DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this. Pours deep copper with a big old white head. Aroma of malt, apple, brown sugar, caramel. Tastes malty, with big complex apples and brown sugar and a finishing carbonation with more apples and toffee. Nice density on the palate. Like a hard cider on steroids. Definite malt and hop presence all the way down, which differentiates this from 90% of all hard ciders. As with all NG beers, great balance and complexity. Well done. If Jeff Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy weren’t alumni of the state, I’d seriously consider moving to Wisconsin.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light, cloudy brown with small head. Aroma of fresh apples but of sournbess as well. Taste is beautiful. Apples come through clear and crisp, but not overwhelmingly. Not as sour as a lambic, but more sour than a standard fruit beer. Leaves nothing to be desired. Smooth, drinks exceptionally well. A shame to do anything but sip this, as it is best to make it last long into the evening. For its style, not much better.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just as the label says, this does indeed pour a beautiful copper color with a slowly dissipating off white head. This beer has lively carbonation. The aroma is definetely very fresh apples with a verry modest sour aroma and a hint of wood and allspice. Flavor is just outright delicious. It is as if the freshest, juiciest, most delicous apple you have ever tasted has been distilled into your glass. Wonderful spiciness also. Another home run fruit beer from New Glarus.
heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colored body with a thin off white head. Lots of carbonation in the glass. Aroma is tart Jonathon and Granny Smith apples. Much more intense aroma than most ciders. Also notes of fresh pie crust. The taste is less over the top, but still smacks you in the face. Fresh apples abound in this. However, they are not tart. Apple core and some bread and spicing come through. I can’t pull put any hop bittering. I am sad to say that while I am big fan of apples, NG fruit beers and ciders, this does not come together well. The tartness of their other fruit beers keeps them from being overwhelmingly fruity and sweet. This is too much apples and sweetness. Gets cloying very quickly.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lite copper (similar to apple juice) with a bubbly somewhat fizzy head. Total green apple aromas with some cinnamon and brown sugar. Fairly heavy body with a great amount of residual sweetness. This tastes like the best apple cider I’ve ever had. Don’t know where the hops are and don’t really care. Oh wait, there’s some? A slightly bitter finish. The yeast strain has left some complexity to the apple fruitiness leaving behind some figiness as well.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I opened the bottle I got a huge whiff of apple cider. Honey and apple cider. There was very little carbonation in this and the head never really gave it much of a try. Cidery look to it. This is definitely an apple flavored beer, with hints of cinnimon and honey. Too sweet. I was expecting more from this beer, but it is an interesting use of apple in beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy apple cider looking brew. No head to speak of. Honey,apple, hops and slightly floral in aroma. Medium bodied, spritzy soda like mouthfeel. Flavor of sweet apples and honey with a slight clove note. Overall very enjoyable!
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a slightly hazy copper with a short lived fizzy head and no lace. The aroma is of spicy apples. The flavor is of spicy apple cider, with a very nice balance between the sweet and sour. The palate is fizzy, rich, and refreshing. Overall, it’s quite good.
Shag (2546) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance is a dark golden color with little head. The aroma is apple juice. The flavor is really sweet with some apples and spices in there. Some sourness exists but it is overrided by the sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sour. This was very nice fruit beer. Thanks again Facto.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet nose of fresh apples is faint and fleeting, but very unique. Nice frothy white head that ligerns as a thin ring. Sparse lacing. Light, slightly hazy copper or orange/brown. Taste is stewed apples throughout. Slight cinnamon late, even a bit of heat. Palate is sharp up front then smooths out, but leaves a bitter aftertaste, like apple cores (hope they removed the seeds!). Extra credit for adventure.