faust7 (1) - - OCT 12, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Everything about this screamed cider, but at its core I could taste the beer. Normally Iím not a big fan of ciders, because they taste like a typical cider that was carbonated. This felt like a beer all the way through to the end, where it finished crisply, and was well worth it
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very clear light brown with a reddish huge. Barely any foam whatsoever.
Smells like a red apple.
Taste kind of like beer mixed with apple juice. Iím assuming this is spot on what they intended since Iíve never had anything remotely like this before. A little tartness throughout with a very smooth flavor.
Mouthfeel is kind of light, but with a 4.0% ABV that is expected. Not quite as dry as most ciders. Definitely has the apple flavor but is firmly in beer territory.
I love everything from New Glarus. Iím fortunate to have loving relatives in Wisconsin, but would love to have more regular access to their offerings. Very solid lighter beer and very unique.
El_Jefe (62) - - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It tastes like an apple champagne. It has a very dry taste that's followed by rich apple flavor. Tastes like a Belgian
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/21/2010: New Glarus Apple Ale... Aroma: Wow, really unexpected, but good aroma of aged apple cider with hints of subtle spices and caramel; strong. Appearance: Cloudy honey color; thin, churning veil of off-white to beige-colored bubbles; lots of tiny carbonation bubbles exploding in all directions, churning their way to the top. Flavor: Quite sweet! Sugary apple, but the apple doesnít jump right out, it is more reserved with more sugary caramel coming through as well as some gentle spice, clover honey, and vanilla; more and more honey and creamy vanilla as the beer warms, also some cream sherry. Palate: Medium; slightly creamy, but slightly spritzer-like at the same time; soft. Overall: This beer has definitely changed over its life in the bottle, but it is surprisingly good and quite enjoyable!
12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating: 7/3/7/4/15 = 3.6
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6/21/2010: New Glarus Unplugged Apple Ale... Aroma: Apple juice. Appearance: Hazy golden color with a tinge of shiny copper; initial head of beige foam that dissipates to leave a thin veil with a ring around the edge; good level of rapid carbonation. Flavor: Light apple, slightly dull and dusty at times; sweeter in the middle through the finish; a small dollup of clover honey and vanilla caramel in the finish; floral undertones. Palate: Medium; airy and light mouthfeel. Overall: Very different characteristics as the older bottle, but still nearly as good; the apple doesnít overwhelm and therefore this comes across as BEER with some apple characteristics, not just like an apple cider; quite refreshing and easy to drink.
12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating: 7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5
JohnnyJ (4320) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear golden copper pour, with a small white head. Lots of sweet apple, crisp cidery, and jolly rancher. Itís not really my thing or terribly complex, but tasty enough.
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Like the other fruit beers from New Glarus, the apple ale is an outstanding representation for the category. It falls just shy of the others but is still well worth finding it to enjoy.
brystmar (1238) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 Fresh apples jump from the glass. Spiced cidery complexion, sweetness from the red apples, delicious applesauce nose. Sometimes I forget how tasty this stuff is, and thatís an injustice.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Apple Ale looks like apple cider with a more robust head. It is a caramel or dark golden orange color with a hazy effervescence. The cap on top froths up suitably, eventually leaving a few wisps of a cap and a ring around the edge of the glass.
Tons of red apple notes in the aroma. It smells sweet and again reminds me of apple cider. There is a bit of a tart acidity that enters my nose as well.
The flavor is nearly spot on for sparkling apple cider. The flavor starts with a burst of red apple skin and sugary apples, with only the tartness giving away any clue that this is not a cider. A bit of white grape juice or white wine adds a little more character to the flavor. Not much from the malt bill actually gets through, and there are certainly no hops present.
The crisp carbonation suits this beer well. It has a light to medium body, and the sweetness from the flavor carries over into a sensation on the lips.
Duplicating the flavor of a cider is an interesting feat, but it is not what I am really looking for in a beer. I would drink this again, but I have enjoyed New Glarusí other fruit beers more.
wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What is it about these guys and fruit...they always nail it. Share from Greg. Clear gold with slightly greenish hue. Nose is straight up green apple jolly rancher. Taste follows with nice clean crisp finish. Terrific if not terrible complex...just is what it is like their other fruit offerings.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
What another lovely beer from NG! Taste just like Wisconsin Apple Cider. I do wish it had more "beer" to it, whether that be in ABV or more malt I donít know.