IMtheOptimator (1164) - 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 (1114) - 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 (1229) - 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 (5563) - St. Louis Park, 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.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last beer of the night,plenty of apple in the aroma,whoa is that sweet and tart,plenty of apple alright, this might be a good after cutting the lawn refreshment, but not a sit in the local bar brew
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with an orangeíamber body topped by a thick off-white head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet full of sour apple notes. Smells a lot like sparkling cider. The flavor is sweet and full of apple. Is this a beer or a cider...I donít even notice any beer characteristics. Light bodied, crisp and smooth.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky brown amber with a minimal light tan head. Huge raw apple aroma. The flavor is massively appley in fact it totally dominates. Medium sweet, lightly sour. Dry sweet cider finsih. This is so close to a raw unpasterurized apple cider (non alcoholic) that it is amazing. I like apples, I like New Glarus, I love beer, but this one just does nto work for me. They just need to turn it into a killer hard cider. The beer charecteristics just detract.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dusty copper. Nose very apple-esque (big surprise and all), sweet and malty. Flavor tastes like unflitered apple cider, very little beery quality at all. Reminded me of the wassaiil mom used to make around Christmas every year.