Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The name “Larry’s Latest” is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry started in 1985 and continues within the brewery to this day. Our latest Tart Fruit Ale is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest, resulting in a tart blend of tropical, citrus flavors and aromas.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
15
Ratings:
56
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Mitchster
1.63/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

OG=1.051, 5.0% ABV, $1.69 for a 16oz can at Toms. "Our latest Tart Fruit Ale is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest, resulting in a tart blend of tropical, citrus flavors and aromas."
Pours out to very turbid medium yellow (like the worst urinary tract infection you could think of) , forming a rocky white head with very good retention and lacing. The nose is quite funky. I can pick out the lime and the passionfruit, and there is something funky going on here too, I'm guessing a kettle sour with lacto. Carbonation is moderate brisk, ~2.75 carbs or so. The mouthfeel is very acidic, sharp, more acidic than grapefruit and orange juice, not quite as tart as lime or lemon juice. I'm guessing a ph of 1.9-2.0. Finished very dry. The taste...yup, kettle sour with lacto, and a terrible stab at it... a recap of the nose... lime, I suspect wheat, and then more lime in the finish. No perceptible bitterness.

I don't care for this at all. It is way too acidic, tart, instant GERD/heartburn. Near undrinkable. Not enough residual sugars to balance it out. 10 years ago, this beer would have been recalled due to lacto infection. Now it's called innovative. I think it sucks. They could really learn something from New Glarus who knows how to do this well.
Drain Pour.
Not recommended at all. One of the very worst beers I've had in a very long time.

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Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hefsbeercaps
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maillard
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fizzer
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very sour, not much sweetness. It’s so tart, a lot different than most beers I’ve had. It would be great to have one of these on a hot summer.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Brickwood on 02/15/19.

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Photo of peabody
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of detpizzaboi
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful yellow/orange/mango color, minimal head, recedes quickly. Really nice lime zest pucker, nice passionfruit flavor coming through, nice and tart but not overpowering. Really nice mild carbonation, get a nice little bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Great value, this should be a summer crusher for sure.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaveWaterDrinkBeers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC; $1.89) with a 16 January 2019 bottling date stamp on the back.
Pours cloudy, pale yellow-golden with a moderate size but long-lived white head.
Aroma: fruity!! with notes of passionfruit and hints of pineapple and lemon.
Flavor: strong yet just moderately tart for style. Loads of tropical fruit flavor. Some lime notes come out in the finish and aftertaste.
Overall: Very flavorful. Kind of like a concentrated fruit nectar but with a lighter body.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The curiosity of newness is too great to ignore. That's why Bell's Brewery established a flirtation with the nouveau sour ales that have infiltrated the market in recent years. Larry's latest folly is the flamingo.

Turbidly hazy with a matte appearance of yellow pastel on the glass, a frothy buildup lies still shortly after. An impressive passionfruit display awakens the senses with an extreme perfume of the tropics. Citrus, herbal and cidery character builds as the first sip explodes like pop rocks with that fresh squeezed passionfruit promise. Sweet with pastry and cobbler, the slightly honey and fructose maltiness hardly stands up the the fruit.

As the exotic and tangy ale stews on the middle palate, the passionfruit pulls back the curtain of flavor slightly to reveal the ale's underpinnings of green apple, lemon, lime, gooseberry and white wine. Although a light spice and peppy acidity persists, its ultimately the passionfruit flavors and all its apricot, peach, lemon and melon character that keeps firm control over the session. Only a hint of pectin bite shows a spicy balance to assist the brisk acidity that breaks up the malt structures and the light doughy feel.

Medium bodied and somewhat full for sour ale, Flamingo Fruit Fight keeps the roundness of lemon cake while those cider and white wine notions bringing a racy dryness and welcomed acidity to give the ale a high sense of drinkability and refreshment that's perfect for warm weather or at least the daydreams thereof.

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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of C_Adams
2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssimpson89
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thick, creamy, yellowish head, opaque, gold-yellow appearance, and heavy glass lacing are seen. The aroma is of yeasty, Irish soda bread, and the flavor is of tart soda bread, fruit, and acid. Mouthfeel is full, but medium, and Larry's Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight finishes mostly dry. This is an odd item.

RJT

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Photo of Danielr26
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerjin
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SB2017
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's back! I always look forward to any "Larry's latest" these days, and this beer proves to me that this is a sure bet for a good drink. EXTREMELY fruity on this one, good notes of lemon and bubblegum with the passionfruit and just enough funk to mellow it all out. An explosion of bright sweetness with satisfying texture.

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Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 56 ratings