Frontside Lipslide
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
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4.03 | pDev: 8.68%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Frontside LipslideFrontside Lipslide
Notes: A golden double IPA brewed with citra and simcoe hops. Brewed to benefit Rebuild Bloomsburg Skatepark.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At long last, I am finally getting around to an extensive brewery horizontal to clear out a massive backlog in support of The CANQuest (tm). I knew that I had a number of their beers in abeyance, but it was not until I beCAN assembling them that I realized just how extensive my inventory actually was. At long, long last, the ultimate CAN of my initial run-through! 16/16.

From the CAN: "Massively Fruity and Juice-tastic. Never Boozy. Always Unfiltered. All Simcoe."; "Regret Nothing[,] Deny Everything"; "Frontside Lipslide Double IPA"; "Refreshing. Deceivingly Crushable, Like Your Hopes and Dreams. Use With Care."; "Proudly Brewed In Pennsylvania"; "Pizza. Beer. Happy."; "Please Enjoy Fresh, Preferably With Pizza. Do Not Age."

The grand finale beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, followed by a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed beautifully to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention, leaving a load of lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose held grapefruit & peach with Simcoe doing her naughty cattiness in the background. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was quite fruity, with flavors of mango, pineapple, peach, grapefruit + pine and Simcoe's cattiness as well as a bitter heat. Crushable?!? Hardly. This bad boy was making its presence know every step of the way! Finish was dry and bitter, unlike my elation at having finally gotten caught up with these guys. Now, The CANQuest (tm) must move on to the next big brewery horizontal! YMMV.

Jul 01, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an impy nonic a dull medium golden with a thinner lacy white head atop.An appetizing mix of citrus fruits and dank resin in the nose,nice to smell that again.Not too sweet wich is a nice surprise,citric and pine flavors with some residual sugary sweetness underneath,tastes like a DIPA should...In my humble opinion.My first try of this brewery and I come away impressed.

May 09, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz glass into a Trillium IPA glass.

Look is a sightless cloudy yellow with amber highlights and a thick full white head.

Aroma is tropical mango and pineapple.

Taste is exactly what you want from an IPA. Dank tropical and herbal with a strong candy malt that isn’t boozy.

Mar 17, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this pounder from the House of 1,000 beers into a pint glass.
A - Surprisingly lighter than I expected a very light amber yellow with a good 1/2 inch of foam makes for some good lacing always appreciated for the high octane.
S - Hops and honey like cracker malts mostly. No strong ethanol smells or malty smells like a winner
T - Drinks fairly bitter with pine mixing with pineapple like sweetness. Mild Boozy notes sneaking though.
M - A sure fire sipper drinks more on the medium to heavy body side.

Overall its good but it doesn't have the zip and drink ability of hop slam. Still always good to find a reasonably priced pounder and tick another beer!

Mar 13, 2019
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Giantsquid from New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can. 100% Simcoe. Dated 2/11/19

Looks juicy, good head retention, spotty lacing.
Smells like pure Simcoe. Pineapple and piney.
Taste is resin heavy and bitter with some tropical fruit, funky papaya, grapefruit.
Feels light on its feet at 10%. Juicy but not overbearing. I prefer a little oat to take the edge off. This is more west coast in style.
Overall a really delicious DIPA. At 10% I could still have another.

Feb 24, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Tulip glass. A brilliant gold with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is citrus, tropical fruit, with some pine notes and a slight sweetenss that nicely balances everything. Mouthfeel is medium and kinda sticky; carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is evident but not objectionable. Finish is sweet, fading to a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very, very good DIPA.

Jan 14, 2018
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nuggetlover from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From can to tulip
Pour is a beautiful glowing gold with think white foamy head.
Nose is booze and some pine.
I am definitely getting the 10%.
It is a big boozy beer. It's a few weeks old, so wish I'd gotten a chance to consume it a little fresher.

Sep 16, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear golden with a tall white head; a few strands of lace

Smell: Dank tropical fruit tones with a piney character

Taste: Starts off dank and tropical with papaya tones forward; a piney character arrives, through the middle; nice bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Doesn't drink like a 10% ABV beer; well-constructed

Aug 13, 2017
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Jlabs from New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super smooth imperial IPA...alcohol is well hidden on this 10% ABV brew.. not too malty which is kinda surprising considering the beer type..a very straight forward citrus or floral notes to speak of.

Aug 11, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to daniel (on IG) for tossing this can my way. canned a few weeks ago. semi transparent orange. nose Burts of toffee malts and resinous hop. taste is more of the same with big caramel bread notes. west coast double. abv is well.integrated but beyond that not really what I dig in an ipa these days. not bad just not my bag.

Aug 07, 2017
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good good good! Another good brew from pizza boy on a nice sunny afternoon. Slightly sweet to go along with the grapefruity goodness! Excellent color as well!

Jun 26, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper color with about a half finger of head. The nose is citrus and hoppy. The flavor follows the nose with the citrus notes predominating and an extra touch of sweetness from the malt.

This is a top shelf DIPA.

May 04, 2017
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz pounder can poured into a Brew Gentlemen tulip glass. Drank this 8 pack anywhere from 2 days old until now.

Look: Pours a slightly hazy golden to light orange color with about an inch of head. Lacing is very present and retention is great.

Smell: Tons of citrusy notes along with grapefruit and pine notes.

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me. Lots of citrusy notes and plenty of grapefruit along with some pine. Citrus hops seem to be coming thru more than the Simcoe. ABV of 10% is very well hidden as there is no alcohol burn at all.

Feel: Medium bodied. Nice and crisp!

Overall: Fantastic double IPA from Pizza Boy. ABV is a rock solid 10% and its well hidden in this gem. Glad to finally have these guys in Pittsburgh. I will be revisiting this one next year if brewed again!

Nov 13, 2016
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned September 15.

A - Pale lemon/golden pour. Bright with two fingers of fluffy, pillowy white head. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Citrus. Orange peel stands out. Very little malt to speak of. Sweet fruit.

T - Juicy fruit, citrus, a bit of harshness. Pineapple.

M - Medium bitterness is a bit odd, medium carbonation and medium body.

O/D - I could ask for more from this one. Easy to drink given the strength, but not showing nearly enough depth.

Oct 12, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Weizen glass.

Hazy golden blonde with 1 finger of creamy white head. Some yeast sediment dances around. Moderate carbonation.

Guava, Kiwi-strawberry, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, and honey.

White grape, guava, and kiwi-strawberry. Dank greens and pine sap with a smooth honey sweetness. Grapefruit juiciness with restrained zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, and oily with a light bitterness.

A freakin' great DIPA that drinks easy for 10%. Dank and "Aussie tropical."

Sep 30, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vibrant golden, light-orange color with two fingers of near-white head that becomes quite sudsy looking as it slowly dissipates, leaving behind thick, sloppy lacing.

It has a lovely grapefruit-forward aroma, on the sweet side though, with hints of cantaloupe and nectarine, and a little prickly spiciness in the background. The very prickly and slightly syrupy mouthfeel stands out first upon sipping. It's sweet tasting up front, with some orange and honey added to what carries over from the nose, followed by strong hop bitterness and grapefruit acidity in the aftertaste. There's a kiss of alcohol in there, too.

This one starts off strong, but the taste honestly isn't that much better than average. Definitely worth a try, though.

Sep 28, 2016
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick, hazy copper/orange. Fluffy white head that lasted for quite a while. Thicker on the rim. Spotty (and pretty) lacing.

Tons of tropical fruit in the nose. Notably orange, guava, passionfruit. Somewhat dank and resinous. A light sweetness gives a heads up as to the ABV.

The same fruit follows the nose, but a little more muted than expected. Dank, resinous, and grassy. Moderate bitterness. Slightly boozy on the finish. Lingering grainy notes.

Thick and syrupy/sticky. Low to medium carbonation and a heavy mouthfeel.

Nothing in your face and mind-blowing, but I'm happy that I got to try this one. Solid DIPA.

Jul 20, 2016
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a crowler into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange/brown with nearly a two inch white head. Great retention and excellent lacing throughout. Smell is strong pine and citrus. Dank doesn't really mean anything, but it describes the smell of this beer. The taste follows the smell. The pine is up front and the citrus comes on the back end. There is a lingering hop bitterness also. Almost no alcohol burn, which is impressive for 10%. Feel is medium/heavy carbonation and a little slick. Overall this is a very good DIPA. It reminds me a lot of Founders Redankulous. Worth trying.

Jun 27, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a Crowler into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned recently is all I can say. Pours a a slightly hazy orange with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves behind magnificent lace.

Smell is pungent marijuana, papaya, mango, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows very dank, tropical fruit, a very nice hit of piney grapefruit in the fairly balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is very chewy for the style, perfect amount of life, not really dry, and the drinkability is insane for 10% ABV.

Overall this is a very special DIPA, many thanks @jzeilinger for this one, really impressive.

Jun 20, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a Crowler, consumed two days later.

A - Pours a dark orange color, semi-hazy, and has a generously thick, bright white lacing ring. Looks very inviting.

S - Nothing but sticky, juicy, and aromatic fruit: passion fruit, apricots, red grapefruit, peach, mango papaya, pineapple. The smell is just as inviting.

T - Follows the nose: Passion fruit, apricots, peach, mango, papaya, lime, mango, and pineapple with a pine bitter finish to offset the sweetness. There is a touch of peppery spice to the hoppy fruit. The ABV is not detectable so much in the nose but it really hits the senses on the first few sips.

M - Thick and slippery.

O - This is an outstanding D-IPA. I want more.

Jun 18, 2016
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Fernsanity from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From growler thanks to LJTate. Pleased it wasn't balanced like most DIPAs are. Hops were nice on this, great lacing. Makes me want to go to Al's in person now. Thanks LJT!

Jan 24, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz pour from a firkin.

appears hazy golden-orange color, nice white head. very nice hoppy aroma - a pleasant mix of citrus and earthy hops. just enough biscuit - flavored malt to hold up the big hop flavors. thicker mouthfeel for an IPA, I like it.

Jan 03, 2015
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a wine glass.

A: A deep golden/orange hue that's slightly translucent.
S: A hint of citrus.
T: An explosion of citrus up front that slowly fades. No booziness at all.
F: Very smooth and delicate.
O: This is another great double IPA from Pizza Boy. Gives no hint at the 10% ABV and super drinkable.

Jan 02, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut grass, pine resin, mild tropical fruit, bit of sugary sweetness and some very light booze. Hops are moderately strong but never border on overpowering.

T - Starts off with some grassy hops and mild sugary sweetness quickly being joined by the dulled tropical fruit, pine resin, dash of chewy pale malt and a touch of booze. Finish has some bitterness and sweetness to it with some lingering dryness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Hoppy, sweet feel from start to finish. Only the faintest hint of the 10% ABV is present.

O - Despite the 10% this one is definitely on the lighter side of the DIPA scale. It is well balanced but I wish it had a bit more pop to it. Either way a solid DIPA.

Jun 18, 2014
Frontside Lipslide from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 125 ratings