Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Very very interesting! A big thanks to jerc for sharing this, and his other New Glarus treats. Dark brown pour, bubbly thin head. Really nice apple / alcohol (even at this low %!) - sweet aroma - very inviting. Taste is distinct apple and malt - this tastes like a solid brown ale with apples added and blended in perfectly, not an artificial fruit type of beer. Interesting lingering apple bitterness. Certainly some full bodied cider characteristics as well. jerc mentioned this tastes like fall and I agree. A nice treat. juliejalapeno (16) - USA - SEP 4, 2005
Smeels and tastes exactly like apple cider, and not the alcolholic type. I really enjoyed drinking this, but i was dissappointed that it tasted just like a juice with no hint of beeriness(is that a word?) Nice to drink, but a little more obvious bite is needed jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of JPDIPSO. Dark amber ale with a small white head. Sweet apples in the aroma smell of dark cider and a pie. Flavour is sweet with reminders of mulled cider and lingering apples. I was quite pleased with myself, having correctly identified the Macintosh, but then I also thought I detected some red delicous of which there is no mention on the bottle. Smooth medium palate. (3+) Very nice, this would be well suited to a fall picnic or Thanksgiving. Many thanks! 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 Popped the cap, it made noise with conviction. I poured this into my flute, the body looks flat an lifeless even though it had a huge fizzy white head. Now it has a thin white head and excellent heavy lacing. The body is copper in color. The nose is apple pie filling that smells like it’s been in the tin can a bit too long. Kinda like a McDonald’s apple pie that got all cold and is over a couple weeks old. Kinda musty, old barn wood. I’m really not into this aroma. Perhaps that’s the Cortland apples? I’m not familiar with them. The flavor is apples, light cinnamon, weird spicy cider. (I have fresh cider in the fridge that doesn’t taste like this. It’s much better). Light pie crust. Perhaps I’m desiring too much of this beer? I guess growing up on a farm with fresh everything kind of taints you to desire cider more than something pretending to be it. 3.8%? I’m just going to stop ragging on NG for this one. They normally make really good stuff. The flavor is quality, just not for me. 5, 4, 7, 3, 13 = 3.2
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Rerate of a bottle acquired from John. The beer pours to a deep rusty orange colored body with a frothy cider-like off-white head. The aroma is apple cider, soapy hops, caramelized yellow apple skins, light cinnamon. The flavor is quite sweet. Yellow and red apple flesh, a dash of green apple skin, a touch of cinnamon. Can hardly tell this is beer. Only a hint of malt is detected well after the finish. The palate is sugary sweet and makes the mouth water. Medium-full bodied and really creamy. Much, much better than I recall.
Sadly, my wife seems to have thrown the notes I took on this on away. So I will go from memory. As I recall it poured a hazy copper-onion skin color with minimal head. The aroma I recall sprang to mind walking into an apple barn in the fall. Musty fruit, wood, etc. The flavor was 100% apple. Sure there were some other flavors in there, but all focused on enhancing the apple (like cinnamon spice). Generally crisp and refreshing but with out a doubt, apple. Really, the fact that this was a brown ale base was surprising, as I never would have even guessed this was beer. Some strange hybrid between cider, apple juice and ?? At any rate, I did find this enjoyable (though a bit sweet for me) and am glad I picked up a bottle. Bonus points for originality.
Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
Pours lightly hazy orange/apple juice. Nose of much tinned pie filling, apple, cellar and spiced cider. Not much acidity. Too sweet. Some cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar and traces of yeast funk. A little disappointing. mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
clear deep gold colour. perfumy apple juice aroma with musky, cidery, hard candy and pie notes. very very sweet appley flavour. lots of fresh apples and baked apples with brown sugar and toffee. quite sweet and could use some backing acidity to balance it out. thanks slikwily HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours a hazy dark golden color with a bright white head. Smells like apple cider with spices. Flavor is like a spiked apple cider with carbonation. More sweet than sour which surprised me. Not sure if I would consider this a beer. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Nice! The aroma is full of fresh, crisp apples, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. Perfect apple flavor. FUll-bodied and rich, like a good cider will be. Much less like a beer and more like a cider, really. The ale qualities include a delicate maltiness and a pleasant warm finish. Apples linger on the palate long after the sip. notalush (5874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2005
New Glarus sure knows how to make fruit beers - pour looks just like fresh apple cider - aroma if full of natural apple smells, cores, peels and all, and a hint of cinnimon - smooth mouthfeel - mild, but very sweet and natural apple flavor - quite nice.