Hop Test #1 (Mango - Troy & Brad) | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Triple IPA

Added by akorsak on 02-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by akorsak:
Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1L growler from Al's.

A: The triple IPA is pulpy, looking almost exactly the same as Scratch 58, a very close cousin. Plenty of head, two plus fingers that lace nicely around the mouth of the glass. Opaque, if that wasn't clear.

S: Wow! Thick and meaty, the triple IPA doesn't skimp on either the hops or the mango. The pulpy fruit is thick, palpable immediately, and backed by plenty of hops. Pepper and musty yeast add to the melange of the nose. Very interesting, fuller than #58.

T: The ale blooms in my mouth, starting off small but quickly turning full-on strong. The mango is forward, a sweet flavor, losing steam as the hops gain momentum. The citrus of the hops pairs nicely, adding to the sweet (if not noticeably strong). The saison flavors (the pepper, mustiness and fruits) are still around, lending a Belgian meme to the ale. The mango returms near the end of each sip, a semi sweet fruitiness that melds with the hops. Another Al's beer that benefits from a strong dosage of hops.

M: Full-bodied and thick, plenty of fruits and hops to keep me happy. I like the mustiness of the nose, nearly Belgian but with a tropical mango twist.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery/restaurant yesterday.

Pours heavily clouded/unfiltered lighter brown, moderate tan tiny bubble film and minor fine lacing left behind.

This is a quite tasty, well hopped and well put together DIPA. Nice job from this tiny and new brewery.
Fruity, herbal, minty hop notes with almost enough malt sweetness to provide some balance. This is a very enjoyable example of the well liked style. Not sure how much they distribute their beers, cant imagine these make it too far from the mothership. This one is well worth seeking ot if you are in the area or see it localy.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange in color. White fizzy/frothy head that dissipates after a while. Lacing is normal.

S: Mango, malt and love! Sweet and ripe of mango and candy. Caramel malts and citrus hop notes are abundant.

T: In the front, it's beautiful, well rounded mango fruit and candied spices. In the middle, I taste the dry and sweet malts and the hop profile comes in. The finish is relatively clean, hop forward and with a touch of tannins on the sides of the tongue.

M: This beer is a little weighing on the palate, but it is a Triple IPA at 9.5% abv, and that is to be expected. It's pretty well rounded and full bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. Sweet and delicious, but it won't give you hyperglycemia. I love that Al didn't filter the pectin out of this beer. Usually, ales brewed with fruits high in pectin are filtered for clarity, then they lose many of the characteristics of the fruit. Good job!

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StormKing47
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: 1L growler from Al's, Enola, PA

Decanted into a Selin's Grove pint glass, yellow-orange-brown color, very murky, with a dense inch of tannish-white head, thanks to an aggressive pour. Pretty big piney hops in the aroma, with hints of mango flesh. I got an intense blast of bitterness up front on the first couple sips, piney hops, bready malts in the background, with the mangoes coming in about mid-palate, more fleshy and skin-like than sweet, which is a good thing, I suppose, but I was hoping for a little more in the fruit department. Dryness and lingering bitterness in the finish, a bit of alcohol warmth, but it was more felt than tasted. (I didn't realize how high the % was until I looked it up actually.) Medium body, chewy, and pretty drinkable once you get past the initial bitterness. Not what I expected, but still pretty dandy.

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Photo of Chinaskifan1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's several weeks back.

The beer pours a hazy, apricot juice color with minimal head retention and lacing. On the othe hand, the nose is intense and impressive in this beer, showcasing considerable pine, dry citrus and mango. On the palate, I really think Al is on to something in terms of the flavor profile. The beer starts of with some tropical fruit flavor, including some mango sweetness, but that's nicely countered by considerable hoppy bitterness and a light alcohol bite. This dries out the sweetness very well, while the mango flavor I thought tamed the alcohol very nicely as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied in this smooth, plush, easy to appreciate beer. The finish is long with a touch of heat at the end.

Pretty impressive beer...

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Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bright citric hops, mango pulp, some malty sweetness and a touch of spicy yeast. The aroma's work very well together, very inviting nose.

T - Starts off with some nice mango sweetness quickly giving way to hints of pungent citric and grassy hops, light spice and a bit of malty sweetness. Very little, if any alcohol detectable. Finish is bitter, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full, hoppy feel with just enough sweetness to round it out. Very little booze detected.

O - I liked this one more than the Troegs version. It was easier to drink and the booze was less prevalent. Another winner for Pizza Boy.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of runner_pe
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ran through some of the IPAs brewed at Al's of Hampden a week or so ago. Catching up on reviews now. Let me tell you something, go drink their beer. They have some real brewing geniuses in the making there.

A: Thick, hazy yellow to brown pour with hardly any head at all. The thick haziness and color given off of this beer is truly impressive.

S: Mangoes and citrus really take over. Not very bitter or piney, the aroma is focused on the fruits, delightfully so.

T: A bit more bitterness on the taste. The fruits step back a bit, which I was little disappointed by as I was expecting a huge fruit profile. Citrus and mango focused...it just isn't wowing me.

MF: Medium body with low carbonation and a dry finish. No hint of the ABV, which is very impressive and makes this dangerously drinkable.

O: This is a really great beer overall. I'd call this test successful!

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Photo of TroyG2352
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque orange haze body, topped by three level fingers of off-white bubbly foam. Drips of lace.

Big fruity aroma. Plent of mango, but also strong dose of orange. Whiff of mint. Bit of candy sugar.

Big sweet swath down the center of the tongue. Juicy mango and orange throughout the mouth. Nice bitter snap at the swallow. More fruit in the afterglow.

Solid and smooth light medium mouthfeel.

My first beer from Pizza Boy and I am impressed. Not sure about the "triple IPA" description, it's a whole lot smoother and easier than Devil Dancer, but it's a damn good IPA however you subdivide. Looking forward to more visits when I'm in the area.

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5/5  rDev +19%

Hop Test #1 (Mango - Troy & Brad) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 17 ratings