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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries by Pontoon Brewing

June, 2018
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries by Pontoon Brewing is a complex fruit beer and was judged as a Fruit and Spice Beer (BJCP sub-style 29B). It poured bright purple and opaque into the glass, where it formed a moderate lighter purple head with modest retention. An appearance resembling carbonated grape Kool-aid is deceptive, however. Its aroma featured both intense lactic sourness and strong mixed berry (i.e., not distinctively from a single fruit) notes. The flavor began with tart fruit atop a pleasantly sour Berliner Weisse base, followed by a mildly sweet malt and fructose middle, and a calming burst of vanilla and lactose in the finish to temper any sour palate in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel featured moderate carbonation, light body, no alcohol warmth and a refreshingly fizzy berry palate at the very end. This beer’s drinkability is high due to the brewer’s skill to layer and harmonize a potentially discordant set of ingredients and flavors, and should appeal to both fruit beer and kettle-sour lovers and to drinkers who might otherwise be skeptical of them but could be pleasantly surprised by this one.

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