Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
American IPA
3.94 | pDev: 5.58%
Aug 22, 2020
Jan 07, 2015
Very Good
Notes: A wheat IPA brewed with a blend of ridiculously dank hops. Soft, pillowy and chronic.
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Rated: 3.75 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Aug 22, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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. 9/16.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted In Enola, PA"; "PIzza. Beer. Happy."; "Keystoner Wheat IPA"; "Proudly Brewed In Pennsylvania".

For this one, given its inCANsion of wheat as anadjunct, I decided to CANduct some in-CAN agiCANtion before Crack!ing open the vent. I also went with a heavy-handed, aggro C-Line Glug into the awaiting glasssince there was little to no reason to expect clarity. This resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a pleasant citrusiness of grapefruit & orange with the added tang from the wheat. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste, while lacking in bitterness, had a very pleasant, easy-drinking citrusiness, more towards orange but with a definite grapefruit quality. Mmm. Finish was semi-dry & I wished for more bitterness, but otherwise, It was a pleasant beer on a hot, humid Summer's night. YMMV.
Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by AutumnWolf13 from Pennsylvania

Aug 01, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

May 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Apr 28, 2018
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Rated by BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Nice golden color, slightly hazy. Citrus smell and flavor
Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Mar 28, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by meatyard from Florida

Mar 07, 2018
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finally got my hands on some Pizza Boy... picked up a handful of cans from Oakhurst Beverage outside of Harrisburg... Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is hazy straw gold, head is off white with fine bubbles with good dense presentation and at least 1 inch deep, good lacing on the glass sides and excellent retention on top.

Smell is very good with blend of hops - subtle citrus, but stronger earthy, dank, and pine notes.

Taste is similar simple but good blend of hops, a bit more malt and light softness from the wheat: hops are earthy, piney, dank, hint of citrus but then a notable minty flavor which could be my perception; malt is simple, not detracting, some light toasty notes but not much more.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderate carbonation, solid bitterness.

Overall a solid wheat/hazy/NE ipa - not overly hoppy, bitter or sweet just good balance of hop aroma/flavor and malt and bitterness.
Mar 05, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Pale straw color, whispy head. Not much on the nose outside of some grassy hop. Taste is tad too bitter for me, lots of grapefruit rind & strong herbal hop, lacks balance
Dec 13, 2017
Rated: 3.54 by nwhittin from Indiana

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4.01 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Oct 27, 2017
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can into pint glass. Pours a hazy straw color with a coarse off-white head that quickly reduces to a spotty film. Initial impression is pine and citrus rind, with a pronounced but not unpleasant bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, but on the thin side at the same time; carbonation is light. Finish is more of the same, leaving a peppery bitterness in the throat. A good but not great IPA from Pizza Boy.
Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by brother_rebus from Maine

Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Sep 28, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by caahare from West Virginia

Sep 21, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania

Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by rydev24 from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

May 19, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania

May 12, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2016
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dirty straw color with a huge two finger head. The nose is hoppy but more muted than I expected. The wheat comes through on the front of the flavor profile. There is also an off-flavor that I could not quite place. The finish is decently hoppy.
Apr 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Apr 22, 2016
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Rated by Eden from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pretty good 4/15/16 BBH
Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by twenteone from Pennsylvania

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania

Apr 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by REVZEB from Illinois

Mar 27, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by Budlum from Maryland

Mar 26, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by nmann08 from Virginia

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 4.26 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2015
Rated: 4 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma

Oct 16, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by JRoPA from Pennsylvania

Aug 30, 2015
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