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Albemarle Ciderworks Ragged Mountain

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Ragged Mountain (Price: $14 per bottle) is a cider blend of classic apple varieties -- Albemarle Pippin, Winesap, Black Twig, Grimes Golden and Stayman -- historically grown on and around the Ragged Mountains. This is a semi-dry cider crafted to please a wide range of palates. It is good with spicy foods and pairs well with sharp cheeses and fruits. The back of the label describes how this cider was named: The Ragged Mountains are a small chain of rugged hills southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia, and home to Albemarle CiderWorks. This area’s orchard heritage inspired Albemarle CiderWorks’ revival of the craft of fine cider making. The Ragged Mountains are legendary locally as home to rugged mountain people whose self-sufficient lifestyle was a throwback to an earlier America. The region’s air of mystery and intrigue inspired Edgar Alan Poe, once a student at the University of Virginia, to use it as the atmospheric setting for his short story, "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2013
From a bottle poured a yellow color and almost no head. Light tart very dry cider flavor with a quick finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle from Kinz. Pours clear golden with high carbonation and white head. Aromas of sweet and tart apples. Flavor is sweet apples with some light tartness. High carbonation and easy to drink for the ABV.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopTsing (426) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
From the bottle poured a very pale yellow beverage with hardly any carbonation. Fruity/apple aroma. Very light bodied with a wonderfully dry apple flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (886) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle @ cidery. Very pale with no real head. Smells tart and slightly metallic. Lightly set and then a little tart. Harsher than the Jupiter and a little rounder and sweeter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3769) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Rubber and apple nose. Crystal clear yellow.. Dry and lightly tart apple. Just a slight hint of barnyard. Apple core finish. Tartness builds from start to finish. Dry but flavorful, somewhat one dimensional, but flavorful. Well executed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Last one from the Richmond 17th, which turned out to be a pretty cool little gathering. Pours a clear very light straw color. Aroma is lightly of apples. Flavor is a match, just a very straightforward and enjoyable clean apple flavor. Just a touch of residual sweetness. Quite quenching.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
RBSB 2010 Grand Tasting. Pale straw coloured pour. The aroma is pretty straightforward. Semi-sweet apple with a kiss of candyish flavour. Very simple cider.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of dkachur at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours clear golden in color with thin white head. Aroma sweet and apples. Taste tart apples and sweet with dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Bottle at the cidery on 02/19/2010. Clear white body with a small white head. Sweet fruit and apple aroma. Sweet apple flavor with light sugary character. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 7/3/8/4/16 - 3.8 Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 07/18/2008. Clear pale yellow body with no head. Sweet, lightly sugary apple aroma. Sweet apple flavor, light caramel notes. Medium light body with high carbonation. 7/3/8/4/16 - 3.8

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2009
750 mL bottle from the cidery shared at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Pours a clear, pale off-white color with lots of carbonation. Aroma of sweet and tart apples. Taste also features both sweet and tart apple notes. Dry overall with a champagne like quality. Medium bodied. Very nice.


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