TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a beer guy, I love beer. Beer has always been my drink of choice, though I do also drink wine on occasion, and spirits as well. Beer has been with us here in America since colonial times. But there is also another drink that has been here as long as beer, and that is cider. Hard cider has been popular in Europe for centuries, especially in countries such as England, Ireland, and France. Cider here in America, hasn’t enjoyed steady popularity. Hard cider is apple cider that has been fermented, and is an alcoholic drink, usually coming in at about 6% abv, making it a bit more potent than your average beer. In colonial times, cider along with beer, was an every day drink. As much hard cider, if not more, was being produced and consumed than beer at points in time. But somewhere along the line the tradition of drinking hard cider, was lost. There has always been small, local, pockets of hard cider production, but cider has become popular once again due to cider companies such as Woodchuck, and the American Cider Company, makers of Cider Jack.
Cider Jack pours to a bright golden color, with a slight white head that quickly fades. Carbonation is very lively. The nose has a nice sweet/sour apple aroma. The palate delivers more tart and sweet apple flavors. Cider Jack finishes with more apple flavor and dries on the tongue. This is a crisp, refreshing, hard cider. I’m a beer drinker, but I have always been a cider drinker as well. Cider Jack is a staple in my beer fridge(ok, my wife is the one that really loves it!) and it is a nice change of pace from beer. I like drinking hard cider also because there really is a tradition involved, it is as much a part of our American heritage as beer is. Cider Jack works really well with pork and turkey. I would match this with roasted pork loin, baked ham, or roasted turkey. This makes a nice aperitif, and would go great with a desert of hot apple pie.
JFGrind (1850) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
There is an underlying champagne yeast flavor and aroma in this hard cider. If someone hadn’t brought this over my house for NYE I don’t think I would have ever sampled it. It didn’t help the rating that I had a sweet tasting Sparks malternative before drinking the Cider Jack. Cider Jack was more dry than sweet.
nick76 (4238) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is like apple vinegar with sugar added. The appearance is clear with a tiny bit of yellow. The flavor is acidic and pretty much a sour apple type of cider. There is however some sugar to balance but it still comes off more on the dry side in the finish. The palate is typical for the style. Not my favorite cider.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 5, 2005
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours very light yellow, with a fully receding head. Slight aroma is tart, solvent, note of alcohol. Tastes alot better than it smells. Starts sweet but has an odd dry finish. Gets an extra point because it has Nutrition Facts listed. Not a big fan of this. I still haven’t had any ciders I have truly enjoyed.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 2, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a rather plain cider, for those of you familiar with ciders. It is remarkably similar to Woodchuck cider. An OK cider.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As far as available ciders go. This one is sweeter then most commercially availlable. It has a strong apple aroma and taste. Strongbow is a very dry cider. This one is not as dry as Strongbow and has more sweetness.
CapFlu (4550) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottle) Purchased the Shaws in Freeport, Maine. Very medicinal. Too sweert. I have no idea why a Vermont apple orchard would replicate a Strongbow cider? Very poor.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very light yellow body. The aroma is light Braeburn apples and some white wine. The taste is light Jonathon apples. There is also white grape juice and a hitn of wood in the finish. A little dry and I appreciate that in a macro cider.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured light yellow with big carbonation.
Aroma and flavor of apples with a tangy finish.
Most of the ciders I,ve had taste more like a wine cooler than anything else.
This cider was the exception.
TaktikMTL (5866) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée au Cabot Annex Store à Waterbury Center, VT. Arôme: Odeur de pomme et de sucré. Apparence: Couleur paille pâle. Faible densité des bulles. Présence de bulle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de jus de pomme à l’ancienne. Court arrière goût. Palette: Corps mince avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de pomme Granny Smith. (Rating #141)