GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was soapy and off white. Some tattered lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Pretty simple aroma. Straight up apple cider. Light to medium bodied and sweet with delicate carbonation. Apple cider dominated the flavor, but I also tasted hints of pale malt and toffee in the background. Very easy drinker.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from badbeer. Pretty much what daknole said. Apple cider with the slightest beer flavor finish. Pours clear copper amber with a very thin, fizzy white head. Smells like apple cider. Tastes like apple cider mixed with a malt beverage. Very nice. Medium body, crisp carbonation.
daknole (10162) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from noncaloric. Thanks so much. Pours a nice golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is crisp and clean and apples apples and more apples. Flavor is a shocker APPLES. Tart and sweet with one thing that differentiates this from ciders it actually finishes with the slightest beer flavor. A wonderful change of pace and my wife will be very happy.
valpoaj (661) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really looking forward to this going in...pours a clear copper color with high level of effervescence and a fairly strong white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is all about spicy apple cider, but there is something else in there, maybe some clove, or cinnamon...either way, very nice, and a step above any ciders I have tried. Flavor is both sweet and tart apple, caramel malts, a hint of wheat, and a brown sugary flavor that kicks in near the ends...beautiful...just what I pictured. Superbly drinkable...if I rated palate solely based on drinkability, this would be the easiest 5 ever, but it is a bit more carbonated than I would like. Biggest qualm...the fact that NG made this their unplugged offering, because at this ABV and this drinkability, a 4 pack can disappear quite quickly. Next time, make this the standard offering and the Alt the unplugged version...Prosit
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Pours a clear deep gold with a small head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly. Aroma is fresh squeezed apple juice, somewhere between tart and sweet. Flavor is very much like a really nice fresh apple juice with the finish revealing that it is still in fact beer, with a lingering maltiness with a little touch of tartness. Easily the best apple brew Ive come across, and even my girlfriend likes it - thats a compliment to be sure.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 Well if anyone drinking this could ever tell this from a really good apple juice, i would be shocked. Bascially the beer equivilant to biting into a fresh, Door county apple. Goes down really fast. I really dont get any beer like qualities at all in this, but being a fan of apples in general, this was up my alley. Compared to Furthermores Fallen Apple, this was far and away better.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to cmubeerman, i’ve had this a few times now. it’s pretty straightforward pure apple beer, but it’s good, too. 3.8%? pathetic, but i guess that’s the point. it basically tastes like carbonated apple juice. candyish. hardly any beer character, although andrew says that comes out more when its colder. damned drinkable, tho.
SudsMcDuff (6682) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks goes out to pfoxyjohn for this thanksgiving day treat... Pours a dark tan autumn brown ... good white foam ring... wonderful fresh bitten apple scent ... is so delicious, i can never enjoy a cider again because this is what an apple libation should be, no more - no less, the standard if you will... i vote the apple to be the fruit of the year!
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok, maybe more of a cider then a beer but damn, this stuff is just pure greatness. There is enough caramel malt finish that you get the beer part and it gives it a caramel apple finish. Just pure drinkability, and I will go through all the cases I bought in no time. Amazing.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is apples, sweet and a little musty. Pours a clear orange, thin white head spotty lace. Flavor is more and more apples, a little more cider than ale, but oh, the is palate so there, dry, chalky prickly, puckering. The beer is really more to be felt than tasted.