Mango Bomb | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rizzy17 on 04-01-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by parris:
Photo of parris
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a milky/muddy gold yellow. It's totally opaque. I like a good milkshake brew, but this has more of a sludge look.

Smell is like a nice floral IPA

Taste is similar to eating straight lemon zest, followed by eating whole hop cones. Very citrusy, very (appropriately) harsh and bitter. It starts showing some heat as it warms up.

Overall this is a fun beer, I definitely liked drinking it. But this is like something you'd get 4-8 ounces of, be happy, then move on. This is a fairly well done beer, but the crowler was probably a poor format for this one.

Edit: After reading through the reviews I wanted to take an extra taste, it just gets harsher as it warms. This might be the first beer to leave burning feel from the hops on the back of my throat.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of therealJAYZ
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Looks like mango juice. Thick, orangey yellow. Fleshy with fruit.

S: Mango, some citrus hops.

T: Follows nose. Mango, citrus hops. There is some real heat. Somewhat feels like there are some peppers, but apparently its from the alcohol and high ibus.

F: Quite thick. Full bodied. Not much carbonation.

O: A real sipper. Best in small doses. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.42/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

32 oz. crowler. Pours very murky. Like mango puree. Smells very alcoholic. Mango, but not a real juicy or sweet aroma. Just a combination of mango and alcohol. Taste is pretty nice up front. Hops are strong. Mango is pretty strong. But a most unpleasant astringent bitterness takes over and assaults the palate. Incredibly bitter. Very boozy. Not pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - A finger's worth of tightly compacted rich creamy delicate khaki colored froth... Decent retention... Once receded there is an ultra thin veil of lacing and light collar... The color is rather remarkable - A completely opaque mix of mustardy yellow and orange reminiscent of a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice (I've never seen a beer this color before)... This is one is rather murky... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - The mango presence is undeniable... Mango juice... Some assorted other sweet citrus notes... A light malt base and a very subtle yeast component come through as this one begins to warm a bit...

T - Holy IBU batman... A blistering assault of hops blister the palate... Rather dank... The hops start strong, last throughout and continue to linger... The mango sweetness is buried beneath the surface a bit in the flavor profile...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Goes down smooth... The finish turns a bit chalky as the hops blister the palate... There is also a slight burn in the back of the throughout after each sip...

D - An interesting experiment... There are certainly some redeeming qualities... A fun beer to drink, but this one proves to be a bit more of a novelty and not something I (or could I imagine anyone) drinking with any sort of regularity... The creative and pushing of boundaries is appreciated... Hides the lofty ABV rather well... Worth seeking out for the curious, but understanding what you're getting yourself into before proceeding...

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Photo of Fievel
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Stofko1992
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GDawgs34
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormKing47
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

At first this pours like a freshly juiced carrot-centric power drink with cascading yogurt specks and an off-white, cream cheese, carrot-cake frosting looking head. It's that damn extreme. But then when it settles down, it only looks like solid baby food. Only.

Big mango and dank hops are showcased on the nose. As it warms peach and strawberry also butt in.

Flavor follows suit, with a big tongue thrashing piney bitterness. In contrast to much of my experience pairing beer with food, MORE mango actually comes forward for me after a few bites to eat. As it warms, there is even an element of mashed banana, but don't let that fool you into thinking there is some soft, cooling, comforting effect here--this sucker is a knockout, tongue searing bloodbath.

There is a powerful, acidic bite on the finish, which even creeps into the front end after your tolerance begins to wear, like a power drink with tons of kiwi. If you aren't used to sour beers, or if you aren't particularly fond of vinegar-heavy salad dressing, this probably will knock your socks off and leave you running.

Normally, I really dislike overly bitter IPAs, but this brings so much complexity and flavor to the table, and the bitter and acidic bites are so complementary to the overall beer, that I just love it. Plus, there's so much going on, you don't realize how high the ABV is.

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Photo of Eden
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sweet. Apricot juice. Durangos 4/16. Impressive

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPAchris
2.26/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JRoPA
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap. It looked like a full 12 oz pour (served in an unusual glass, so I can't say for sure) which does this beer a huge disservice. It really shouldn't be more than a 6 oz pour, but I guess people want their money's worth. The first half of this beer and the second half are like two different animals, which makes it tough to accurately rate.

The body is somewhere between the color (and opacity) of orange juice and mustard. Extremely hazy with a yellowish head. Smell is huge mango and some orange. Taste is mango juice and rind, and orange juice and rind. Lots and lots of citrus-y and dank hop flavor. Starts out feeling pretty creamy, medium bodied, and with good carbonation. Slightly harsh on the palate, but doable. But as it warms, it becomes a downright painful experience. For the second half of my beer, the intense hop flavors were burning my throat like acid reflux, and the alcohol starts to make its presence known; between hop citrus-y heat and alcohol heat, my throat was in bad shape by the end. I noticed two other people at the bar drinking this beer (recognizable for the weird glass) and I was the only one of the three of us who could even finish it.

If you want an intense beer experience, give it a shot. It certainly has huge hop flavor so is worth checking out if you're a self proclaimed hop head.

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Mango Bomb from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 48 ratings