Pallet Mallet
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Imperial IPA
4.03 | pDev: 7.69%
Mar 16, 2021
May 07, 2013
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.05 by caahare from West Virginia

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by coz from Illinois

Jul 15, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by rodlavers from Maryland

Jun 11, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by Pensfan0782 from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 3.3 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

May 30, 2017
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

May 27, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by reizorc from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 4 by Joecaddie from Delaware

Feb 20, 2015
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Rated by Sbboomerkid from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Good beer. Some bitterness. Taste stays with for a while
Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 3.85 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 4.4 by jeffstinson from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by yourefragile from District of Columbia

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by ELECTRONICAnonymous from Massachusetts

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jun 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Invictus from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by gillagorilla from Maryland

Feb 14, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by JArmour15 from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by dgaffney88 from Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jan 25, 2014
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Reviewed by MicroBeerMan1980 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4 by nrs207 from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by Bockerdoppel91 from Pennsylvania

Jan 07, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by wanderlust389 from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by Holland from Illinois

Dec 30, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Dec 21, 2013
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.75 by illeagle05 from Virginia

Dec 02, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by cwelsh55 from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2013
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Reviewed by orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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