scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, soft grassy blossom aroma. Very pale yellow, fizzy head, fairly still in the glass. Dry and tastes like old wood, green apple skin, dry finish.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle for $3.69. Bottle marked as 6.9% ABV. Pours with a small fizz of white and one of the most clear, near white, pale golden colors I have seen outside of a few Austrian Ciders (Obstbau Reisetbauer comes to mind). For a "Champagne like premium cider" this smells awfully candied with jolly rancher apple. C02 and some sulfur as well. A bit of green artificial melon. Not good. Taste is a mixed bag of Jolly Rancher Candy. Sticky and cloying, with sour tartness. Nothing like any sort of european cider they are trying to copy. I think the Joke is on me for buying this, I should have known better than buy an cider that has added flavoring not from apples! Thin and fizzy.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from New Beer. Payed $4.25 for the privilege. Poured into the same Sly Fox tumbler I’ve been working all night.
Cap flies off the bottle with a nice lava flow of smoke.
Pour is stiff, but the blank white head fades faster then before. Barely a twinge of yellow in the glass. Color is lighter then the rest of the line.
Smells just like their sweet tart perry. I’m so tired of this stuff. Maybe it comes off a touch rounder, with less alcohol & sugar, but it still feels like the same base attempt.
Taste is somewhat different, finally. Big acidic crab apples & canned apple juice from concentrate. A little lemon sourness, a bit of salt, & some oxidation. Sulfites remain relatively in check. ...But wtf is this "natural flavors" at the bottom of the ingredient list?!
Carbonation is working well. Slight tin feel, with a dry finish. Decent belly burn without much noticed on the palate. Best of the bunch I think.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
tap at Seattle International Beer Fest. super pale yellow, with a slight apple taste to it, but is rather plain flavored.
PorterPounder (7404) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours a light golden with a slight green tinge to it and hardly any head. Aroma of green apple bubble gum, very artificial. Flavor has the same qualities with a very artificial apple flavor to it. Some granny smith notes make their way through to redeem it. Mouthfeel is slightly dry and has some hard water notes. Had better ciders.
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Soft floral cider aroma. Very, very pale and it loses its carbonation quickly. Musty-earthy champagne yeast, tart, dry. Light body. Aftertaste is like astringent chablis. Meh.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Light in color with a slightly tart aroma of apple and pear. Flavor is a bit acidic, but seems more on the Perry side than cider-ish. Seems to have gone a bit wrong. Not very good at all.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a quite mediocre cider very akin to a Pino Grigio or so. The floral aroma is not very attractive and rather girly. The palate is shallow and the appearance leaves virtually no head. Smells kind of like Smarties. It has the fizziness of champagne, but this beverage is too jokey. Unfortunately, the joke is on the buyer for having shelled out ze cashes.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ the. . . cidery? Clear pale pale straw with no head, just a couple streamlined beads of carbonation. Aroma has apple juice and apple candy. Flavor has pretty tart apples and not much else. Not much sweetness to be had and finishes semi-dry. Light carbonation with a light to medium body. Not too bad, if unspectacular.
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the cider pub. Champagne color. Light fresh apple scent. Very crisp and lightly tart. Rather hints of Granny Smith. Perhaps the best cider I’ve ever had - freshness may have something to do with this. I think really fresh ciders are better than bottles. Course I’m projecting from a pretty small database.