Permasmile | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A white wine barrel fermented american sour ale aged on apricots.

Added by stakem on 04-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
13
For Trade:
3
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, lighter orange-yellow body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Its a bit pulpy looking as well. Smells of overripe peach and a bit of cereal grain, moderately lactic. Mostly its overripe peach; very nice harbinger of the fruit behind the beer. Flavour is more of a well-rounded apricot tartness, mild cereal grain, oak, a bit of grape must, moderately lactic, not too vinegary. It's classic American wild ale, and it's done quite well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, bursting with stonefruit flavours even to the finish. A bit one-dimensional, but if you want a big tart apricot bomb, this is a pretty good option. Akin to one of the DeGarde Imperial Apricot Bu's, but with more body and balance.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lateralundertow
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dawkins
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of aleckpa
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was amazing. It is golden straw and pretty transparent. It smells like fresh peaches and apricots. So fruity, yet you get some funk. The taste is just as fruity but sour. It's acidic but not overbearing by any means. It is thin and carbonated perfectly.

I'm not the biggest fan of sours. I do enjoy them, but they are hit or miss for me. I could definitely see myself having this again if I were able to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL unlabaled bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Chunky foam on the surface. Retains pretty well.

Smell - Lots of nice apricot. Lemon peel acidity. A touch of funk, but light. Wheat and grain.

Taste - Grain and fruit. Less distinctly apricot, but you still get it. Lactic sourness. A touch of wine in the finish. Lemony.

Mouthfeel - Medium light, well carbonated. Moderate sourness.

Overall - It actually has some of that lambic character, which surprises me. This was a remarkable treat to have driving through Harrisburg.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of breadwinner
3.32/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Popped the bottle to a rather alarming smell of pickles, sort of bread and butter-style. Truly bizarre (though I do like pickles!) Clearly some strong acidity was forthcoming. And, indeed, on the palate this was an absolute tooth melter, just brutally astringent. There's a sweetness in there struggling to get through, but it just can't compete with the puckering acidity. I don't know if I'd pin apricot/peach on this one. There's an underlying fruitiness, yes, but it's not well defined. I honestly don't know the bottling date on this, and I'm wondering if it was an older one, thus the dominating acidity. Either way, this wasn't very pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of Lane23
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml for on-site consumption into a Pizza Boy snifter....

A - A sturdy pour yields only a slight bone white colored head that quickly fizzes a way leaving no discernible lacing or collar... The slightest bit of lacing sticks to the glass... The color is a vibrant slightly glowing orangish amber... There is a slight yet distinctive haziness... A modest bit of carbonation...

S - A good bit of funk to start... It slightly obscures the other ingredients that I know are present... The Apricot and fruit notes are next... A slight white wine barrel component compliment be some faint vanilla tones...

T - Wonderful balance and complexity... The fruitiness of the apricots... The moderate lactic tartness... The complexities of the white white barrels... Even some light vanilla notes... This has aged wonderfully in the bottles... The wow factor really starts to emerge as this one warms a bit...

M - Light to medium bodied... A slight carbonation... Crisp... Even and consistent... Velvety throughout... Starts a bit lush and finishes a bit dry... Spot on for the style and quite enjoyable...

D - A very well rounded excellent American Wild Ale... It's even more remarkable when you consider that Pizza Boy is still a fairly new kid on the block... This bodes very well for the future of the brewery that I'm excited to witness and enjoy over the coming years... I highly recommend stopping by if your in the area or driving a bit our of your way if you're not... This is a dam fine brew by any measure...

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Photo of Lurkerson
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fievel
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Stofko1992
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Permasmile from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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