Orangatang | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

very good
29 Ratings
no score
Send samples

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stakem on 12-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

 1,068 characters

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.

 1,394 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Orangatang from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.