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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Royal Pippin (Price: $16 per bottle) is a fruity cider crafted entirely from Albemarle Pippins. It is a dry cider that has a champagne-like quality. It is an excellent accompaniment to many foods, and is a delightfully refreshing beverage on its own. The virtues of this apple are described on the back label: The Albemarle Pippin is a legendary central Virginia fruit. First imported to England by Benjamin Franklin, the Pippin is recognized as one of the world’s greatest dessert apples. It became Queen Victoria’s favorite apple when American Ambassador, Alexander Stevenson, presented a basket of apples to the court from Enniscorthy, his wife’s Albemarle County home. It is one of the few apples that produces an excellent single-variety cider. Thomas Jefferson grew large quantities for consumption at Monticello and wrote from Paris in 1785, "They have no apples here to compare with our...Pippin."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3132) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Refrigerated 75 cl bottle, 8.5% abv, poured into a white wine glass. Pours clear extremely pale yellow (almost clear) with small white head which dissipates fairly quickly. Very light dry apple aroma (almost devoid of aroma), light body, light carbonation, and litttle lacing. Taste is vinous (white wine), lighter tart apple, and dryer finish. Might like this if you like dry ciders, alcohol is well covered, but regardless the aroma is really bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
From a bottle poured a yellow color with almost no head. Very dry tart cider flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Don’t know how I kept missing this one, but I did. Finally hit a bottle, at Fresh Market of all places. Pours a medium to light gold, clear, no head. Aroma is slightly tart apple. Flavor is a match. Decent depth of apple flavor, and the faintly tart note keeps it interesting. Considering it is all from one varietal, this is pretty impressive stuff - most ciders require multiple varietals to really develop any interesting characteristics, unless the yeast is allowed to run wild, which isn’t the case here. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Serving: 750 ml bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a clear, light yellow with no head. The nose is slightly musty with light apple skin notes. The flavor will make you change your mind about what a cider can be. It tastes of unoaked chardonnay, apple skins, and honey suckle. Very dry. Almost like a sparkling wine. It certainly shows the range of hard cider.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
jjohn27204 (1) - - AUG 31, 2012 does not count
this is not good. I love dry, traditional "farmhouse" ciders, but this tastes like cheap chardonnay. In addition, the alcohol is too high for a cider (the description here on Rate Beer says 7 per cent, but my bottle says 9.5). This stuff has a dirty flavor, like dirt (not "barnyardy," as in some good ciders and lambics). A much better local VA choice is Potter’s, plus it costs about five bucks less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopTsing (565) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2012
I tend to like ciders a lot. This one impressed me very favorable. From the bottle poured a beautiful golden elixer with barely any head. wonderful sweet/tart flavor with a dry finish. Light bodied and perfect for any occasion. Best served cold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tia (1737) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle. Light yellow with white dissipating head. Someone said rubbery and I have to agree. Tart and sour. Clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (1105) - Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle - sterling TWM - pours a pale gold with tiny bubbles. aroma is light apples. Taste is light. Kind of bland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
obguthr (5655) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Dry apple aroma, funky, a bit too much on the rubber side for me. Crystal clear, very pale yellow, some carbonation. Very dry, with the same rubbery quality, lightly tart, not quite medicinal, but very phenolic. The story on the label is fascinating, but this cider is too dry for my tastes. I’m guessing this is an acquired taste that I haven’t yet acquired. This cider cider is helping me get it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21449) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of Linda (thanks!), shared with Shukhrat from Uzbekistan. Crystal clear gold, hi carbonation. Aroma has intense fruit, plus apple skins and lemon peel. Taste has a barely sweet start, then turns slightly tart, then finishes very dry. Very nice fruit flavor, and very refreshing. Probably the best American cider I have had - reminds me of my time exploring Normandy and Brittany.

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