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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Rated: 3.26 by EersandBeers from West Virginia

Nov 08, 2017
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.91 by caahare from West Virginia

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by atrocity from Virginia

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 3.74 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by cspompey from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by jbriggs7 from North Carolina

Aug 15, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by heave22 from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by Eighty from Washington

Jul 24, 2014
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Reviewed by cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 5 by erikkoppin from Michigan

Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by bum732 from Lesotho

Jun 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by robgage from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by fire34fighter from Virginia

Jun 18, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by BGsWo22 from Texas

Jun 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by SHerninko from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Valleyview06 from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by ubufan2112 from Connecticut

May 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by baybum from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by Holland from Illinois

Apr 28, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by WillCarrera from Ohio

Apr 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by MarkJBurch from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by Janeinma from Massachusetts

Feb 25, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by bvdubn from Pennsylvania

Feb 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by robieobie1 from Pennsylvania

Jan 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Kelp from New Hampshire

Dec 22, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Satchboogie from Belgium

Dec 22, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Stigs from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2013
Rated: 4 by Schlais from Minnesota

Dec 15, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Rojada1988 from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2013
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Reviewed by joe1510 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.75 by jagada from Pennsylvania

Nov 30, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by nrs207 from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2013
Rated: 4 by facesnorth from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2013
Hoptart 1.0 (Blush) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 59 ratings