Pine-Apple Sour | 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): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by runner_pe on 06-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to robieobie1 for the growler, it's nice to have a steady Pizza Boy hook-up. The Pine-apple Sour looks like pirate's gold that's been locked away in a chest for thousands of years; some darker shades of orange crown the edges; murky, but still translucent. Aggressive pours yield little head, a faint dusting that wastes no time vanishing into thin air.

Sour Patch kid caliber sour lactic acid notes out of the gate. I bring my face to the glass and the lashing of sourness buries any other immediate smells. Successive, deep inhales hold some more expansive aromas - pineapple fruit, lemon juice, and a dump-truck full of vinegar. The more my mind concentrates on vinegar, the more that's all I smell. It's like shoving your face into a bag of Lay's Salt & Vinegar chips, only with insane acidity.

I keep hearing that this is one of the most sour beers of all time. Naturally, with a claim like that, I'm a bit skeptical at first, especially given the relatively low sample size. The aroma is definitely sour and butt-puckeringly tart, but I've smelled things that involuntarily crinkled my face up a little more than this one.

First sip... canned pineapple juice straight to the dome, only with eminently more tartness. My saliva glands are making it rain as the pineapple and vinegar acidity runs down my throat and starts eating away at my stomach lining. Let's get this out of the way right now: this thing is tart. It's goddamn sour. But it's far from the most sour thing I've had, and I am absolutely okay with that.

Lots of lacto sour notes, more pineapple juice, lemon tartness, and an acidic finish with a faint hint of some cotton-y funk that I can't quite put my finger on, though I know something's there. It's not as bone-dry as you might expect a beer this sour to be, but my oral mucosa is definitely calling out for some hydration. Thin-medium bodied, lots of snappy carbonation.

Strange brew, really. I like how heavy the pineapple came through. Lots of brewers will have a lactic acidity that often gets wrongly attributed to "pineapple-like flavors", but no - this beer tasted like the pineapple slices you toss on your mom's overcooked ham slabs during the family Easter get together. I'd like to see if successive batches turn out a bit more refined, but this was pretty enjoyable for all relevant parties.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nasty for sharing.

S - Tart, lemon, vinegar and lactic acid

T - Tart, lemon, lactic acid, and pineapple juice. Light funk and balsamic vinegar on the backend.

M - Tart and really dry.

O - Good and really tart sour with an interesting twist with the nice pineapple presence to it

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep murky orange. Medium white head. Settles to a small collar with no other surface foam.

Smell - Pineapple. Lots of acidity. Kinda monotonous but it does smell like a juicy pineapple.

Taste - And it's immensely sour. A variety of acids. Lactic primarily. Plenty of other sour flavors going on though. Pineapple. I really can't taste anything else.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Overly sour.

Overall - Well I can't taste anything beyond the sourness. I know some people will love this, but I just think it's too much.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours murky golden orange with a fizzy one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a very light film around the outer edges, leaving little to no lace down the glass. A little dull honestly.

S - Smells of straight vinegar sourness, mild to light barnyard funk, dulled pineapple pulp, damp earth and a bit of greek yogurt. Smells super sour from start to finish. Only a bit of fruit is detectable initially, gets a little better as it warms up but it is mostly just sour funk.

T - Starts off with a big vinegar sour kick that never really fades away. Hints of light barnyard funk, more vinegar, musty basement and some dulled pineapple fruitiness. Finish is still pretty sour, leaving the palate dried long after the finish. The sourness is intense but not as completely overpowering as the nose makes it seem.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Super sour feel from start to finish. While it is very sour it doesn't completely destroy your palate like some of the other over the top sours do sometimes.

O - I have had this beer a few times now and it is all over the place. First time it was ok, most of the others have been pretty bad. It is really sour yet not to the point of being undrinkable. It could use a little more fruit but pineapple is already on the lighter side so I am not sure how much more it has to give. Is it a world class sour as these guys are making it seem? Nope. Is it worth a shot if you like sour beers? Yep.

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