3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light and sweet apple and bread nose, more juice-like than cider-like, thin perhaps. Buttery notes with some slight spicyness. Light body, semi-fizzy with a sweet and wet finish.
GT2 (7700) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Well now we have discovered my girlfriend’s favorite beer taking the top spot from Old Viscosity. It poured a clear, deep gold with a small to medium, dense, creamy, buttermilk head that leaves swathy lacing if you let it. But you’ll probably drink the entire bottle before the lacing is even allowed to take hold. Aroma is straight chunky apple sauce, apple pie filling, rich artisan apple juice not from concentrate with beautiful caramel in the background that becomes very prominent as it warms. The finale of the nose is hot apple pie drizzled with caramel alongside mulled apple cider. Mulled spices really show through if you give it the time. Taste is not cider, not apple juice, but full creamy apple sauce, slightly apple butter, and a nice spritzy tartness gives the beer such a quenching character like Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. It is almost impossible to keep the beer in the glass. It seems to evaporate in thin air from everyone wanting to try a sip. If there is a heaven, it would have a happy hour with $5 pitchers of New Glarus fruit beer.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Heart-warming and tongue-moistening sweet and tart apple pie perfume and flavors...Less decadent than its Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart counterparts though, the apples fade into a smooth aftertaste, avoiding a cloying stickiness...Soft prickling helps the dessert functions but also makes it easier for us to see that this is not up to their 2 other fruit beers’ standards...Nutmeg adds to the pie character, yet this is as juicy and drinkable as apple cider...It’s not saying much, but this is probably the best apple beer I’ve ever had...
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this. Pours deep copper with a big old white head. Aroma of malt, apple, brown sugar, caramel. Tastes malty, with big complex apples and brown sugar and a finishing carbonation with more apples and toffee. Nice density on the palate. Like a hard cider on steroids. Definite malt and hop presence all the way down, which differentiates this from 90% of all hard ciders. As with all NG beers, great balance and complexity. Well done. If Jeff Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy weren’t alumni of the state, I’d seriously consider moving to Wisconsin.
jercraigs (7308) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of JPDIPSO. Dark amber ale with a small white head. Sweet apples in the aroma smell of dark cider and a pie. Flavour is sweet with reminders of mulled cider and lingering apples. I was quite pleased with myself, having correctly identified the Macintosh, but then I also thought I detected some red delicous of which there is no mention on the bottle. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Very nice, this would be well suited to a fall picnic or Thanksgiving. Many thanks!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 GABF 2004: Clear pale golden with a frothy white head. Sweet and sour candy apple aroma sprinkled with cinnamon. Reminds me of Thanksgiving dinner for some reason. Had a candy-like sweetness and sticky finish, but for some reason, this was not quite what I was looking for, but not all that bad. It just doesn’t compare to the flavor and complexity of their two other fruit beers. I will probably come back to this again some time and see if my opinions change.
Re-rate 12/25/06: after sitting in my fridge for over a year, I finally got to re-sampling this beer. It’s much nicer than I remember and pretty close to the other two fruit beers they make, this one just has sweet candied apples in it. I hope to see it re-released again sometime soon!
Dogbrick (7074) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Festival Foods in La Crosse. The beer pours a clear pale amber color with a medium somewhat fizzy off-white head that burns away quickly. Stringy lacing. Apple juice aroma. Medium, dry body with and apple flavor that is more apple juice than apple cider. There is a touch of sweet malt as well. The finish is effervescent and fruity with a very short apple aftertaste. Decent overall.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear reddish-brown color with a quickly diminishing head. Looked and tasted much like apple cider, and the carbonation was even similar. This hint that this is still beer is the light-to-medium malt backbone. I am not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this was a very good example of the style.
jtclockwork (6901) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Bottle thanks to arminjewell. Pours apple juice color. Nose of freshly picked apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and caramel. Taste of fresh apple, cinnamon, brown sugar and light caramel malts. Light hop presence also. Very delicious beer. Solid and extremely sessionable.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Apple cider aroma. Hazy golden with small head. LIghtly tart apple and malt flavor. Nice hybrid.