Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: An apple pie in a bottle. Light and extra clean. It is what it is, a little oddity fun in small quantities.
How: Bottles, 2008 unplugged release. Bottles received from MatSciGuy, thanks a lot Levi. Consumed fresh and shared at tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Clear golden body with almost no head
In long: Nose of apple pie with cinnamon. Taste is really apple pie with cinnamon, crisp crust and all. An overall sensation of crumble. Medium carbonation, very light body. This is a very very clean beer, a bit too sparkling clean for my liking. This beer has very little body and the mouthfeel is rather boring. I understand it’s a 3.8% beer but New Glarus have proven they can make nourishing full body fruit beer with a similar gravity. Also while this original taste is kind of fun the first few sips it quickly gets tiresome. On one hand I admire the originality of this offering but on the other hand this is not something I could drink regularly or in large quantities. So I have mix feeling about it like a cheap fat Texan standing in front of a free all-you-can eat fruits and vegetables buffet.
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours an apple juice golden color with a small off-white head. Nose is apple cider, sugar, spice, butter, and goodness. Flavor is red, green, and yellow apples with cinnamon/sugar spice, and it finishes smoothly with a wonderful Grandma’s house feeling. I can imagine this beer on a cold Wisconsin afternoon. Very nice.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 01/18/2009. Clear golden copper body with a medium creamy off-white head. Huge green apple aroma with lots of sugar. Big apple juice flavor with spicee and sugary notes. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unplugged bottle from Winter ’08 from Piggly Wiggly in North Kenosha. Pours amber colored/apple juice looking. Fizzy disappearing head, like a fizzy cider. Nose is fresh apple juice and some light beer notes of sweet malts. Pretty pleasant. Taste is sweet and definitely apple flavored. Beer is super effervescent. Aftertaste melds into a cider finish with malt taste. Definitely not dry, sweeter than I’d expect. Interesting, though more like an alcopop than beer, really.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in trade with noncaloric. Dark golen amber. Rich sugar apple and musty/yeast aroma. Tastes like the scent. Very apple cider-like. Big apple flavour. Sweet in a brown sugar quality. Would be hard to pick out from apple cider in a side by side. A bit of an edge to the taste musty or yeasty.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks Jason. Been wanting to try this forever. Nose is sweet candied apple, honey, fresh apple cider. Flavor is a bit on the sweet side from what I would have liked, but it still tastes very natural and is not cloying at all. Wish it was a bit more carbonated and dry. Good, but not the great beer I wanted it to be.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by JCB. This is a great low-alcohol treat. Tastes and smells pretty much just like apple juice or apple cider. Smell a bit deeper, though, and there are some slight apple pie notes... the slightly caramelized brown sugar and flaky crust... they’re subtle, but I think they’re there. Fun beer.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Clear golden color, very little head. Crisp apple with some caramel, a malt presence made more apparent since crisp apples are usually associated on my palate with ciders. Mild apple notes on the taste, slight sharpness balanced by sweetness. Pretty tame, but well done.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle courtesy of OSLO. Clear, golden apple juice color with a small white head. Juicy, sweet and lightly tart apple aroma. The flavor follows with what could be non-alcoholic cider, but it perhaps just a bit less cloying. This was definitely not agreeing with me by the end. I wish it were dryer.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy Kevin. Pours a copper cider color,with fizzy white lacing. Aroma is pure apples, with brown sugar, red wine, some grapes. Flavor is again all apples (shockingly) with caramel, honey, brown sugar. Very nice. Smooth, medium-bodied, and incredibly drinkable.