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Friday, June 26, 2015

Soda Pop Review : Red Apple - Sprecher Gourmet Sodas

No Red Dye, and its Delicious!

Brand : Sprecher Gourmet Sodas
Flavor: Red Apple
Cost: $1.69 per bottle (on average)

**The bottles I used (pictured to the left) for this review were purchased at a local BevMo in San Jose, CA in the month of June 2015.(see below to why I make this declaration)**

The Red Apple from Sprecher I had was more akin to a lightly carbonated Martinelli's Apple Juice.  There was no dye, or too sweet apple candy flavor, and little to no aftertaste, which I personally was hoping more for more of a lingering finish.

When you first pop that cap on a bottle you certainly smell the soda.  I kept trying to place this smell, a mixture of apples and a spice of some sort, maybe clove, maybe mace, possibly even a hint of deep cinnamon, and on first taste was surprised to find none of those flavors, just a juicy mouthful of a red delicious or perhaps fuji apple flavor.  Once swallowed I waited for a lingering aftertaste which was surprisingly not present.  Sprecher sodas seem to have a very clean finish, unlike other gourmet sodas such as Henry Weinhard's

The soda is delightfully flavorful, and I could see sipping on this on a hot day, bottle after bottle, where you don't want something annoyingly sweet, and a nice refreshing crisp and clean finish.  Very similar to a nice pure cider, seemingly sweetened with just the apples sugars (though they do use glucose syrup),  and mildly carbonated for that delightful bubbly effect.

I could also see using this soda in various cooking applications, basting of a country ham, condensing into a syrup and using it for baked fruit, like a pear, or pineapple.

I would recommend this soda to friends who enjoy apple juices/sodas as well.

Not Sure if this is a formula from
the past.  But I'd try and find the
bottles with the red fox on them!
My initial declaration is because I've seen other reviews of the Red Apple from Sprecher and those reviews seem to indicate a vastly different experience, and maybe even formula, which one review indicated is dyed red.  (To the right is a pic of the "red dyed" version of the soda).  You can find these reviews  here and here.  Note that the bottles I sampled had different markings.  My bottles had a red fox, while the older bottles had a black crow.   I'd recommend searching for the Red fox label. :)




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