Cider Connoisseur Redd's Apple Ale Score Card
Appearance - 8
Flavor - 7
Smell - 7.5
Mouthfeel - 7.5
Crafted & Bottled by:
Crafted & Bottled by:Redd's Brewing Company
Good to know:NOT gluten free, brewed not fermented
Predominant flavors:miller high life-"ish" apple flavor
It wasn’t until I was done drinking my Redd’s Apple Ale that I realized it’s not really a hard cider. Reed’s Apple Ale calls itself an Ale because of how Redd’s Brewing Company makes this brew. Most hard ciders are made by apple fermentation, a process closer to wine making than beer brewing. According to their website, Reed’s Apple Ale is brewed like beer, and that’s a key point that makes them different.
There’s also something else I didn’t realize until I was done drinking it – Redd’s Apple Ale is not gluten free. Watch out celiacs and gluten free friends! I guess I got used the to gluten free world of hard ciders and didn’t bother to check. Thank goodness for the gluten free enzymes I keep around – anyway, that’s a topic for another post.
Without further delay, let’s get to the Redd’s Apple Ale review.
I had to change hats and think of this as an “apple beer” rather than a hard cider – and that was a bit of a challenge for me. As a hard cider, Redd’s Apple Ale isn’t too bad. The apple flavor is light and there’s hint of light beer taste. Imagine mixing apple flavoring to a Miller High Life – that’s what I got out of it. It probably doesn’t taste anything like what you’d get by mixing those two beverages but I hope you get the idea. I also didn’t get the “Crisp” factor I was expecting.
It also reminds me of a soda pop I used to love as a kid growing up in Brazil – Guaraná, though not as sweet. Even my wife said “this tastes like soda” while we were drinking one together. I don’t mean that as a negative since there’s nothing wrong with the thought of alcoholic soda! 😀
As a beer, Redd’s Apple Ale wouldn’t be in my rotation but they deserve props for innovation. If you think about it, these guys created a niche within the niche of craft brewing. Have you had a Redd’s Apple Ale recently? What did you think?
Visit their website: http://www.reddsapple.com/