Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: The initial aroma is a bit hoppy but at it warms it turns very fuity. I liked Genesis 10:10 and while this isn’t as complex as that, it is a much easier to drink version. A nice beer and a great fruit beer. I alway thought the best fruit beers were ones where you could taste eaual parts fruit and beer and this is definitely that. Fruity malty flavor with a nice hoppy finish. Mostly well balanced, with a slight edge going to fruityness, but not overly sweet. If you take a big gulp it is very fruity. Definitely fruity, but you never forget you’re drinking a beer. Reminds my first and only experience with Celis Raspberry nearly 10 years ago.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium orangy amber with an average-sized, white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was light to moderate malt and moderate hops at first giving way to fruit (which was pomegranite I guess) as it warmed. The initial flavor was moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic and bitter, while the finish was moderately swee and bitter and lightly acidic with an average to long duration. The flavor was also a little spicey. The medium body was somewhat dry and slightly syrupy with lively carbonationa and a somewhat metallic finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Golden orange with a small white head. Toasty, slightly nutty malt aromatics with a ruddy earthen component. Grainy, somewhat carboardy malt up front. Some caramel then manifests, with tinges of vegetal character. Lingering stale caramel and ruddy malt in the finish, with some earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a light medium, somewhat dry.
probstblueribbon (3097) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Atlanta, served cold in a wine glass. MA01/07
App.: Medium-dark amber, clear with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Smells American; caramel, toffee and medium-roasted malts, some cherries, peaches and other stone fruits; I guess some pomegranate?
Palate: Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit astringent.
Flav.: Too much caramel, toffee and sweet malt; some cherries and fruit; some c-hops; finishes off-dry with moderate bitterness.
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle and served in my other NB worthy glass: Clear amber hue with ruby highlights topped by a faint frothy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of artefactual pomegranate fruit juice, massive phenolic activity, and some bready malts. Is my palate trashed from the DFH Fort or is this beer not that good either? Well, the flavor is quite cardboardy and the fruit flavor is very fake and does not play it forward as it should. Grassy and herbal bitterness dominates the flavor flav profile. The mouth feel is sprite and lively but thin as well with a bone dry balsa wood finish.
I normally like the Hebrew line of brews more than the average ratebeerian, but this brew is actually rated too high. I normally like Pomegranate but here it is dominated by a cardboardy taste and feel that does not fit.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a clear orange with a creamy off-white head that leaves light lacing. The aroma finds orange slices at first then caramel, fruits, and light spices & milk chocolate come in as it warms. The flavor is hoppy with orange citrus (or maybe pomegranate if I new what the hell that was), cherries, and a malt background. Medium to full body with a creamy texture.
bhensonb (11661) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of fruit and malt. Must be pomegranate. Amber color with reddish hints - almost coppery. The vanished head was white. Starts carbonated, a bit tart, fruit flavor, followed by malt. Body is a bit thin.Then the mouth is mixed with fruit, tartness and malty sweetness. A bit malty. A bit carbonated. Not betting much bitter. Very interesting fruit ale.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am shocked by the low ratings on this beer. it had a nice red brown appearance with a strong alcoholic malty nose. the flavor was complex with strong warmth of alcohol with the fruit flavor providing a nice balance at the end. pretty good
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oy! I knew this one was going to be bad. Very acidic, artificial fruit flavours present throughout. Harsh bitterness, bit of a cloying character and some type of hop in here, but that fake fruit flavour is just too much for me to handle. Thin body and a finish that can’t end soon enough.
Arayaga2 (1818) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden honey colored with thin white head. Aroma is a bit sweet and grassy. Taste is thin and slightly bitter with a crackery finish. $5/22oz
jgb9348 (4889) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Amber coloured/orange body with a very thin white head. Aroma of rye, fruits, cherries, hops, pomme (of course from knowing it) and raisins. Medium-bodied; Rye flavours up front with alcohol and raisins noticeable. A strong and very gross flavour throughout. Overall, not such a great beer - good for Jewish people if they have to drink it, but othewise - not worth drinking. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 18-May-2007.