madvike (2666) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle - Pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy white head. Not a lot of apple on the nose--kind of a sugary white grape/apple mix with some lactic sourness that almost borders on rotting. Not as crisp and clean as New Glarus’s Apple Ale, and must sweeter than something like Ephemere. The taste...I gotta agree with a previous reviewer that called this apple cider with some light beer mixed in. It tastes like a blend that didn’t quite integrate. The sweet/tart of the cider hits first, with the maltiness of the cream ale in the middle, and the apple peel and tartness lingering through the finish. An interesting mix, but one that ends up not working very well.
LinusStick (2817) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Blah. A boring fruit beer. Aroma was very weak. Could pick up a hint of apple if sniffed for a while. Pour was a medium gold with plenty of rising bubbles and a thin white ring for a head. Taste was like seltzer water with a mild sour apple aftertaste. Nothing more. Nice carbonation
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is certainly a really good fruit beer. Great aroma of apple and a huge head with alot of fizy carbonation in a hazy orange beer. I like the way this brewery infuses different flavors in their beers.
nsquishee (593) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m a sucker for ciders, so this beer is refreshing change for fall beers. Not a huge aroma, but a slight apple aroma is present. Slightly tart with a refreshing bubbly mouthfeel. Granny smith apples taste combined with a light, creamy ale. Nice change for a cider lover.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a clear golden color with a white collared head. It honestly looks like apple juice. Sweet apple cider aroma in the nose with little else, maybe some slight spice. Sweet apple flavor upfront wtih some tartness, some cherry flavors as well. This beer is pretty sweet but it’s decent for a fruit beer. Having had New Glarus Unplugged Apple Ale today, I would say this is an ok substitute but not as good as teh NG. Medium/light mouthfeel.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled on draft at 3 Rivers 6 Pack this beer poured a dark caramel-amber color with a small white head that produces some lacing. The aroma was tart, fruity, citric and a bit yeasty. The flavor was tart, tangy and bitter with notes of lemon, perfume and bread. The finish was long, bitter, tart and citric. Medium body. Uninspired.
Damico (2487) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It is light clear amber with almost no head. The aroma is light sweet aplle tart with a bit of creaminess. The body is lighter with apple up front and tartness, with both flavors settling and ultimately finishing it off.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess I hadn’t appreciated, when I read the front label, that it was actually brewed with apple cider. But now that I see that, it helps to explain a bit. Definitely tart, though not as deliciously acidic as a good cider; murky body is echoed in the somewhat messy flavors, with a thicker than normal palate from the cream ale influence. But I have to echo the comments made by others that I would just prefer a good cider. And, for that matter, I would prefer a cream ale, too. Bottle.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sort of tastes like a mediocre cider with a bit of beer added to it. Very carbonated mouthfeel that while it doesn’t ruin the beer makes the front end not too enjoyable. The apple flavor is very predominant moreso than the cream ale. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this one..might as well get a nice cider instead.
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a hazy yellow. aroma is wheaty and fruits. apple and white grape. flavor is same. slightly bitter. nice brew.