Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,470
Ranked #16,972
3.94 | pDev: 5.58%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: A wheat IPA brewed with a blend of ridiculously dank hops. Soft, pillowy and chronic.
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Hazy gold with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Pine, dank, candy sugar, grapefruit, orange citrus, and spruce.

Dank and woodsy hops with plenty of pine sap. Dollops of caramel throughout. Finishes with grapefruit, orange zest, dried pine needle, and touches of onion.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, smooth, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

A lot of green danky notes and pine. Juicy and keeps the bitterness fairly low. A very nice IPA.

Aug 03, 2015
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JMUbrewz from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tasty IPA from Pizza Boy sampled out of a 64 oz growler. Pine and citrus on the nose and flavor. Finishes pretty dry. Pizza Boy's IPA's are hit and miss for me, but I think this one hits the mark.

Jul 29, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smells of dank citric hops, sticky pine resin, bit of the usual fresh cut grass, some caramel and other light sweetness and some lightly toasted pale malt. Taste is fairly similar with the pine and grass up front followed by the toasty caramel and slightly bready malt, citric fruit and plenty of dryness on the finish. Slick, slightly sticky feel from start to finish.

Overall yet another solid IPA. It packs all of the desired flavors of IPA's these days and it remains easy drinking. Worth a shot if you get the chance.

Jul 27, 2015
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 55 ratings