Arck Angel
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,783
Ranked #10,328
4.01 | pDev: 11.47%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
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Jlabs from New York

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a 12oz glass via draft...dark yellow in color, smell is mango, as is the taste..the real surpise here is how well this drinks for a 13.5% IPA..this is as smooth as an IPA with half the ABV, and the alcohol burn is almost non-existent..dangerous stuff!!

Mar 08, 2018
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glass_house from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +5%
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.

Mar 13, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Feb 24, 2016
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HugoGrim from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +7%
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.

Jan 13, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +5%
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

Jan 05, 2016
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pecokid from Pennsylvania

1.94/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had three sips just to see if I could get it down and it was not going. Overly sweet and chewy slick taste and mouthfeel. Looked good and smelled ok but I left a 90% full glass sit on the bar.

Feb 16, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the heck is a Quad IPA anyway? Let's just call this a DIPA for purposes of comparison.

Appearance is a bright copper color with a thin layer of head that dissipated very quickly. The essence of grapefruits and hops dominate the nose. The flavor is both fruity and malty with hints of orange, mango and apricot.

As far as hoppiness, I don't think that it quite ranks with the best DIPAs out there. Still there is something quite enjoyable about this offering even if it does not rise to the level of "hop bomb."

What we have here is a tasty and complex big beer that does not get overwhelmed by the alcohol. That is a rarity and makes this a pretty special tasting experience.

May 12, 2013
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, almost red color with a very nice foamy white head that disappears quickly.

The scent is dominant of citrus hops. Grapefruit, lemon, some notes of orange are also noticeable.

The taste is similar to the scent, lots of citrus. Very bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, and oranges.

Full body, sort of a dry sticky feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty tasty beer, surprisingly balanced with such a high abv.

Dec 05, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA

A: Pours a murky dark golden yellow in color with some hints of brown and orange highlights along with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass (showing very good head retention). Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus hops - I can detect grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and lemon in that order of strength/intensity. Very slight hints of some tropical/pineapple hops and some bitterness in the aroma.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong amount of caramel malt sweetness to help balance out the huge amount of hop flavors in this beer. There are flavors of citrus hops including grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and lemon. Additionally there are some tropical/pineapple hop flavors and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with some moderate dryness in the finish.

O: Easier to drink than I expected with it being a 4x IPA and the rather high ABV but the alcohol is extremely well hidden and the beer has a very good balance to it. Nice complexity to the flavor makes this one real enjoyable. Definitely one to try again.

Dec 02, 2012
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper/orange body. Very off-white, heading for beige baseball size head.

Mix of fruit in the nose, grapefruit, orange, lemon, inviting but not the aggressor expected.

Thick slather of sweet caramel lays the base. Lots of juicy fruit. Bitter bite well down in the mix. Long lingering aftertaste.

Medium plus mouthfeel, sturdy, sticky, filling.

A very enjoyable IIPA I'll be glad to revisit.

Sep 25, 2012
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robieobie1 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- murky as a quad ipa should be. slight orange/red hue comes through the glass. slight dense white head.

S- citrus hops aroma. grapefruit and lemon peel up front. slight hint of alcohol. caramel also comes through.

T- for being 13% plus this is a very well balanced beer. the hops are upfront in center with a nice citrus tone, then you get the piney hops right behind them. all followed by a slight alcohol burn that lets you know not to down this beer even though you want to.

M- thick and sticky just like a heavy hop bomp should be.

O- Great brew by a local brewery. I will definately have this one again and again and again.

Sep 06, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden multiple times.

A - Pours hazy light orange with a decent one finger tall white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, sweet apricots, grapefruits and a bit of sweet caramel malt. With all that fruit it is pretty sweet smelling but not really overpowering. The booze creeps in as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with a big dose of citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of tropical fruits, sweet caramel malt and lots of apricot sweetness. The balance of flavors is surprisingly well done. As it warms more and more booze comes through, threatening to overpower everything else. Finish is bitter with a good amount of alcohol burn, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Clean body and intense flavor with moderate carbonation. The bold flavors are balanced well, which is a little shocking all things considered. The strong booze at the end of the glass is a little too strong.

O - I think this one is my new favorite beer from Pizza Boy. The flavors are bold and they work very well together. IF the booze could be toned down a tiny bit, to say around 10-11% I think this one would be even better.

Mar 19, 2012
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FosterJM from California

4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1160th Review on BA
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App- A very glowing orange with only a small 1/2 finger of head. Very juice like in terms of hazy and clairty. Only a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Wow was this vibrant! Grapefruits, tropical fruit notes mixed with hops and a slight nose of bitter.

Taste- This was a good hoppy beer. Was very lush and rich in terms of tropical fruit notes and then moved into a bit of a small bitter note. For the size of this beer you didnt feel it at all.

Mouth- A nice medium body with a good bubbly medium carbonation. A very fruit residual note with hops.

Drink- A very well layered and high ABV beer. This had a huge tropical flavor and I loved it. It was very lush and not overly bitter. Great beer.

Mar 19, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Al's in a snifter.

A: A 4x IPA, huh? I'm down with that after traversing Wildwood's big trail. This one is hazy, a thick-looking ale with a thin white head. As murky as a good hop-bomb should be.

S: Wow, that's a lot of hops. The apricot and citrus elements stand out, mindnumbingly strong. The hoppiness is formidable, citrus to the nth degree, resulting in a that syrupy feel. The intense fruitiness is worth the price of a snifter.

T: Freshly squeezed hop juice; this ale is deceptively strong. Apricot and citrus, grapefruit and orange, are strong and rich, more hops that may reasonably belong in an ale. Caramel provides a balancing act, tenuous as it may be, as the ale isn't really balanced. The hop juiciness is something else, wickedly strong. The apricot aspect softens the bite while upping the citrus. Boozy but not overpoweringly so. Arck Angel is on par with Hop Test Citra as the best of Pizza Boy.

M: Clean and bold, assertively and abrasively hoppy but very approachable. I wasn't planning to like this beer as much as I did. Well done Al.

Mar 11, 2012
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russwbeck from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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: Hazy golden brown pour with a few fingers of white head. Retention isn't great, but a nice amount of sticky lacing is present.

S: Very citrusy aroma, not a lot of bitterness going on. Very nice balance here as the ABV is only slightly noted.

T: Man, how is this beer 13% ABV?? Delicious. Bitter hops, apricots, citrus, crazy balanced, hop bomb. 4x IPA and I are going to have to become better friends. Nice malt undertones to hold it together and just enough booze to let you know it's there.

MF: You could drink this until you passed out, which wouldn't take long. Dry finish. Thick on the palate and carbonated well.

O: Homerun. This beer is awesome.

Mar 11, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's the other day.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, peach orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get considerable orange citrus and pine, coupled with some noticeable tropical fruit. The flavor profile is pretty sweet, and seems to overwhelm the hoppy bitterness in this boozy beer. Frankly, this beer tends to remind of Founder's Devil Dancer, and at least for me, that's not a good thing. Still, considering the alcohol, this beer was not as hot as I was expecting. In any event, I thought the tropical fruit and high alcohol tended to wear out the palate all too quickly, with not nearly enough hoppy bitterness to counter it (even though this really is a pretty hoppy beer). Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, malty, slightly bitter (and slightly hot) finish.

While not a terrible beer by any stretch of the imagination, ultimately this was just too boozy and sweet for me.

Mar 06, 2012
Arck Angel from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 88 ratings