Kodos (200) - USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick with no head. Deep apple color. Looks, smells and tastes alot like apple cider without the bitter bite. Sweet, with a drying slightly tart finish. Excellent fruit beer. This bottle was on discount at a local beer shop. The date was 12/98. I was nervous about it, but it held up VERY well!
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It must be pretty difficult to make a really good fruit beer, because so many breweries make fruit beers that are so cloyingly sweet that it hurts your throat. This is rich and full flavored, but is definately a beer, not just a fruity alchopop.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 I miss this one if not for the flavor, but it was also a great addition to cooking. Ribs with hickory and apple ale... WOW. 2004 Version: Dark golden to copper color with a diminished ecru head. Darker and a touch heavier than I remember. Light malt mixed with apple flavors. They used Cortland, McIntosh and Jonathan apples and I do believe I can taste all three varieties. Tart crisp Cortland, and te sweetness of the Macs and Jons. Light malt linger. A bit sweet, but I will stick with the original rate numbers. I might knock the appearance down.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 (2001, from old notes): One of my favorite fruit beers, and another fine product from this great Wisconsin brewery. Now I ask you, in the forum thread on ’great beer states’ why wasn’t Packerland mentioned? Lakefront is actually my favorite domestic brewery and New Glarus is up there. Maybe it’s cuz they don’t get wide enough distribution... or maybe Old Style and Schlitz just drop the state down too much.
omhper in Montreal #2 (with MartinT,tiggmtl,Rastacouere,DYCSoccer). Sometimes the memory holds up, and this is a prime case...12 oz bottle (bring back the big ones guys!)...cloudy cider-cognac color, sharp baked apple-spice aroma, a bit buttery and pastry-like late...juicy fresh cider and a touch of spice, vanilla and bourbon in the flavor....very low carbonation (the only real problem), white-wine mouthfeel.
Oakes (12627) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2001
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 Light amber with some rather large bubbles for a craft beer. It smells overwhelmingly appley, in a candyish way, and without nuance. Sweet, appley, candyish, again without nuance. The malt lends body, and a sweetness in the finish that keeps it from being too much like a cider. But this is far too simple a beer for my tastes.