Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is brown like apple cider with small tan head...smell is apple and sugar...this is quite overrated...tastes like an overly sweet brown ale with sugar and a dash of apple juice...interesting but sickeningly sweet and not apparent apple-i-ness...
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Clear, copper/amber ale with a small, creamy, white head and decent retention. Rich, lightly spicy, fruity aroma. Silky, sweet, malty flavor. Not cloyingly sweet. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Short, enjoyable, fruity finish. All that said, this brew tastes like fresh apples! Another fun beer from New Glarus! Thanks to footbalm for the bottle.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium-dark golden, bright. Light watery-apple aroma. Thickish in the mouth (at least compared to cider) Gently spicy apple flavor shows only the merest hints of appley tartness. Plenty sweet in the finish, becomes extremely sweet as it warms, even cloying. Some musty apple character comes forward as well. Iím not impressed.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Footbalm! Aroma is euphoric apple juice, sour apple pucker, and apple jolley ranchers. Very sweet, like red and green apples combined. Pretty damn good. Slightly too sweet, a bit of acidity would be nice in this brew. Still a good beer.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.
Poured a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is sweet apples. Taste is sweet with an apple crispness, with hints of brown sugar. It tastes pretty much like biting into a crisp red delicious apple. This would be an excellent dessert beer, accompanying apple pie or similar apple dessert. In this sense, itís a complete success. Itís sweetness and lack of tartness really makes it more suited for dessert drinking, and not for refreshment however. Doesnít have the drinkability of Belgian Red, but is still a damn fine brew.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice light golden copper color with a slight hazyness to it. Small, loosely bubbled and strangely constructed greyish cap that whisps away pretty quickly leaving a thin collar that stays about half the glass down. Lacing is very minimal in spots.
Aroma is musty mushy bruised apples, borderline melon-like with a more musty past-its-prime honeydew thing. Oddly abtrusive yet possibly appetizing and intreguing nose.
Flavor is mellow and musky with a heavy sweet dark apple skin and mush tone. Pretty darn sweet and thickly so; the apple isnít to bad, its not cidery, its mushy, chewy, tangy, and mellow. The sourness is beyond deep in tone, nearly nonexsisitent until very late where some truer crispy apple tones float across the finish.
Feel is partially thick and chewy with a mellow tang and solid sweet dark apple tone thats melony and candy-like. Sugary through and through; smooth and creamy mediumness in body.
A strange brew tis true. One thats either a ílove ití or íhate ití thing. Iím right in the middle, I donít particularly like it all that much, but it doesnít bother me or uninterest me either. I probably wonít buy it again but Iím glad to have tried it. One of those types of brews.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a more orange than amber hue with a small, slight off-white head. Aroams of grass, wheat, very little apple presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and DAMN I must be drinking apple juice. This taste just like straight pure gala, or whatever apple you have. Similar to a cidaer, but smoother , yet you still canít tell that this is beer. DAMN NEW GLARUS and their fruit brew.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 44.5į. NB Worthy globe. Pours hazy amber/red with a small of white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of apple juice, seems tart. Taste is apple cider that is mildly tart, but balanced with a malt base. The taste is more complex than just apple cider. The apple cider aspect is the initial flavor and it lingers for a while, which is nice because it is tasty, then comes a "soft" ending where the beer cuts the acidity of the apple cider flavor and balances the flavor. The mouthfeel is "full." Iím not sure how to rate this. The aroma, flavor, mouth feel, and aftertaste are amazing and canít imagine how an apple beer could be any better. I would just have a problem giving it a 20/20 because I am comparing it, possibally unfairly, to every beer that I have had, not just every apple ale. (this has been my first apple ale)
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Aroma of apple cider. Lots of carbonation while poured into the glass, but quickly settles. Lots of wheat in the taste as well as a lambic like yeast quality. Apples of course. Very sweet. Very thick, definitely for sipping. Complexity seems to increase as it warms. Delicious.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This stuff was awesome. Thanks, Phil, for providing it. Pours a nice amber with no significant head. Looks like a cider. The aroma is a wonderful green apple scent, though Granny Smiths are not used in the mixture. Nice smooth feel on the palate. Minimal carbonation. The flavor was a sweet but not cloying apple cider taste. This was very refreshing and delicious. Would probably make a nice beer to use in cooking something that lends itself to an apple flavor, like pork chops. My concern is that this beer might not stand the test of time. My first tastes of OíFallon Cherry Chocolate Ale and Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout left quite an impression but the more I drank of them the less they impressed. It was likely the initial novelty of the flavors that impressed. This might be like that. Fortunately, the inaccessibility of New Glarus and especially this particular brew makes that a moot point. If, however, you can get your hands on this limited brew, do so. Delicious.