Abascio-Cell (Pinot Grigio)
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Abascio-Cell (Pinot Grigio)Abascio-Cell (Pinot Grigio)
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American Wild Ale
4.14 | pDev: 7.49%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Abascio-Cell (Pinot Grigio)Abascio-Cell (Pinot Grigio)
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Photo of jzeilinger
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear light gold color with no lacing and no carbonation. Looks like a white wine poured in a glass.

S - White grapes with a hint of tartness.

T - Tart white grapes, pears, oak loaded to the max.

M - Very dry finish and leaves a sugary pear/white grape residue on the tongue that's puckering and will make your mouth salivate after the bone dry finish.

O - This was much better than I thought it would be considering it's a style I normally wouldn't seek out. Pricey, but very, very enjoyable.

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Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Standard pour yields little or no head (if there is any it quickly fizzes away)... The color is a pale gold and there is a very slight haziness throughout... A moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation...

S - The sweetness of the grape juice is at the forefront... It's sweet and slightly musky... The tart sourness emerges next... The white wine notes are a bit further beneath the surface...

T - A textbook American Wild Ale from the get go... The pinot grigio grape juice notes are subtle... The white wine barrel notes are even more subtle...

M - A very easy sipper... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth and sleek... Some prickly carbonation... The finish has a touch of dryness followed by a saliva inducing tartness...

D - Another rock star American Wild Ale from Al & Terry... No real complaints on this one... I wish the pinot grigio notes were dialed up a notch (but that is likely my fault from "aging" this one for a bit)...

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Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a pale tan yellow. Small white head, fairly fizzy. The bubbles dissipate quickly. The aroma is a bit simple but nice enough. Some white grape flavor. A little bit of citrus peel edge to it. Very mild funk. A little bit of oak. Taste is moderately to medium sour. Very nice balance for a sour. Wonderful blend of barrel and sour flavors but there's not enough depth to take it to the next level.

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Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours pale yellow color with less than a finger of a soda like head that dissipates instantly. Body is hazy with a good amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of barrel character. White grape, oak, buttery (more like white wine than diacetyl), melon and lightly floral

Taste: Similar to the aroma. White wine, oak, lemon, lacto and green apple. Sourness is high, but stops short of mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, maybe a little thin, with medium lively carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: Good, but not great. Worth trying if you get the opportunity, but no need to go to any great effort or cost to obtain.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright greenish yellow. Hazy. Looks like Gatorade. No head.

Smell - Lots of wine. Fruity. Acidic and lemon limey. Oak.

Taste - Lemon lime sourness. Even has a bit of a Gatorade taste. Lots of white wine and grape. Quite sour. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Light body.

Overall - The finish is a little unpleasant. Lingering lemon lime tart finish. It's weird.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jack last night, thanks man.

This pours a fairly clear fizzy yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very strongly of tart grapes, white wine, sour funk, and a bit of oak.

This tastes great. There's some great lemon and vinegar flavors that play well off the sweet and tart grape flavors. The grapes are mildly sweet, but overall the beer is pretty dry. The lemon flavors remind me of lemon zest and lemon rind more so than actual lemon fruit flesh. There's a lot of funk and lactic acid here, too, but nothing too overwhelming.

Like said above, the sourness is not so overwhelming as to make this not drinkable. It's very drinkable, with a spritzy, dry mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is my first sour from this brewer, and I'd love to try more, he's clearly got a deft hand here.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a fizzy half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of tons of Pinot Grigio grapes, light funk and must, dash of vinegar, bit of citric fruit rind, vanilla and some lightly toasted grain. You can definitely tell it was Pinot grapes thats for sure.

T - Starts off with plenty of Pinot grape skins quickly being joined by the lemony citric rind, vinegar tartness, dash of funky must and some vanilla and pale grainy sweetness. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth, dry feel is surprisingly easy drinking. Nice balance of flavors, just needs a bit or time to fully carb up.

O - My favorite of the lighter Abacio's. Lots of grapes in the taste but it is still pretty balanced with the barrel and other flavors. Has some solid aging potential, especially if it ever fully carbonates.

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Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle consumed onsite at Pizza Boy. Poured into a matching wine glass, the brew appears with polished clarity yellow in color. A white cap is quick to fade leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is reminescent of chardoney. Very vinous, mildly lemony with some oak influence blending to hints of vanilla.

The taste is tart and vinous. A light amount of alcohol and again reminescent of tart chardoney. As it warms up, more focus gets put on the lemony lactic aspects.

This is a light bodied brew with moderate carbonation in the feel but visually a bit lacking. It displays a gripping tartness and great vinous character. I believe the grape addition is lacking the most in this version. Having said that, its subtle nuance and how similar it is to the base beer is what makes this my favorite version of all the grape versions of abascio that ive tried to date.

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Abascio-Cell (Pinot Grigio) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 51 ratings