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

Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit FightLarry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #29
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Ranked #11,250
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
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Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit FightLarry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight
Notes: 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.
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours cloudy gold with modest head. The lacing is limited but persistent.

Aromas of mango, lemon, lime, grapefruit, passionfruit, winter apple, white grape, white pepper, pear and white wine vinegar.

Acidity is the first note to hit the tongue, but sweet apple and pear notes kissed with honey and graham round out the mid-palate, joint by fainter hints of honeydew and white peach. White grape, white wine, and pepper notes close the flavors at the finish.

The brew is certainly medium bodied yet doesn't seem even that full. Lively, acidic, and drying.

A nice tasty tart brew.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, May 09, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice and tart beer. Not usually my style but this one hit the spot. 4/13/20 packaged date printed on can. Pours a slightly darker pink-orange color with a little film of white head and very scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells of ripe tart fruit, raspberry and passion fruit and lime, a little vanilla and faint floral hops. Taste follows the nose, a little puckering sourness but great flavors and balance. Very crisp and refreshing. Smooth mild mouthfeel with great carbonation. I could definitely drink lots of these.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, May 03, 2020
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3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, packaged 1/14/19. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a small creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet tropical fruit with some floral malt.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit and wheat malt with a tart sour finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice light fruity sour.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Oct 23, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: so hazy, you can’t see your hand wrapped around the other side of the glass. Beautiful orange/tan situation. Vigorous pour into a pint glass yields a murky, delicious appearance where not much carbonation is visible... Thin and tall head quickly dissipates. Next to no lacing. Nice little chunks of tan sediment fall quickly to the bottom. Not a huge fan of the label, but that’s secondary.

S: delicious. Grapefruit, hops, porridge.

T: even better. The passion fruit comes through more than the lime in taste and is just really remarkable, I love the taste of this and taste, to me, is more important than any other component. Still tastes like beer, but just generally speaking. Almost like a fruity amber ale. The lime hits on the aftertaste.

F: wonderfully tart! Not super carbonated, thicker than average but highly drinkable. Not crushable, but drinkable beyond my expectations from first sip.

O: I dig this stuff so hard. Wonderful job by Bell’s. Almost has a Framboise thing going for it, of which I am a huge fan. Will definitely be a repeat buy for me.

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yesterday, I beCAN drinking tart, fruited CANned beers in support of The CANQuest (tm), but then I got briefly sidetracked onto some CANadian CANned beers & now, I am back in the mood for some tart, fruited beers! Why? Because it is so stinkin' HOT, that's why! I am still recovering from my surgery & my R-side is the last bit to heal. As such, I have taken to wearing a bathrobe & taking things as easy as possible, but the heat & humidity are not helping.

First, from the Bottle: "Tart Fruit Ale Brewed with Passionfruit and Lime"; "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 beer started when two flamingos walked into a bar …"

I began by doing some in-Bottle agitation since some lees were visible on the punt. I then allowed it to settle, briefly, before Pop!ping the cap & giving it a hard, steady C-Line pour. This worked out well on several levels. First, it raised just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, tawny head with low retention. Second, it ensured that there was precisely NOTHING remaining on the kick/punt. Color was a muddy, cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was upfront with its passionfruit & lime adjuncts! Man, this really smelled good. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was tart, as advertised, but more a product of the lime than the passionfruit. It opened with a light sweetness from the passionfruit before the pucker factor kicked in with the lime really causing my lips to purse. Believe it or not, this was almost exactly what I was looking for! It caused me to sweat in all-new and different ways & was highly refreshing & thirst-quenching at the same time. Plus, I had a glass of cold water at the ready, as I always do when drinking Tart & Sour beers. I really did not need it with this one, but better have & not need than to need & not have. Finish was tart, dry, thirst-quenching & very fruity. CAN I get another one in?

It's time for an increasingly rare Bottle/CAN side-by-side! When I beCAN advocating for craft beer in CANs, I was roundly laughed at & vilified, but now, it is tough to find bottled beers. Wow! Naturally, I also have a CAN of this one for The CANQuest (tm) & no better time than the present.

From the CAN: "Tart Fruit Ale Brewed with Passionfruit and Lime"; "Our latest beer started when two flamingos walked into a bar. You wouldn't believe what happened next ..."

I believe in doing things as closely as possible so I did some in-CAN agitation before anything else ocCANurred. The Crack! of the vent was nice & loud & I beCAN a steady C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass while CANtinuing to agitate the CANtents as I poured. I was rewarded with just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with modest retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was a cloudy, muddy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose seemed to have a pronounced lime presence as CANpared to the bottled version. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was REALLY tart, opening with a blast of lime followed by the passionfruit, getting my attention & causing my lips to involuntarily purse! Phew! I actually reached for my glass of cold water with this iteration. I did not want to lose focus on my focus on this steamy, sweltering evening & so I CANsidered whether it was refreshing & thirst-quenching. The answer was a resounding "YES!" Man, I was sweating from its tartness, but that was the desired effect. Finish was tart, dry & highly refreshing.

I have to say, the CANned version was the more tart of the two. I was looking for tart refreshment so I gotta give the nod to CAN in this head-to-head CANpeition. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jul 18, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Brewery, Inc. "Larry's Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG 01/21/2019" and sampled on 07/02/2019

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what are the fruits? Passion fruit and lime. OK, let's see, it's poured a very hazy yellow-orange body beneath a creamy head of off-white. Looking into the bottom of the empty bottle there's a lot of sediment left behind. The aroma is quite nice. I wasn't expecting to get nearly as much passion fruit out of it. there's some lime as well, but the passion fruit edges it out. It's almost peachy and earthy. On to the flavor.... whoah! there's some sourness to it. You wouldn't expect that given the aroma, you'd think it would be sweet. It all pulls together though and I'm getting some nice lime out of it as well. Impressive. The malt is just a base for the rest of the beer. It's not that bitter but the acidity balances it and it finishes dry, acidic, and fruity. The passion fruit lingers. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp with both carbonation and acidity leading to a bite on the tongue. I wasn't expecting much of this but I'm impressed. I'll still relegate it to being a summer beer, but it'd be damned nice on a hot day in the sun.

Review #6,609

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jul 02, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours slightly cloudy, bright yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big passionfruit, lime, and sour mix. Sour, high carbonation, and light bodied. One of the most passionfruit forward beers I have ever had. Delicious, fruity, but still plenty of beer taste. Could have quite a few.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Jun 27, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1+ finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice rings of lace;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is balanced between funk, lime, and passionfruit;

T: passionfruit with a hint of funk from atart to finish; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: refreshing;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Jun 23, 2019
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3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored with a hazy complexion. Just a trace of off white about the size of a quarter on top. Strong aroma of lime and passion fruit. I’m tasting lime and passion fruit. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and crisp.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, May 26, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 20 oz nonic pint.

Hazy orange with 1-finger nearly white foamy head with below average retention and a line of lacing.

Sour aroma off the top but followed up with lemon-lime, grapefruit, and mai-tai cocktail aromas

Flavor is solid with a lot of lime and nondescript tropical fruitiness. Low bitterness and sourness is an accent more than anything else.

Feel is medium-dry with too low carbonation that should be raised by about 50%.,

Enjoyed it when hot after a long day of brewing but wish it had more body and less carbonation.

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argock from Virginia, May 21, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the back label on the bottle: "PKG 01/14/2019 PRN 24000"

Appearance: The body is very cloudy where only shadows can be seen through it. The beer is a dull gold color and it has a short white head.

Aroma: There is an aroma of peach, mango, and tangerine.

Taste: It tastes like peach and mango juice with a bit of biscuit flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: It opens with a light tartness to the beer that is just enough to wake up the palate. The beer is very refreshing.

Overall: It tastes like fruit juice and it is very bright and refreshing. This would be the perfect beer to take on a picnic or enjoy poolside during hot weather. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

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teromous from Virginia, May 18, 2019
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3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sour, some tropical fruit. Taste is sour, passion fruit, lime, tart and dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it ain't bad, but it's not really my thing.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Apr 20, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a smallish head. The aroma is bright and funky with loads of guava and passion fruit, as well as melon rind, and parseman cheese. The flavor is sweet and sour right up front, with tart guava and passion fruit, as well as lemon, and underripe white grape. The mouthfeel is very light and bright with plenty of fizzing bright carbonation. Overall this is a really tastty little sour, with some flavors I find very appealing.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Apr 18, 2019
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3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight brewed by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, with an ABV of 5.00% This Fruit and Field Beer pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The color of this brew is a Hazy golden amber color with a nice white head. This is definitely a unfiltered brew, you can not see out of this brew. Not saying that is a bad thing. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is sweet and sour. You do pick a lot of lime notes mixed with a mild sweetness from the passion fruit. There is also a nice amount of grains and malts in the smell as well. Now for the taste, it is that, really that mixed with passion fruit an lime. If you are a fan of sour/tart brews you should look this one up. However if not I do not recommend you try this one. The body of the Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight is a solid medium. There is a lot of sourness to this brew. The mouth feel is Sour, Tart, Bold, Rich, And Refreshing. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day. Overall I'm going to give this brew a 3 out of 5. I would like to try this brew again giving the opportunity to.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow-orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Passionfruit and tropical notes up front along with some lighter lime zest and citrus. Moderate tartness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the tartness and passionfruit and then picks up more tropical fruitiness and lime zest. Light sweetness helps to balance the tartness. Finishes with lingering passionfruit and fruit notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid tart fruit ale that is super easy to drink. Definitely a good summer brew

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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice pour at Bru, then a sweet 12 pack box.

A - Super hazy orange body, bright orange body, with a thin white head. Looks like a NE IPA.

S - The nose is rich fruit, tropical passionfruit and light citrus, quiet malt and funk.

T - Lush flavor is absolutely fabulous. Full of fruit, tropical and citrus, delicious and bright.

M - A bit heavy but silky. Sharp feel on the finish.

O - A beer with such a great juicy hit. Superb.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Apr 06, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L — Looks like a straight up NEIPA. Some retention and minimal lacing
S — Passionfruit, orange sorbet, lime, guava, lemon candy
T — Like with the aromas, passionfruit dominates here. Nice mild tartness from the lime and the kettle souring. Little bit of gose-like salinity too. Honestly very nice
F — Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Very easy drinking and refreshing. This would make a great summer brew
O — Possibly my favorite Bell’s offering along with Black Note

86/100

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Holderness from Massachusetts, Apr 04, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 1/10/19; drank 3/30/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge white head; frothy lace.

Lime, passionfruit & faint wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Lime & dry passionfruit flavors up front; mild wheat notes on the finish.

Tart, but drinkable; probably better in the summer, but nothing to turn your nose up at.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 31, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cane date: 1/29/19

Look: Hazy, murky golden brown. Two fingers of off white head. Tightly packed bubbles along the side. Medium sized soapy bubbles on top.

Smell: Zested lime, sea salt, tart, sweet tropical fruit. Passion fruit, kiwi, guava, pineapple, peach. The tartness blends well with the sweet fruity qualities, well the saltiness adds a savory mouth watering effect to the senses.The addition of passionfruit and lime are very noticeable on the nose. There’s a touch of skunky, mustiness that I’m picking up on as well. This really doesn’t deter from how pleasant this smells. Overall on the nose this beer smells great and has me really salivating over my first sip.

Taste: So upfront I’m picking up the tart qualities of this beer, with this tart lime juice note taking the lead. Along with that comes light sweet notes of tropical fruit. The tropical fruit notes become more pronounced as the beer washes across the middle of the tongue and become easier to individually identify. Transition into the middle of the tongue where I’m picking up on notes of passion fruit, guava, pineapple, kiwi, and peach. The downside is the tropical fruit flavor in the mid palette quickly fades to black and only sticks around long enough to capture a quick glimpse. As the tropical fruits finish there drive by my tongue is greeted by a dry cereal graininess and light skunky notes. This bridges the flavor and leads me to the finish. The finish is rather refreshing and light. There’s a saltiness that cleanses the palette well a mild tartness sticks to the sides of my tongue and makes me want to keep drinking the beer.

Feel: Light to medium body. A little bit on the watered down side. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. A great summer time session-able beer option. I could easily drink a 6 pack of this on a summer day or night.

Overall: I’m happy with this offering from Bells. For being such a mass produced beer, they do a pretty good job on this one. The beer isn’t going to knock your socks off and make you say wow or anything like that. Overall though I think bells captured what they were going for with this beer, that being a cheap go to summer beer option. I know this can won’t be my last, especially with the summer months ahead.

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Masonz223 from Michigan, Mar 12, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The lime is certainly present on the palate and is perhaps just a tad piquant, but I enjoyed it. There is a musty yeast flavor, however, that doesn’t quite mesh with those brighter notes.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Mar 10, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’m not a big fan of sours, but this is traveshamockery good. Looks like a glass of orange juice, and there are HUGE tropical fruit notes on the nose - it’s like a lemon lime slushy for grown ups. Simply outstanding.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Mar 10, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with the packaging date printed on the back label as well as a 6 month shelf life statement. Served in a Rastal Harmony glass.

Appearance: The one finger disappears almost instantly and leaves a lot of lacing in small patches. It's an extremely hazy, bright orange-gold color.

Smell: It has a strong, fruity, passion fruit scent with fresh lemons and lemon peel in the background.

Taste: It's fruity and quite sour. There's passion fruit, pineapple, lemon and orange with a hint of grains and malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, medium bodied and refreshing with low carbonation. It's a little bit cloying but it's not that noticeable.

Overall: It's tart, fruity and refreshing even though it has body and texture. It's simple enough to be very easy to drink but complex enough so as to not be boring.

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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico, Mar 03, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy bright orange slight brown tint with a 1/4 inch of froth that sticks around for a bit with nice lacing.
S - Semi sweet passion fruit and lime combination as advertised. Slight salt with the lime reminiscent of a Gose.
T - Taste is pretty good... at first but then the acidic flavor of the lime kicks in. Unlike a gose the body isn't as salty to counter and it just has a very acid taste. Some describing it as vomit are exaggerating a bit but its definitely more acidic than sour which is unpleasant.
M - Pretty good mouthfeel it can be slammed pretty quickly. Just not a great flavor profile.

Overall would love just the passion fruit flavor in this since it is quite real tasting not artificial but agree with others the flavor combination is unpleasant and not worth revisiting.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Mar 02, 2019
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3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - Minimal head if any at all, maybe 1/2 finger white head, no lacing left when the head disappated, light orangish look with slight haze.

S - Passionfruit undertone with an uninviting almost vomit like overtone.

T - Tart up front, with passion fruit underlying, a bit of salt off the bat as well.

F - Medium Light body, minimal carbonation.

O - For someone who loves tart beers I will not be returning to this one, it’s not an absolutely terrible beer, but some of the qualities of it are incredibly off putting. Would love to see Bell focus more of the Passionfruit in this and less or the tart, as the passionfruit is very hard to find when drinking!

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HopSessions from Illinois, Mar 01, 2019
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2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: ($1.59 at Trader Joe's):

The passionfruit/pina colada flavour profile doesn't play well with the tartness and bacterial acidity in my opinion. I even get a butyric acid-redolent vomity note that I'm none too keen on.

All the kids seem to want their beers tropical these days, and this delivers, but it's not an overall taste I'm fond of.

C / AVERAGE

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kojevergas from Colorado, Feb 27, 2019
Larry’s Latest Flamingo Fruit Fight from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 160 ratings