Ballet IPA | 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): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 06-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 7
Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. This is just the regular version.

A - Pours amber brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bright citric hops, strong caramel malt, toffee, some dulled tropical fruit and, by the end of the glass, a decent amount of booze.

T - This one definitely has plenty of hops and sweet caramel to go around. There is a very light fruitiness from the hops as well but it gets drowned out quickly by the booze. Finish is best described as sweet heat, lingering on the palate for quite awhile.

M - Big doy with plenty of carbonation. Sweet, hoppy feel combines with the booze to make this one a bear to finish.

O - Not saying this is a bad beer but if this is Arch Angle without the fruit then I would just prefer it with the fruit. It seems like a waste when it could just be that good all the time.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at Al's.

A: The IPA is a caramel brown color, gold flecking some color into it. Each pour generates a decent-sized head, less than a finger, that laces around the mouth of the glass.

S: Balance, the key to the ale, means taking both the hops and the malts to an extreme. Caramel malts, bready and strong, run headfirst into heavy, plodding citrus hops. The grapefruit slows the caramel down while adding to the fullness.

T: Very imperial. My notes say so. The caramel is rich in the body, bready with toasted warmth. The hops are grapefruit and orange, citrusy to the point of pulpiness. Cracked peppercorns add to the hoppy aspects. Alcohol gets stronger as time passes, directly correlated to the temperature of the ale. A good IPA, one that leaves a caramel presence on your palate.

M: The mouthfeel is big but balanced, never getting too heavy on either hops or malts. An interesting beer to try after having had the garlic, thyme, and onion version.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ballet IPA - think Arck Angel (the "quad" ipa) but scaled back and without the fruit addition. This review is from a gravity fed firkin inside the Als of Hampden Philly Beer Week mobile dispensing unit. Rumor has it, there is/was/were/has been 6 uniquely filled one-off firkins. Unlike the review before me which was onions, garlic and thyme, this particular concoction was jalapenos with citra and sorachi hops. Served in a pizza boy weizen glass via the steady hand of Al himself.

The brew appears a hazed amber color with a creamy off-white cap that holds with solid retaining powers. A fine looking beverage with hop particulate/green dry-hopping dust floating all through suspension that collects at the bottom of the glass like turf builder.

The smell is dry and peppery upfront from the jalapeno inclusion that brings out a spicy and earthy touch that is unique. However, the more you smell it, it becomes tropical and juicy with fruit and rinds mixed with a touch of caramel grain. For a brew that is more than 9%, the alcohol really isnt noticeable at first. However, as the brew warms up, the alcohol comes out and blends/accents the fruity hop quality.

The taste is somewhat green and peppery with a solid flavoring of earthy jalapeno. Initially it is an awkward taste but as more sips are taken, the flavor of pepper and earth mixes with bitter fruity rinds to make for a unique tasting experience. It doesnt take but a few sips for even the Jalapeno warmth to mix with the alcohol and create a mild tingle/numbness down the back of the throat. As the brew gets warmer, a toasty cararmel grain flavor evolves that brings out some focus of fruty/rindy bitter hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth level of carbonation. For 9% alcohol, I found it to be dangerously drinkable. And by dangerously deinkable, I mean after the 5th glass shit started to get crazy. I am not the biggest fan of hot pepper beers, it is easily overdone and not enjoyable. However, I think this firkin hit the nail on the head and had the perfect amount that made itself known without dominating the base. Well done, would drink again.

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Ballet IPA from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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