Arck Angel | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

BA SCORE
79.8%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 84 ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 03-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,175
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
84
Liked:
67
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
11.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of MrJuengling
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glass_house
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6 oz. pour from the tap

I ordered this mostly as a novelty. I'm always curious about these monster IPAs and how much they can actually resemble an IPA while pushing the ABV to extremes. I think Pizza Boy hit their mark with this one. Body is a little sticky, and the alcohol heat is undeniable, but I don't find it cloying or unapproachable at all. It's actually frighteningly drinkable for 13%. The hop flavors are mild--mostly citrus and mango with faint grass. The strong malt body is sweet, but in a fruity-melon-berry way Not too bready or heavy. I wouldn't hesitate to order another one of these.

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Photo of heddar33
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WookieNextDoor
4.86/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of epyon396
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper color, no head, no lacing, no retention.

S - Malt and tropical fruit - totally lacks in this category.

T - Tropical resin from start to finish. Sweet caramel malt base. Pineapple, orange, guava, passion fruit, tropical fruit rind.

M - Coats mouth with resin.

O - ABV well hidden.

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Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TTripp725
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of zekeman17
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CorkandCageAllentown
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JHaller27
3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was expecting more hoppiness from a 4x labeled beer.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HugoGrim
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber color with nice lace from out of a crowler.

This beer has a strong and deep hop profile without ever being overpowering. The sweet malts still shine. Tastes like a 6% beer, but it is more than double that. Bitter up front but that fades into a surprisingly sweet finish.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twenteone
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed a twelve oz glass of this at Millworks in Harrisburg PA, served chilled on tap.

The color is a deep golden amber with moderate haze and thick white head with fine bead and clinging lace. The smell is mostly hops with a nice citrus aroma with slight floral/tropical hop scent and mild smell of alcohol under a heavy hop nose. The feel is good with malt base supporting moderately high bitterness and medium light carbonation with a deceptive alcohol level as far as abv on the palate.

The taste is excellent with a nice lovely citrus with tangy fruity tropical quality and mango-like semi-candied hop quality with orange-zest and mild herbal aspect with light alcohol with a slightly earthy taste and dry finish with lingering warmth with some residual bitter flavors. This is a well done strong IPA-the elevated alcohol is nowhere near what the abv is listed as as far as flavor goes with a hop bitterness level that is well balanced by the malt. I would have guessed 10% not 13%, a very tasty hoppy offering from Pizza Boy

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Photo of CharlesK
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Arck Angel from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 79.8% out of 100 with 84 ratings
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