KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/10/2011. Served on tap in a taster glass at the Haymarket Founders event.
Newaygo has a full cherry color and a nice tan head that fades to a ring, leaving a bit of lace.
The aroma is cherry mostly, with touches of maple and oak. Pale malt, tart apple skin, and white grape provide a bit of support.
Quick pale malt hits the tongue, then mildly sweet tart cherries. A hit of brown sugar and vanilla. Mostly sour with some sweet spots and an oak overlay. It stays sour through the finish.
There is a medium body for the style, which means it has a lighter than medium body overall to go along with medium carbonation. A little bit dry, which makes it feel lighter than it is. Some puckering tart effects.
Quite tasty. I like how the barrel aging interacts with the tartness. lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2011
tap. pours red with a descent light red bubbly head. aroma is cherry, vanilla, and oak. flavor is the same as aroma but stronger. descent lacing and overall this beer is awesome and i wish i could give it a higher rating. misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2011
On tap at new Albanian brew pub.A ruby red pour thin white head.aroma and taste of sweet cherries ,vanilla,bourbon .Finishes sweet and smooth.Really enjoyed every sip of this one. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap at Founders - December 29, 2010.
Pours a beautiful pinkish-red color with a slight tint of brown. Thin off-white head with decent retention and then falling into a thin collar. The nose is absolutely incredibly with loads of cherry plus really nice notes of bourbon and maple syrup. There’s some booze in there, but certainly is not overwhelming and goes quite well in that it is somewhat like a bourbon-soaked cherry. The taste is similar but not quite as intense and the booze takes over a bit more. Not as much maple as in the nose. The feel is a bit boozy, though not too far in the wrong direction. Drinks really, really well and I would love to have this again. I love how Founders never ceases to amaze me as each time I go there I find another barrel-aged treasure.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer pours a light murky gold with a light pink hint to it. The head is light pink but is gone quickly with poor lacing.
The aroma is light cherry with a little syrup to it making it kind of creamy.
The taste and feel are what start to kill this beer for me. It is way to sweet like pure syrup but oddly it was way too overcarbonated. It feels like a french sparkling water. This beer has some potential but its not there yet.
Re-review - had this on tap at Haymarket, much improved, didn’t change my notes, but changed the score.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
I’m back, f*ckers. This was the first new beer i’ve seen on draft in a while. Probably the best cherry beer I’ve had, not including New Glarus because the belgian red and enigma are incomparable. This one was super subtle and crafted the cherry into the beer really well, which is generally uncommon in fruit beers. This is to cherry beers what the southern tier pumpkin beer is to pumpkin beers User29624 (1683) - - JAN 9, 2011
Pours ruby with a small off white head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cherry. Flavor has cherry, bourbon, and maple. Sweet. Decent brew.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Ruby colored pour with a small, loose, white head. Rich dark cherry aroma, with a healthy dose of bourbon and vanilla, and a little hint of biscuit malt. The flavor is medicinal but not off putting. Almost like a Luden’s cough drop. Lots of tart cherries, some pie spice, and finishing with a long vanilla and sherry note. Sticky, full body with soft carbonation. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Clear pink amber with good, creamy, tan head / Elegant nose of dried cherries, cinnamon, and cedar / Medium body, moderately sweet and lightly tart, with minimal hopping and good finish / Flavors of sour cherries, young cedar, and spun sugar / Raw and young, too much wood, basically lacking any of the finesse of a geueze. As as wood-aged, young, cherry beer, it’s fine, but not worth the price. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft on tap at Tribes (Mokena, IL). I’ve hunted this beer for a year and a half since my first visit to the brewpub and it was freshly sold out. Pours a glowing reddish glow, some brownish and fiery orange, murky. Beautiful layered lacing stays very nice. Huge tannish rusty head sits atop and laces well. Aromas are cherries, sweet and lightly tart, touches of vanilla and wet oak, faint spirit. Mellow, touches of biscuits and toffee. Initial is a mellow sweetness, cherries and a touches of tartness. Rusty tannins, some warming bourbon spirit, light as the fruity nature of the beer asserts itself. Not sugary sweet, but genuine cherry sweetness. Touches of biscuits and bready malts, more cherry tannins, tart with just a touch of vinegar. Natural, light bourbon spirit and wet oak. Refreshing, nothing cloying. A heavier hitter ABV-wise though. Tasty. Finish is cherry, light spirit, and a good deal of mellow oak. Nice