Murren River
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #355
Ranked #5,256
4.13 | pDev: 7.99%
May 08, 2022
May 26, 2015
Murren RiverMurren River
Notes: Formerly known as: Hop Test #1 (Murren River)
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4.15 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on May 08, 2022
4.3 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Feb 01, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

16 ounce can.
Canned 10. 18. 21.

Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a medium hazy golden body with sticky lacing.

Nose of citrus with slight floral/herbal aromas and a bit of tropical fruit and pine.

Taste mirrors nose in its complexity, but really pops with all the flavor. Flavors are citrus, then tropical fruit, then finishing with mildly piney, floral herbaceous bitterness. Yup, I said that; if it makes any sense!

Mouthfeel is more than adequate for the style.

Overall, a solid IPA from Enola, PA.

Nov 28, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Al's of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing in Enola, PA.

This one pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like marijuana and fresh cut grass, tangerine, grapefruit, and a touch of malt.

This definitely leans a bit towards the old school and West Coast take on the IPA, and that works for me. There's just a hint of malt character, with some bitter grapefruit pith, orange, tangerine, and a bit of caramelized pineapple.

This is light bodied, clean, with a healthy bitterness and a nice drinkability.

If you're in the mood for an old school bitter IPA, this will fit the bill for me.

Aug 23, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

Yeah, this beer is rated highly on here and yeah, I wanted to add this label to my collection, and yeah, this was from late last year when I found it at ShopRite Liquors in Little Falls recently. That's not to say that this was a drain pour, but with so many IPA's that I've had over the years, it was a bit tough to see why this was rated where it was...

Plenty golden in pour and nicely radiant, this looked as much like a Pilsner as it did an American IPA. Plenty of thick foam topped it off although there wasn't much lacing left behind aside from some disconnected soapy sections near the middle of my pint glass. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit in the nose with some floral notes underneath that, as a bit of elderflower and deep stone fruit emerged once this fully warmed up. Filled with plenty of dough and bread, this was a full-bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation that was nicely balanced and had some deep forest in the aftertaste as my lips were sticky enough as a good amount of green and starfruit were left on my palate once this fully went down.

Plenty of booze in this as I warmed up enough well before finishing this off although it wasn't out of place in proportion to everything else. Dated 9/17 of last year with "WITH LOVE, ALBERT" written above it, the label on this wasn't the same as the one shown on here as I'd love to get a more recent can of this to review again. This wasn't a bad IPA, down to the lack of sediment in something this old. A bit less alcohol and I'd easily reach for another...

Aug 12, 2021
4.05 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2021
4.53 by pfs333 on Jul 26, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

A clear golden with thin white head retention is decent fine bead
Smell has a citrus fruit scent in hops tropical with grapefruit like odor and faint malt with hint of yeast ester.
The feel ad flavor are both very good with mostly dry texture with moderate bitterness and light sweetness of malt supporting. The bitterness level is enjoyable with citrus and slight spice-like herbal quality yet fruity yeast is supprting the balance toward the hops
the overall taste is pretty outstanding for fresh local IPA I would recommend to anyone enjoys hop forward American Ipa's

Feb 14, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ThePold from Virginia

can from BierPort; very good

Feb 08, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by Urk1127 from New Jersey

Big haze. Dehydrated piss yellow. Smells of lemonheads, lemon grass. Peach. Tangerine. Guava. White bread. Flavors follow the nose with stone fruit being a large aspect. Peach, plumcot. Thin looking but feeling LARRRGE. Big mouthfeel. Great carbonation. Even mix of tropical and general citron. Slight lingering in the mouth. Numbing quality to it.

I’ve been looking at this one for a while and am not disappointed.

Feb 06, 2021
3.45 by Chi2Pitt from Pennsylvania on Jan 27, 2021
4.64 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

A: A lemon peel pour sits a tangerine orange in the glass. A vibrant and strong effervesce is quick paced with a full white heading that was soft and frothy at one half inch. Nice splashy lace decorative.

S: Watermelon and a sugary cherry candy aroma. Slight tangerine tartness along with some pineapple and sweetened cough syrup.

T: Flavor of lemon-orange citrus, very crisp on the tongue. Grapefruit and starfruit are pronounced. Creamy guava with some musky green hops. Touches of blood orange and a nice slight sour punch out on the swallow.

M: Strong and lively carbonation tingles the tongue. Smooth creaminess.

O: Overall a smooth drinking ipa with a lively carbonation factor that brings things to life. You can never go wrong with a Pizza boy. Solid and outstanding with a very smooth drinkability.

Oct 24, 2020
4.05 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Oct 20, 2020
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1.99/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1
by Walruss from Pennsylvania

I used to love this beer - was a favorite for a few years. Recently visited the brewery and bought cans dated mid-September 2020. It looked familiar - gold color, slightly hazy. But the stuff was undrinkable - some nasty aftertaste that was not easy to discern (and not present in the on-tap version I drank while there). I called to inquire - they took my number but no one ever called back. I guess they're just going to sell the stuff anyway. I'd recommend staying away - from this batch, at least.

Oct 14, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Wow, bursting with citrus aromas and a super light orange peel and pine flavors. Enjoyed this at Out of the Fire Cafe on the way home from Dave's 50th birthday celebration at Bedford Springs. Leah enjoyed more than Dave, as it left an odd aftertaste for him. I, however, loved the light and fruity taste of this offering! Bring it on.

Sep 27, 2020
4.12 by Boone757 from Virginia on Sep 18, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing "Murren River"
16 fl. oz. can with illegible dating. Sampled on 08/20/2020
$2.66 at the brewery

Look: A hazy golden body is capped by a full head of creamy white foam. Excellent head retention and lacing.
Smell: Citrusy with orange, soft grapefruit, and a touch of lemon/lime as well as other tropical fruits such as apricot, mango, and a hint of pineapple. The malt is basic and gently sweet.
Taste: Not surprisingly, the taste is exactly as the aroma suggests it will be but fuller and richer. A firm bitterness pushes through the sweetness giving it a raspy edge and dry finish that lingers, almost becoming acrid - this sounds worse than it is! It's actually quite nice as it's sweetish up front but then certainly brought back to earth in the end.
Feel: Medium bodied and crisp.
Overall: Despite the rough edge that the bitterness lends it's really quite nice. That bitterness is the foil to the sweetish fruitiness of the malt and hops and it livens and lends drama to what might otherwise become a little boring halfway.
Review #7,053

Aug 21, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is gold, slight haze, big 3+ inch bright white head with fine to small bubbles, head lingers well, good lacing, light effervescence.

Smell is nice blend of hop burst and malt presence - notes of citrus, grapefruit rind, hint of tangerine, light pine, malt is just a touch of toast and biscuit.

Taste follows with more a citrus punch and moderate pine - notes of citrus, grapefruit rind, tangergine, maybe subtle pineapple, pine/spruce tips, malt is light toast and biscuit, light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, moderate sweetness, full bitterness that counters the sweetness and dries ever so slowly.

Overall an excellent IPA - good malt balance, fresh hops and strong bitterness.

Aug 15, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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. 13/16.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted In Enola, PA"; "Pizza. Beer. Happy."; "Proudly Brewed In Pennsylvania".

I actually have two (2) iterations of this one - the original CAN release as depicted in the approved pic & the latest release with a wrap-around label.

I beCAN with the first (earlier) version 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, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) & it may have been attributable to age and/or a chill haze from my super-cool reefer. Hmm. Nose smelled of mango, pineapple, tangerine and light grapefruit. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but certainly big for its style. The taste beCAN with a tropical fruit salad riot, but slowly blossomed into a citrusy juice box. Initially, I got mango and pineapple, but then it became orange/tangerine & grapefruit! Mmm. Finish was dry, bitter & the closest thing to an actual AIPA that I had gotten out of them in several days. Mmm. YMMV.

The seCANd, fresher one, was not noticeably different from the earlier one. I am not abusing my beers while they are in backlog status & this just reiterates that point.

Jul 01, 2020
4.54 by C_Pel from Pennsylvania on Mar 06, 2020
3.62 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2019
4.19 by Nunya from Ohio on Sep 03, 2019
2.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Aug 10, 2019
3.28 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Apr 18, 2019
4.23 by Ryften from Pennsylvania on Apr 14, 2019
4.34 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by houghtonsean from Vermont

Fresh, crisp with flowery hop complexity. Clean finish. Yum

Nov 24, 2018
3.93 by Jbalintjr from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2018
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Nov 09, 2018
4 by billbeers from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2018
4.25 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2018
3.99 by desint from Belgium on Aug 31, 2018
3.79 by robebo44 from Virginia on Aug 12, 2018
3.57 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Aug 08, 2018
4.35 by skalten from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2018
3.85 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania on Jul 21, 2018
4.09 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2018
4.25 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania on Jul 06, 2018
Murren River from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 221 ratings