Permasmile | 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: 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:
23
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.08%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of breadwinner
3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 Boise stone fruit bottle share on 8/27. 750ml bottle thanks to steve. Hazy golden pour , small white airy head. Tart, fruity, some wooden notes. More grapes than stone fruit. Lighter in body, but plenty sour.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Pizza Boy

Hazy orange-amber pour, with a chaotically coagulating layer of off-white head, splotches of lacing on the glass, and a plethora of floaties in suspension right from the start. Strong aroma, lactic sourness, tart fruit, funky, brett...I could tell heartburn was in my near future. This beer kind of reminded me of Cascade Apricot, although maybe even a bit more intense in its sourness. So yeah, sour taste, lactic, apricot pulp, yeasty/bretty funk, some barrel notes, but the sour/fruit aspects pretty much drowned out any wine flavors that might have been present. I'd say this really need more time to mellow out to get any complexity out of it, but as it stood, it was still a good brew. Medium body, ample carbonation, full of flavor. Good, but still needs time to reach its potential. Either that or I got a bottle from the bottom of the barrel. Either that or drinking the whole bottle myself was just too much.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Nate for sharing this one. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Foam quickly settles to wisps, a thin collar, and specks of lace. Hazy peach flesh-colored body.

S - Funky and dirty; some enterobacter here for sure. Very wild, with hints of cheese, diaper, and baby vomit. Some light oak, and hints of stone fruit malt and lactic acidity.

T - The taste is more acidic and less funky. Stone fruit malt and vinous oak come out lot more and the sulfurous and dirty flavors retreat significantly. Quite sour, but not excessively so.

M - Dry, medium body, with zesty carbonation, and a bit of tannic oak in the finish. Quite acidic, with stomach distress setting in after a decent-sized pour.

D - The aroma is very dirty and might be off-putting to some, but letting this warm a bit does it quite a bit of good. The flavor and feel are quite enjoyable; a well-craft American wild.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this from the bottle at Al's new location in Enola, enjoyed with August and Tim.

The color is a golden peach hue with thin white cap w/ sticky lace pattern and tight bead. The smell is lightly funky with some mild lactic aroma ala greek yogurt. The feel is super-sour and puckering with dry and light tangy and funky yeast with high carbonation.

The taste has a light fruitiness with a yeast quality that is dominant with the lacto pretty acidic in the flavor but not enough to be uncomfortable to the tastebuds, just very tart and a little lemony with mild hint of funk to round out the taste with lots of carbonic acid since it is highly carbonated making it seem dry. The overall impression is very flavorful wild ale with the bacteria dominating making a very sour end result.

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Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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 IrishColonial
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevBot89
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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