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:
138
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
13
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of kjkinsey
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 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 SharkNado
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 oline73
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of Myotus
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 46°F from a 750ml bottle (batch 2) into a tulip. Consumed on 11Aug16.
SMELL: Gargantuan aromas of sweet peaches and apricots are supported by strong sour green apple and hay aromas, and mild aromas of earthy yeast, tobacco, oak, lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and green bell pepper. Subtle butterscotch aromas
4.75 out of 5
TASTE: The taste theatrical opens with a massive explosion of peach and apricot. An instant funk is established as strong sour green apple flavors and mild flavors of earthy yeast, tobacco, and oak burst onto the palate. Mild flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and bell pepper roll out to add a spicy citrus characteristic as the tartness and tobacco flavors increase slightly. Mild flavors of hay quickly trail as the citrus flavors grow stronger. A touch of butterscotch sweetness enters lastly as the hay flavors grow to strong while all other flavors maintain.
4.75 out of 5
NOTE: I am loving these encounters with near perfect beers. Never before have I had a barrel-aged sour that contained such a dominating fruit profile. Even with such a dominance of peach and apricot, the beer itself was an extraordinary exhibit of balance. The only element that would make this any better, in my opinion, would be to either dry hop this or ferment this with mangos in addition to the peaches and apricot.

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

Photo of rudzud
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden orange hue with a two finger that fades to leave a thick blanket and nice lacing.

S - Aromas of loads of oak, light vanilla, great acidity. Solid stone fruit.

T - Taste is excellent oak and vanilla, really acidic stone fruit. Really good fruit notes with amazing acidic tartness with lovely fruit and oak balance.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, lightly flemmy, very acidic.

O - Overall this was a just excellent beer, wonderful stone fruit, almost eye wateringly acidic but well worth it. Don't think this will age well, however, it is absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GDawgs34
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of whitenads
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Permasmile from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
4.32 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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