Apple Pie Style Texas Honey Ale | Guadalupe Brewing Co.

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Apple Pie Style Texas Honey AleApple Pie Style Texas Honey Ale
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Apple Pie Style Texas Honey AleApple Pie Style Texas Honey Ale

Brewed by:
Guadalupe Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.54%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kojevergas on 01-29-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by zander4dawin:
Photo of zander4dawin
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful spicy, cinnamon smell with candy apple and allspice. Taste of buttery pie crust and juicy green apple. Silky smooth considering the alcohol.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryno3031
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange, with a large, fine-beaded white head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam. Thick, unbroken tide marks line the glass walls. The carbonation is slight, and slow-rising.

Aroma: A profound aroma of cold apple pie presents, the aroma is utterly like apple pie, cinnamon, apples, and pie crust are notable, there is spicy, warming alcohol as well.

Taste: Opens with spicy, warming alcohol, and a liberal portion of cooked apples and cinnamon. As the taste progresses, warming alcohol presents, and there is a wave of pie crust. Late in the taste, there are some mild herbal hop flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with a little zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Excellent, like apple pie, chased with well-made new make.

Presentation: The example I am reviewing was from a thirty-two ounce growler, refrigerated since and opened for this review; served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the label: "Using our Texas Honey Ale as a base we added apples and spices to make this beer a crowd favorite."

BOTTLE: Bottled 01/15/15. Brown glass. 22 fl oz. Unbranded black pry-off pressure cap. Uninteresting label art.

Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are below average; this seems like a gimmick beer at best, and the base beer (regular honey ale) was nothing to write home about. Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX as a spiced ale.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2+ fingers wide. Off-white colour. Supple, with a decent consistency and mild thickness and creaminess. More of a creamy full head would be better. Retention is nice for the high ABV - about 4-5 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Could be frothier and could have a better complexion.

BODY: Slightly hazy orange-copper of above average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears overcarbonated. It's far from unique or special looking, and you wouldn't know it was a honey ale just to look at it. Could easily be mistaken for a poorly brewed hefeweizen or even a pale ale.

AROMA: Wow, the spice profile is actually incredible, and I find it impressively evocative. Heavy nutmeg, bold clove, allspice, cinnamon...this is fantastic. Crisp apple cuts into the spices in the second act at about the midpoint, bringing crisp orchard fruit notes without any tartness. Blonde and honey malts lend it needed sweetness, but it doesn't seem cloying. Brown sugar emerges as it warms.

Shockingly good. I expected a gimmick beer coming into this, but this aroma has me really excited. Evokes a spicey brew with a wonderful honey sweetness. I hope the taste delivers.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. I'm a bit surprised a beer as seemingly light/bright as this one doesn't suffer from booziness at this high an ABV.

TASTE: It opens simply, with an almost cloying honey malt and blonde malt backbone. No complexity hits until the second act, whereupon the spices come out...but as present as they are (allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), they aren't anywhere near as interesting or evocative as they seemed in the aroma. Some cream lends it a bit more character, as does some light buttery diacetyl (the latter of which is unwelcome). The out-of-control sweetness never has any counterpart; there's no hop bitterness nor is there any bitter spice character. Crisp green apple character does find its way into the late second act, but largely gets lost in the mix due to its low intensity.

There's no yeast, hop, or alcohol presence.

It's painfully shallow in terms of depth of flavour. Flavour duration and intensity are average. It's poorly balanced (too sweet) and has a subpar build, lacking subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. It never tastes like a gestalt whole, though it does have cohesion. I see what they're going for, but they're just not hitting the notes they need to to evoke apple pie.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, sticky, medium-bodied, mildly thick, overcarbonated, and unrefreshing. It has an off-putting buttery feel. Overly hefty and weighty on the palate.

This texture fails to elevate the beer, but is a passable complement to the taste. Needs serious work.

Not acidic, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, scratchy, or astringent.

OVERALL: The aroma wound me up and the taste just plain didn't deliver. Its cloying sweetness severely restricts drinkability and the taste suffers from diacetyl off-character and general ennui. I'll finish the bottle only with effort, and I'm not looking forward to it. This doesn't evoke apple pie per se, but the spices are interesting. If they really want to go for apple pie, they'll need to bring in more of a cinnamon character and add some acetic pie crust notes (a la Rodenbach). I think choosing their honey ale as the base for this was unwise. A subpar but interesting brew from Guadalupe Brewing. I'll be including it as an extra to a regular trade partner, but otherwise wouldn't buy it again. To its credit though, the ABV does get disguised well by the sweetness. Still, this is tough to get through.

I do like the premise; there's something to an apple pie ale. But the execution just isn't there. This *was* a gimmick beer after all. I hate to say it, but this is on par with the kind of beer I'd expect to see in a Blue Moon variety box.

High C-

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Photo of Dicers
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Myotus
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 43°F from a 22oz bottle (bottled on 30Dec15) into a pint glass. Consumed on 06Mar16.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of dense, white foam that shrinks into a quarter fingers worth of foam. Honey orange in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of both medium and small sized rising bubbles. Laicng is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of cinnamon and baked apples are backed by mild honey and buttered white bread aromas along with subtle aromas of cloves and pears.
TASTE: Strong baked apple and cinnamon flavors immediately explode onto the palate. Mild buttered white bread flavors and cloves quickly follow as cinnamon flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of honey and subtle pear flavors come in last as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: Another great brew from Guadalupe! My only complaint is that I wish there would have been more apple flavors to balance the cinnamon. Other than that, please pass me another bottle!

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Photo of Qsnow
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnDee
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as Guadalupe's Texas Honey Ale upon which it's based. The apple-cinnamon flavor complements the big, bready flavor of the honey ale exceptionally well.

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Photo of n2pux
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apple Pie Style Texas Honey Ale from Guadalupe Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 15 ratings