Murren River
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #190
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,439
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
213
From:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  33
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Formerly known as: Hop Test #1 (Murren River)
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 213 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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

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
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Walruss from Pennsylvania

1.99/5  rDev -52%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

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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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

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

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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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

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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 18, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 09, 2017
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tattooguy from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 16, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

May 31, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

May 30, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

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

Apr 30, 2017
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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

Tap

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.

Feb 24, 2017
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 11, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

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.

Sep 04, 2016
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MJSJr from California

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.

Aug 30, 2016
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

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!

Aug 21, 2016
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kmengemann from New Jersey

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.

Aug 13, 2016
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 13, 2016
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dar482 from New York

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.

Aug 09, 2016
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Jaybones723 from New York

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.

Aug 08, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 25, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

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.

Apr 09, 2016
Murren River from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 213 ratings