3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2004
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. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 12 oz bottle. hazy orange, red body. white head. aroma of apples, heavy sugar, and sweet breads...flavor of sparkling apple juice, heavy vanilla and frosting..very sweet and desert-like..a bit too sweet, and not as crisp and natural as it used to be MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
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... egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Poured a copper color with a small off white head. Fresh aweet apple aroma and the taste is mildly sweet as well. It was not as overbearing as the Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red. Also definitely sweeter than cider. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 a subtle and delicate aroma of fleshy apple arose from the clear amber liquid and grew stronger showing hints of cider and fresh cut red delicious...little head stood atop..sweet apples are everywhere in the aroma...but in delicate ways....very sweet with almost no aftertaste...a wonderful apple ale but not even close to being as complex as the red...fleshy apple and malt round things out...low alcohol makes it more novel than it should be...but a nice ale nonetheless.
Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2005
I thought this tasted just like the apple pies that they sell at McDonalds - it’s only missing the crust! Strong apple-cinnamon-brown sugar aroma. It’s a pretty good looking brew - looks like a brown bubbly, slightly hazy apple juice. Taste is full and sweet, not as "sharp" as a cider - smooth bodied. Thanks for sharing this, Garin! (Cleveland Rater Gathering, 2/2005) BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle. Poured a coppery gold color...minimal head. Green apples are all over the nose with this one. Hit’s you like the Raspberry Tart does. Strong aroma. Flavor is very much like apple cider, but maybe a tad lighter...more sweet than tart. Some malts I suppose, but this is still all apple. Very refreshing in a way. Couldn’t drink a ton of it, but it’s tasty and different. radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Bottle from StFun -- many thanks! I’ve been dying to try this for a while. It means a lot to me. To snifter it pours a clear, darkish orange with a quickly-diminishing off-white head. Tastes and smell of apple cores, refined sugar, Belgian and American yeasts, cranberry sauce, and sweet malts. Refreshingly tart. Thought it’d be stickier altogether: shows how much I know. KyotoLefty (10693) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
Bottled. Nose of sweet apples, caramel covered. Brown with lace. Sweet apple flavors, ginger ale, nice tartness. Very tasty and interesting.
shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
6/21/2010: New Glarus Apple Ale... Aroma: Wow, really unexpected, but good aroma of aged apple cider with hints of subtle spices and caramel; strong. Appearance: Cloudy honey color; thin, churning veil of off-white to beige-colored bubbles; lots of tiny carbonation bubbles exploding in all directions, churning their way to the top. Flavor: Quite sweet! Sugary apple, but the apple doesn’t jump right out, it is more reserved with more sugary caramel coming through as well as some gentle spice, clover honey, and vanilla; more and more honey and creamy vanilla as the beer warms, also some cream sherry. Palate: Medium; slightly creamy, but slightly spritzer-like at the same time; soft. Overall: This beer has definitely changed over its life in the bottle, but it is surprisingly good and quite enjoyable!
12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating: 7/3/7/4/15 = 3.6
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6/21/2010: New Glarus Unplugged Apple Ale... Aroma: Apple juice. Appearance: Hazy golden color with a tinge of shiny copper; initial head of beige foam that dissipates to leave a thin veil with a ring around the edge; good level of rapid carbonation. Flavor: Light apple, slightly dull and dusty at times; sweeter in the middle through the finish; a small dollup of clover honey and vanilla caramel in the finish; floral undertones. Palate: Medium; airy and light mouthfeel. Overall: Very different characteristics as the older bottle, but still nearly as good; the apple doesn’t overwhelm and therefore this comes across as BEER with some apple characteristics, not just like an apple cider; quite refreshing and easy to drink.
12 fl. oz. bottle. Rating: 7/4/7/3/14 = 3.5