Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pick up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear golden light amber (slightly darker than the other three varieties), with a clean disk and minimal bubble presence. Aroma of light apple cider, a hint of clove, pickled ginger, a a little potpourri. Taste is medium bodied, plenty of sweet apple flavor with some mulling spices, ginger and a hint of earthy herbs. Finish is semi-dry with a short lived ginger and earthy spiced tea aftertaste.
Rustyham (1633) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The ginger sharpness cuts the apple sweetness and kind of flattens it. Light but still juicy, not too full, realy sharp.
Stampion (98) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
No overly gingery. Good balance between tart and sweet. Might be too sweet for my taste, but it goes down smooth in a summer afternoon.
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jgb9348 (3962) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp light copper coloured body with a hint of an amber glow and absolutely no head at all. Aroma of bright apples, caster sugar, a hint of ginger and pine and a bit of yeast. Medium-bodied; Strong apple flavour of course, with some pear and a very light ginger flavour. Aftertaste shows quite a bit of sweetness, with a hint of tart green apple flavours and a good prolonged apple flavour. Overall, not a bad offering and showing some good flavours along with a sweet finish. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-February-2013 for US$1.34 sampled at home in Washington on 04-April-2013.
mnmike (606) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap - ginger elements are subdued. Sweetness is the main factor on the taste here.
r464 (1464) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light yellow with a little fizziness. Crisp and a little tart with a hint of ginger. Sweet, refreshing, very drinkable.
redlem (1264) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taste wise this is my favorite of the bunch as I like the ginger but it is still very sweet. The apple is the dominant profile and the ginger is a secondary player which cuts into the sweetness some but not much.
igneous1 (1467) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear, fizzy, golden, no head. aroma is mostly apple, with some ginger, flavor is dominated by the ginger, with apple in the background. finish is tart, but there is plenty of sweetness as well.
deyholla (4770) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 2013 Chicago Cider Summit. Pours a clear gold with minimal carbonation and no head. Aroma has a perfumey apple note with a bit of ginger underlying. Flavor has mainly sweet apples with a bit of tartness and a good supporting note of ginger.
Ernest (5605) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Head is initially very small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is light to medium yellow. Aroma is a note of ginger ale (ginger, sugar), light note of apple juice and plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately astringent.
I don’t think I could tell this wasn’t just plain ginger ale in a blind tasting...the apple character is pretty minor. Very artificial and soda-pop-like (or alcopop, if you prefer) in character, a cartoonish rendition of cider. Kind of like comparing Juicy Juice to a Cabernet.
ajnepple (465) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear pale and golden. Pretty standard cider smell and flavor, I’m starting to like these. The ginger is present but just a little. Smooth and refreshing, not too sweet.