Brewed by Aspall Cyder
Style: Cider
Stowmarket, England


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bottled & Polypin, regular;

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7817) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (3961) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle, Morissons. Light golden colour, sparkling. Carbonated. Aroma of sour apple, phenol. Flavour of sweet apple, applejuice, phenol, earthy, yeasty. Dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rauchbier (3592) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Organic English Draft Cider
Date: November 28, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: crystal clear sparkling yellow
Aroma: light apple aroma, hint of sweetness
Flavor: rich apple flavor, light tartness is balanced by a touch of sweetness, light sulpher begins to show up as it warms
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2009
The aroma is fruity and plastic like with apples both tart and sweet. Its also sour and funky. The appearance is pale gold with nice carbonation. The flavor is like the aroma and not pleasant. The palate is typical for a cider and the finish is medicinal. Overall this is bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle purchased somewhere in Chicago with my mentor, CMUBEERMAN, as the guide, (by the way, I have a bunch of ratings to enter thanks to CMUBEERMAN). Pours clear orange gold, bubbly head that quickly disappears. Aroma is apple and slight vinegar. Flavor is funky with some vinegar, but still has a crispy apple flavor. I like this because it’s not too sweet. This is way more drinkable than most of the ciders I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Bottle, 500ml from Morrisons, Banbury. Pale greenish gold with no head. Reasonably well set up cider, quite basic apple with slightly earthy, farmy notes then a lingering sweetness. reasonable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 27, 2008
At $5.99 this was expensive so you would hope it would be good. And so it was. From the bottle it poured a very light yellow with a tiny head. Nose is of tart apples. Very fresh mouthfeel. Flavor is of course apples but there are some other kind of spicy flavors. Finish is tart and dry. A superior Cider.

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