Blackberry Sour
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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From:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 6.73%
Ratings:
82
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 25, 2019
Added:
Mar 23, 2015
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  14
SCORE
95
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Notes: None
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4.35 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 25, 2019
 
4.19 by VaTechPhilly from New York on Jun 19, 2017
 
4.25 by oline73 from Maryland on May 24, 2017
 
4.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on May 18, 2017
 
3.99 by ConnorSimpson41 from Pennsylvania on May 02, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i had way higher hopes for this, especially at 46 dollars a bottle, its borderline offensive at that price. hopefully a state of PA thing and not a price set by the brewery, thats absurd. its murky and thick, deep amber in color, looking somewhat unrefined under its puffy tan head. aroma of tangy red wine, no appreciable blackberry, lots of vinegar and a generic red fruity sweetness, lots of oak though, vanilla with it, and crystal malt depth, a little booze backs it all up. its really sour beer, i pucker up just smelling it, and its quite acetic on the first pull. i do get the blackberry, and its sweet and juicy with a little tang of its own, but its totally overpowered by the sourness here, very flanders red type with the lemon and the vinegar aspects, but its not all that great to me, seems somewhat sloppy on the wild side. lots of oak and red wine to this, highly tannic and sharp, but also really rich and flavorful, no shortage of flavor to this one! i can see the appeal for the real sour heads, but there is a real lack of funk here, the wood profile is the best feature for me, the fruit is almost irrelevant, not because it isnt there, but because the beer wouldnt seem to be a whole lot different without it. cool use of the barrels i guess, but at this price, its absolutely not one to spend your coin on. lackluster first impression of this operation...

Dec 30, 2016
 
4.11 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jun 19, 2016
 
4 by mklisz from New Hampshire on May 31, 2016
 
4.02 by emottram from Massachusetts on May 28, 2016
 
4.24 by orangesol from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2016
 
4.25 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Feb 01, 2016
 
4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts on Jan 23, 2016
 
3.92 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2015
 
4.35 by BarrelAgedG from California on Nov 19, 2015
 
3.5 by w5baron from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2015
 
3.96 by kidzord from Illinois on Nov 08, 2015
 
4.46 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Oct 29, 2015
 
4.32 by ryanflc from New Jersey on Oct 11, 2015
 
4 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Oct 09, 2015
 
4.38 by linnymtu from Michigan on Sep 26, 2015
 
4.75 by Kevinhcraig from Florida on Sep 21, 2015
 
4.21 by NJB145 from Michigan on Sep 18, 2015
 
4.25 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Sep 10, 2015
 
4 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania on Aug 28, 2015
 
4 by AdamP from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2015
 
4.43 by Jamato14 from North Carolina on Aug 25, 2015
 
4.08 by Thedrizzle from Florida on Aug 23, 2015
 
4.55 by cmw2987 from Delaware on Aug 18, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jshusc from South Carolina

Really well done sour, one I'll be glad to revisit at another time. Probably not fair to drink this right after opening a Thicket, but it was not completely outclassed. Al's Pizza Boys knows how to sour their brews the right way.

Aug 17, 2015
 
4.34 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin on Aug 07, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Murky deep red and purple body. Leaves sediment in the glass. Lactic and yogurty. White wine. Deep berry aroma. Tastes sharply sour. White wine sweetness. Dark berry flavor. Lots of yogurt and oak. Strong sour finish. Medium body. Not many people in my tasting grouped liked this except for me. I really enjoyed it.

Jul 28, 2015
 
4.18 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2015
 
4.17 by youbrewidrink from Vermont on Jul 21, 2015
 
4.5 by Joecaddie from Delaware on Jul 19, 2015
 
3.84 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 18, 2015
 
3.9 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jul 18, 2015
 
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Jul 18, 2015
 
4.27 by robgage from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2015
 
3.94 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jul 06, 2015
 
3.99 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Jul 06, 2015
Blackberry Sour from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 82 ratings