Hop Test #1 (Murren River)
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Hop Test #1 (Murren River)Hop Test #1 (Murren River)
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American IPA
Ranked #189
Ranked #3,212
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Hop Test #1 (Murren River)Hop Test #1 (Murren River)
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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, some oranges. Taste is the same, grapefruit and oranges, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is good, but not as good as the ratings here led me to believe.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 7/3/17 into pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale amber with a fairly coarse, off-white head. Imitial impression is citrus, and lots of it! Orange mostly, but grapefruit, mango, and a little pine too. Fairly sweet but with a decent hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and very juicy; carbonation is spot on. This is a really enjoyable IPA and one that I will definitely revisit.

Revisited, as promised, on 11/3/18. Growler from the brewery into pint glass. THIS one poured a crystal clear golden color - not cloudy like last year's can. And the flavor is not nearly as robust as 2017 - kind of muted grapefruit and some herbal notes. Maybe my tastes have evolved in the past year, but this doesn't seem like the same beer. I adjusted my ratings accordingly.

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Photo of tattooguy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can smell and taste the citra hop aroma immediately. One of the bartenders told me this is one of the more, if not the most citra hopped beers they have. If you like citra hops, this is your beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very straightforward IPA, nice citrus flavors - definite orange and red grapefruit, bitterness level isn't ridiculous but is noticeable for sure, enjoyable

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours clear, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is herbal and citrus hops with a touch of grapefruit rind. Light bodied, slightly bitter with a dry finish. Tasty and enjoyable IPA. While there are others I prefer in the style, this one is certainly good and well worth a shot.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a pint glass

very clear bright yellow golden color, white head. Hop aroma - mix of herbal, grassy, and citrus. Taste is moderately bitter, much malt to back it up. Thin bodied

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Pours mostly clear golden, white film for a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of citrus zest, grapefruit, and fresh pine.

Tastes of dry biscuit malt with hints of honey mixed with bright grapefruit and spice hops. Piney bitter finish.

Medium to full body, stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Nice flavorful and balanced IPA, good pour and good body. Definitely above average and worth trying.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden color, white foamy head, and plenty of lace. The aroma was full of citrusy, piney hops. Flavor was dialed in with pine, citrus, and faint tropical fruit. Nice bitterness and oily hops. Medium bodied brew that has a light hop bite. Overall, another enjoyable offering by this brewery. A fine west coast ipa.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to SammyJaxxx for this.
Light golden in color. Fluffy white foam bursts upward. Nice citrusy hope notes than seem to carry some herbal spice as well. All these notes continue in the flavor with a nice active feel and a subtle but ever present malt backbone. This is one solid beer.

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Photo of MJSJr
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a big hitter in my book. The smell was super dank and sweet; taste was juicy to the extreme; and the feel was resinous yet dry and conclusive. I second what others have said--it is Vermont-ish in character. In other words, if you have the means to acquire it, I highly recommend it; it's so choice.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap last night at the Fourth St BBQ in Charleroi PA poured into a pint glass:

Look: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about an inch of head. Lacing was present and retention was good.

Smell: Tons of citrus, piney, and juicy hops right off the bat! Love the aroma this beer is producing!

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Lots of citrus and piney flavor. Nice and juicy. A bit of a sweet malt backbone to finish off.

Feel: Medium bodied. Nice and crisp.

Overall: This was my first beer ever from Pizza Boy as they are now available in the Pittsburgh market. This certainly won't be my last. Very solid IPA here. Can't wait to try other offerings from these guys!

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Photo of kmengemann
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Whole Foods Tribeca NYC, shout out to Thomas the beermeister. This is a .325 hitter with some power. Lemon leads off, tangerine/orange in the two-hole. Good bitter retention on the edges of my tongue, this would make a great food beer as it resembles Ruben Carter - does it's job and goes on its way. Weird name, great beer.

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Photo of citizencane
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad IPA, but not an exceptional one either. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't buy again. Fairly carbonated and thin mouthfeel with stickiness on the back, and a sort of candied tropical fruit hop taste. Not bad, but with so many fantastic IPAs out there, I'd rather go with something else.

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Photo of dar482
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear medium gold color.

The aroma has orange marmalade, mango, light sweet pine, gentle candy sugary sweetness, citrus zest.

The flavor follows with an upfront juicy orange/grapefruit, big punch of dank, stinky garlic in the middle, to a medium to medium plus bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, clean and drinkable, but a bit light.

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Photo of Jaybones723
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just had this for the first time. Out of a tap. Poured a hazy dried grass color. Smell was pure citrus punch that made my mouth water. The mouthfeel is thick and full and the lacing on the glass rivals many Belgians. The taste is fantastic. Same as the nose with a hoppy dry finish. This is a fantastic IPA and like a previous reviewer said, I would like to blind taste this with heady topper, all green everything, and dinner.

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw with a finger of head. The nose is primarily citrusy but also nicely hoppy. The flavor follows the nose with a decent, if unremarkable, hop bitterness.

This offering paired well with my make-your-own stromboli that ended up on the spicy side.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger soapy white head. Retention is excellent and there are sticky webs of lacing everywhere. Smell is grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine and dankness. Taste is the same with a small amount of bitterness and just the slightest bit of doughy malt. Feel is soft and creamy . Overall a great beer. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take this review with a grain of salt, they may have filled the wrong beer, but the label says Murren River so here we go.

Pours a dark Amber with brown highlights and a big stark white head that leaves amazing lacing. Notes of citrus rinds, grapefruit, sweet herbs, Carmel and a bit of peat and earthiness. Nice snap of carbonation, refreshing, very drinkable with a dry and light lingering bitterness. This was different and very good. I'll hold off on final judgement because I'm not 100% sure this was what it said it was. It was an IPA, I could tell from the hopping but the appearance, mainly the color threw me off.

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-tap pour to a flute: dark space, so no keen appearance observations other than some haze. The grapefruit aroma bursts out! This is a supremely pleasant, citrusy quaff.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear yet slightly cloudy, yellow-orange, with a big creamy head that retains a nice layer of fluff throughout.

Vibrant aromas of pineapple, vanilla and papaya, with some fresh green dankness that hits the nose nicely. All of which come through well in the taste, to make one hell of a delicious brew.

This is unbelievably smooth, soft and creamy for an IPA, with a little tang as well.

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Photo of AilHead
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light coloring with a thin head that laces well. Nose is pleasant with citrus. not a huge fan of the malt flavor. Probably the best beer from this brewey that I have had.

The hop flavor is great. Held up after a pint of Pliny t. Younger. Try this.

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Photo of lamb0176
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This might be one of my very favorite Pizza Boy brews. The nose hits with full juicy hops that reminds you of a northeast IPA. As far as taste, I would love to mix this into a blind tasting with Alchemist, Tree House, Trillium, Maine, etc to see how it fairs. The swallow leaves a lingering coat of hops and brings forward the sweet malt undertone. Overall: I hope you hate this beer so I can keep getting crowlers of it for myself.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Worthy of an east coast style IPA. Oozes hop aroma and juiciness on the nose and is a moderately bright yellow. This bitch is beautiful. Poured this mafucka from a crowler and it stank so good. Great hoppy bright taste with minimal bitterness. Dope fuckin beer and my favorite IPA brewed in PA. I'd put it up there with some of the VT boys albeit on the lower end. But this shit is fucking good son.

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Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Pours hazy golden yellow with a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells of strong citric and piney hops as well as some fresh cut grass, dash of fruit rind, slightest hint of sweetness and the backing pale malt. Taste is pretty much the same but a touch less bright. The hop trio is up front in spades but the doughy malt is a bit more apparent than in the nose. Grassy, dry feel lingers long after the finish.

Overall another great IPA from Pizza Boy. I would still prefer double dry hopped West Shore to this but I would never turn it down.

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Hop Test #1 (Murren River) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 200 ratings