Pomona Queen - Dale Bros. Brewery

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 51
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dale Bros. Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 07-19-2008

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 51
Reviews by BeerEngineer:
Photo of BeerEngineer
2.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

General - This beer was from a bottle that poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. 22 Oz bottle with a bottled on date of March 19, 2013.

Appearance - Good amber color fitting to the style. Thick white head upon pouring but it diminishes VERY quickly. No lacing on this beer at all. Kind of disappointing.

Smell - A light smell of toffee but there is some sort of fruit smell underneath it all. Almost like a plum or apricot. No hop bitterness included in the aroma of this beer, smells sweet but more like a sugar, not a malty scent.

Taste - There is a bitter taste to this, it almost tastes like it is lightstruck. Really disappointing actually. I expected a much better amber beer, this isn't good. I'm wondering if the storage of this beer was wrong, I don't expect the brewery to be having issues with sanitation but if this was from a homebrew I would be concerned about sanitation in their process. Maybe some people like this flavor, I just don't enjoy it at all. I guess that this taste could be caused by the California Common style, but most that I have had aren't this... bad.

Mouthfeel - A little thin on the mouth feel, also it is pretty dry. It's interesting with the lager yeast in an ale. I think that contributes to the dry mouthfeel.

Overall - I'm normally a big fan of amber ales but in this instance, I'm not excited about it. This is their flagship beer, the one that everyone in the area knows about. I am no more than 10 minutes from this brewery and have yet to go to it. I am hoping that this is a bad batch and not the standard. I really want to give this another try directly from the brewery, hopefully it will be different. (1,670 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee and earthy hops. The flavor is toffee, earth and some citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing special here, but nothing too offensive either. (282 characters)

Photo of BankerNes
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of tallcansintheair
4.25/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

had it on tap locally. great beer. (34 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of CRoBB21
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of jmccraney
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of MiScusi
2.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pacific Wine Cellar in Upland, CA.

A- pours a pretty clear light golden color. Not much head from the pour, though some can be regenerated.

S- Smells somewhat reminiscent of the macro lagers with a bit of adjuncty type sweetness.

T- Not sure if their base was pilsner malt or if they used a lot of corn in this or what but it comes off very lagerish with a fairly generous amount of crystal malt giving it a good backing of sweetness as well.

M- light and fizzy. A little less in body than anchor steam to compare to the same style, but not horrible.

D- Would have enjoyed just a touch more hops in this, didn't find them anywhere. Kinda felt unbalanced towards adjuncts like a macro lager or something with caramel malt added. (744 characters)

Photo of Rwang
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of GRG1313
2.58/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely clear amber with a short and short lasting white head.

Nose is pleasant "floral yeast" and hints of fruit, a light perfume character.

Mouthfeel is thin and without character.

Flavors are weak, thin and uneventful. A bit of yeast, some light malt and some light bitter. Well balanced but without anything "special." Weak, unflavorful finish with no character or identifying trait.

An uneventful drink. No reason to try again. (446 characters)

Photo of CEDAMA
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of koakley
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Alatorre
3.56/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Zorro
2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear amber colored lager per the name, next to no head formation though.

The smell is sweet and buttery with a slight apple aroma. Decent malt but next to no hop aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and malty with a butter flavor and a bit of astringent grain husk flavor. Mild bitterness but the butter is bugging me. Doesn't really taste like a lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not that great, this is almost a drain pour for me, would market better as a British Pale Ale. (467 characters)

Photo of sharkdigital
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of 31Sam13
3.75/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a bitter, dry beer that has nothing in common with other beers of the style. Get the pun. It is drinkable but not great and is kind of expensive. (153 characters)

Photo of izambler
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of jdhilt
2.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Almost clear amber color. Nose has hints of light piney hops. Flavor is mildly hoppy, indistinct. Dry piney finish. $4.49 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA. (275 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a white head. Strong yeast aroma with some bready malt and a pronounced graininess. A little bit of grass and floral hop aroma. The flavor is sort of bland. It’s just sort of sweet with a little bit of malt flavor. It’s mostly just grainy and bland. (279 characters)

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.01/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

206th review on BA
tap to pint @ Vince's Spaghetti in Pomona, CA

App- A nice coppery color in the glass with a 1/2 in head. The waitress knew how to pour a pint.

Smell- Not too much here. Some small hops and some light malt.

Taste- A nice malt with a touch of spice I guess. I know its a steam beer and I have only had two of them so the flavor profile is a bit off to me.

Mouth- A bit light on the feel with a medium kind of heavy carb level. A bit thick.

Drink- 2nd time ive had this beer. 1st time on draft. Wasn't too bad, wasn't too good. Just a nice run of the mill beer. (582 characters)

Photo of Jnila93
3.89/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall good flavor with smooth feel. (37 characters)

Photo of vurt
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle purchased at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA, into a 16 oz. tumbler. The crown cap under the wine bottle foil cap (a quirk of Dale Bros. bottles) bears the handwritten number 627.

Appearance:
Dale Bros. Pomona Queen California Amber Lager is an attractive, bright gold-amber color that is perfectly clear. The beer doesn't form much of a head, even with a vigorous pour. Swirling the glass leaves lacing on the glass which is good looking but short-lived.

Smell:
The smell is a let-down, after such a good start. This is the 3rd beer I've had from Dale Bros. which has far too much butter (diacetyl) in the nose. I understand that small amounts are desirable in certain styles, but this much butter in the aroma is not a feature, it's a bug. Working around that, I get a burst of crisp lager smell, some clean and sweet malt, and a bit of red apple peel. As the beer warms slightly, it reveals a note of cooked oatmeal. Rather odd.

Taste:
Similar to the smell, in that the buttery character makes it hard to get an handle on anything else. There's a moderate malty sweetness up front, and a grainy finish with a light tea-like hoppy astringency at the end. In between is just too much butter.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and unpleasantly slick. Carbonation is too low as well.

Drinkability:
Maybe I'm just too sensitive to diacetyl, but in this beer it adversely affects the smell, taste, and mouthfeel. I only made it through half the bottle, and that still felt like several sips too many. If I saw it on tap somewhere I'd probably try to talk the bartender into giving me a sample, just to compare it to the bottle. But if I had to make a decision based on this bottle, I wouldn't try it again, nor could I recommend it. (1,754 characters)

Photo of 24garcia
5/5  rDev +76.1%

Photo of kizzram
2.5/5  rDev -12%

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Pomona Queen from Dale Bros. Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.