Founders Paisley Park Pomegranate - Founders Brewing Company
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: approx 40 degrees
Had at Founder's on 4-22-2009
First, to echo the review before mine, this is mis-labeled/mis-entered as a 7%ABV brew. The taplist board had a question mark listed for the ABV. I had to look at the mark a couple of times before I realized it was a question mark, though. At first, I also thought it said 7%.
Based on the flavor, I'd guess that it's in the 4%-5% range.
As this is a nitro tap, when the bartender turned around and set my glass in front of me, it was mind-boggling. It looked like he'd set down a pint glass filled with pink cotton candy. I quickly realized it was all foam. After about three minutes, it settles to a wonderful cranberry juice colored, sparkling clear liquid. A very small head remains on top. Lacing is pretty darn good.
The smell is what you'd hope for. It's packed with pomegranate. Lots of tart notes and a hint of sweetness. It smells 'red'. I detect minor notes of hops.
The taste was quite surprising, actually. It's very balanced. I was expecting something more akin to a sour. There's a good presence of tartness, but also a nice sweetness to give it some balance. Very fruity and tasty. A slight hops bite of dryness in the finish.
Solid medium body. The nitro helps make this one nice and creamy smooth. Very much like Cool Whip on a silk pillow. Mmmm.
While this is certainly drinkable, I don't do the 'fruit' beers very often as a general rule. With that in mind, I do enjoy it, but wouldn't go out of my way for it though.
05-03-2009 04:24:29 | More by coldmeat23
4.9/5 rDev +26%
First, the prior review claims this beer is 7%, however, it is nitro-tap only; thus, founder's posted a "?" for Pomegranate's ABV, as they cannot test the final gravity for a nitro.
Second, this is a nitro beer, so when it pours, it is about 90% head at first, which slowly melts away to a pink pour with about an inch of head.
The head on this beer is incredibly creamy and tastes like raspberry whipped cream. In my opinion, the head is the best tasting part of this beer, it is phenomenal.
The prior reviewer is correct in saying this beer tastes nowhere near 7%, however, the true abv is unknown due to the nitro. There is no bite to this beer, but it isn't overwhelmingly sweet like most fruit beers. It is in the perfect middle-ground, and I recommend getting a pint of it mixed with the Breakfast Stout.
05-01-2009 12:56:13 | More by jefferyc
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
On nitro-tap at the Founders Brewing Company on 4/23/09. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a deep, clear cranberry color with a finger of tight pinkish white head that barely budges, just absolutely lathering the sides of the glass with lacing. The aroma is just as advertised, fruity pomegranate with a bit of floral hops and sweetness behind it. Not overly assertive but still pleasant and rich in the nose.
The taste is similar but a little more forceful this time. Tart pomegranate juice takes center stage, but there is also a nice candied sweetness behind it and a touch of bitterness in the back that gives the profile some extra presence. Finishes lightly tart and sweet. Nice. The mouthfeel overall feels medium bodied but there is smooth and silky nature to this from the nitro that just moves this effortlessly across the palate. Very nice drinkability here.
Founders has a history of producing great tasting fruit beers and this one continues the trend. The use of the pomegranates in this imparted a crisp tartness and serving it on nitro just kicked the quaffable nature of this into a new gear. Plus it's name is a tribute to Prince. Hey, maybe if Rübæus ever comes back, they can rename it Raspberry Beret!
04-29-2009 16:45:50 | More by Kegatron
Founders Paisley Park Pomegranate from Founders Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.