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Great Crescent Cherry Ale (2008-12)

Great Crescent Cherry Ale (2008-12)
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Formerly brewed at Great Crescent Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Aurora, Indiana USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Great Crescent Cherry Ale starts out as a lightly hopped all malt ale that receives a load of tart cherries in the secondary fermentation. This produces an exceptionally flavorful beer that is balanced and not overpowering with fruit. Our cherry ale uses tart cherries from the orchards of the American Midwest that are along the same variety as the cherryís used for Belgian Kriekbiers. This beer is highly refreshing and exhibits the best qualities of craft-brewed ale - fresh and natural.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Draft at Cincy beerfest a couple years ago and also from the can. Pours a clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have cherry, very mild pale malts, a splash of caramel, with mild bitterness to the finish. Other than the cherry, there is not much going on. Light bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Poured from 16 ounce can purchased at The Party Source. Defective push tab--had to use a can opener (yeah, I still own one). Cloudy yellow/amber hue, light tan head, musty/sweet and sour aroma, taste like the nose without the mustiness and with a fairly strong cherry flavor. Might be the best beer to date Iíve had from Great Crescent, which isnít saying much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jakebergs (13) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2012
The nose was great with lots of fresh cherry. The taste is very light in both malt and cherry flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2012
16oz can, mildly over-filled, it seems. Airy fizzing white head. Fades to minimal. Mildly hazy orange - red color. Nice natural tasting fermenty cherry aroma. Carbonation is stronger, with a soft, tingly texture. More dry. Good lightly tart sweet taste. Authentic, but not excellent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (13473) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Draft. Poured hazy reddish amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate sour cherry malty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium cherry flavor with a medium sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable fruit beer.
Earlier Rating: 12/6/2008 Total Score: 3.2
Draft sample at Great Crescent. Poured clear reddish amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate sour cherry malty aroma. Medium body with flat carbonation. Medium cherry flavor with a medium sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable fruit beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
olsonerr (37) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Pleasant, clear light amber color, no fruit or anything outstanding to speak of in the aroma. Nice tart cherry flavor early on,mbut is overwhelmed bynthe malt sweetness before the finish. Refreshing, but unremarkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Never heard of this brewery before, so Iíll anxious to see what they got. 2.5 A: Hazed orange ruby red color. Three fingers of beige, fizzy head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left. 3.0 S: This has the cherry, but not much else. Sweet earthy cherry, minor caramel, yeastiness. 2.5 T: Again, cherry and not much else. Maybe some caramel and a touch of bready yeast. Not bad, but unimpressive. 3.0 M: Ligher medium body. A little bit too much carbonation. Minor creaminess. Smooth enough. 3.0 D: It is what it is. Probably aimed for female consumption. Simple and straightfoward. Still, no straight up fruit beer can hold a candle to the fruit twins. Serving type: can Reviewed on: 05-30-2012 01:52:28

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (2296) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Very mild aroma no cherry very slight. But Iíll give credit that this is real cherry not the fake extract thing. Cherry is very very strong in this beer. If you donít like cherry, youíve not tried to add berries to a beer and have it keep flavor, you will not appreciate what is happening in this beer. It is some tart, but the cherry stands out... They use a unique european bitter cherry. This makes an awesome Cherry Ale / Lambic. Taste is wonderful sweet cherry. Easy on the palate. This is one of the most unique beers iíve found in the US!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (4059) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Cloudy dark golden amber with light head covering and light lace. The pour was heavy on head, sucking on which produced the most pronounced tart cherry taste. The drink is light malt with a touch of cherry (even the color doesnít show red). The taste is soft and reserved to the point of having very little taste at all. Iíd heard this one isnít a "fruit beer," and thatís correct - in fact, itís hardly a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluejacket74 (1832) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012
16 ounce can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy amber/red color with a huge off-white head. I couldnít get to pour the whole can into the glass at first as the head fizzed up so much. It took a while for the head to settle down before I could pour the rest of the can into the glass. Aroma is nice, but weak. The brew smells like some tart cherries and sweet malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like tart and sweet cherries, and some sweet malt. However, just like the aroma, the flavor is nice but weak. Mouthfeel/body is low/medium, itís a bit slick and creamy but has too much carbonation for my liking. Not bad, but just average overall. Iíll have to revisit this one in the future since I have no idea how old or fresh this can actually is. $2.75 for a single.

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