JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from brotha Daknole. Super clear copperish red with off white head. Aroma is crisp fresh chopped apples tangy cranberries and sparkling cider. Taste is awesome with an onslaught of fruit with a nice tart finish. So full of flavor for such low abv. Once again they nailed it!
blipp (5830) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a thin head. Sweet cherry, berry, and apple, some woody funkyness, and medium acidity. Really damn good.
jredmond (5200) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle brought to Clockworks for his Dec 8th, 2012 tasting. Pours a deep ruby red with off white lacing/bubbles. Aroma is dusty apples, funk, cherries and light cranberry tartness. Mouthfeel is fruity with a nice short tart compliment in the back with notes of cherriers, sugary apple skins, light dusty funk and a very light cranberry tart finish. Yet another awesome fruit ale from NGB.
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. It pours a gem-like clear reddish copper color with a quickly disappearing off white head. The aroma is ultra fruity with tart red apples coming through strongest followed by sweet cherries and hints of cranberry and vanillins from the oak. Very mild, almost imperceptible oak character. Not very tart either, just fruity. The flavor follows suit with more sweet cherry that balances out the strong apple notes better than in the aroma. The cranberry is there, but I would have liked it to be stronger with some mouthwatering sour pucker, but no dice. It seems to have a better mouthfeel than Belgian Red. Not too syrupy. I probably would not have guessed this was oak aged. The fruit character is brilliant though. Vintage New Glarus. This probably ranks just above Belgian Red and just behind Raspberry Tart for me. Great, tasty beer.
Shoemanshoe (1) - Brooklyn, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown/amber color, aromatic and excellent finish. The fruits dance on your palette, just right carbonation, smooth drinkability. Definitely a mad science beer that works!
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Tooch4321. Cheers, Adam! Pours a mostly clear red-orange with a white head. Nose is like blending cran-bic, apple ale, and Belgian Red. Flavor follows with some mild apple cider character, some cranberry, and some Belgian Red. It’s like blending three awesome beers. Light in body and pretty delicious.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Jdadmond at a tasting at James’s place. Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights. Smells of cherry coughdrops, in a very good way, apples, cherries. Medium bodied, a little tart acid initially, sweet fruit. Cherry, sweetness, apple and the faintest tart cranberry note. Lovely tartness, acid and funk. Really nice.
jtclockwork (7898) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Jredmond. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Nose is very fresh sugar apple, cranberry and cherry with some malt. Very strong and fresh. Taste is same, but slightly less. Medium body.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours like (red) grape juice with a white ring of bubbles.
Aroma: Sweet and tart cranberry juice cocktail, lovely oak. Grape skins.
Taste: Sweet tangy cranberry juice cocktail, apple sweetness, tart cranberry. mild tannins, faint hop spice. Finiahes tangy.
Mouthfeel: Juicy is an underatantement. Lively carbonarion. Full bodied.
Overall: All I could think was this was ‘grownup’ Martinelli’s juice. It’s so delicious that I told Jonny I would drink a quart of this with breakfast every morning if I could. He agreed. The oak is in the backseat of all that fruit, but it’s there and makes this beer perfect.
drfabulous (3826) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to khoffman43. Fruity all around. Cherry and cranberry and a bit of tart to the sweet. Sparkling. Probably should have shared, but I was too curious.