough it reminds me more of strawberries than grapes.

Unfortunately, the flavor isn't as bright or expressive as the nose. Tart grape hits immediately, mostly along the tongue. That sugar cookie malt is back laying a foundation but the dry hopping and grape additions rule the roost. Grapefruit and orange snap over the palate before quickly disappearing and allowing the tart grapes to take over.

A light body and active carbonation really helps highlight the nuance in flavor. Tannic dryness pops up on the finish, The dryness lingers as does the tartness. This beer is highly drinkable. An easy one to put away.

Hoptart is one of the more interesting beers I've had in a while. The nose is bright, earthy, and gets the salivary glands going. The flavor shows a good amount of depth. I'm really surprised how well the dry hopping works on a tart, grape aged beer. If I lived by Al's I'd be in drinking this often until it was gone for the year. Thanks a million for the sample, Ryan!

Dec 06, 2013
3.75 by jagada from Pennsylvania on Nov 30, 2013
4.25 by nrs207 from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2013
4 by facesnorth from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2013
Hoptart 1.0 (Blush) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 59 ratings