obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Even mix of apple, mint, and lemongrass. Crystal clear yellow. Tart apple flavor, funky phenols. Subtle fresh mint notes are detected. The phenols come awfully close to what I would identify as a flaw. Were this labeled a farmhouse cider, I would accept it as that. Since it is not, I suspect there may be an unintended infection in this sample. Either way, it is pleasant and enjoyable. I wonder if this cidery ever employs wild yeast?
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear. Aroma of apples with a nice hop bouquet. Flavor of fresh apple with a very well balanced with the hop flavor. Light body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, solid stuff!
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Beer Run. I believe this is the first time Iíve ever had a hopped cider. Pours a clear amber color with no head. Aroma of tart apples, apple skins, floral and peppery hops. The taste is tart apples and herbal hops. Medium bodied. Interesting, but I canít say Iím a fan of this concept.
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at NCBC. Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a little white head. Big sweet red apple nose, no real hop presence there. Creamy medium body with lots of red apple fruit and skin. Nice apple-y cider. Long sweet finish.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tap at Smoke & Barrel. Pours clear champagne. Little to no carbonation. Nose is apple juice and chemicals. Taste follows suit with mild tartness. Compared to the world of ciders this is pretty much garbage. Baby's apple juice comes to mind.
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MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavż in Queens, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
8/3/12. 12ozer from New Beer. Poured into a lowball.
Pale gold, lacquered, & spritzy.
Smells like macerated floral/catty hops & fuel.
Taste is bittersweet. Lettuce-y. Hops overwhelm the underpowered, faintly tangy supermarket apples, but arenít themselves that potent. Faint to low carbonation. Mouthwash finish.
Didnít sit well with me. Had this once last year on tap, & besides probably using different apples, the hops didnít suffocate it right out the gate either.
jcos (1520) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location/Date:Bottle on September 1st, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a gold clear.
Aroma: Aroma is light apple.
Taste: Mostly apple cider, faint alcohol, very faint hops.
Summary: I grabbed this at Normís thinking it was a beer when I was quickly grabbing singles, whoops! A normal cider, not too much in the "hops" department.
kereltis (33) - Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little on the bitter side at first but is quite refreshing with a sweet aroma. Good summer or early autumn drink, great people switching from ale or trying cider for the first time.
degbert (1060) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at TPSA. This was -- odd. Everything but the nose said íOK ciderí -- average sweetness, a little prickliness, and so on. The nose was just this huge bouquet of Cascade hops. I still havenít fully processed the experience, much less decided if I liked it or not. I would definitely recommend trying it, though; itís hard to find something truly different.
Elwood (3022) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: Bottle at Fire Works Leesburg. It pours a pale yellow with no head. The nose is light with a dry apple note and a bit of florals. The flavor moves from apple skins, to earthy, to slightly grassy. Interesting mix here. Light on the palate and fairly refreshing. Iíve never tried a cider with hops, but this one seemed to work okay.