jeremytoni (2889) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a yellow color with almost no head. Very dry tart cider flavor with a quick finish.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jjohn27204 (1) - - AUG 31, 2012 does not count
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
HopTsing (400) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light yellow with white dissipating head. Someone said rubbery and I have to agree. Tart and sour. Clean finish.
magsinva (844) - Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - sterling TWM - pours a pale gold with tiny bubbles. aroma is light apples. Taste is light. Kind of bland.
obguthr (3387) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Bottle poured at CiderDays 2010. This was probably one of the better non-New England ciders for the evening, in my opinion. Big floral fresh apple fruit aroma. The flavors stayed fresh and in the dessert fruit realm, with a some shaved apple and reduced apple skin, but then lots of bright tart structure to balance out off-dry sweetness. The flavor continued in floral. A really enjoyable example.