Permasmile | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer is funky with some decent fruity aromas. The taste of the beer has a pretty good amount of tart apricot with some malt in the late finish. The feel is dry. Overall it's a pretty good Wild Ale.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to drew, noslenwerd

Nice huge foamy head, hazy murky blond honey orange color.

Nose super sour, tons of peach apricot stone fruit, lacto creamy sour, nice funk.

Taste super sour, great lacto and pedio souring, tart, tons of sour peaches and apricots, a great lambic flavor, big vanilla oak, an amazing tart sour peach apricot lambic, buttery oak, like peach cobbler.

Mouth is med bod, soft, nice acidity, very sour, just a little flemmy, juicy peach feel, nice carb.

Overall incredible. One of the best sours I've had outside of Belgium.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -11.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev -4%
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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4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 1/25/14 notes. At the brewpub, bottle split 4 ways.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of apricots, white wine, oak, earthy notes, light funk, and floral notes. Tons of apricots, very nice.

t - Tastes of sour apricots, sour fruity malts, funk, oak, grass, earthy notes, floral hops. Taste is more sour than the nose. Lots of fruit, awesome taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a fantastic beer; second best beer I had from them behind Sunny Side Up. Highly recommend buying a bottle if you ever visit them.

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4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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 orangesol
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle on opening day of the new Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours slightly hazy yellow with a small film of white head, dissipating down to a light ring around the outside of the glass, leaving very light strings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of strong lactic sourness, mild apricot and peach sweetness, oak from the barrels, brett must and some nice funky cheese. Nowhere near as cheesy as the single barrel peach was but still quite nice. A little one dimensional initially but it really grows into itself as it warms up.

T - Starts off with plenty of lactic sourness giving way to hints of fresh fruit, wet basement must, drying oak tannins, a bit of cheesy funk and some chewy base malt. Finish is mild all things considered, a little chewy with some mild sourness, leaving the palate dried for awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, sour feel from start to finish. Flavors are well balanced and it has more carbonation than meets the eye.

O - A very nice wild ale. I have heard this called "baby Fou' Foune," multiple times now and I can see where that is coming from. It is comparable to an aged bottle of Fou' Foune but it lacks the strong fruit presence of a fresh bottle. Definitely worth the price of the bottle to try it but lets not get carried away here.

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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not to be confused with permasmile peach which was a limited draft only offering that was just peaches. This listing is for the blend of american wild ales that was aged in wine barrels with some having peaches and some having apricots.

Served at Al's for in house consumption via 750ml bottle. The brew pours orange in color with a bit of haziness about it. The cap forms white in color and collapses leaving some patches of lacing effect on the glass. The way the head coagulates across the top looks like it has some protein or pellicle keeping the spots together.

The aroma has some juiciness left to it which smells fruity and somewhat like peaches/apricots but that might not be readily identifiable if you weren't expecting that based off the description. Behind the juicy quality of the brew is a huge funky brett inclusion that is wild with a bit of earthen and horsey aspect.

The flavor is sour with a bit of that juicy fruit aspect before the onset of brett funk. The way this brew has aged and blended together is pretty damn fantastic. It has a perfect balance of character and is deeply complex that I feel like I am hardly scratching the surface of this brew's nuance. How many more words can I use to describe fruitiness and brett funk? There, im done.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a fantastic wild ale with plenty of both sourness and residual juicy aspect that demand your attention throughout the experience. I drank this glass way too quick, I will need to have this again soon to fill in some voids of this review. Exceptional stuff.

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