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 / Vegetable 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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Photo of ko21361
1.44/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Got this after drinking a few real beers at a bar after work with a friend. Asked the bartender what else they had available in bottles - the last thing he listed was Redd's. Well, I've seen those commercials for a little while and I'm not an enemy of apples (think about Applejack or other hard ciders), so I figured I would give it a try.

First warning sign: the bartender told me to let him "know if I didn't like it and [he] will get me something else at no extra charge."

Appearance in the bottle was of a darker apple juice color. A few bubbles in the neck of the bottle. Smell was juice, or perhaps apple juice that sat out a little long...

I took a few sips and mulled it over for a bit before looking at the bartender and saying, "what I am drinking in this bottle has nothing to do with beer." He agreed wholeheartedly. The taste is pretty much just that of a slightly carbonated applejuice, with the tiniest sour/fermented hints.

I personally do not enjoy apple juice, and this "ale" left me with a sweet, kind of grainy apple taste in my mouth. Nothing really exciting in the flavor profile outside of an initial burst juice flavor.

I give this a 1.25 overall because it doesn't taste terrible. I can see non-beer drinkers or people who opt for sweet, gross mixed drinks when they go out giving Redd's a try and enjoying it. As for everyone else, skip it and go for a hard cider or something if you are looking for an apple fix.

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1.75/5  rDev -35.9%

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear yellow color with some white fizz that fades fast, there are lots of bubbles in the glass at first but they go away after a minute or two.

S - it smells like apple juice.

T - I imagine this is what you'd taste if you mixed apple juice and zima.

F - fizzy feel.

O - not enjoyable.

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1.35/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I've seen so much advertising (even got a cardboard carton in the mail with bottle opener) that I had to try it. PIcked 1 up at a local Total Wine for tasting sake.

I poured it into a clear pint glass from a bottle.

It's poured a clear-ish apple juice color with almost no head, and zero retention. It's almost a stretch to say that it had any head at all.

The smell was also close to non-existent, with a (very) faint cider-y smell.

As far as taste, , I might describe it an apple juice/ginger ale combo where the apple juice had gone slightly sour. It's very apple-y (as can be expected), but it wasn't well balanced with the rest of the elements. Up front it's very much like a carbonated apple juice (think martinelli's sparkling) but with sour undertones. No hops or malt flavors to be mentioned.

Light, very carbonated, and sort of sour towards the back end.

Overall, very unimpressive, and not very refreshing. If you want sparkling apple juice, there are much better options than this. If you want beer, this isn't going to do it for you.

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2.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Saw this beer as a Super Bowl ad and was surprised to see it in the store the next day. The beer in my bottle looks nothing like the beer on display here: Mine is a bright golden color. The smell is of cider. It tastes like perhaps an apple shandy, that is, it tastes like cider and beer mixed together. It was not unpleasent, but I enjoy beer with more body (and hops).

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1.2/5  rDev -56%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear pinkish-amber. Head formation and retention are extremely poor. The head fizzles into nothing almost instantaneously. It goes without saying that there is absolutely no lacing.

S: A cidery apple aroma with a whisper of tartness, possibly an emaciated grainy scent. Not much to experience on the nose.

T: Crisp and juicy, as if one has just bitten into an apple. But then the sugars catch up with you. A light snap of apple tartness and a bruised apple skin flavor in the background, but all in a sugary and artificial way. No yeast character at all. Sugary apple finish.

M: Light body that barely shows any substance. Seltzery carbonation.

O: There are really no beery qualities to this whatsoever. Even as a cider it's fairly awful. The cider market does seem poised to explode, but really this is solidly in the malternative category anyway. Why market it as a beer at all? It makes no sense to me.

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Redd's Apple Ale from Miller Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 1,073 ratings