Afternoon Delight | 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: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tart yet hoppy berliner weisse brewed exclusively with falconers flight hops.

Added by DaveHack on 04-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by stakem:
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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing this as a berliner weisse since Al's website lists this as both a hoppy berliner and a sour saison at 6% depending on whether you are drinking the bottled version or the one that was on tap this evening for their grand opening at the new location. By all means, this is not the first time there has been confusion regarding Pizza boys sours and whether they are american wild ales, berliners or funky gym socks. Regardless, the argument is pointless, these beers are mighty tasty.

Served in a snifter on tap at the source. (There was one keg filled with the rest going into bottles for on-site consumption.) The brew appears a mildly hazy color of light golden yellow that is lighter around the edges. A white cap about a finger strong fades leaving spots of lacing effect on the glass. A swirl revives about a finger that dissolves and holds around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is fresh and juicy with hints of zest, pulp, rind and fruitiness that is reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Some hops come into play adding their own tropical fruity aspect that is very enjoyable. This brew is pretty much downright salivating before even taking the first sip.

The flavor is no surprise after taking in the aromatics. The way this note of grapefruit juice transcribes from the aroma into the flavor is pretty impressive. It is quite sour with notes of zest, rind, pulp and just an overall juicy quality. The hops faintly provide a contrasting bitterness at times but overall the taste of this is between tart and sour with an overall juicy aspect that is fantastic.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is quite refreshing and just overall excessively drinkable. When I say drinkable, I mean shoot the boot 22oz at a time isn't enough. If this beer was more readily available, I would drink this daily with a shitty smile on my face. Fantastic job on this one regardless of what style you want to call it. I am saying this will honest sincerity and not just because I am crazy for the berliner style... fans of sours must seek this out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, straw yellow with froathy white head. Good lacing.

S: Tart, slightly astringent, yet pleasant sour aroma. Reminiscent of a Berliner, but without all the wheat on the nose. Pineapples and citrus fruits.

T: Good acidity levels, tight and crisp. Round, fruity and tart. Clean finish.

M: Once you get past the initial sour shock to your palate, it comes across as light and dry. No bad tannins on the end.

O: The name says it all. Crack one of these open (at Al's) on a warm summer afternoon, sit in the outdoor area, and you'll see why it's an Afternoon Delight.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Medium white head. Quickly settles to a thin collar. A few surface wisps.

Smell - Lots of citrus. Lemon, orange, grapefruit. Doesn't smell all that acidic. Some cracker malt.

Taste - Light grain then fruity sourness. Sour orange and a bit of a lychee tartness. Fruity aftertaste. Citrus lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and pretty sour. Well carbonated.

Overall - Very enjoyable. Simple and flavorful.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark opaque golden hue.
S: Lots of lemon zest.
T: Lemon zest and citrus rind.
F: Somewhat thin but effervescent.
O: Refreshing and drinkable. Somewhat tart, but not overly so.

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Photo of philbe311
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pizza Boy snifter...

A - A standard pour yeilds a finger's worth of pure snow-white colored slighly fizzy whimsical head... Minimal retention gives way to little or no lacing and the slightest of collars... The color is a vibrant slightly glowing pale golden orange... There is a slight haziness... Mostly still with a couple of stray carbonation bubbles seen rising throughout...

S - This beer smells fresh... Some light tartness... Lots of light refreshing tropical fruit goodness... Subtle touches of Belgian yeast and wheat... A faint bit of funkiness on the nose as well...

T - A minimalistic lactic acid tartness to beging... Slightly fruity and tropicalll... A mix of orange and lemon zest... The majority of the hops take on a mix of earthy and lemony character - almost a mix of hallertu and sorachi... Some light Belgian yeast notes... There is also a faint slightly spicy wheat component...

M - Light bodied... Limted yet lively carbonation... Clean... Crisp... Ultra refreshing... Slightly saliva inducing... Each sip is even and consistent...

D - Very easy drinking... Highly enjoyable... Stylistically, this one seems to walk a fine line between American Wild Ale, Saison and Berliner Weissbier, but that's a good thing in my opinion... Further proof that Pizza Boy is beginning to turn out some truly exceptional offerings...

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Afternoon Delight from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
4.25 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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