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Fallen Apple

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Furthermore Beer
Spring Green, WI
USA
http://www.furthermorebeer.com

Style: Fruit Beer
ABV: 6.2%

Jill’s Rating:
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Comments:
You know how I feel about fruit beer made with juice. So I wasn’t pleased when I read the label on the Fallen Apple: Cream Ale brewed with apple juice. Still, I’m looking for a good apple beer. It’s fall, it’s apple season, and pumpkin beer, although sometimes tasty, shouldn’t be the only fruit beer style getting play in the fall.

Luckily, even with the juice factor, Fallen Apple is slightly above the average fruit beer, and I have to think that it’s because of the quality of the beer behind it.

The pour on this baby is a nice deep golden color with hints of red. It looks a bit like apples pouring into your glass. Add to that a huge head, and you’re starting off right. The nose isn’t much—a slight aroma of tartness there, but not much else.

Taste-wise, if you like the tarter apple varieties, you’ll like Fallen Apple. The tartness immediately hits your lips and the front of your mouth and makes you want to pucker up. After the tartness, you get a sour feel from the ale, which is a really interesting combination. At first I didn’t really like it. Tart and sour? That sounds a little gross. Still, as I drank on, the taste kind of grew on me, mainly due to the thickness of the ale. Beyond the sourness, it’s a nice smooth, thick, full flavor that balances out the sharpness of the apple. It took me a while to come to this conclusion, but this is why it gets the boost up to four mugs.

However, I can tell this is brewed with fruit juice. Yeah, I know their web site says they use cider from local apples, but the recipe sounds a little weird, like they fermented the cider and then added that to a cream ale. If that’s the case, I’m guessing that’s why you get these distinct tart and sour flavors. It’s not necessarily that the cream ale recipe produced a sour-tasting product, but I think the combination of the hard cider and the cream ale created that sensation in my mouth.

So, four mugs it is for the Fallen Apple. Ideally, I’d give it 3.5 mugs because I think it’s just slightly better than the average beer, but for a beer brewed with fruit juice, it’s pretty good, and it’s a nice way to drink to fall.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on October 27, 2008.
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