bhensonb (10736) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours hazy orange gold with a slight off-white head. Aroma of very lightly sour fruit. Med body. Flavor is underlying breadiness with some unexpectedly tart fruit juice. It seems to start cherry and finish pomegranate - though I’m not sure I would have known it was pomegranate without the label. There is certainly a Belgian yeast/spice aspect. The aftertaste is almost a wheaty non-fruit Belgian. Drinks better fast than sipping.
Ratman197 (9506) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a clear pinkish amber with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of sour cherry, pomegranate, straw and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a lightly tart finish. Flavors of pomegranate, sour cherry and straw with a crisp lightly tart lingering fruity finish.
BMan1113VR (7832) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a clear orange hued body with a small white head. Aromas are fruity, lightly nutty (almond), slightly tart, cherry skins and some light esters. Flavors are toasty, a bit nutty (in a victory malt sort of way which is a bit odd), lightly tart, fruity with cherry and something slightly tarter. Medium bubbles. Dry.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Reddish-amber beer with a cream colored head. Fruity aroma with malt. Tart pommegranate and cherry flavor with yeast and malt. Medium bodied. Tart pommegranatae and cherry lingers with some malt.
marcus (6339) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours cloudy copper with a thick off-white head and a fruit aroma. There is a nice cherry flavor over a modest caramel malt base with a slightly tart finish. Refreshing, but not outstanding.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 7/23/2011. This fruit beer pours a reddish pink color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, cheery and pomegranate. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, with some tart cheery flavors. The hops are slightly floral. Nice carbonation. A slightly tart fruit beer, the tartness is mostly at the finish. The fruit flavors are very natural tasting, not artificial in any way. Hides the alcohol well. Light and refreshing. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Krausenjockey. Nose is slightly funky tartness, cherries, and caramel with some background peppery spiciness. Clear orange with a big, lightly lacing, off white head. Flavor is lightly tart with funky hints, contasting with lightly sweet cherries and pomegranites.
nickd717 (3465) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber from K&L Redwood City. Pours a somewhat hazy golden-pinkish color with a one-finger white head that leaves a thick film and decent lacing. Very perfumy aroma with some cherry, pomegranate, and champagne. Flavor is spritzer-like and slightly medicinal with an average amount of fruit flavor, cherry mainly. Can’t say I’m a big fan. There is a good champagne note, Belgian yeast, and a pale malt base. Fairly fizzy on the mouthfeel with a bit of booziness. Not the biggest fan of this one overall.
DYCSoccer17 (3300) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The last 5oz of the keg was sampled at Ten22 in Sacramento. The aroma has some cereal hints with some obvious cherry and pomegranate notes. There is also a noticeable estery yeast character that imparts some dustiness in the aroma. Lightly vinous, too. Transparent orange body with a slight pink hue present. Small, bubbly, white head that has some pastel pink color. Starts a little tart with hints of cherries. Becomes more saison-like with dusty yeast flavors. Some cereal flavors follow. There is a little pomegranate after that. Finishes mildly tart. A nice, refreshing summer brew.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, purchased somewhere (Bottle Barn? Whole Foods? Perry’s? been everywhere lately). Pours a bright and clear, effervescent ruby-orange color (lots of bubbles here); fine-bubbled very light-pink head with solid retention and lacing. Subtle fruit contributions in the aroma, and the peppery and spicy Belgian yeast aromatics (with touches of vanilla) are charismatic enough that one might think this was all yeast offshoots if they didn’t know it was a fruit beer; fruit juice contributions give a quiet red fruitiness; dry and peppery and slightly rounder from the fruit; wouldn’t mind a bit more overt vanilla / tannins / or sweet, rounded fruitiness, but enjoyable and restrained as is. Medium bodied; medium-high or more carbonation; the fruit contributions are more apparent in the mouth, with a lightly tart, juicy pomegranate note that isn’t far off from a tart watermelon character to my palate; lesser hints of a rounded, pitty and pulpy cherry character playing out behind it; again, plenty of peppery and spicy clove yeastiness present here, cutting right through any sweetness, and overall this is nicely attenuated and strikes a balance between those dry yeast qualities and more rounded fruitiness than appears in the nose; overall this is a delicate, yeast-forward, enjoyable fruit beer that seems like it could serve as a nice framework for a bit more (whether that be brett or dry hopping to punch up the aroma, etc., or slightly more impactful cherry and vanilla notes). Medium-length finish of light red fruitiness, pepper, and a modest, dry toastiness.