Pomona Queen | Last Name Brewing

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Brewed by:
Last Name Brewing
California, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DoubleJ on 07-19-2008

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 18
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4.25/5  rDev +32%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Dale Brothers Brewery in Upland, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and biscuit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing really stands out about it.

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.31/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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2.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - A nice golden color. Very little head that disappears quickly with no trace.

S - A bit of a sweet smell but fairly weak aroma overall.

T - Like the smell, slightly sweet with hints of honey and wheat. Not very strong but not watery also.

M - Very little carbonation and does not engender any real tongue sensation.

O - Overall, a very average beer. A slightly sweet, fairly light beer that is easily drinkable but won't set the world on fire with what it does, which is nothing exceptional, but not I wouldn't classify it as a bad beer either.

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2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from a good friend. 22oz bottle...

A: A deep clear ruby red with a 1 inch off-white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Kind of a light wheat scent. A light, mild, earthy hop. Kind of a trend with this brewery. Weak scents. Eh.

T: A light breadiness with a watery taste in the middle. Not much on the backend. Eh.

M: Light body with a light carbonation. A clean crisp finish. Eh.

D: Goes down so easy, like water.

All in all, this sucks. No worries about this one. I am starting to think that this brewery wants to be Budweiser. No flavors, just water.

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3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 22oz Bottle with gold plastic wrap around a plain cap.
I poured half into a pint glass. Great clear golden color

S - waited one minute then smelled. Faint grain and a little alcohol waffe.

T- Light malt with a pellet hop(grassy) finish. Ok
Wait... whats that strange flavor twinge in there? Oh.. It's a Califorina Common. I don't taste any buttery stuff as others.
Carbonation is perfect.

M - Mouthfeel I got a very slight sour note...still ok
somewhat exceptable for this style.

D - I wouldn't drink this beer as a first choice but I like the style
and tradition of Cal. Common. We all know the benchmark

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3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Pomona Queen from Last Name Brewing
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 57 ratings