Pallet Mallet
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,746
Ranked #10,522
4.03 | pDev: 7.69%
Mar 16, 2021
May 07, 2013
Notes: None
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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Cracked open a pint can and poured it into a clear Imperial pint mug. The liquid is a bright amber, not clear, but closer to translucent than opaque. There's only a little lasting head upon completion of the pour. It smells malty and hoppy, but it's not pungent. There's a decent malt body which starts the taste off sweetly. As the transition to hop flavors begin, a blast of alcohol almost burns the tongue. Yes, no one should expect something with an 11.9 % ABV to have little taste of it. But, this is rough to the point that even a triple hopped beer with sufficient malt can't overcome it. Unfortunately, there's too little taste of the hops that can finally come through in the finish. Even there, the alcohol pushes the sweetness of the malt a little too far. People who enjoy whiskey or other spirits may have a taste for this, but this is probably not for those that just drink beer. This puts a mallet to a pallet, but it's mostly alcohol, not hops.

Mar 16, 2021
4.05 by caahare from West Virginia on Sep 08, 2017
4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2017
4.06 by coz from Illinois on Jul 15, 2017
3.94 by rodlavers from Maryland on Jun 11, 2017
4.75 by Pensfan0782 from Pennsylvania on Jun 08, 2017
3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2017
3.3 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2017
4.11 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2017
4.16 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2017
4.12 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2017
4.16 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on May 30, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned recently. Pours a very attractive dark amber with a 3 finger off white head that leaves behind streaks of lace.

Smell is apricot, caramel , biscuit, toffee, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows apricot, caramel, and toffee upfront leads to biscuit, pine, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is big, plenty of life, not really dry, and this is almost 12% ABV, never would have known.

Overall this is excellent, but DIPA no. Barleywine or Strong Ale would make more sense for me. Just as malty as hoppy.

May 27, 2017
4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2017
3.99 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2017
4.12 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2017
4.18 by reizorc from Pennsylvania on Apr 13, 2016
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 12, 2015
4 by Joecaddie from Delaware on Feb 20, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sbboomerkid from Connecticut

Good beer. Some bitterness. Taste stays with for a while

Dec 19, 2014
3.85 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2014
4.4 by jeffstinson from Pennsylvania on Dec 07, 2014
3.75 by yourefragile from District of Columbia on Dec 06, 2014
4.5 by ELECTRONICAnonymous from Massachusetts on Aug 06, 2014
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jun 17, 2014
4.25 by Invictus from Pennsylvania on May 25, 2014
4.25 by gillagorilla from Maryland on Feb 14, 2014
4.25 by JArmour15 from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2014
4 by dgaffney88 from Pennsylvania on Jan 27, 2014
3.25 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jan 25, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by MicroBeerMan1980 from Pennsylvania

First of all, this batch of Pallet Mallet was dry-hopped with Falconer's and Galaxy hops.

A: Honey golden and syrupy looking. White creamy head.

S: Pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit, danky pine.

T: Sweet malts and sharp bitter notes round off this beer. Big, bold, and bitter. The pineapple and fruit lingers.

M:Big and full on the pallet. Heavy.

O: Great representation of this style. Drinkable. Boozy.

Jan 24, 2014
4 by nrs207 from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2014
4 by Bockerdoppel91 from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2014
3.75 by wanderlust389 from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2014
4 by Holland from Illinois on Dec 30, 2013
3.75 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Dec 21, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured into a 12 oz "pint" glass. Pours reddish orange with small white head. Smells of sweet citrus and flowers, very inviting. Tastes of citrus fruit and alcohol, not to bad. Beer is carbonated correctly medium bodied. Overall a very good beer.

Dec 17, 2013
4.75 by illeagle05 from Virginia on Dec 02, 2013
3.75 by cwelsh55 from Pennsylvania on Dec 02, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a foamy one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet mildly toasted caramel, minimal booze, pine resin and moderate citric hops. I was expecting a bit more hops honestly but its still pretty nice smelling.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of caramel malt sweetness slowly giving way to hints of pine resin, citric hops, fresh grass and some light booze. Finish is pretty sweet with some lingering hop bitterness. It is decent but a little too sweet for my liking.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with some light booze burn and a decent amount of bitterness throughout.

O - Not really sure how I feel about this one. It is pretty good but I was expecting a bit more from it. I will have to give it another chance before its all gone.

May 31, 2013
Pallet Mallet from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 44 ratings