Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #17 – Forbidden Fruit Apple Ale


Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #17

Forbidden Fruit Apple Ale – Phillips Brewing & Merridale Estate Cidery Collaboration, 7.1% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-Happy 1st of 2016! May this year bring liters and liters of joy for all beer and non-beer connoisseurs alike.  Let’s finish this darned 2015 calendar already! And then the now-stale 2014 one thereafter.

on the front-right label:

“This apple ale is a collaboration between Phillips brewing company & Merridale estate cidery. This ‘snakebite’ is a union of choice organic apples & handcrafted ale. Lust or Love?… You’ve been bitten.”


Ingredients: cider, water, barley, hops, yeast

  • Style: (apple cider) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Off-dry thin light bodied sour tangy red apple cider barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but not noteworthy.

Visual: Pours clear pale golden yellow with barley any head, ringed retention, lots of singular steady streams.

Nose: apple cider sourness, light funk+fart.  (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thin viscosity, off-dry entry, very crisp, micro fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, medium acidic-sour, light-med bodied, (MAIN) red apple cider, liquid barley malt, yeasty

Finish: fruity-tangy, half malty/half cider finish.

Summary: A suitable meal beer; the acidity and off-dry nature really opens up the palate while quenching the thirst. Not a whole lot of body or complexity, but a unique effort and collab nonetheless.