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Hop Test #1 (Spanish Dynamite!) | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pale ale infused with fresh cut jalapeños and limes.

Added by orangesol on 05-21-2014

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Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving small webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of jalapeño pepper skins, lime zest, bit of hop bitterness and some light sweetness. The peppers dominate the nose, overpowering everything in their way, which I guess was the point but still.

T - Starts off with the strong pepper skin flavor that never really goes away. Hints of grassy hops, lime zest and some residual sweetness try and break up the pepper onslaught but they can only do so much. Finish is more pepper and some light chewiness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a fiery kick at the end of each sip. Hard to tell if there is any booze burn with all that pepper kicking around.

O - I have never been a fan of peppered light beers and this one won't be changing my mind. The peppers are way to dominant, leaving no room for the other flavors to come through. Some people may like this one but I just can't get into it.

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Thanks Kirb for sharing this growler with me. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a hazed pale golden color with a white froth that maintains with spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is strikingly familiar though this is my first experience with this beer. It smells of straight jalapeño that could almost be mistaken for green bell peppers but with with citrus zest inclusion. The more I smell it, it gets a little grassy.

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Hop Test #1 (Spanish Dynamite!) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.27 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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