Raspberry 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): 3.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by orangesol on 08-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 85
Photo of rob1703
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Not overtly sweet. As soon as you remove the cork you get punched with the incredible raspberry nose. This is one of the most well balanced and approachable sours I've tried. Layered with pleasant mellow acidity, and waves of raspberries. Lingering tart finish rounds of one of the best sour beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of TNT
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the Raspberry tartness and flavor. Slight funkyness at the back of the tongue. Definitely get raspberries on the nose. Reminds me of a slightly more sour and carbonated New Glarus Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a transparent red with a mostly white head that has a faint pink hue. Nose is almost all raspberry. Very fleshy sweet raspberry without the tartness. Taste is heavily sweet raspberry with a faint tartness and a sour finish. Puckeringly sour and dry, fairly assertive carb. A bit sugary and sweet and very singular with huge raspberry flavor.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/25/14 notes. On tap at the brewpub.

a - Pours a clear pinkish red color with one inch of lightly red-white head and low carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of sweet and sour raspberries, fruity malts, spice, grains, yeast, and floral notes. Very nice nose, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of lightly sweet raspberries, fruity malts, lightly sour raspberries, floral notes, and earthy notes. Taste is nice but pretty light...reminds me of jolly ranchers candies.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not acedic at all, easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice crisp fruit/sour beer. Not too sour overall but I liked it, with a nice mix of sour and sweet raspberries. Worth checking out but don't expect a sour bomb.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright pink to red with a pinkish head. Aroma was tons of raspberries light green and light lactic acid. Flavor was similar loads of raspberries at the beginning followed by a grainy graham cracker type finish. Very good sour raspberry beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Boy.

Clear, ruby-red pour, topped with a half inch or so of fluffy pink-white head, which sank fairly quickly to a thin layer of bubbles; no real lacing to speak of. Aroma was raspberry, of course, lactic, slight grassy funk, some candy sweetness. Taste of fresh, non-artificial raspberries, happily tart, seeds and all, lactic, slightly acetic, notes of lemon and grass, with a light funk. Light-medium body, crisp and slightly puckering mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, easily drinkable. Nice overall.

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Photo of Benish
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this at Pizza Boy.

Appearance: presented a color of cranberry juice cocktail. No head and no lacings present and beer was very transparent.

Smell: primarily picking up raspberry tartness. It almost smells like a fruit wine.

Taste: the beer starts dry and finishes dry. Taste raspberries which lends a very earthy taste. It's sour with that lactic acid at the finish. Minus the sourness, it's like drinking a dry fruit wine. This beer is quite unique how it lends a more earthiness rather than sweetness of the fruit.

Mouthfeel: light bodied mouthfeel with a punch of sourness.

Overall: this is one of the driest sours I've had. It's really good and definitely worth trying considering how the raspberries are presented in this beer. Aside from the beer, Pizza Boy is awesome; it is a must visit!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sour indeed. The color on this is red and pinkish hued. Flavor is quite sour with a lactic tone on a strong vinegar overall character. Raspberry is certainly there, but definitely washed out by all the wild flavors. Thankfully the more I drink it the less abrasive it gets. Frankly though, after having numerous Pizza Boy sours, I wish they were less a punch in the mouth and more of a noticeable ride with some subtleties.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Doug bought over this 32oz growler on October 1. Poured into an unlabeled snifter. Thanks Doug.

Pours a mellow reddish-pink body, a bit of effervescence in form of a 1cm white head, dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Faint raspberries in the nose. Slightly sour. Nothing special.

Flavour seems strange. Mostly tart, fresh raspberries and a pure sourness. Its not even acidic- no vinegar, no lactate, nothing- its just sour. Very weird.

Thinner bodied, not particularly thick, but refreshing. Leaves a very dry finish. Very drinkable.

Not a particularly special sour. However the flavour profile is straightforward and clean, while the mouthfeel on this makes for a particularly drinkable beer. I get some heartburn, so I'm not imagining the sourness. However I don't get much acidity anywhere which throws me off a bit.

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Photo of philbe311
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly less than two fingers worth of crisp, bone white colored and slightly lop-sided froth... The color is a very pale cranberry red... A moderate bit of random moderate paced carbonation... Looks light and refreshing...

S - The tartness is muted, but still at the forefront... The raspberry presence is slightly muted and not as sweet as expected... A subtle bit of funkiness... Quite pleasant, with lots of subtle nuance...

T - Sweet raspberries... The tartness is rather subdued... Some light granulated sugary elements... Simple and straight forward... Real nice layers of flavor and complixity in such a light beer...

M - Light bodied... Slightly sleek... Mostly smooth... Perhaps ever so slightly a bit thin... Spritzy carboantion... Slightly juicy... Even and consistent...

D - Good things do indeed come in small packages... Lots of flavor and character in this 3% ABV offering... Not the best American Wild Ale, but a completely approachable, sessionable and fun version of the style... Another job, very well done, by Pizza Boy...

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft offering at Pizza Boy served in a matching snifter. The brew appears a clear ruby color that displays a striking clarity that makes it almost look like kool aid. Resting atop is a pink stained head that dissolves quick.

The smell includes raspberry with a huge lactic character. It is a bit cheesy and funky with plenty of juicy and almost perfume-like natural essence. It is even seedy like the pits of raspberries.

The taste is lemony lactic like unripe raspberries. Lots of earthen notes and that previously mentioned seedy character. It is very clean and snappy into the finish. Despite how sour it is, it never loses that natural fruit element which I really enjoy.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and pleasantly sour/salivating. This is a pretty solid offering that you will want to try before it is gone (if its not already.) Well done.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Delirium tulip

A- pours a brilliant ruby red with a one finger pink head. Clarity on this one is perfect. As is the case with most sours, the head faded quickly. Gorgeous beer.

S- nice raspberry aroma comes through. Not overly pungent, but still worthwhile

T- starts off with a nice smash of raspberries, getting more and more tart as you go. Tastes like a Warhead. Incredible

M- light bodied, on the medium side. Well done

O- you want this. It's a bit pricey all things considered, but this is a phenomenal sour.

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Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours slightly hazy raspberry red with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace down the glass. It goes dead flat in about five minutes.

S - Smells of raspberry skin and pulp, mild lactic sourness, yogurt, some barnyard funk and a bit of damp earth. Nowhere near as intensely sour as some of the other sours have been. My only gripe is that it is just a little slow to develop.

T - Starts off with some intense raspberry skin sourness that lingers through to the finish. Hints of yogurt, earthy barnyard funk and some mild lactic sourness help balance everything out. Finish has some light raspberry sweetness and some mild sour tartness, leaving the palate dried for awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sharp feel with plenty of fruitiness. The low ABV and strong flavors make this one quite easy to consume.

O - One of the best sours in recent memory from Pizza Boy. It is not as good as the bottled sours but it is easily my favorite of the recent sour releases. It has all of the flavors you would expect but it isn't over the top like the others have been. It is almost like a raspberry version of Tannin Bomb.

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Raspberry Sour from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.95 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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