Dollars For Diabetes - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 5.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 12-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Blueberry sour (Royal Tannin Bomb!) fermented/aged in a mix of white wine and red wine barrels. All proceeds go to benefit Keystone Juvenile Diabetes Camp.
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Photo of rhong187
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pizza boy snifter, poured from a 32oz growler

a very attractive purple/blue with a nice head after an aggressive pour. Picking up much if the wine barrels on the aroma, with a nice dose of the fruit. The taste is more tart than sour, but very drinkable. Medium carbonation and the wine really shows it's character as it warms. Glad I picked up a couple growlers on this but I'm not sure if they'll survive the next couple days.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours murky pinkish purple with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small spots of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of tart blueberries, woody oak, lactic sourness, light musty funk and some bready malt. Smells just like the base but with the addition of the wood aging.

T - Starts off with the tart blueberries quickly giving way to hints of light basement must, touch of funk, oak and plenty of drying tannins. Finish is tart and quite dry, lingering long after the finish. The base is dry and this is no exception.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel from start to finish limits how much you could consume.

O - Considering this is Royal Tannin Bomb aged in wine barrels I think it came out exactly how I thought it would. It still has all of the tart flavor of Tannin Bomb but with even more dryness thanks to the added wine barrel vinous character. It is a good beer for a great cause, cheers to everyone involved in this one.

Photo of stakem
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering at Pizza Boy served in a snifter. The brew appears a clouded light purple color with a finger of pink head that rapidly dissolves. A swirl efforlessly revives a finger back to the surface that fades leaving some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma is juicy and fruity with a lemony lactic presence giving way to oak and some earthen/dusty brett character. It is somewhat yeasty smelling towards the finish. But as it warms, it has a really nice berry character that blends into the brett and wine attributes. For a wild blueberry beer, it has an impressive nose considering how dainty blueberries are post fermentation.

The taste is borderline beyond tart with a bacterial snap of sharpness that isnt quite acedic but well beyond the realms of your normal lactic sourness. It is fruity and earthen with a touch of grassy character before getting more flavors of brett and some raw oakiness. Across the finish, this brew gets drying almost like strong greek yogurt but more puckering and quite tannic. If infact this is tannin bomb as a base, this iteration is much more fitting of that name.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A really impressive blueberry sour that I dont think could get much more blueberry character without going the artificial route. The barrel presence in this integrates nicely with the brew and this drinks overall pretty easy. A very good brew for a good cause. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this 1 liter growler thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing poured chilled in a tumbler.

The color is a magenta shade with thick haze and pink head with fine bead and good retention. The smell is very funky, perhaps acetobacter...kind of vinegar mixed with berry and light odor of malt. The feel is decent, with high carbonation and light sweetness which fades into a very sour moisture sucking from the palate.

The taste is very good with fruity tartness and lots of barrel sourness combined with bacteria making for a puckering brew, the berry notes are there but pretty secondary to the warming drying sour taste. Overall it is certainly wild...very fruity like blueberry lemonade. It is enjoyable, but I am glad I had someone to share the growler, I am not sure I would drink more than 1 serving myself.

Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 02/01/14 notes. Had this one on tap at Al's in PA last week and brought a 32 oz. growler of it back to NY with me as I really liked it. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a nice reddish pink purple color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks beautiful, sour the way blueberry sours look.

s - Smells of sour blueberries, tart sour dark fruits, tart jam, vinegar, floral notes, fruity malts, light spice. Nice nose with a ton of sour blueberries; smells very sour.

t - Tastes of sour blueberries, tart jam, dark fruity malts, spice, pepper, yeast, vinegar, earthy notes, and floral notes. Again, sour blueberry overload and I love it.

m - Medium bodied sour and moderate carbonation. Light acidity, very nice.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. Aside from Sunny Side Up, this is probably the best beer I've had from Al's so far. Tons of sour blueberries and it is just very well made. Loved it and would love to have it again sometime.

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Fletcher aka Hoppykillamonsta for this growler.

Pour is a nice light purple with a quarter inch of head. Split this three ways on Super Bowl and it was the highlight of a terrible game and other good brews.

Nice sour and mild tart. Really reminded me of the Side Project Blueberry Flanders I had at FOBAB. Just an incredibly delightful beer. Along with VSB this is one of the best sours I've had in a long while.

Dollars For Diabetes from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.