Rye Beer Sucks!
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - American
4.07 | pDev: 6.88%
Oct 22, 2017
Apr 21, 2013
Notes: A bright and spicy rye IPA loaded with chinook, citra and simcoe hops.
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4.13 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Oct 22, 2017
3.29 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania on Oct 06, 2017
4.38 by Toxicczar from Pennsylvania on Sep 08, 2017
3.75 by fosters9 from New York on Aug 24, 2017
4.16 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Aug 22, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by orcrist_cleaver from New York

Grapefruit musk, orange, pine, berries, juniper berries. Sweet and spicy citrusy heaven.

Aug 18, 2017
4.08 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2017
3.86 by smithj4 from New York on Aug 09, 2017
4.5 by coldshowers from Vermont on Aug 16, 2016
3.75 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

Served in a pint glass at Al's.

A: Hazy appearance with a dark golden hue. Slightly translucent.
S: Nice floral aroma with hints of tropical fruit.
T: The rye is strong upfront and fades quickly. It's very nice and not overly bitter.
F: Somewhat dry. The bitterness lingers on the tongue but is not overbearing.
O: This is very nice. Super drinkable and refreshing.

May 06, 2016
3.98 by reizorc from Pennsylvania on Apr 13, 2016
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Oct 02, 2015
3.73 by yergermeister from Pennsylvania on Feb 27, 2015
4.25 by Fievel from Pennsylvania on Nov 14, 2014
4 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2014
3.5 by barflybastard from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2014
3.76 by Ludwigkpa from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2014
4.24 by Shawn_Money from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2014
4.1 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
by HuskyinPDX from Washington

Taste shared at Brouwer's on 9.3.14

This has rye in it? Fooled me. delicious. Thanks Greg.

Sep 04, 2014
4.15 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 04, 2014
4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Aug 25, 2014
4 by mikefuski17 from Oregon on Aug 16, 2014
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2014
4.25 by Camjmorton from Virginia on Aug 07, 2014
4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Aug 01, 2014
4.25 by nrs207 from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2014
4 by Bockerdoppel91 from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2014
4.25 by JMUbrewz from Virginia on Jul 27, 2014
3.5 by Afroman from Arizona on Jul 27, 2014
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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Growler poured into pilsner

Clear golden yellow, constant stream of bubbles, pours a frothy two finger white cap that settles into a generous white , bubbly cap with good lacings.

Aroma of pine and citrus

Rye in the middle of the tongue. Bitter in the back, slight bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel is smooth, gentle carbonation, light mouthfeel. clean and crisp.

In the area, hear about Pizza boy and bought a couple of growlers. Went for the highest rated beers on BA. I Prefer malts beers. This is a god beer but not the style that I prefer.

Jul 25, 2014
3.75 by jeffstinson from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2014
4.25 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Jul 15, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Pours with a bright white head which dissipates quickly with mild to little lacing. Slight haziness with a straw color.

Aromas of orange, pine and rye with tropical fruit as it warms.

Taste is bitter up front with orange and pine. Slightly malty at end with nice moderate hop, rye bitterness. Slightly sweet in finish but well balanced with bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Can't call it light but very easy drinking.

Another excellent interpretation of style (if Rye IPA is a style) from Pizza Boy. Really nice beer. ABV is slightly lower than last batch (5.3%), not sure if recipe is different but this version nails it.

Jun 17, 2014
4.5 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Aug 09, 2013
4 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Jul 09, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

Something about this beer reminds me of Lagunitas DayTime, and even though it's been a while, sort of Pliny-ish. I am sure a load of people would take that and chew it up and spit it out as ridiculous. But that's what I'm feeling. This is not as smooth though. I like it. Isn't obnoxious just for the sake of it. Well made.

Jun 17, 2013
3.5 by danedelman from Pennsylvania on Jun 12, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

A - About a finger's worth of pure white frothy head... Minimal retention... The lacing and collar are minimal as well... The color is a light yet lively gold... Moderate carbonation... An ever so faint haziness lingers...

S - A big whiff of hoppy goodness to start... The hops take on a mix of mostly citrusy and earthy with a slight bit of pine mixed in... Orange zest... A bit of lemon zest... A slightly grass and wheat component... There is a very subtle spice component from the rye that lingers beneath the surface...

T - The nose was a perfect indicator of what to expect on the palate... The hop presence is first and mirrors the nose with a wide variety of hoppiness... Next are layers of orange and lemon zest... Next is the very slight spicy kick of the rye... This all sits above a mild malty base...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Brisk yet light carbonation... Even and consistent... Clean and crisp... Goes down smoothly sip after sip...

D - A very sessionable and quite refreshing American IPA... Solid in all facets... Better than average... Actually it's rather rock solid, but it falls a bit short-term from being excellent.... I could easily enjoy a couple of this in a sitting and would suggest you do the same if passing through the area...

Jun 07, 2013
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