hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely, rich, cherry color with dense bubbles, and a crisp cherry aroma (I even get some cinnamon in the nose - scent's a bit like a cherry candle). Fizzy, hoppy, bitter, and sweet. Quite good!
Silphium (2969) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real cherry? Hey, count me in as a fan of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, but the real thing is even better. Aroma is strong sweet/sour cherry, and emanates from an appropriately red body (including a pink-tinged head!). Flavor is a medley of typical cherry aspects: some sours, some sweets, some bitters, and some woody hints (note: some woodies was edited). I agree with hoppygrrrl that cinnamon plays a role here. I also have a hard time finding the "ale" beneath the cherry, but this is still good brew, although a notch or two below the Ichabod.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is sweet, flavor is rich with cherries but its also kinda skunky, Amber/red color, pink foamy head, the palate is a little on the thin side, the finish begins sweet with a slight alcohol bite and ends with a tart aftertaste, I didn't really like the tart aftertaste, but its an interesting ale that deserves a try
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very suprised at the mediocre ratings of this brew. I thought it one of the most successful pairings of fruit and ale I've tried. Beautiful deep garnet color with loads of suspended yeast when held to a bright light, a sustaining white head with a pink tinge (which may be just reflective of the brew.) The aroma is fantastic: loads of cherry, ginger, cinnamon, and some clove qualities. Full maltiness complimented by the tart cherry mouthfeel. This buries Unibroue in my opinion. A fantastic brew to bring in the summer and should cellar beautifully.
Schroppfy (2350) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, thereís an ale under there somewhere, itís just darn hard to find. Not impossible, though; thereís some hop action that survives the tart, acidic, also slightly sweet cherry onslaught. Itís made with cherry juice. I like it, but I think I like fruit stouts better. And this is way more beery than, say, New Glarusís Raspberry, IMO.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Whooa, I donít like this.The cherry taste didnt sit well with me. I just wanted to finish it quick and get it over with.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep inhale of cherry brandy, looks like tart cherry juice, the taste is
sharp with cherry soda action and ... soap. Iím not kidding. Might be a
Cherry Ale to rival the one in Pontiac (at Kingís) were it not for the
unmistakable soapy presence. That, combined with the cherry intensity,
helps diminishing the feeling that youíre actually drinking beer.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting beer, dark rose colour. Not tart and not sweet. I donít quite know how to describe it, a bit acidic?
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tart and sweet at the same time. Medicinal for sure, and I liked this more than Sam Adamís Cherry wheat, for example. Refreshing but I would ease off the cherry a bit and allow the body of the beer to show through. Overall well done.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red color. Cinnamon, spicy, sort of cough medicinish nose. Spicy, tart, some cherry flavor, quite dry. Finally a cherry beer that isnít just a lager with concentrated fruit juice and sugar added. Nice work on this one.