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Pom Cherry Bomb | High Water Brewing

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Brewed by:
High Water Brewing
California, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DaveHS on 07-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber with almost no head. The nose has a distinct peanut butter aroma that's vaguely reminiscent of the fruits mentioned in the beer's title. The taste doesn't offer much improvement with a slightly fruity, malty, and once again peanut buttery base, followed by an overly sweet, vaguely pomegranate-like aftertaste. Moithfeel, a mess of whack flavors...nuff said. I disapprove of this beer as it was a complete chore to finish.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SuqMadique
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this one to help it get its score.

Pours a clear orange amber with a super short and quickly vanishing white head.

Nose is fresh tangerines with a light/tart cherry undertone (I think you actually find cherries because you're looking for them - more orangie/tangerine character than cherry). There is a pomegranate tone in the nose, as well. But, a nice assertive fresh citric sweet nose.

Mouthfeel is actually very fresh, citric and lightly puckery sour with a nice pomegranite sour/tart character. Not sour in the traditional sense but a nice tartness.

Flavors are subtle and mild. Light tones of pomegranate, orange and cherry. Nothing too assertive but a nice fresh flavor profile and very drinkable. Pleasant and a decent effort. Likely to go well with lots of food profiles, as well.

Finish is a light, fresh tart lemon/orange tone. Mild and clean.

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Photo of nataku00
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a reddish orange, hazy, with a finger of tight foamy white head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar of foam with no lacing. Plenty of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is pomegranate, with a good amount of the Belgian yeast giving it a bit spiciness and fruity esters. Biscuit malt sweetness and a bit of cherry cough syrup that detracts from it.

Taking a sip, bit of tartness from the fruit juices, light pomegranate, but also that bothersome cherry cough syrup like flavor. There's a good golden ale in there though, good clove and pepper spicing with additional fruity esters, biscuit malt sweetness, and grains.

Light bodied and a good amount of soft fine carbonation makes this very refreshing when combined with the light tartness. Alcohol was well hidden and is very easy to drink. Nice summer seasonal that should go very well when served with food.

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Photo of jpajpajeff
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazy rusty orange/red grapefruit color with an inch of fluffy off white head, comprised of tight, tiny bubbles. Slowly recedes, leaving attractive, soapy rings of lace.

S-Estery, slightly spicy Belgian yeast, cherries, tannic fruit dryness, barnyard funk.

T/M-This is a golden ale first and foremost. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a chewy mouth feel. The fruit plays a supporting role. Tart cherry and pomegranite flavors lurk in the periphery of this beer, providing a pleasant tart bite that seems to present itself every third sip or so. The back end is tart and a bit dry. Leaves you wanting more.

O-In the hands of a less capable brewer, this could have been a disaster. I think High Water nailed this one. A great hot weather beer that manages both complexity and accessibility.

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Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head - extraordinarily thin, without any cream at all, and of horrible (~four second) retention. Colour is a semitransparent orange-copper. This don't bode well.

Sm: Smells of artificial fruit. I get cherry and pomegranate when I look for them. Sugary. It seems watery. A mild strength aroma, and not an appealing one. This is shaping up to be quite a poor beer.

T: Artificial fruit syrup with a heavy watery quality. Fruit juice. I guess it's cherry, but the pomegranate is more timid. Pretty badly built all around. The water ruins the balance. No alcohol or yeast comes through. No complexity, subtlety, or layering.

Mf: Too wet, too thin, and too light. Just plain weak. Smooth. Undercarbonated. Watery. Suits the flavour profile poorly.

Dr: "Specialty ale" me arse. This is a major disappointment from High Water. Poorly brewed all around. It does hide its ABV well, and might be a decent transitional beer to get young women into beer. It's hard to drink on account of its lackluster flavour. It hardly comes off as a beer. In that respect, it reminds me of Great Divide's raspberry beer.


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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is orange gold, very clear. Easy to pour a half inch head on this, which appears white and thick. Moderately quickly recedes to a ring, with motile lacing that descends back into the brew.

At first it smells a little green vegetal, and faintly of fruit juice. There is some spiciness, but it isn't all that inviting, borderline medicinal/band-aid.

Tastes like a Belgian golden, with a nice yeasty snap to it. I am tasting more tart apple upfront, and the pomegranate/cherry flavor emerges more in the back palate. Finishes dry and a little tannic. It is pretty light tasting, and the fruit supports the malt without overpowering it.

Body is light and the carbonation is quite fizzy, giving this a champagne-like mouthfeel. To prove the point (to myself), I next poured this into a champagne flute and was amazed at how champagne-like this beer presents itself. Quite a nice production of fizzy bubbles just like a decent champagne.

Overall, a Belgian golden that is light and accessible. I encourage you to serve this one moderately cold and in a champagne flute, it really improves its presentation and highlights its best features. A good choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No date. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Head is shy of a finger and settles to dense ring. Bits of lacing.

Aroma of stone fruit, cherry juice, pomegranate, and funky yeast. Back of the bottle is not lying.

Flavor starts out mildly tart and then blossoms into a more assertive sourness. Not at all overpowering though. Funky Belgian yeast notes come along for the ride. I almost want to say I taste a bit of chocolate in the flavor, but that might be because this beer reminds me of Dogfish's Theobroma. Not sure why, but it may be the yeast and some present sweetness. Finish is mildly dry and crisp.

Body is light and carbonation is on the high end of medium. Considering the flavor, this has a cherry soda feel to it.

I like this beer. I wish it was summer and I was enjoying it then.

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Photo of illidurit
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours a coppery gold color with a small white head. Aroma is pretty faint, some overripe fruits and bread but not much else. Flavor is a muddled variety of fruits and grains, the most forward note being mushy old cherries, tart but mealy and unsatisfying. I get a little whisper of pomegranate but a cranberry note is clearer. There's some cola and bready malt character too. Fizzy thin palate, overly tart and sweet. Does not come together well.

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Photo of shoegueuze
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Ratman197
4.52/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

omber poured a clear pinkish amber with a small lingeing off white head. Aroima ofsour cherry, pmegranate, 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.

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Photo of OMsweetOM
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of tizride
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a hazy orange-red color with a purple tint to it and a finger of frothy white head. The head faded down at a normal pace leaving behind some spots of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of pomegranate and cherry esters and some Belgian yeasts and sweet malts as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet pomegranate and cherry flavors. This if followed very closely by some sweet malts that balance nicely. Through the middle, the yeasts flavors kick in and everything seems to strike a really nice balance. The finish is a nice balance of Belgian elements and a touch of tartness as the fruit flavors fade.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. The beer feels smooth with a nice level of tartness.

D - Very drinkable. The fruit flavors taste fresh and not overly sweet and candied. The balance of the fruit flavors is really nice throughout the beer.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1/5  rDev -70.5%

Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep amber, with a fair amount of dense white head. Most of the head disappears pretty fast, but a thick ring retains around the edge of the glass and leaves solid walls of lacing.

S: Light fruity sweetness; cherry and pomegranate are detectable if I look for them. There's also a kind of caramel syrupy background.

T: Nicely balanced blend of tartness and sweetness up front. There's a little fruit but it's really just a hint. The finish is lightly tart and somewhat dry.

M: Medium body, medium but prickly carbonation.

Overall this is pretty enjoyable. The tartness and fruitiness are not overdone, and the beer itself is well made.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of flannelman808
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright clear amber rose colored brew with a thin eggshell white head. Poor retention and ok lacing.

S: Very fruity, ripe cherry and pomegranate and maybe some brown sugar.

T: Tart pomegranate starts off right away and fades into a foamy sea of sweet cherry and dark fruit. Malty finish with sweet flavors but bright carbonation helps to make it just off dry.

M: Foamy

O: This is better than I expected it to be and has some nice tart flavors to it. However they are short lived as this beer finishes up pretty quick. At 9 bucks a bomber, I'm not sure its a great deal as well.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium amber with a big foamy white head, very good retention and lace.

S: Initially a lot of cherry, gets earthy as it warms with some dead leaves which is never fun.

T: Pomegranate and cranberry type flavours. The cherry is hard to find. Very light hoppiness and a hint of orange ester.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation, creamy. Light fruity aftertaste.

O: I love Montmorency cherries so I had to try this. Too bad they're not the focal point of this beer. Not a terrible fruit beer, not terribly artificial, but not that great either, especially at the price point.

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Photo of popery
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Pom Cherry Bomb from High Water Brewing
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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