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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Fruit Cup Vol. 1 by Pontoon Brewing

June, 2019
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Fruit Cup Vol. 1 by Pontoon Brewing was reviewed following an initial pour from a 16 ounce can into a 12 ounce goblet and rated as per style guidelines as provided by the Beer Judge Certification Program under subheading 29B Fruit and Spice Beer.

An aroma redolent of sour cherries is first perceived in the nose and is accompanied by a potpourri of other fruity aromas less notable. The appearance is alluring with its clear burgundy color and medium pink head.

The flavor profile reflected a lactic quality that was far more pronounced here than in the aroma. A firm cherry pit like character was dominant and helped offset the tartness provided by the lactic ferment. Faint notes of vanilla in the background contributed to the complexity.

Although somewhat thin the body suggested a higher gravity than the standard base Berliner Weiss would exhibit.

The ingredients come together nicely and create a soured fruity beer in which the sourness is not overstated as is so often the case with this style.