Blackberry Sour
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #177
Ranked #2,202
4.3 | pDev: 6.74%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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jshusc from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost got this in a trade, now don't have to. Thanks to rudzud.

Pours a huge fizzy pink head that fades quickly, hint of lacing, murky purple rosy color.

Nose brings sour blackberry for sure, tart berry with seed and mild flesh, little bready dough malt thing, sour lactic acid mild funk, nice blackberry syrup, mild phenols, chemical phenols, mild apple pear ester.

Taste brings sour funk, sour fruit, mild blackberry but more seed like again, mild flesh and blackberry jam, etc. Then tart seed, mild funky sour acidic bite, tart acidity, little bready doughy malt again. Jammy sweet candy tart blackberry. Finish is sticky mild flemmy tart sour blackberry, nice sourness, more jammy blackberry and seed notes, etc.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, flemmy, nice sourness, decent carb,

Overall pretty good.

Jun 16, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy blackberry juice hue with a one finger head that fades quickly to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of super sour, doughy bread, tart berries, under ripe blackberries and seeds, little musty.

T - Taste is very tart and sour, nice fruity berry, nice under ripe berry and seeds, light barrel and vanilla, jammy berry. Not quite acetone but between that and usual tartness. Pleasant, but could use more blackberry.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, almost sharp. Quite sour and tart.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, however, needs much more blackberry.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 12, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full review # 1,000!

750ml C&C bottle.

poured into TG snifter.

Appearance: Deep purple bodied beer with a thick cap of white head that drops down to a thin ring around the glass. top of the bottle pours murky, but slightly transpartent. As you get to the bottom of the bottle there is a boatload of fruit flesh and skin that make the beer look murky and muttled.

Smell: very jammy blackberrys. Acetic sourness that smells fairly sour. perhaps a hint of white wine.

Taste: just like the nose. very fruit forward; plenty of sourness, 6.5/10 sour level. jammy blackberries for miles. light lemon presence and oak. Nice lacto presence that emerges as this sour warms up. Lots of jammy berry in the finish with a little drying oak.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Semidry finish.

Overall: Man, there was a lot of fruit used in this american wild ale. Really awesome sour beer right now and with all that fruit in the bottle it probably age nicely because there is probably a lot left in the bottle to increase sourness and dry the beer out as the wild yeast continues to work in the bottle. 33 bucks per bottle and totally worth it if you love fruited american wild ales!

Jun 06, 2015
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pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great fruit aroma, lots of blackberry flavor and a very nice prominent sourness. Finishes a little sweet, but could just be all the fruit. Got pretty muddy at the end, but hard to see because it was an awesome dark purple color. Great Beer! Getting more if still available.

May 22, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at a recent sour beer tasting I held thanks to my brother for sharing this -a generous offering for later in the lineup.
I poured this from the corked and caged bottle into a goblet.

I was not as impressed with this at first and re-rated based on my second run at it on a clean palate. The appearance dark purple with burgundy hues and quick to drop head with fine bead. The smell is full of fruit aroma and sour smell of lactobacillus with some mild woody odors kind of like a blackberry yogurt odor. The feel is intense which is what took my focus at first -very acidic like fresh picked blackberries with slight lemony tart essence with moderate carbonation and semi-dry warming finish with some tannin drying with astringent quality.

The taste is very lactic with sour and fruity with a blackberry flavor that is undeniable in that it leans to a vinous acidic juicy and sour that lingers after each sip. The tart blackberry lemonade type flavor is juicy and puckering with astringency that seems to leave the mouth dry but begs for additional tastes as the sourness lingers on. This is very juicy and drinkable but a great candidate for sharing as a full bottle or 1/2 at a time would be a challenge based on the intensity level for me. I got a little stomach trembling since it is very acidic ...a little goes a long way based on the stomach acid that got stirred up -perhaps a creamy cheese and crackers might pair well to mitigate some of the tartness in between tastes.

May 16, 2015
Blackberry Sour from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 82 ratings