I don’t often get a chance to drink a New Glarus Brewing Company beer but when I do, I have found them interesting and enjoyable. My buddy Mike views out that way and usually tries to bring me back a bottle or two of their stuff when he comes home. On his last trip back he brought be a bottle of their Apple Ale.
Apple Ale looks exactly like an apple cider that has been carbonated. It has a thin white head and has a cloudy appearance. The nose is not like any type of beer that I have ever had. It smells like fresh apple cider. There is not hint that there is alcohol in this beer or anything else to let you know that it is an adult beverage. There are no hops, spices, heat, or anything else. It is purely apple cider, and it does a wonderful job of it.
On the first taste you get a great fresh squeezed apple flavor. The sweetness is there and then a nice tartness comes in. It is just like biting into a hybrid red macintosh and green granny smith apple. It has a nice balance and flows perfectly. There carbonation that is present helps lighten up the drink a bit and elevates the flavors.
This is a nice “beer” that is easy drinking and refreshing. I really enjoyed this on the other night with a fire going. It fits the fall season perfectly. It’s a different style drink from what I usually have and it was a nice change of pace.