Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
3.76 | pDev: 9.57%
Dec 20, 2017
Jun 10, 2013
Very Good
Notes: A Belgian-styled grisette with a lean body, peppery spice and pear-like fruitiness.
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Rated: 3.89 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jul 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jan 11, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by brother_rebus from Maine

Apr 07, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2015
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Reviewed by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Two fingers worth of active airy big fluffy off-white colored froth... Modest at best retention as this one visible fizzes away in front of our eyes... What's left if a mostly full slightly splotchy lacing with a thin collar... On occasional bubble can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a slightly hazy peachy amber... Loaded with very quick paced carbonation... This one has a faint "glow" to it as well...

S - The nose leads with a vibrant burst of bready malty goodness and some overripe fruits... Peach... Apricot... Banana... Honeydew... There is a very light layer of sweet Belgian yeast... A very subtle spice component lingers a layer or two beneath the surface... Robust, impactful and quite pleasant...

T - Bready malts are at the forefront as expected... This is followed by a slightly sweet fruit presence... the Belgian yeast presence is a distant third... The spices are very subtle, but still present if one pays close enough attention... There are also some notes of light lemon zest... Throughout there is a subtle yet lingering layer of seltzer like saltiness which intensifies slightly towards the finish and takes on a slightly metallic character... It's not off putting, but it certainly doesn't add to the overall enjoyment of an otherwise stellar offering...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light carbonation... Crisp... Even and consistent...

D - An easy drinker that goes down smoothly and keep things just interesting enough that it doesn't getting boring... If it weren't for the slightly salty / metallic notes detected on the palate, this would be a world class session ale... As is, it's still enjoyable and a much appreciated alternative to it's higher ABV counterparts... Another nicely done crew from Al and Terr...
Sep 06, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Aug 19, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by Fievel from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by cspompey from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by brother_kenneth from Virginia

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by nmann08 from Virginia

Aug 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by drebrew from New York

May 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by baybum from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2014
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Reviewed by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy neon yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, apricot, peach, apple, tart wheat malt. Flavor of light wheat malt, light fruits, just a touch of sour apple but it’s pretty subtle. While the aroma is very fruity, sweet, and a touch sour, the flavor is light, with emphasis on the malt as well as lightly fruity/slightly sour notes. A very refreshing and drinkable beer.
Nov 10, 2013
Rated: 4 by Jspriest from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2013
Rated: 3 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Aug 05, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by stakem from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2013
Rated: 3 by Thorpe429 from Illinois

Jul 08, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2013
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Reviewed by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A beer named Freefall?? This must be fate.

This is a highly citric saison. Lots of lemon. Almost seems like it could be reaching into Berliner Weisse territory, but the sour isn't really there. Well, maybe just a wee bit of funk. Seems highly carbonated. Very much a hot weather beer. And I like the 2.5% abv.
Jun 16, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by runner_pe from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by StormKing47 from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2013
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Reviewed by orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours pale, hazy yellow with a fizzy one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass. Looks like a wheat beer, a bit lighter than a normal saison.

S - Smells of fruity saison yeast, bready grain, black pepper spice and a bit of grassy hops. The saison core is strong, but not overpowering, from start to finish.

T - Starts off with some soft, chewy malt quickly giving way to the fruity saison core with a good amount of peppery spice. Finish is a little chewy with some lingering spice, leaving the palate dried long after the finish. It packs lots of flavor in a small package.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly spicy feel with a bit of chewiness at the end of each sip. Super easy drinking beer.

O - A very nice table strength saison. It packs all of the flavors you want from a saison yet it's only 2.5% so it goes down super easy. I could drink a few glasses of this on a hot day no problem.
Jun 10, 2013
Freefall from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 27 ratings