Magic Under Where?
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Magic Under Where?Magic Under Where?
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,276
Ranked #11,546
4 | pDev: 7%
Jun 27, 2020
Jul 21, 2016
Very Good
Magic Under Where?Magic Under Where?
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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. 6/16.

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

Knowing this beer's origin & inspiration, I was not surprised that it got shunted to the back burner until now. Still, I happily Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. I got some beautiful foaming that eventually settled into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention, leaving a load of lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) & led to the arising of the age-old Qs: chill haze?; poor pour? or naturally ocCANurring? Hmm. Nose was fruity with blueberry & pineapple leading the charge, but with naughty little Simcoe the kitty doing her catty business somewhere in the background. My guess would be Mosaic & Simcoe hops. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The Simcoe cattiness was quite evident in the taste, acCANponied by a strong pine mintiness & underlain by blueberry & pineapple. 8=O Pretty tasty! Finish was bitter & dry, but reasonable. YMMV.

Jun 27, 2020
4 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

You know that you've been on here too long when you can't recall when you traded for a beer that took ages to get to and can't recall anything else about where it was brewed, but that was the case with this American IPA. I have no idea where the magic in this was if it was under anything, it was my expectations as it didn't even meet the low ones that I had for this...

Golden, turbid, and dark, the appearance to this was fine but not spectacular and thankfully, there wasn't any massive sediment floating around in the liquid. Plenty of soapy head topped this off but the lacing was hardly anywhere to be seen as there were only a few hints of rings that remained on the back side of my pint glass once I started to sip this. Plenty of soap, citrus, piss, and grain in the nose as some dewy grass, lemon, tangerine, and tropical pith emerged in the taste once this fully warmed up. Not quite harmonious, there was enough to like here if you were a die-hard imbiber like me but this certainly wouldn't have won anyone over to the style...

Not a lot of booze here but this felt stronger than it was in actuality because of how weak the carbonation was. Pizza Boy was an appropriate name for this brewery given that this would go well with that dinnertime staple. Otherwise, this wouldn't be the first beer that I'd reach for as it was more typecast and mindless than anything else!

Jun 17, 2019
3.85 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Jun 15, 2019
4.09 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania on Apr 02, 2018
4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Dec 04, 2017
4 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Oct 28, 2017
4.1 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on Oct 05, 2017
4.04 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Sep 30, 2017
4.14 by MrJuengling from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2017
3.57 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Jul 08, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by IRNCAL from Pennsylvania

A very pleasant tasting pale ale

Jul 05, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by citizencane from Pennsylvania

Looks...passable I guess. Pale yellow with no head and minimal lacing. Smell is pretty average, a melange of pine and herbal hops, with a faint touch of lemon Taste is same with a little more bite and more lemon. Feel is a touch dry and long. Not a bad beer, but not memorable at all.

Jul 04, 2017
4 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Lemon zest and pine needle hoppiness backed by bone dry, biscuit-y malts. Light and airy both in texture and flavor this is a decent warm weather sessionable American pale ale. I disagree with the IPA classification here.

Jun 26, 2017
4.33 by cgrimm from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2017
4.04 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Apr 28, 2017
3.99 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Apr 28, 2017
3.84 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Apr 28, 2017
4.5 by brian60 from Pennsylvania on Apr 27, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Very drinkable...

Apr 09, 2017
3.58 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Mar 26, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brother_rebus from Maine

glaxy mosaicy delicious

Mar 14, 2017
3.74 by lobos62 from Pennsylvania on Feb 27, 2017
4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2017
4.1 by reizorc from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2017
3.63 by rolltide from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2017
3.85 by speeder757 from Pennsylvania on Dec 17, 2016
3.68 by dumbskillz from Pennsylvania on Dec 15, 2016
4.03 by taospowder from New Mexico on Dec 13, 2016
4.06 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2016
4.04 by LJTate from Pennsylvania on Nov 27, 2016
3.79 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2016
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Nov 25, 2016
4.04 by JMUbrewz from Virginia on Nov 21, 2016
3.88 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2016
4.06 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Nov 11, 2016
3.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Nov 04, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HopBomb515 from New Jersey

Light golden color with a big white head and spotty lacing. Hoppy citrus aroma. Notes of grapefruit, piths, hop resin and light grain. Crisp, crushable and clean. This wasn't the best IPA I've ever had but it drank so well I forgot to review it while I drank it.

Oct 20, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

I didn't add this beer, but it looks like I am the first to review it. Poured from a 16 oz. can. And yes, that can came courtesy of the amazing woodychandler. Has a witbierish golden/white color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hints of pine. Taste is grapefruit, light lemons, a mild bitterness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking beer, more like a session IPA than a hoppy one.

Oct 19, 2016
Magic Under Where? from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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