Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 12-oz bottle and shared by JK. Pours a very hazy amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film. Aroma of sweet apples, nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is medium bodied, no carbonation and a flavor of mostly sweet apple cider with a touch of cinnamon. Finish is semi-sweet with a decent apple aftertaste. Reading some of the previous ratings it looks like four years of aging has smoothed out the flavor. I hope this is the one NG brings out of retirement in í08.
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 [Bottle, thanks JK!] Pours amber with a very small off-white head. Medium body, good finish. The aroma and flavor were intense apple with some cinnamon and nutmeg. While I didnít like this as much as the Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart, this is still yet another excellent New Glarus fruit beer. Re-rate: Didnít really get any spices with this new batch, just straight apple. Almost was like a sparkling cider it was so apple heavy. I really enjoyed drinking it, and it was insanely drinkable...but to be honest it is very one dimensional. Still, I could drink this all day, so I am going to up the overall a bit.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
muddy orange, strong granny apple aroma, rich apple flavor, not at all like a cider, not sweet or bitter, like drinking a dry apple butter
the best applesauce in a glass ever
Aroma: 10/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
jarlbartar (89) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like an apple explosion! Very cloudy on first pour but clarified after a few minutes. A very sweet aroma with a medium body and s slightly sweet aftertaste. I drank this on about 4 years ago on Thanksgiving.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper-peach color, with light carbonation. you see a little red tinit if you hold it up to the light. There is no head, really, just a thin ring of foam. Minimal lacing. Nice candied apple aroma, sweet and spicy. As it warms, the aroma has more apple and less spice, smelling somehting like a fresh, unpasteurized cider.
The taste is like apple pie in a glass. Seriously, it tastes like baked apples and pie spice. It is honey sweet up front with a bit of tart apple in the finish. Is it more like an ale or a cider? Iím not sure. Medium to full body, very light carbonation. This would be a wonderful dessert drink. I wonder how it would tasted warmed?
I finally found a good apple beer - make that a great apple beer.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from RooftopRogue, thanks Rob. Iíve been wanting to get my hands on a bottle of this for a while and it was worth the wait. Smells like apple cider, tastes like apple cider but with just enough malt to distinguish itself as a beer. Crisp, sweet finish. Another excellent fruit beer from NG.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of rooftoprogue and shared with illini08. looks and smells like apple cider. not sure how long its been since this was bottled, but even with the age and Iím sure a more subdued flavor than when it was fresh, this was delicious. New Glarus knows fruit beer!
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by sliffy courtesy of ofortuna. Aroma of maltiness and some apple sweetness with some cider and cinnamon notes. Very sweet apple tasting beer that had the slightest bitterness in it. Very crisp apple flavor. I wish they would make this again because this beer is awesome.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by sliffy, thanks! Pours orange/brown with a short, quick white head. Aroma of apples, cinnamon, and a bit of nutmeg. Flavor of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of sweet malt. Fruity and sweet with a little spiciness and a sweet finish. Iím really suprised to how well this one held up, everything seemed in its right place. Makes me glad I got to try it and itís a shame they donít brew this anymore.
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 doesnít 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.