Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed: 11/20/12. Thanks to my brother for sending a couple bottles of this my way! One for now, one for Thanksgiving dinner. Bottle split and shared with a friend. Poured into a small wine glass.
Pours a dark tawny-tinted red with a pinkish head on top. The nose, the nose, my kingdom for the nose! Cherry jolly ranchers. Need I say more? Such a fruity and tart aroma, I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Nothing really stands out much different than the BR or RT, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Effervescent bubbles give this beer life! Crisp and bubbly - fits this beer to perfection. Big flavors of cherries and apples. The cranberries really show up on this finish as this tarts up quite nicely. This sets itself apart from the other fruity mainstays from these guys. It’s sweet, no doubt, some would say too sweet. But the tartness comes through at the right moment, giving a nice kick to the back end. I think I’d be able to get through a bottle of this one my own, but I find it is the perfect beer to share. Sweet. Tart. Tasty. Thank you, Dan. You work quite the magic with some fruit.
arminjewell (5232) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, reddish pour with thin fizzy white head, aroma brought cran-apple juice, lots of apple, green apple notes, slight lemon, fruity cranberry juice, slight vanilla and sugary tones. Taste is a mix of fruit, some tart lemon, cranberry into big apple, apple juice, some orange peel , hints of vanilla, finishing sweet. A bit over the top but the fruit in this is incredible.
StefanSD (1929) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from StFun--I think. Thanks. Pours a beautiful reddish color with a small off-white head that soon recedes to a fine ring. The aroma is big and bold with cranberries, apples, cherries--and I coulda sworn there was some raspberry in there too. The taste, like the aroma, is all cranberries, cherry and apples set nicely in a neutral malt base. The palate is silky smooth with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering fruit flavors. Overall: First rate stuff--must get more.
jbrana (249) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong flavors of apples and cherries. The cranberries are a little less noticeable. Both sweet and tart and tastes like juice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Dodgrblu (471) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Timfoolery, smells and tastes like juice, mostly apple with a cherry aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
timfoolery (1070) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Aroma is more cherry and apple, while the flavor picks up more cranberry than the other two. Ironically, the flutes broke in the mail, so not so serendipitous. However, the brew is very good. Great beer, but I liked Strawberry Rhubarb better.
keanex (1143) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is mildly hazy with a pink tinted red hue, sort of violet hued as well. The head is short and dense, but quickly becomes a foamy light tan coating. Sort of dish soapy.
Aroma: The aroma is huge and fruity. Immediately cranberry juice comes to mind and instantly creates a huge thirst. Green apples appear on second smell, coming off tart. On a third go I get bright cherries. The fruit medley is sublime, leaning tart and bright. Well done.
Taste: Oh boy this is like a carbonated juice. The intro is strong of sweet cherry and it lays a bold foundation with apples taking the second platform in strength. The cranberries are really downplayed, acting mostly to dry up the beer a bit as it’s a bit sweet. The flavors are mildly tart and the base is like syrupy juice. The flavor throughout is incredibly bold and the finish has a mild vinegar to it. This is pretty nice, but a bit thick.
Palate: Full-bodied, bordering on syrupy, with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is a pretty great beer, it’s like a grown up fruit punch. I find that it’s a bit too bold and syrupy in the flavor though, perhaps some more carbonation would help lighten that up. The vinegar on the finish is a nice touch though and I would love to try this with some salads with vinegar based dressings or cheesecake.
JeffroDH (9) - - DEC 1, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at New Glarus. Pours a deep red, almost purple. Flavors are well balanced, though it's a bit too sweet to drink more than a glass at a time.
jkwalking05 (3070) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Hazy red brown with a large cream colored head. Aroma is of cranberries, tart cherry, berries, candy sugar, tart apple. Taste is of cranberry, tart cherry, apple, pie crust. Nice carbonation.
travita (3499) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The look is clear, beige colored head, and amber reddish in color. The smell is apples, fruit, tart, juice, and jolly ranchers. The taste is tart, apples, tart, juicy, candy, and good.
Nero55 (256) - Leeds, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber/red with small off white head. Aroma of cherries, apples, and tartness. Light body with sweetness upfront with notes of cherries and a slight tart finish. A nice fruit beer without the fake syrupy fruit taste.