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New Glarus Apple Ale Beer Review

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.

New Glarus Apple AleOn 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.

Beer Review #222 Spotted Cow

I have another beer from New Glarus Brewing Company for review today. My buddy Mike, who brought me the beer, described Spotted Cow as “the Fat Tire of Wisconsin” and “the next Fat Tire.” He went on to say that this is a drinkable beer with mass appeal, but with a craft beer “attitude.” I’m always excited to try a craft beer that offers a lot of drinkability to the general public, but also has craft beer roots.

Spotted Cow pours a beautiful clear golden color with a solid white head. The head withstands the want to collapse for a bit and then gives in and dissolves into the beer below (kind of like Leo in Titanic… Burn?). The nose is sharpy bready with some nice malt undertones. I didn’t get a hint of hops anywhere in the nose, which I guess isn’t surprising for a beer that was made to be drinkable.

The bread odors carry through to the flavor of the beer and really dominate the majority of the beer. The bread is solid and changes a bit from a nice bakery fresh bread to a slightly stale bread flavor. I really enjoyed the transition and the stale bread flavor is no knock, it went fit perfectly into the progression of this beer. There is a slight hop bite at the end but just enjoy to provide a change from the bread.

This beer is very easy drinking and appears to be pretty straightforward. There is nothing that jumps out in this beer, but that’s not always a bad thing. For what this beer was “sold” to me as, I very much enjoyed it and I think many others would as well. (more…)

Beer Review #221 New Glarus Raspberry Tart

My buddy Mike is really big into curling (you know the sport where they bowl rocks on ice and sweep in front of the rock?) and he recently brought over a few beers from his travels. New Glarus Brewing Company is one of those mythical breweries for a lot of craft beer drinkers as they do not distribute outside of Wisconsin and their beers get consistently high marks from the big beer review websites. I was very happy when he offered up a few bottles to me for review.

Raspberry Tart is a  Framboise which is French for raspberry. The beer comes in  a green glass 750 ml bottle that is capped and then sealed with a nice layer of wax. The logo is rather simple (which I like). Raspberry Tart pours a clear light ruby color. A medium off-white head sits on top of the beer and never really fades. The nose is obviously full of raspberries that are very sweet. There is also a sour tart smell in there as well which cuts through the sweetness a bit in the nose. Right off the bat, you can smell why this beer is called Raspberry Tart.

The raspberry flavor continues into the flavor, but it doesn’t overpower it. The raspberry flavor is fresh and non-syrupy. A solid sourness kicks in about halfway through and, as the nose suggests, helps cut out some of the sweetness. This beer finishes sweet and there is not hint of hops through the entire beer.

This beer is very nice and very drinkable. For a fruit beer, this one is very nicely done. I think a glass was enough for me as the sweetness starts to get to me after a bit. For what this beer is supposed to be, it hits everything on the head. I very much enjoyed it and I’m glad that I had the chance to partake in a beer that is only available in one state. (more…)