Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bell's Pooltime Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1790) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2017

DOC: 5/1/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 1D American Wheat Beer)

AROMA: Almost equal parts wheat bread and tart cherry juice (cherry bread?). Some clean spicy/floral Belgian-like yeast esters. No hop distinctiveness (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Hazy shade of pale copper with a pink tinge. Moderate white foam mostly fades. 2/3

FLAVOR: Fairly mild wheaty/bready base palette. Not especially sweet, nor rustic grain. Background tart note is evident throughout. Cherry flavor becomes quite strong, sweet and juicy as it finishes. No particular hop character (but none really needed). Though not a robust palette overall, the flavors complement each other nicely for balance. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Smooth texture with a crisp, clean finish. No tart or fruity aftertaste. Refreshing. Feels a tad lighter than 5% ABV, but still quite sessionable as is. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely meets style guidelines for a fruit beer. Nice taste and drinkability. Having a bit more of a niche would be better, though. 8/10