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Brewed by Aspall Cyder
Style: Cider
Stowmarket, England

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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bottled & Polypin, regular;


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14132) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2008
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Clear pale gold, no head, lots of apple juice on aroma, its how I remember cider tasting when I was still a teen. Very drinkable. Reasonably dry with some sweetish apple juice coming in on finish. Refreshing and drinkable.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2008
This looks dull and old, even tho ity’s best before Jul 09, the nose is bursting with apples (surprise surprise!) Dry, tart palate, quite tannic and one dimensional , still better than most ciders. I used most of this for cooking, not sure if I’d buy again. Tesco.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
This pours a deep golden body, well carbonated, with an initially sopay head that quickly settles down into a ring around the glass. The aroma is sweet apples with a distracting tinge of vinegar to it. Same with the flavor, although it has the added "benefit" of a touch of metallica. Crisp sweet finish. I won’t be repeating this one.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2007
After the last couple of cider tasting "brews", decided I would actually have one. Light golden color with a fizzy off white diminishing head. Woody apple aromas. Some hints of brandy and simple caramel when further sniffed. Quite sweet with a medicinal quality. Hints of cherries, plums and dates. LIghtly scidic in the finish. Lightly astringent as well. An over-ripe apple linger. LIquid seem to coat the mouth at times even with all the effervesence. There are some nice apple flavors at times, but they seem to get displaced or intermingled with some flavors that aren’t quite as pleasent. Slightly better than average.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
Appearance
Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 1   Pale(1)->Dark(5) : 2   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 3
Aroma
Intensity : 2  
Yeast : 2   Bread : XX   Hay: 2   Brett : XX   Floral: 2   Wood: 2   Leather: XX   Barnyard : XX   Medicine : XX   Phenols: XX   Cheese : XX   Vinous: 2  
Notes: Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Applesauce: XX   Appleskin : XX Pear : 1   Tropical FruitsXX  
Flavor
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 Juicy: 2   Sourness : 1   Bitterness: 3   Farmy : 1   Complex: XX   Length : XX
Palate
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3 Chewy: XX   Sharp: XX   Chalk : XX   Astringence : 1   Tea tannins : XX   Alcohol : 1
Comments: Quite a chaotic example, starting very sweet, yet finishing bitter and unpolished.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a peculiar orange, more reminiscent of Kraft Mac and Cheese post-preparation than an apple cider. Aroma is a stinging cherry/apple mixture, more of the former than the latter; reminds me of a Kriek. Wow! Who dropped the sour ball into the frementing tank? Extremely tart and sour cherry with a weak apple tint; in fact, if I had drank this during a blind taste test, I probably wouldn’t be able to detect the apple at all. Average mouthfeel. Okay, I guess.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
legion242 (2268) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Wow, the sweetest English cider that I have ever tried. I have always appreciated the dryness of English ciders, but this one was much more in the sweet American style.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2007
Golden. Sweet fruit aroma. The taste however is tart and a little bitter. Too fizzy, but this is a pretty good cider to find in a bottle in a supermarket.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of apple, band-aid, wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately astringent. Decent level of wild yeast character, very dry, but surprisingly bitter and astringent as well (which ciders rarely are).

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottled. Cider is clear, medium gold. Carbo looks like shooting stars.<P> The aroma is strong Braeburn-like tart eating apple with a light note of barnyard and a trace note of something sweet and biscuity.<P> The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately sweet, heavily bitter (squeeky on the palate), trace acidic finish.<P> The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P> The bitterness is a bit of a surprise. Can’t say I wouldn’t welcome the change-up, but it’s a bit much and ends up seeming a bit out of place. Otherwise, I like this very much.


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