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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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

way worse than the honeycrisp from shock top, this is at least a step below, hardly beer. pours an headless pale straw color with soda bubbles popping. it smells like fake red apple, sweet and syrupy, very little grain or hops in this, if any at all. the flavor starts for just a second with some decent fresh apple, but its quickly overcome by an onslaught of sugar thats too much for me. im missing the essential beer elements again, and it feels more like a low budget apple juice with heaps of carbonation than beer. finish is all sugar, turns the stomach. the flavors are good but the sweetness is through the roof, rendering this undrinkable. apple definitely has a place in beer, and this new trend has me thinking and inspired, but this is a far cry from well made beer, its a soda pop. hopefully i wont encounter this one again but given its witty add campaign and instant popularity, thats not looking particularly likely.

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2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.89/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.06/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +9.9%

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

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2.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium golden yellow in color (not dissimilar to Mott's Apple Juice) with some light orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a very thin sudsy off-white head that reduces to nothing almost instantly. No lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of apple juice with light amounts of sweetness.

T: Upfront it has the sweetness of apple juice with moderate apple flavors, underneath which is the very slight hint of malts though it is fairly buried and fades instantly. Maybe some extremely light hints of caramel. No bitterness is detected, this is lightly sweet like apple juice and seltzer.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Very thin/watery.

O: Not sure why this is not a cider or malt beverage (like Smirnoff Ice) as this tastes and smells just like apple juice without the slightest hint of alcohol. I would likely never have another one of these as it seems like it is not a beer at all - even though they market it as a beer with the crispness of apples. Very easy to drink and I could see this being dangerous to folks how get it knowing they do not like beer.

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3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with no head at all and no lacing.

S: The aroma contains apples as you would expect and very light malts.

T: The taste is very cider-like and has a strong apple flavor of course. There’s no hops presence at all and the malt character is very thin. It is fairly well-balanced though since the sweetness isn’t too intense. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, to me it seems like a cider with carbonation. Overall, there aren’t a lot of beer-like qualities to it and therefore I didn’t score it very low.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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