Freefall | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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27 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
alsofhampden.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian-styled grisette with a lean body, peppery spice and pear-like fruitiness.

Added by orangesol on 06-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
27
Reviews:
4
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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...

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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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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.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

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

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Freefall from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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