crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks badgerben. Pours murky brown with small white head that doesn’t last. This was an apple cider beer just a crazy ass concept pulled off the right way. Everything you get in an apple cider is there, the aroma is pretty weak compared to the flavor, and you get some oak flavor in there also from the fermenter I would think? The apples, the sugary sweetness, some cinnamon, the only thing to say is apple cider with alcohol, just awesome.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to my secret santa for this one: Copper color with a tiny off white head. Aroma, apples, some cinnamon, and caramel. Flavor, apples and more apples, some brown sugar and spices to it. Had an applesauce aftertaste to it, but was really nice. Really glad I got to try this one.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via trade with goldtwins! - Pours brown with not much head to speak of. Aromas of sweet caramel malts blended with apple cider. Flavor is much like apple cider. Somewhat tart yet smooth and easy to drink. A touch of brown sugar there too. Low carbonation and medium body with a somewhat sweet lingering finish..
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part of their Unplugged series. I was lucky enough to stash several of these away to see how they age. I absolutely love how they did this. Not overly sweet and you can easily taste the different styles of apples that they used. Light hint of brown sugar aroma giving way to a pleasant, fresh-pressed apple cider aroma. Light ale base helps to balance the various flavours. Outstanding for this style of fruit beer. One of my favourite of the unplugged series.
kramer (5760) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via Styles. Pours a clear reddish amber under a small fizzy off-white head that faded quickly to a thin film. Aroma is a mix of a Brown Ale and apple cider. Slightly sweet caramel malt with a touch of chocolate malt. The apple is crisp and natural smelling. Flavor is more apple juice than beer, quite sweet with a nice crispness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation,. slightly sticky mid swallow. A little cloying on the finish especially towards the end of the bottle. Overall, I liked this but I could see where some may not because of the sweetness. These guys know what to do with fruit!
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank> beerhugger, thanks Steve. Copper in colour, thin off-white head, small amounts of visible carbonation. The aroma is dominated by apples, quite sweet with some honey. The flavour was of macintosh apples, lots of apple skins, caramel. Wonderfully sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes very sweet but not cloying. Very interesting stuff.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Mrfacto
Aroma is juicy wet apples. Very ciderish. Cloudy brown in color with a slowly diminishing tan head. Fore is crisp and sweet with tongue tingling apple flavors. Again very cider-like, but with a maltier base than any cider. Not much else going on. My wife thought she tasted some honey, but I don’t get that. It’s basic and delicious.
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized off white head. Light carbonation. Fruity aroma with apples (duh), nutmeg, actually caramel covered apples and some honey. Aroma is wonderful as the brew warms and the head disippates. Color is a dark caramel orange. Sweet and fruity. Thick palate with loads of apple cider. This is delicious! An alcoholic apple cider that has so much more flavor than your typical crappy apple cider. Sweet with a hint of spices. Finish is creamy and coating with a lingering sweet finish. Finally ends with a hint of tartness. Damn good stuff!
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick, hazy light copper/orange pour. High carbonation. Sweet to sour apple aroma as the body warms. Very, very sweet and thin body. Much juicier than beer with a honey-like body. No significant finish, but a nice, thin coating is left on the throat.
Brigadier (3495) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle compliments of hezron
Shared with malaci. A golden carbonated head protected scents of cherries, apples and very very subtle hops. Tastes like sweet apple juice that has been fermented with cherries. Very drinkable and smooth - it doesn’t really taste like beer at all. Finishes dry and smooth with a mild aftertaste. Not bad; I wish I could have had this fresh.