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Royal Tannin Bomb - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stakem on 10-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

American Wild Ale fermented with blueberries.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a cloudy light pink with a thin, loose white head that laces. The nose is a touch tart and funky with little fruit quality. The taste presents even more of the blueberry skin that's slightly vinous, wild and tart, some ginger/grapefruit and wheat sweetness that builds around that base flavor. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a touch sweet, slightly vinous, tart, finishes super dry. This beer is unique tasting and potent. It's unlike most sours I've had as it has no oak qualities (I'm used to barrel aged sours over berliner weisses). It's very drinkable and surprisingly good!

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to stakem for sending me this one in a past trade! Shared this one during a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a vibrant red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, fruit, blueberry, blackberry, funk, and lemon zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, blueberry, blackberry, funk, and subtle garlic. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the flavor of this one I was really glad that I agreed to a Berliner for Berliner trade to land this one. All of the great flavors that I love in style were present with just a kiss of that little extra. The blueberry added a very nice touch to this one as far as balance and complexity and was definitely evident throughout. Rally glad I got the chance to try this one as I could EASILY crush a growler of this to the face in a day. Just not a 128 oz one, I won’t make that mistake ever again.

Photo of cps98
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this at Al’s since my girlfriend loves sour beers and we recently enjoyed a bottle of Le Bleu so needless to say I was excited. Pours a nice pink hue with an active bright white head. Lacing is present and carbonation lasted till the last drop. Lots of tart lactic notes in the nose, very little blueberry present. The first sip jolted my tongue awake. Lots of carbonation bite and a nice tart acidic quality. The beer lacked any brett funk that I expect from a sour beer. After seeing it classified as a Berliner maybe that’s why it wasn’t present, if lacto was used for the souring. The beer did not have a huge blueberry presence but it was there just subtle. Overall the beer was fantastic an easy drinking beer and I was sad when the growler was gone. Can’t wait to try and clone it next summer when blueberries are on!

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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a young version of this on a brewery tour and now it's time for the real thing!

The pour is bluish pink with about a finger of pink head. Really pretty looking beer for sure. 4.5

The aroma is tart with a nice amount of blueberries. While its focused on the tart, there is still some funk playing around. 4

The taste is an assault of tartness, with the blueberries providing the flavor. The finish is sort of bare, but the flavors in the middle are outstanding. 4

It's a light beer that's a bit undercarbinated. It's really drinkable. 4

This is a really tasty beer, but it falls short of being great. It just doesn't hold it's flavors long enough to be a real outstanding offering. Try it, you'll most likely like it. 4

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

Draft at the source served in a snifter. The brew appears a clouded color of blueberry juice...bright ruby purple with a finger of pink stained head. The cap dissolves quick leaving a thin film across the top and spotty lace. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution to revive the cap.

The aroma is lactic with a lemony essence and mild yogurt-like earthy quality. Some fruited element is evident that doesnt really scream blueberry but it is present enough to be noticeable. A very mild funk evolves as it warms up as the glass is swirled.

The taste is tart with a yogurt inclusion overtop a wheat base that provides its own snap of tartness and indications of a cereal-like sweetness. The aftertaste is mildly earthy with some hints of fruit and citrus. If you concentrate on the advertised blueberry, you can somewhat pick up on that.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest to lively level of prickly carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. A very nice take on the style and worth seeking out. The brew is advertised as a sour but the brewer describes it as a berliner weisse with blueberry. Regardless, it is a good brew. As a berliner I give it a 4 out of 5, as an american wild/sour it is lacking a bit in depth and maybe more like a 3.5 rating?

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Royal Tannin Bomb from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.