renffisch (723) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from work. Golden colour, good fine carbonation. sweet apple bouquet with a hint of cellar. sweet start but generally very dry in flavour, almost like asteely chardonnay sparkling, good natural apple notes. very dry metallic finish.
daknole (8548) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a gold color with a bubbly white head. Aroma of apples and champagne. Flavor of apples and honey. A bit dry and very much like champagne. Pretty nice and easy drinking.
jredmond (5031) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Salt House in Galway. Pours clear yellowish gold body. Aroma is champagne and apple. Taste is great - champagne characteristics and apple of course.
downender (5913) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. Pale gold with moderate carbonation. Straight down the middle between sweet and dryness in both aroma and flavour, with a some juicy apples and a lingering, dryish finish. Ok.
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Botella, shared with the mrs. Clear nice golden colour. Good apple tart fruity aroma. Good mouthfeel. Pleasant flavour of apples, sweet and tart with a dry fruity finish. Tasty cider indeed.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 $6.25 for a cute long neck green bottle from New Beer. "BBEMar097085". I think these are about $8-9 at Whole Foods, but they’re probably a little fresher. Sulfites kill good cider, forget what Mother Earth tells you. Oraganic... whatever.
Poured into an Allagash tulip after a strong rinsing off of crap beer.
Spritzy, excited pour that vanishes just as soon as it came. I’ve probably never had a shinier beverage. Pretty much a clear pale gold that really glows. Constant stream of CO2.
I can smell big pear notes from a couple feet away, but that proves to be only temporary. Smell is baked, buttered apples, with a little preservative. Anticipated tartness. Euro carmelized musk. Faint alcohol.
Once I begin feeding myself, sulfites seem to establish themselves early. Big white wine-ish notes(& alcohol), macerated apples, resulting in a reserved/muted apple taste. Buttery, but finishes very dry. Watered down ginger ale sweetness. Crisply carbonated, bigger average green tartness, & just a faint note of vinegar.
I wouldn’t pay the price for it again. Questionably better the half the generic six pack ciders available around here. Though I do faintly remember some of the other Aspall varieties being much more pleasant. We’ll see.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours with a quick to fade white head over a burnt golden body. Aroma of dry apples and cork. Not very complex. Taste has medium residual sugars, dry (non fruity) flavor with apple character, light barnyard. Very drinkable. Aspall seams to be very good in my book for a mass market cider (beats the pants off of Woodchuck and Strongbow in actually being a real cider). Lively, forced carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.
Bullit (3856) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Morissons. Light golden colour, sparkling. Carbonated. Aroma of sour apple, phenol. Flavour of sweet apple, applejuice, phenol, earthy, yeasty. Dry finish. Not bad.
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (Organic Suffolk Cyder), from Tesco Cleethorpes. Orange gold, noisy fizzy quickly dissolving head and insistent condition. Fruity tart apple and faintly phenolic alcohol in the nose, quite dry and muted in the mouth with some earthy appleskin notes and vague alcohol, short dry finish with some lingering earthiness.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 bottle drunk January 2009 with approx. 4-6 months age on it.
After the delightful tartness of the dry cider from Aspall, I was very curious to try this guy. Similar in appearance, with, perhaps, a bit more amber color to it and equally carbonated. More mushy, red apple-like sweetness is apparent in the nose, with some musty, though I wouldnt quite say tart, notes on the end. A definite woodiness, like wet/damp sawdust is noteable in both these ciders, leading me to believe it must be a house character and not an unenjoyable one at that.
Cleaner, more straightforward in the mouth, with simple juicy sweetness and a less staying tartness/acidity on the finish. Some light alcohol creeps in to the finish and as the carbonation softens, it gets rather "mushy" and probably a little too lifelessly sweet. Good enough though, and the wild yeast/musty house character is a nice touch.