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

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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

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Added by John_M on 03-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by russwbeck:
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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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On draft at Hawthorn's in Philly

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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Arck Angel from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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