West Shore IPA | 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 IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A west coast style IPA, over-the-top hoppy and oh so dry. Hopped with simcoe, columbus and a touch of citra.

Added by akorsak on 07-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
169
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
8.08%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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16.9 oz baby-growler poured into a shaker pint.
Purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.

Appearance
Gold with a short off-white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Dank greens, passion fruit, grapefruit, wintergreen, and pine.

Taste
Grapefruit zest, dried pine needle, spicy & earthy hops, and perfumey florals. The super-thin malt backbone is barely perceivable. Finishes with notes of onion and crushed aspirin tablets.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, dry, and bitter.

Overall
Dry and bitter like a classic West Coast IPA should be, however it is a bit too dry and bitter for my personal taste.

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3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Pizza Boy

Slightly hazy copper pour with a small white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some foamy lacing on the glass. Floral hop aroma, toasted grainy malt base. Pretty basic, nothing that stands out, but nothing bad. Taste of citrus and floral hops, moderately bitter, with a solid sweet pale malt base, a bti soapy, with a slightly acrid finish, but nothing really offensive. Medium body, moderate carbonation, overall a decent IPA.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden served chilled in a Pizza Boy glass

The color is deep golden amber with thick white cap which retains well w/ slow moving bubbles and film of lace. The smell has a gentle citrus and nice piney hop aroma with light grapefruit and subtle malt odor with low alcohol in the nose. The feel is good w/ low sweetness and light chalky feel with moderate bitterness and slight spicy coarse edges with gentle astringency and high resinous mostly dry finish.

The flavor indicates the brewer achieve the goal of a west coast style IPA because it has a piney slightly grapefruit oriented taste with mineral tinge and harsh bitter finish with grassy and herbal qualities joining the pine flavor. Overall a pretty hoppy west coast style IPA, not one I would say tops my list, but it is good and even though it has some noticeable astringency the alcohol is mild and I might order it again based on the fresh hop flavors

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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Pours a mostly clear amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of pine/resin hops, light notes of tropical/pineapple, and light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind. Underneath there are some lighter notes of bready malts with just a touch of caramel.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some very light caramel sweetness. That is followed by some moderate flavor of citrus/orange rind and pine/resin hops. The moderate bitterness in this one is rather harsh and lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an interesting beer and enjoyable but not as good as some of the other IPA offerings that I have enjoyed at Al's of Hampden. A little too bitter for my palate and not quite the hop profile that I truly enjoy (I'm more of a citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango/pineapple kind of guy).

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West Shore IPA from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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