Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,771
Ranked #14,184
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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3.75 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Aug 22, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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. 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
4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2018
4.24 by AutumnWolf13 from Pennsylvania on Aug 01, 2018
3.75 by oline73 from Maryland on May 03, 2018
4 by Manthon from Pennsylvania on Apr 28, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania

Nice golden color, slightly hazy. Citrus smell and flavor

Apr 22, 2018
3.94 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Mar 28, 2018
3.75 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2018
3.78 by meatyard from Florida on Mar 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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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3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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
3.54 by nwhittin from Indiana on Dec 10, 2017
4.01 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2017
4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Oct 27, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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
4.05 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Oct 09, 2017
3.68 by brother_rebus from Maine on Oct 08, 2017
3.98 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Sep 28, 2017
3.75 by caahare from West Virginia on Sep 21, 2017
3.75 by JeffKowalek from Tennessee on Jul 28, 2017
3.71 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Jun 13, 2017
3.5 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania on Jun 25, 2016
3.85 by rydev24 from Pennsylvania on May 25, 2016
4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on May 19, 2016
3.88 by TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania on May 12, 2016
4.23 by ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by 57md from Pennsylvania

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
4 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Apr 22, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Eden from New Jersey

Pretty good 4/15/16 BBH

Apr 15, 2016
3.92 by twenteone from Pennsylvania on Apr 03, 2016
3.98 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania on Apr 01, 2016
4 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Mar 31, 2016
4.02 by REVZEB from Illinois on Mar 27, 2016
4.18 by Budlum from Maryland on Mar 26, 2016
3.81 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 12, 2015
4.26 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania on Nov 10, 2015
4 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2015
4.16 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma on Oct 16, 2015
4.1 by JRoPA from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2015
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