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

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 03-06-2012

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4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Hawthorn's in Philly

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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