RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
My goal in building the recipe for Fallen Apple was to create a seasonal specialty that was in and of itself a celebration. I start with fresh-pressed cider from early harvest apples we get from Kickapoo Orchards in Gays Mills. Fermentation leaves the cider tart and champagne-like. I then brew a cream ale designed to put some sweetness and body back into the beer, which rounds out the sour apple notes. This combination of ethereal apple flavor grounded in an everymans beer makes for a festive and potent brew.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5062) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Copper color with no head. Spiced apple cider aroma. Tart apple right up front, but it quickly fades into a creamy sweet malt blend. The description of a cream ale blended with cider is pretty spot on: it tastes kinda like apples and cream.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of spiced apples, grain and like JK and Skyview, it smelled like hair product. Pours an attractive copper/amber. Flavor is mostly grainy with a hint of tart Granny Smith apple on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2007
12oz, no date. Clear orange with a one finger off-white head. Light apple juice and light grain make up the aroma, along with some light biscuity malts. Much more apple cider in the flavor, though, now that I think about it, there is almost a Froot Loops quality to both the flavor and aroma. Light body with a moderate smooth carbonation. I wanted to like this, but nothing came together

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (6061) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Or a fruit beer. They missed the mark on this one. It smells like a hair salon. It is a nice looking beer, resembling brandy in my snifter. Little carbonation. Flavor is light apple, hint of spice, and grain. These guys are usually solid but this beer needs some work.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skyview (5876) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Picked up a six-pack of 12-oz bottles at Bob McFarland Liquors in McFarland, Wisconsin. Pours a clear and crisp reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving white head that leaves behind a thin white ring and clean top. Aroma of a sour apple scented shampoo one would detect at any hair salon along with some caramel malt and a touch of flowery hops. Taste is better than its aroma. A good balance of caramel malt and sour apple cider with a dry biscuity aftertaste. Finish is semi-sweet at first and then a dry bready flavor that slowly disappears. An interesting fruit beer, but not over the top.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Nice brandy like appearance. The nose unfortunately was that of a hair salon. Grainy body with a sour, faintly apple finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAY 6, 2007
12oz bottle.
Pours a nice-looking clear amber-orange. A white head forms on pour, a few bubble-layers thick. It quickly dissipates but a constant stream of bubbles continually feeds a persistent wisp of bubbles on top. Aroma is pleasant enough, but mosty one-dimensional of apple cider. Flavor is also reminiscent of apple cider mixed with ale -- this is basically a Snakebite in a bottle, only not quite as good. Medium palate, almost a bit thick, with a slightly sticky feel. An apple beer is tough to pull off well, and Furthermore doesnt do it here. In fact, only New Glarus has made one that I actually liked rather than tolerated. If someone offered me a bottle of this at a party, Id drink it; otherwise, I probably wont be having another one of these again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (6178) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 15, 2007
Clear coder color with a tall wispy head that diminishes quite quickly. No doubt that this is a fruit beer in the aroma. Much like apple sauce with hints of blackberries and dough. Fairly thick and gets thicker as it warms. Starts sweet with plenty of apples. Middle has mild dose of malt and mild dextrose presence. Mild tartness in the finish does not dry things out as sweetness continues in the linger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2007
12 oz bottle from Rileys in Madison, WI (December 2006) served just a few minutes out of the fridge in a Unibroue glass. Darkish, very clear cider-amber color with a smallish head receding to a lasting thin coating....faint aroma of pale malt and sweet apples, perhaps some berries as well.....flavor is lightly cidery/tart up front, edging into more typical cream ale smooth, lightly malty-sweet territory in the middle, with a touch of tartness returning at the finish....no hop presence (not that one would expect any), light mineralic touches to finish, slightly high carbonation....vaguely interesting and certainly not bad effort from a brewery Id never heard of until I saw the bottles last week. NOTE: best to drink this puppy really cold; it got horribly syrupy when it got close to cellar temperature.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 Light grain aroma, no hop presence detected, light yeasty dough aroma. You can obviously taste the apples and the sweetness they bring. I liked the slight bitterness that compliments the sweet taste of the apples. It has a clear body that is light red in hue. The initial taste is moderately sweet with a slightly bitter finish of average duration. A very drinkable beer.

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