Redd's Apple Ale - ALBANY, GA - 5%ABV
by Derek Brewlander | February 21th, 2013
Wow I really didn't know what to expect with this one. Redd's Apple Ale is a new apple "beer" that I thought might be in the same sort of category as Shipyard's Applehead....and I was WAY off. Lets just get right into the dirty details of this one, the Redd's pours a crystal clear yellow-gold with literally no head and no retention. Although there are quite a few rising bubbles, it looks like a glass of flat gingerale mixed with apple juice. The aroma is virtually nonexistent, just a slight hint of apple juice with a touch of tartness. The taste is super apple-y, sugary and tart, with absolutely no hint of hops, malts or yeast. This should probably be marketed as a hard cider rather than a beer, but even for a hard cider it's lacking any sort of complexity in its flavors. Although it's not completely unpleasant, it tastes like a more tart version of carbonated apple juice than it does beer. The mouthfeel is super light, decently smooth, and has lower carbonation than would be expected, feels similar to a less carbonated gingerale. Overall, this Apple Ale turned out to be more of a mediocre hard cider. Again, it's very apple-y and not entirely unpleasant, but it lacks any beer characteristics whatsoever as well as any complex flavors besides just the apple juice like taste. But hey if you're in the mood for an alcoholic carbonated apple juice drink, come give it a whirl. Sorry to be a downer this week, but for every great beer there is always a lesser one to be encountered as well. On another note, we may have another snow storm this weekend so come down to Depot Liquors and stock up in supplies! Cheers!