superspak (6202) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2017 SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Ashleys. The pour is a darker red color. A slight apple spice and cinnamon aroma. Not a whole lot of taste. Some apple cinnamon flavors mixed with a strong carbonation. Very fizzy. I was hoping for more distinct apple flavors or more pie characteristic. Overall somewhat bland and mild.
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/14/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep orange amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the lace cap. Good appearance. Aromas of slightly tart red/green apples, fruit skin, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, toasted biscuit, nutmeg, cinnamon, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, apple pies, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of slightly tart red/green apples, fruit skin, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, toasted biscuit, nutmeg, cinnamon, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red/green apples, fruit skin, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, toasted biscuit, nutmeg, cinnamon, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, apple pies, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spice balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a very nice fruit/spiced American amber ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, apple pies, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, easy, and pretty refreshing to drink. Very classic tasting American amber ale flavors, with nice presence of real apple pies, and just enough hops to balance the sweetness. A very pleasant and enjoyable offering; and spot on style example. cmart24 (9) - Flint, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015 does not count
Great light bodied American Beer. Tastes and smells just like American apple pie FCHooligan (1) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2014 does not count
Not bad, but certainly not great. It was difficult to taste to apple. I expected more of a cinnamon aftertaste. The aroma was a fooler, as it really had that "Grandma’s apple pie aroma." It sounded much better than it tasted. It was a disappointment. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2014 Tap: Clear, golden amber with a foamy, frothy ecru cap perched up on top. Aroma is very light; mild apple juice with notes of some generic apple spice... Perhaps cinnamon & nutmeg, but rather faint overall. Taste is equally mild in execution, feels kind of thin on the palate. Some apple juice & apple butter-y sweetness that leadings into a light glazing of spice in the back-end, again, mostly leaning towards cinnamon or maybe nutmeg. Hint of brown sugar; the spice in the end comes with a touch of astringent sharpness, finishing rather dry. A decent apple ale at best. Unfortunately New Glarus has ruined the way I judge other apple ales (or fruit beers in general, even).
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of apple, caramel, and some faint spice (could be cinnamon, but hard to really tell). It’s a mostly transparent golden-orange with a one finger off-white head that eventually settled to thing film. There is a good amount of sticky webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of light-moderate apple. There is some light caramel in the background. The finish builds with a little more apple, light cinnamon/spice, faint alcohol (only 6.5 abv?), and a hint of graham cracker. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, it’s got apple, some light cinnamon, and even a touch of graham cracker, but I can’t say it reminds me of apple pie (if that’s what they were aiming for).