Honey Crisp
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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From:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Tripel
ABV:
13.02%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 9.09%
Ratings:
59
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 05, 2018
Added:
Jan 30, 2014
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  6
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: Farmhouse tripel aged atop 600lbs of honey crisp apples.
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4.54 by Tallenreiter from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2018
 
3.75 by helpingphriendlybook from Pennsylvania on Oct 03, 2017
 
3.81 by Yancey82 from Pennsylvania on Jun 08, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Could have used more carbonation and barm for the style. Aroma is fine, ordinary smells of esthers and clove with a little sweetness from the honey. Taste is long the same line, has all of the traditional notes with an added sweetness, but nothing really gels and pops out. Mouthfeel is a little slick but fine. Overall a solid beer

Apr 24, 2017
 
5 by Mone3530 from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2017
 
4.18 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jan 04, 2017
 
4.63 by Categart from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2017
 
4.14 by ssato27 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2016
 
3.71 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a light brownish color with honey edges. The most prominent note is the nose was that of over-ripe apples. The flavor was heavy on the classic Belgian funk.

Nov 18, 2016
 
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2016
 
3.63 by Wingnut93 from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2016
 
3.94 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on May 08, 2016
 
3.71 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by seedyone from New York

On tap at Rattle n Hum West. I've been enjoying a blend of Mackensey's spiced cider & Weihenstephaner Hefwiessbier (20/80) for a few years, so I`m no stranger to the cider w/the dry of hops, but this comes across as a bit over the top. Honey crisp, IMO, is the premier apple available today. They have an amazing amount of sweetness & a hint of spice in their natural state & it comes through here but merely as a blush. Unfortunately I feel the sweet that a triple adds is not a good match. Something with more of a dry element would lend a much more sophisticated nuance. This is big plus big.

Jan 31, 2016
 
4.33 by CorkandCageAllentown from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2016
 
3.5 by rfgetz from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2016
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3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by pajeff from Pennsylvania

Had on draft in a tulip. More of a wine (or perhaps a cider) than a beer, but my serving wasn't very carbed, so perhaps that affected it. Quite apple-y, and the 13% is well-hidden, so they hit the mark for what they were trying to do (I assume), but just not really my thing. Reminded me much more of an apple wine than a beer.

That said, it was easy drinking, and not overly sweet. I think wine drinkers would really enjoy this, but I'd be interested in a review of it from someone who would typically order a white wine versus a beer.

Jan 12, 2016
 
3.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Jan 06, 2016
 
4 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 04, 2016
 
3.68 by lobos62 from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2016
 
3.78 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2016
 
4 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Dec 28, 2015
 
4.25 by micropale from Pennsylvania on Jun 04, 2015
 
3.61 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jun 04, 2015
 
3.56 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2015
 
4.01 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2015
 
3.75 by yergermeister from Pennsylvania on Feb 27, 2015
 
3.83 by devilfluff from New Jersey on Feb 26, 2015
 
3.67 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Feb 23, 2015
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3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by boilermakerbrew from Indiana

A- Pours a slightly hazy and medium golden orange in color in the body of the beer. A small, one finger thick head forms and retains fairly well, but does hang around as a touch of film that laces ok.

S- Spicy notes hit the nose first. Coriander and black pepper are the main components of the spice in the scent. A touch of the apples come in during the middle of the drink and give a touch of juiciness, but not much. Belgian style yeasty and wheat scents end the drink.

T- Starts off with a traditional Belgian trippel flavor of yeast and spicy flavors. The coriander and pepper from the scent are still present in the taste. The apples have a very mild presence in the middle/end of the drink. The apples get increasingly juicy and fruity as you get closer to the end, but never become the dominant flavor. The end of the drink is dominated by moderately bitter alcohol and more spicy and grainy trippel flavors.

M- This beer is smooth and has a low to medium level of carbonation and is dangerously smooth. Other than a touch of alcohol bitterness in the taste, there is very little to no evidence of the 13% in the feel of this beer.

Overall, this beer is not as much of a juicy honeycrisp apple as I was expecting. It is a very good trippel however, and the little bit of apple flavor that is present is a good addition.

Feb 21, 2015
 
3.58 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Feb 05, 2015
 
3.88 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Feb 01, 2015
 
3.75 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Jan 31, 2015
 
3.52 by CaptainFleeker from Illinois on Jan 29, 2015
 
3.96 by salthemonster from Pennsylvania on Jan 24, 2015
 
3.38 by DrDietz from Pennsylvania on Jan 24, 2015
 
4.12 by Fievel from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2015
 
3.54 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Jan 19, 2015
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

A fairly voluminous light khaki colored whipped froth comprised of big chunky bubbles and with bit of a rocky top... Decent retention gives way to a full mostly full creamy lacing and moderate collar... The color is a slightly hazy honey... Mostly still with some sluggish carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass... The nose displays the apple at the forefront... Somewhat sweet... Somewhat tart... Some honey and candied sugar notes add to the sweetness as well... A very light Belgian yeast component as well... A bit muddled, but still quite pleasant... The flavor profile is not quite what I was expected... Bursting at the seems with white wine tannins... It almost tasted like a glass of chardonnay with a touch of apple... The honey crisp and Belgian tripel components are very subtle and buried way beneath the surface... The mouthfeel is dry in on the lighter side of medium bodied... Some prickly carbonation... Interesting to say the least... I'm pretty sure I like it, but it certainly was not what I was expecting (a sweet Belgian Tripel)... Sort of challenges the senses in a good way... Kudos to Pizza Boy for continuing to push the limits and challenging conventions...

Jan 18, 2015
Honey Crisp from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 59 ratings