This beer is different from the last one I had on draft about a year ago, and this is for the better. Last years Applewood Gold had flavors dissipate into the ether from what I recall, and if I were taking this review more seriously, I would reread what I wrote here, but I won’t. I looked at the chart and that’s enough. This year’s Applewood Gold, which I found in 12oz bottles, came out darker, thicker, and smokier, and that led to a better score (overall smoke metric = 4.4 smokestacks compared to the mere 2.5 on draft). Why are these two beers (draft vs bottle) so different? I don’t know. This beer still lands on the lighter side of the spectrum except for smokepower taste, and if sweetness were a metric, sweetness would rank in the high 6’s. Applewood Gold is a light, refreshing, crisp beer with a little sweet and smoky tang to it. This is a positive experience. I will drink more of these when the time is right, and probably when a bunch of barbecue is around.
|Beer Name||Applewood Gold (bottle)|
|Brewer’s Description||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.|
|Food Pairings||Kumamoto Oysters, Fried Chicken, lemon poppyseed donut|
|Brewer Location||Chicago, IL|
|Alcohol content by volume||5%|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||2|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||2|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||5|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||N|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||2.5|
|Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high)||4.4|
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