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Hop Test #1 (Scotch Bonnet & Nuts) | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
alsofhampden.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 08-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
6
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 6
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Test #1 with Scotch bonnet peppers (100,000-350,000 scoville units) and nuts. I was asked about peanut allergies before getting this one filled - love the customer service there!

A: Dark, possibly the darkest Hop Test (exclusive of Stakem's smoked Black IPA) with the darker brown hues of a nut brown ale. A thick white head, over a finger on each pour, came close to overflowing.

S: The nuttiness stands out, aroma-wise. A richness that drives most the hops out of the equation. Vegetal aromas hint at the peppers but there isn't any heat coming out of the nose.

T: The nuttiness leads off, a nice pairing with the caramel base - very chewy. The hoppiness that normally accompanies Hop Test is gone, instead a light vegetal presence follows the nuttines and quickly builds in intensity. The heat, while not scalding, doesn't go easy on the tastebuds. The peppery heat has a nice finish, cracked peppercorns, bell peppers and ample burn. The burn lingers, a mild uncomfortability on my palate long after the sip is gone. An ale that nicely combines the dry nuttiness with the bite of Scotch bonnets.

M: Hot but not overwhelmingly so. The intensity builds over time, leaving a pleasant heat on my palate. The nuttiness is an excellent pairing, controlling the heat, managing it and never letting it get out of hand. Nicely done.

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Hop Test #1 (Scotch Bonnet & Nuts) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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