Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

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

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
-
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 6
Photo of akorsak
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.

 1,344 characters

Hop Test #1 (Scotch Bonnet & Nuts) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
- out of 100 based on 1 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe