Redd's Apple Ale | Miller Brewing Co.

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Redd's Apple AleRedd's Apple Ale
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Redd's Apple AleRedd's Apple Ale

Brewed by:
Miller Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Pegasus on 11-18-2012

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Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Incredible! I have been working diligently to eradicate The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody as well as getting The CANQuest (tm) back on track. This has enabled me to CANduct a number of brewery horizontals, but even I was incredulous when I realized that I have a slew of Redd's Ales of various stripes with which to not only perform a horizontal, but also a number of bottle/CAN side-by-sides. I began simply, at the beginning with a BT/12-fl. oz. CN/16-fl. oz. CN combination.

From the Bottle: "An Exceptionally Crisp Apple Ale".

I was denied the pleasure of the Pop! of the cap since this came in a screwed-up screw-top bottle. Grr. An aggro pour to vent my frustration formed a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a CANdy-like apple sweetness, like Red Delicious, but cooked up in a chem lab. Hmm. It also had a slight tartness, like a blend of Red Delicious & Granny Smith, but still with an artificial quality. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it. The taste was odd - not bad, but if it was meant to evoke the Red Delicious on the label, then it was missing its mark. It should have been much sweeter, but instead, it had a light tartness & I would stand by my Granny Smith analogy if I were challenged. Hmm. Hey, I realize that I am not the intended audience, but still, it should be accessible to everyone. Finish continued to have a dry, slightly tart quality, but it was not what I was expecting, especially with Redd's Green Apple Ale on-deck. YMMV.

From the 12-fl. oz. CAN: "An Exceptionally Crisp Apple Ale".

I Crack!ed open the CAN & CANmenced an inverted Glug, but I did not get any head off of the pour! NONE. Extremely disappointing, especially when even a vigorous in-glass swirl failed to raise anything. Grr. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a tad sweeter than it had been in the bottle, but I was still getting an underlying tartness that did not seem to mesh with the idea of a Red Delicious apple. Mouthfeel was thin & watery. The taste was unquestionably apple, but the slight tartness marred the presentation. It may have been my pre-CANceived notion, but a big red apple on the label spells "sweet" to me & this was not sweet. Finish was actually semi-dry, reinforcing that idea of an unexpected light-tartness. Hmm.

From the 16-fl. oz. CAN: "An Exceptionally Crisp Apple Ale".

It goes against my better judgement, but following the Crack! on this pounder CAN, I actually attempted an inverted Glug! The glass filled rapidly, but there was no head forming. Wha?!? Even a vigorous in-glass swirl failed to rouse any form of life in this ale. 8=( Color seemed a little lighter than in the previous two, coming in as Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. The Gelt Gang rang me to say that they were taking a pass, more evidence that this was not very CANpelling. Nose was MUCH sweeter than in the previous two iterations! There was a faint tartness, but nowhere near as pronounced as earlier! OMFG. How do they manage to do these things? I don't know, but this tasted like a sweet Red Delicious apple, which is what I think that they were always shooting for. The taste was quite sweet, which may be off-putting for some (usually including me), but in this case, it was what was to & should have been expected. Now, I am EXTREMELY curious as to the Green Apple Ale. The finish here was sweet, but exactly as it should have been.

The CANundrum: How do I assign scores to such wildly divergent flavors & presentations? Hmm.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Graham_D_Dillon
4.5/5  rDev +64.8%

This is beer? This has alcohol in it? I thought I was drinking soda?!

I think it's a great beer for what it is; a fruit beer. Or as I think of it, a fruit "beer soda". It honestly tastes like a beer you'd give a child if that was a legal thing to do. I think it's a perfect beer for someone who doesn't like beer. It's a beer that should be enjoyed under a 90 degree summer day at noon when it's really bright.

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Photo of matjack85
1.63/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I got this at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single can $1.67. Surprised to learn this was a Miller product as there is no mention of Miller on the can.

The beer has a clear apple juice color with lots of spritzy carbonation bubbles, but it produces zero head and zero lacing.

Smells like sour apples.

Tastes like carbonated apple cider. It's a bit tart and a bit sour, but totally un-beer like.

Light bodied and spritzy with high carbonation.

This is pretty disgusting stuff. It's not even good as a cider.

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Photo of cougardraven
3.58/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's not the best beer, okay? It doesn't quite taste like a beer, it doesn't quite taste like a hard cider. But y'know what? It's pretty good, for what it's trying to be: a sweet alcoholic beverage that tastes like apple, but isn't just another cider. It does that pretty well.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.64/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

One of our younger guests brought a case of this to our Christmas party this year. As a beer lover I was a little put off, thinking it was an apple cider, a beverage which I am not a fan of. All of the younger folk were drinking this during the evening and passing over my offerings of craft beer and macro lagers. When the party was over there were a few bottles left, and being only 5% ABV, I decided to give it a try. The label reads "Ale with natural apple flavor and caramel color" which made me curious so I opened one and gave it a try.

There is a mild, pleasant apple juice aroma which is enticing. Does not taste like beer at all, but like apple juice light. Extremely drinkable and would pair well with any food you would be likely to find at a party. Not overly sweet, but extremely smooth and refreshing. Even as a 63 year old life-long beer lover I was somewhat impressed. Devoid of any bitterness it is an interesting beverage. Good enough that I decided not to discard the remaining bottles. It is much better than apple cider, but somewhat one dimensional. Sweet apple flavor but the finish is, well like drinking apple juice. I can understand why the millennials like this, after drinking apple juice as kids, but it does not have the complexity that a real beer lover would find desirable.

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Photo of don1951
5/5  rDev +83.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hard apple cider brewed like ale. You can't compare it with beer or traditional ale. As a hard cider it has an excellent flavor and finish. It tastes like fresh batch cider before it begins to get bitter with age. I personally can't compare it with beer or ale because they are completely different animals. As a cider it is wonderful but as a beer it is terrible. It's like expecting steak and tasting shrimp.

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Photo of NorthsideFred
1.24/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Woodman's was offering a free 4-pack of 16-oz cans with a case of any Miller product. I bit.

A: Crystal clear, urine color. The head dissipated faster than any other beer I've seen!

S: Aweful. Smells like a bad champaign. Worst smelling beer I've ever encountered.

T: Aweful. Yuck. Tough to choke it down.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated.

O: Horrible.

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Photo of Ironbuddha
1/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My wife picked up a single bottle as part of a make-your own six pack. She was almost interested in trying it (she doesn't like beer), and then I opened the bottle, took a whiff, and the overwhelming stench of apple cider vinegar assaulted my nose. I allowed it to come up in temp a few degrees, and the flavor got far worse. Way too fizzy, pale yellow, and like one other reviewer stated, I think it actually gave me a low grade migraine. I only rated it at a 1 because there isn't a 0 or less than a 1. Ugh, I rank this in the 'why did we waste the money' category.

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Photo of wescrawford57347
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ExtraStout
2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this at the Orlando Gaylord, pool side, in a can poured into a plastic cup.

Okay, first off, I don't think this is in any way an Ale. It's way more like a hard cider and that's how I'm going to review it.

A: clear golden colored body leaving a half finger white fizzy head that rapidly died. Lots of fast rising bubbles were seen.

S: apple cider with faint caramel in the background.

T: extremely sweet with apple cider and caramel dominating.

M: light with some harshness on the tongue. It was somewhat smooth as it warmed. It was very sessionable, leaving a sweet dry aftertaste and finish.

Ice cold on a hot day this can work but otherwise I'm staying away.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tbryan5
1/5  rDev -63.4%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.12/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of markallmon
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Golfontap
2.47/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of eddiestep
2.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ragedominion
4/5  rDev +46.5%

Photo of asuburbanman
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of TheRamie
2.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of NilocRellim
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everything about this apple seemed like a cider. It had an orangey amber and gold colour, and smelled like an apple cider. It was very carbonated, and yet again, tasted like a cider. Crisp finish, no lingering flavors or aftertaste. It wasn't that bad, but was not that remarkable either.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of rhinonau
1/5  rDev -63.4%

Photo of whitehawk330
4.75/5  rDev +74%

Photo of Nfiorini513
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Franziskaner
2.45/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like carbonated apple juice. Is it weird that the carbonation bubbles are sort of spiraling upwards instead of heading straight up? No head to speak of. Good clarity. Smells VERY sweet. Think Musselman's apple juice. The taste? Musselman's apple juice with an alcoholic kick. Mouthfeel Is fairly carbonated. Fail.

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Photo of Glowingz
2.72/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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