Orangatang | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by stakem on 12-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 30
Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am hesitant on adding this one to the site. While the brewery website and facebook page describe this as a sour ale, it runs a fine line into almost berliner territory. Draft offering at the source served in a snifter. The brew appears a hazed dark orange with a white cap that quickly fades. Some spotty lace clings to the glass and rising bubbles maintain a ring around the edge.

The smell is tangy and lactic with some footy grain and yogurt noted. It is fruity with orange zest. Overall a fairly mild nose on this but it is straight-forward as advertised and without fault. As it warms up, it gets progressively more zesty and orange-like in a very natural way.

The taste is tart and fruity with a bit of yogurt and lactic tang. The orange pulp/zest is readily apparent with a freshly juiced aspect that provides its own level of acidity in the brew. It has an earten aftertaste mildly grainy and displays a bit of rindy bitterness. As it warms up, my only gripe is that it has a mild carbonic edge to it. Other than that, a pretty fantastic orange flavored brew.

This is med to lighter bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. An interesting sour that is more tart than sour really. The orange inclusion really works to make a unique brew. It is like a mimiso but without the alcohol being evident. I think this brew really panned out to be something different and enjoyable.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to robieobie1 for send this one my way. Penny-copper center with sunburst orange showing at the edges where the most light shines through. The big-bubbled, soapy white head settles relatively quickly to a thin film atop the orange-ish brew and doesn't leave any lacing behind during its decent down the glass.

There's no surprise when I bring my nose to the glass and immediately smell a handful of sweet oranges and tangerines. Sweet, juicy, and fruity to the core with a light tartness that is also detectable on the nose. Some perceivable bitterness lies in the finish, but the nose holds no secrets that this beer will be pretty tart. I pick up a very faint chalkiness in the tail end of the aroma, also, and I surely hope I don't get too much of that artificialness in the flavor.

A nice bout of oranges strikes as I take the first sip; nice and tart, borderline puckering and not quite "sour", but definitely carrying a strong, tart presence - enough to sting the taste buds, let's say that. Juicy tangerines and orange zest with some grains that join in about halfway through when the tart oranges finally take a backseat. Each sip I take is loaded with fresh, juicy oranges and my glass is emptying pretty quickly.

That hint of chalk from the aroma shows up just a very tiny bit in the aftertaste, but it's far from being hindering or even really that noticeable, especially with the orange explosion going on around me. This beer is like a powdered orange drink mixed with some pure orange juice residue, except maybe a bit more tart. Light bodied with lots of carbonation and a snappy, yet soft mouth feel.

I can see why they call this "Orangatang" - because it tastes just like Orange Tang. Insane drinkability, I could easily kill a growler of this by myself without having to try. Complexity isn't exactly high, but sometimes simplicity just works better. Either way, Orangatang is a nice, refreshing sour beer, and if you like oranges, I don't see how you don't like this stuff.

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Photo of Etan
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into a tulip.

A: Pours a dirty orange with a nice off-white head.

S: Pleasant, pithy clementine, lightly lactic, mild minerality, some bready grain.

T: Cleanly lactic, very light acidity, more dryish tart orange flavor, sweetish pale malt, lemony.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I like this a lot better than the blueberry sour from the same event. Like a berliner weisse or maybe even a mild table saison with some nice dry orange notes and a bit of refreshing acidity.

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Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden

A - Pours slightly murky copper orange with a small half finger white head, dissipates down to a ring around the edges of the glass, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of light barnyard funk, damp earth, dulled lactic sourness and some fresh orange zest. A little dull initially becoming more fragrant as it comes up to room temperature.

T - Starts off with some lactic sourness quickly giving way to hints of fresh orange zest, musty barnyard funk, wet hay and spot of oak. The malt comes through a little more as it warms up, helping to keep it in check, and making this one very easy to drink. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, tart feel with plenty of lingering dryness. Not overly sour at all.

O - This one is pretty nice. Nowhere near as much cheesy funk as Permasmile had. Actually tastes like Royal Tannin Bomb with a bit more funk/tartness to it and much brighter fruit. Definitely worth a shot if you get the chance.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Al's/Pizza Boy

Hazy golden-orange pour, moderately effervescent, with a fizzy head that dissipated quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing while it lasted. Orange zest in the nose, somewhat lactic, with a bit of earthy must. A bit of a sour twang in the taste up front, but it subsided quickly, leaving behind flavors of orange zest and juice, toasted grains, and some dank earthiness. Interesting but not amazing. Light-medium body, a bit spritzy, easily drinkable and overall quite good.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is served a clear yellow color that is orange at its deepest depths. A few fingers of head spilt over the edge of the glass and while it retains nicely, it doesn't really lace. 3.5

The aroma is wheaty with some orange coming through. Not the type of citrus you get from hops, this is more freshly squeezed. Some tartness comes through, but not a whole lot. 3

The taste is more tart than the aroma, but it still trends more towards the funky side of things. The orange sits on the palate lovingly forever before it gives way to a sour tartness. There's some lemon coming out as well. Overall I appreciate the fruit funk balance, but I wish it had a higher pucker factor. 4

Light body that goes down crisp and clean. The level of carbonation is spot on for the style (which is a little lower than average) and I found it to be really drinkable. 4

Overall this was a good beer, but it didn't blow me away. I'd recommend it of you like oranges or aren't as big a fan of absurdly sour beers. 4

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden orange, effervescent, but without head retention (although offers some lacing). The nose is almost nonexistent with a tiny bit of orange soda sweetness. The taste, however, presents like a tart orange fanta with a touch if grain. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, semi-dry/tart finish. I'm relatively unimpressed; the beer tastes like orange soda champagne.

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Photo of jwjon1
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting brew. immediately brings to mind a dry white wine from the muscat family with a slightly floral aroma and a musky undertone in the taste. And it's probably power of suggestion, but it also has hints of an orange wine going on with a strange and enjoyable bees wax lined amphora aged finish, albeit a very short finish.

Fairly thin in the body and effervescent. I can see it pushing on the edge of Berliner world. That's not a bad thing. But it seems straight lactobacillus, so its fairly clean and tart. Not a lot of sour nuisance or diversity here.

My rating reflect this as being more Berliner in style than wild ale. They'd be lower if judged as a wild.

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Orangatang from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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