Smoked Applewood Gold
Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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Smoked Beer
Ranked #61
Ranked #29,303
3.78 | pDev: 11.64%
Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Notes: The Applewood Gold is a beer true to its name in both hue and excellence. Taste and smell are powerful tools for nostalgia and mood-setting, where certain flavors and aromas can bear the sensor to faraway memories or bring them closer to home. We crafted this beer with sunshine in our minds - making its body light and vibrant enough to enjoy throughout the night, and well balanced to pair with a wide variety of foods from smoked salmon to grilled sweet Midwest corn.
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: crisp, woody, fermented fruit, wine and cider notes. Funky hemp-like nose. Golden hue, mostly clear, white head, some lace. medium body. Funky.

Jul 09, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Calusa snifter.

Honey gold with a frothy head of 1 finger.

Aroma of wet grass, golden apple, cereal, and pine.

Flavor is of slight champagne-like apple juice, water, slight golden apple, and a finish of faint apple jacks. I get little to no smoke character.

Feel is crisp and smooth, with effervescent, burning carbonation. Zero perceptible alcohol.

Overall an underwhelming beer but something different. Kinda like a sparkling apple juice but watered down. Can't find the rauchbier in this at all.

Jun 05, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow + amber colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than 60% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of light fruits (apple, green grape, and peach) over the top of light aromas of bready + biscuit + grainy malts with a light amount of sweetness and a light presence of applewood + peachwood smoke. Hints of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly heavier than light flavors of bready + biscuit + grainy malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of light fruits (apple, green grape, and peach) and light flavors of applewood + peachwood smoke. Finally there are hints of citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a hint of lingering bitterness and lingering smokiness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a really nice light fruit and smoke presence as well as hints of citrus/grapefruit hops.

Feb 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled March 2016; drank 4/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy off-white head; minimal lace.

Smoked apple & faint honey notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Smoked apple flavor up front; faint honey sweetness on the finish. Faint tartness emerged as this warmed. Simple but not terrible; a decent lager.

Jan 17, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruit/apples, malts and mild smoke. The flavor is fruit/apples/smoke, malts and a woody/slightly earthy/acidic finish. The smoke was creeping for the most part.

Dec 11, 2016
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JWAnslow79 from Nevada

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz Bottle. Color was bright vibrant light gold. Green apple and golden pear aromas blended well with the subtle smoked bacon notes with a pinch of Islay-like peat. Slightly sweet lemon juice, green apple, pear, unburnt maple bacon and a hint of light cigar tobacco flavors fill the mouth. Woodsy-like hops and water cracker like malt flavors and aromas. Medium light mouthfeel. This a is solid domestic rendition of a Rauchbier without being overpowering with smoke and very balanced. I enjoyed this very much, feel its a great spring-sumemrtime beer and would recommend this with smoked salmon, fire-grilled chicken salad or mexican-style corn. I am going to have another!

Jul 30, 2016
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TastyIsBeer from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great rauchbier - brought Schlenkerla to mind, one of the best American renditions of the style. Has a very savory smoke, sausage beer in the best sense of the word.

Jul 26, 2016
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Jmamay22 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light colored amber, which is a few shades past gold. Ecru head quickly dissipates to a thin collar. Nose smells of orchard fruit with a breasy background supported by a pleasant smoky undertone upon which all the other characteristics build upon. The smoke is there, but it isn't overwhelming at all. Very supportive.

Very fruit forward in the flavor. More so than in the aroma. Again with the orchard fruit of apple and pear. The apple flavor emus enjoyable and does not have any characteristic of paint thinner acetaldyhyde, which can come off as green apple. The smoke is a little more intense than in the nose, but well short of the intense bacon flavor you can get from rauch malt or even worse the medicinal notes from peat malt.

Mouthfeel is light and finished clean with a low bitterness. Very well balanced and enjoyable.

May 11, 2016
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gutbuster from Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium amber in color with a thin white head that dissipated almost immediately after the pour. Very little in the way of lacing as well.

An aroma of green apples jumps forward predominately with hints of bread and citrus notes hidden beneath.

A blending of lemon, green apples once again, peaches and fresh bread collide and become somewhat equally balanced taste wise on the palate.

Somewhat tart, with a light body and medium carbonation.

A refreshing offering from MT.

Apr 14, 2016
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at the post. Color is exactly What you want from a golden...transparent bright gold color. Aroma and flavor are surprisingly smokey...really unique and tasty flavor from a light colored ale. Mouthfeel was smooth and drinkable. Pleasantly surprised.

Apr 02, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just when you thought that blonde became synonymous with bore, along comes this beauty... A beer of pilsner and wheaten ilk but born of ale for a fruity, floral and delicate woods for a flavor that's so much more than ho-hum.

Its mild foggy gold appearance sheds a short-lived zesty champagne froth to precede a cidery scent of fresh green apple, white grape, faint mesquite and a backdrop of citrus. Its taste is bready, short and confectionary to start, rounding the palate like shortbread.

Drying swiftly, the ale quickly prefers the fruit and honey character over that of bread or fluffy sweetness, steering sharply toward the fruit forward taste of green apple. A backdrop of lemon, orange and kiwi signal a tangy, tart and refreshing palate with the herbal, smoky bitterness of hops looming. Sassafras, lemongrass, cilantro and dry hay frame the finish to a subtle middle palate that's full of subtle complexity.

Medium-light on the mouth, the texture is arid, light and fluffy, framing a mouthfeel of creamy cookie dough with a grain and apple command. Softness of pine and balsa play a nutty tone in aftertaste with a faint echo of smoked cashew.

Mar 12, 2016
Smoked Applewood Gold from Moody Tongue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 39 ratings