Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Picked up a six-pack of 12-oz bottles at Bob McFarland Liquors in McFarland, Wisconsin. Pours a clear and crisp reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving white head that leaves behind a thin white ring and clean top. Aroma of a sour apple scented shampoo one would detect at any hair salon along with some caramel malt and a touch of flowery hops. Taste is better than its aroma. A good balance of caramel malt and sour apple cider with a dry biscuity aftertaste. Finish is semi-sweet at first and then a dry bready flavor that slowly disappears. An interesting fruit beer, but not over the top.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2007
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice brandy like appearance. The nose unfortunately was that of a hair salon. Grainy body with a sour, faintly apple finish.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice-looking clear amber-orange. A white head forms on pour, a few bubble-layers thick. It quickly dissipates but a constant stream of bubbles continually feeds a persistent wisp of bubbles on top. Aroma is pleasant enough, but mosty one-dimensional of apple cider. Flavor is also reminiscent of apple cider mixed with ale -- this is basically a Snakebite in a bottle, only not quite as good. Medium palate, almost a bit thick, with a slightly sticky feel. An apple beer is tough to pull off well, and Furthermore doesn’t do it here. In fact, only New Glarus has made one that I actually liked rather than tolerated. If someone offered me a bottle of this at a party, I’d drink it; otherwise, I probably won’t be having another one of these again.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear coder color with a tall wispy head that diminishes quite quickly. No doubt that this is a fruit beer in the aroma. Much like apple sauce with hints of blackberries and dough. Fairly thick and gets thicker as it warms. Starts sweet with plenty of apples. Middle has mild dose of malt and mild dextrose presence. Mild tartness in the finish does not dry things out as sweetness continues in the linger.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Rileys in Madison, WI (December 2006) served just a few minutes out of the fridge in a Unibroue glass. Darkish, very clear cider-amber color with a smallish head receding to a lasting thin coating....faint aroma of pale malt and sweet apples, perhaps some berries as well.....flavor is lightly cidery/tart up front, edging into more typical cream ale smooth, lightly malty-sweet territory in the middle, with a touch of tartness returning at the finish....no hop presence (not that one would expect any), light mineralic touches to finish, slightly high carbonation....vaguely interesting and certainly not bad effort from a brewery I’d never heard of until I saw the bottles last week. NOTE: best to drink this puppy really cold; it got horribly syrupy when it got close to cellar temperature.
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 Light grain aroma, no hop presence detected, light yeasty dough aroma. You can obviously taste the apples and the sweetness they bring. I liked the slight bitterness that compliments the sweet taste of the apples. It has a clear body that is light red in hue. The initial taste is moderately sweet with a slightly bitter finish of average duration. A very drinkable beer.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice try and Interesting but apple flavor is second rate and a bit to sweet and bland.
TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Clear orangeade with a fluffy white head that leaves some spots. Odd nose of apple yoghurt and starch. A crisp apple bite quickly fades to hay and lemon cookies. Medium light, minimal carb.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
This is the third release from Furthermore. Once again, they play it relatively safe. This is a decent cream ale but it does not stand out in a crowded field. On the other hand, it is just as good as Spotted Cow for what that is worth.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge billowing white tower of foam took over two-thirds of the glass before settling down to a thin half finger head. Not suprisingly, it has the appearance of carbonated apple juice. The aroma is applesauce, peaches, strawberries and homemade apple cider.
Flavor / Palate - An interesting mixture of flavors greets the palate from the first sip onwards. A combination of malt, Hersey’s chocolate, apple juice, peach cobbler and honeydew melons form a sweet mouthfeel. Despite plenty of apple flavors, it could be crisper instead of fading into the crowd of other tastes. There is little trace left after fifteen seconds. This would be nice for those times when you have people over who are used to drinking Budweiser. Otherwise, see if you can track down better examples for a tasting.