Armor Shark
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,822
Ranked #12,921
3.97 | pDev: 6.55%
Sep 04, 2022
Apr 01, 2015
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The first pour from the pint can was paused to let some billowing foam subside. It took up one third of the inside of a clear glass Imperial pint mug. It's the typical look of a barley malt deprived concoction. As is almost always the case, the foam recedes unattractively uneven, leaving only irregular scant lacing. Shame, because it spoils an otherwise lovely honey-amber body that's opaque, but toward the bright side. The foam carries just a slight tint of that color. Three aspects contribute to its solid aroma: A starchy sweetness, piney/resinous hops and alcohol. All three are present to the taste, but unfortunately, they're joined by an annoying perfume-llke inclusion, if one could taste perfume. The starchy sweetness is superficial, like refined white sugar. No doubt, that's accented by the 9.5% ABV. The hops come across more earthy and resinous than piney. There's a sharp dry hoppiness at the finish. No doubt, that's accented by the 9.5% ABV. The glass lacing turns out to be exactly what was expected. This isn't all bad, although it has its faults. Faults that likely would be mitigated with a bit more barley malt in the mix. But, for a heavy hitter, the mouthfeel is acceptable, at the least. The taste of alcohol is almost as contributing as it is distracting. No gold medal here, but still not a bad way to get a real beer buzz on one pint.
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Nov 09, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by caahare from West Virginia

Sep 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

May 04, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Mar 25, 2018
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Looks like a dingy, pale-ish ice tea with a less than enthused white head that ends up as a fizzy little sheet. Nose is primarily like a candy tangerine or something. Finishes off a touch hot, which predictably enough is exactly how it starts off tasting. So, fairly astringent and messy heat is the overwhelming taste up front but does allow some of that sweet fruit to creep in eventually. Finishes thin but angry (I mentioned the heat, ya?) with just not a ton of depth.
Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2017
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Rated by maltznhopz from Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I get a lot of sweetness from this IPA. A little caramel and very light hoppy notes on the finish.
Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2017
Rated: 4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.94 by Kinney1989 from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.87 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by glass_house from Ohio

Nov 15, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2016
Armor Shark from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 52 ratings