Friday, February 17, 2017

Small Town Brewery Not Your Mom's Apple Pie


Beer Name: Not Your Mom's Apple Pie
Brewery: Small Town Brewery (Wauconda, IL; La Crosse, WI; Woodinville, WA)
ABV: 5.5%
How sold: 12 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $2.29 for a 12 oz bottle

Date Purchased: February 11, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: February 14, 2017
When brewed? New year-round hard soda. Released around February 2017 along with Not Your Mom's Strawberry Rhubarb and Not Your Mom's Iced Tea.



What's on the Bottle: "This beer is as American as Mom's Apple Pie. In fact we brew it with Madagascar vanilla & cinnamon to bring you a crisp one of a kind dessert brew. We know you'll enjoy it. We do."

Where distributed: Small Town Brewery has distributed its products to virtually all U.S. states. Find out if Small Town Brewery will ship this to your area!

REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): Poured clear straw golden into a pint glass. Lots of carbonation / tiny bubbles. Looks like a typical apple cider. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Smells like apple juice. No other way I can describe it. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Vanilla and cinnamon right from the start -- then it tends to fade off into a whimper of what I wanted it to be. It's a mellow apple pie-like experience, but I wanted a more in-your-face intensity like I got with just about every hard soda they've brought to date. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; significant carbonation. 4/5

Overall (20%): A good hard soda. I had fairly high expectations for this one, and while the aroma raised my hopes, the taste left something to be desired. I think Small Town Brewery should have gone a bit higher on the ABV with more apple flavor. At the end of the day, this was just another alcoholic beverage that did not stand out from the pack. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.9/5

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