SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
the couple of hopped ciders i have had i have enjoyed so- .. . pours a sacagawea coin gold .. . good foam .. . wow, very clean and refreshing .. . has a nice light dryness .. . not awfully complex but enjoyable none the less .. . . my friend once left his baby girl in his local pub. He now knows the distance from his house to the pub can be run in 57 seconds!
jgb9348 (4734) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Crystal clear, very light golden coloured body with a pale glow and no head at all - not even a soda head that dies quickly. Aroma of mint, cardboard, funk, old washclothes, wet towels and not much else. Light-bodied; Minor taste of alcohol, granny smith apples, a touch of yeast, some light sugars and not much else. Aftertaste is fairly similar - some nice apple sweetness, but no depth nor complexity, this one is pretty one-dimensional and not in a great way. Overall, not really worth trying and definitely not worth searching out for - nor spending a lot of money on. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Falls Church (Tyson’s Corner), Virginia on 31-October-2012 for US$3.49 sampled at home in Washington on 11-November-2012.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an average cheddar yellow with a nose of Wrigley’s spearmint gum. Flavor is apple juice and Wrigley’s spearmint gum. Nice mouthfeel until the chalk essence sets in. Nice cider; unlike anything I’ve tasted before.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Stone, after a person with questionable taste returned the bottle, saying it was no good. "Yer dumb", I say. Light gold/amber with tiny to no head. Get the sweetness of a cider, with a chewy woodiness. Great movement around the mouth. Much more complex than other ciders I’ve had. Yummy.
obguthr (3830) - 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 (8539) - 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 I’ve 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 can’t say I’m a fan of this concept.
after4ever (6127) - 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 (8430) - 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 Polotmavý 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 aren’t themselves that potent. Faint to low carbonation. Mouthwash finish.
Didn’t sit well with me. Had this once last year on tap, & besides probably using different apples, the hops didn’t suffocate it right out the gate either.