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Review of Fort Collins Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat

23 Mar
Hello again guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Fort Collins Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat produced by Fort Collins Brewing located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I have seen quite a few Fort Collins brews in my area, however for some reason, I have not tried very many of them.  I’m hoping this beer gives me additional incentive to start picking them up more often.

Let’s see what the website, fortcollinsbrewery.com, has to say about this particular beverage.

Tart, Tangy, Refreshing.

Our take on an American Classic is the refreshingly crisp Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat.  This unique creation is brewed with real pomegranates and filtered to a bright finish.  The result is a striking straw blonde color and sweet-tart finish.  The perfect session beer.

Well, that sounds pleasant enough.  Let’s drink.

 
This brew has an ABV of about 5.1% and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

It poured a relatively clear golden to orange color with some yellow hues around the curves of the glass.  The cap was bright white.  It was smooth, but slightly soapy, of average size and the retention time was only “so-so”.  The lacing left behind was ok.  A few cobwebs were present after each sip. 

The nose presented a solid dose of wheat.  I thought the pomegranate was a touch light, but still aptly noticed.  Quite a bit of grain began to develop as the brew warmed.  Also, a very, very, very light “funk” and peppery spice added a bit more complexity and character.  Overall, it wasn’t very strong or robust and it actually started to smell a tad soapy towards the end of the drink.  Not too bad, however it was noticeable.  

Within the taste I, again, noticed a decent waft of wheat and grain.  The peppery spice seemed to step it up a smidgen more in the flavor than in the aroma.  It still wasn’t very strong though.  The pomegranate was easily noticed and a touch tart, however it kind of tasted like artificial sweetener.  I don’t know, it could have just been me.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin bodied.  It was smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was decent I thought.  It was quite watery though, therefore the flavor vanished relatively quickly after each sip.   

Well, I have no doubt that this would make for an excellent Summer session beer.  It just seemed a bit underscored in all categories to be considered a “top notch” beer in my opinion.  I had no problem drinking it, nor did I think it was a “bad” beer, but I was expecting something a touch better.  That’s not saying that you guys won’t find it to be a great beer.  It might suit your taste buds perfectly.  I think I will continue to seek out different Fort Collins brews though, and see how they compare to the one’s that I’ve already tried.  I’m sure I’ll find a few that I like.

Thanks for reading guys.  If you have had the opportunity to try the Major Tom’s Pomegranate Wheat leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.  I would love to hear from you.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.2 out of 5
Grade:  C+   

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Country: USA, Fort Collins

 

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