bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting "green" aroma. Very pale gold color. Medium body with fine carbonation. Just a hint of sugar. Very mild, pure fresh apple flavor - neither green nor red. Some skin. Hardly any cooked apple. Clean and crisp. Maybe just a touch of grass.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry ciders are my favorite, so I was excited to try this one. Pours a light straw color with some good carbonation. Has a promising aroma; fermented apples are at the forefront.
A little disappointing on the flavor though. Itís very dry which is nice, but the apple flavor isnít as pronounced as it could be. Someone below mentioned "tonic water" and I could see where you might think that. A little more aggressiveness with the apple flavor might be nice, but otherwise a very enjoyable cider.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 First cider rating. Poured from a bottle. Poured a clear golden color with a head that fizzled out immediately/ Nice rising bubbles. Aroma of, surprisingly, apples. Sharp, sweet and sour taste with apples on the finish. Nice and crisp on the palate. Not too versed in ciders, but this was nice.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; My second cider rating so presumably quite naive.
Pours pale clear yellow with a fluffy white but incredibly short-lived head that disappears in fractions of a second before my eyes. White wine aroma with apple notes; flavor is like a overly-sweet chardonnay, buttery with a hint of wood, acid, and of course apple. Not nearly as dry as I expected, but only very mildly sour and entirely quaffable. Nice light sparkling mouthfeel. Seems to me that enjoyed this more than the medium, which is probably an indicator of poor taste on my part. Ah well....
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
(Draught) Sampled at the Elysian Fieldís brewpub on October 17, 2007, Seattle. Reminded me of a fizzy Strongbow. Light yellow in colour and more tonic water flavoured than apples. Pretty bad.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a savannah yellow. Nose of appleas and fermentation. Body is light. Taste is if apples and a moderate sourness followed by some sweetness. This is moderately enjoyable fayre.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Aroma of golden apple, berry and cherry fruitiness, along with some light flowers and herbs. Pale golden color, clear, with some light visible carbonation. Flavor follows aroma closely, has that apple juice tang here and there combined with the tart sweetness and floral touches. Mouthfeel is light, refreshing and effervescent, quite dry. Pleasant enough, albeit fairly simple.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 1   Pale(1)->Dark(5) : 1   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 4
Intensity : 3
Yeast : 2   Bread : 2   Hay: 1   Brett : XX   Floral: 2   Wood: 2   Leather: XX   Barnyard : XX   Medicine : XX   Phenols: 1   Cheese : XX   Vinous: 3
Caramel : XX   Honey : XX   Applesauce: XX   Appleskin : 2 Pear : XX   Tropical Fruits1
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 Juicy: 2   Sourness : 1   Bitterness: XX   Farmy : 1   Complex: XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 4 Chewy: XX   Sharp: XX   Chalk : XX   Astringence : 1   Tea tannins : 1   Alcohol : XX
Comments: A rather sweet example despite its dry name. Generally unexciting and fizzy.
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The 2nd cider in our flight at Indraís Mead, Cider and Sake Tasting 8/31/07. Pours a clear bright golden yellow with virtually no head. It looks like an effervescent chardonnay. Straight light apple notes are on the nose. The aroma actually makes me think of a Riesling without the sweetness. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied, effervescent and tart, finishing, as the name implies, quite dry. The flavor is a sweet, effervescent apple with a nice tart/dry end. Thereís definitely truth in advertising with this one; it is dry.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small quickly vanishing white head, clear yellow body. Dry and somewhat tart. Strikes a nice balance w/the usual cider sweetness, I like that. Somewhat like a dryish white wine .