Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Major Tom's Pomegranate WheatMajor Tom's Pomegranate Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Beaver13 on 03-16-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
449
Reviews:
228
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jtk21351
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of onlymurderers
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tylerstravis
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Metalsnota
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in bottle form a while back, and I may even have a bottle still buried in my backlog, but tonight belongs to The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Ameri[CAN]-style fruit wheat beer brewed with pomegranate and pink peppercorn for a hazy-golden hue, mild hop aroma and sweet, tart finish. Tried-and-true and cleared for landing."; "Family owned & operated since 2003"; "Pairs well with: Steamed Mussels, Lemon Meringue Pie"; "Ale brewed with pomegranate juice and spices".

Upon Crack!ing the CAN open, I immediately got some foaming through the vent. I am tiring of babysitting beers that CANnot behave in a CANstructive manner. I decided not to ChANce an inverted Glug & went with a gentle one, instead. I ended up with two fingers of puffy, fluffy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a cloudy (not hazy, own it!) Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like JuicyFruit chewing gum - very fruity, but too much of a mélange of aromas to discern one from another. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not outright watery, but definitely lacking in body. The taste was interesting, jumping from sweet to tart and back again, but it never established itself one way or the other. That said, it was perfect on a hot, humid summer evening. Finish was dry and refreshing and when combined with its old wetness coming out of my reefer, it was welcomed.

As it turned out, I was correct! There was, indeed, one hiding in the Bottle Backlog awaiting me. Today is Su, 11 Dec 2016 & I am divesting myself of these pesky bottles.

From the bottle: "Our most unique creation is the result of the tasteful infusion of pomegranate into one worthy wheat ale. The outcome is a refreshingly crisp, straw blonde brew that finishes sweet and tart - just the way we like it."

I really agitated the bottle before Pop!ping the cap, especially since it is a Wheat Beer of some stripe, not necessarily a Witbier. An aggro pour produced two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a tartness that I might have identified as cranberry had I not known that it was wheat and pomegranate. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was nicely tart, not overpowering, and while I still might not have been able to guess pomegranate, it was not cranberry, either. The wheat gave it a light dryness that made it refreshing. Finish was semi-dry and more suited for hot, humid summer weather. So be it.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LennyBound
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bear1964
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Azeotrope
3.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhillyNole
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tlema1
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: cloudy Amber, with a thick lacing head
S: fruity, with a yeastiness
T: starts out like a decent here, but falls off from there, the fruit is almost artificial and there is a slight tang
F: awful aftertaste
O: I was hoping for more out of this beer, and I'm disappointed

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Photo of elglueckert
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of basaywhat
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. The brew was a crisp, light straw color with a slight haze to it. Like most flavored beers, the pomegranate was fairly light, but surprisingly pleasant. Could see myself drinking this on a very hot day, very refreshing.

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Photo of DSWeller
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pacioli1445
2.37/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kovfer
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tangy. Fruity. Not too sweet. Good wheat flavor.

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Photo of akolb
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crazy turbid. A mild head over an iced coffee colored body. The aroma has peppercorns, yeast, a little grapefruit, and wheat. Tastes like blood orange, saison yeast, and a little tartness, with a citrus rind-like bitterness. Pomegranate is not noticeable. An easy drinker that tastes like a cross between a wheat beer and a saison. Actually tastes a lot like Upslope's Blood Orange Saison, which isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, best by 09/2016 printed on the bottom of the can. Artwork on the can label is a bit different than the beer pictured; can lists a 5.10% abv. "Ale brewed with pomegranate juice concentrate and spices". My first stab at a pomegranate beer, so far as I'm aware.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - It pours a very attractive and very hazy / juicy golden orange body, with about a finger of frothy soapy white head that leaves good scattered lacing throughout. Very juicy appearance, this thing looks like a glass of nectar. Appears adequately carbonated.

S - Aroma is of fairly average intensity: pomegranate doesn't exactly come through much, there are some funky saison-esque notes from the addition of pink peppercorn, and my guess would be the yeast strain used also. Only very subtle notes of wheat appear. If I didn't know better, I might mistake this for a session saison.

T - Taste brings in more of the same: there is a juicy fruit / berryish flavor that permeates, but the actual pomegranate is a bit indistinct; i wouldn't know it was pomegranate without being told. The pink peppercorn & yeast base again make this come off as a session saison of sorts. Notes of funk. Subtle tart / creamy wheat on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, semi-prickly, with decent carbonation. Light-bodied; easy-drinking stuff. Semi-dry finish, yeasty finish.

Overall, I thought it was rather enjoyable. Not quite sure why this beer has gotten such bad ratings. Simple, flavorful, and unique. A nice beer, and I would recommend it to the discerning drinker.

Fort Collins Brewery Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat -----4/5.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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