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

45 Ratings

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Wild Ale fermented with blueberries.

Added by stakem on 10-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a growler of this to share with carlos aka JC. enjoyed from a pils glass.

The color is deep pink/fuschia tinged with good clarity and thick pale pink cap which drops fast. The smell is very fruity with some light acidic odors with mild horseblanket in the nose. The feel is very good with some nice tannin and moderate carbonation with a slight tangy acidity and slight dry almost nutty texture as it finished

The flavor is good too I really like the blueberry delicate quality when paired with the slight tangy wild yeast taste which adds slight acidic elements to the flavor with a moderate prickly spiciness from the carbonation and very gentle wheat taste in the background. Overall not very cheesy or lactic as some mentioned with not an overdone sourness either more or less a tangy blueberry taste with very gentle spritzer like quality -interesting and flavorful.

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
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: 4.5 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden

A - Pours ruby red with a small, fizzy one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving no lace at all down the glass.

S - Smells of light blueberry tartness, bready wheat, light lactic sourness and some light funk. There is definitely a light yogurt aroma that develops toward the end of the glass. Not as much blueberry as I would like from a sour ale, but as a Berliner I think it is pretty nice.

T - Starts off with some nice light blueberry sweetness quickly giving way to a mild tartness mixed with some light funkiness. Not a ton of fruit flavor in this one but it is there. Finish has some more tartness and a bit more blueberry sweetness but thats about it, it doesn't linger on the palate for very long.

M - Medium light body with moderate carbonation. The feel is not very sour, more tart than anything, allowing it be fairly easy to consume. Alcohol is not a problem with this one.

O - This beer is clearly marked as a Sour Ale at the shop and every time I have heard them talk about it they have always called it a sour ale, never a Berliner…that being said, once you try the beer you can see where the Berliner tag is coming from. It really does taste like one. It's a decent beer either way, worth a shot if you get a chance.

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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
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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