Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
12 oz. bottle served in a Duvel Green tulip.
A: Pours a solid amber color with a one finger height of white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar.
S: Green sour apple jolly ranchers are big on the nose. There is a sold malt undertone to it with some red apple sweetness.
T: A touch of jolly rancher up front, but it quickly gives way to a nice, bright red apple flesh with just a smidgen of raw apple skin. The finish is slightly mealy like an apple core that’s been set out exposed to the air too long, but not in a bad way. The malt base gives it a touch of sweetness and a little heft to the body.
M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation level. The finish is malty and sweet.
O: I’m glad the base brown ale malts still have some say in the taste and it doesn’t come off as a cider. A nicely put together beer with the main focus being the apples. Definitely a nice fall treat.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-03-2012 undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
Pours light copper with a small light head. Looks and smells like apple juice. Taste is a subtle apple cider with a nice light malt background. Very good. bgburdman9 (865) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle shared by sliffy courtesy of ofortuna. Aroma of maltiness and some apple sweetness with some cider and cinnamon notes. Very sweet apple tasting beer that had the slightest bitterness in it. Very crisp apple flavor. I wish they would make this again because this beer is awesome. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Apple Ale looks like apple cider with a more robust head. It is a caramel or dark golden orange color with a hazy effervescence. The cap on top froths up suitably, eventually leaving a few wisps of a cap and a ring around the edge of the glass.
Tons of red apple notes in the aroma. It smells sweet and again reminds me of apple cider. There is a bit of a tart acidity that enters my nose as well.
The flavor is nearly spot on for sparkling apple cider. The flavor starts with a burst of red apple skin and sugary apples, with only the tartness giving away any clue that this is not a cider. A bit of white grape juice or white wine adds a little more character to the flavor. Not much from the malt bill actually gets through, and there are certainly no hops present.
The crisp carbonation suits this beer well. It has a light to medium body, and the sweetness from the flavor carries over into a sensation on the lips.
Duplicating the flavor of a cider is an interesting feat, but it is not what I am really looking for in a beer. I would drink this again, but I have enjoyed New Glarus’ other fruit beers more. MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2013
great sweet apple juice/cider aroma. light spices. just really fresh apples. Tastes the same. ridiculously smooth.
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
12oz bottle. Fairly clear gold pour. Not much head and no lacing or retention. Nose is apple. Taste is apple. Fairly similar to sparkling cider but not as sweet. Crisp and refreshing. I really like this for what it is.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jbuzz (838) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Labeled as apple ale.... Best new glaraus beer I have had. Not so candy apple or overly sweet. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a hazy copper orange with next to no head. Aroma of subtle clean fresh apples, some creaminess - possibly vanilla, also some apricot and caramelised sugar. Flavour is as expected from the aroma, delicately sweet, crisp, refreshing, nothing offensive. Similar to a pleasant cider. Decent session beer. icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle from Chase... thanks! Slightly cloudy copper color with short lasting white head. Very nice apple cider aroma. Lively mouthfeel, with an nice apple tartness. Balances nicely between tart green apple and sweet cider. asedzie (831) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle. Pours a bubbly copper with medium beige head that quickly disappears. Nose is enticing - a big aroma of freshly sliced apples dominates, also caramel notes, some bready yeast. Flavor and palate are absolutely superb - such a rich full medley of tart-sweet apple flavors that I feel the salivation in the sides of my cheeks begin as it crosses my tongue - really, that good. The density and flavors of the apple sugars are complex - some like golden raisins, some like sweet reisling grapes, some deeper notes of candied apple and roasted apple pie filling - an onrush of sweetness that is punctuated by a final mildly tannic note of subdued tartness. Blissful.