Aquilo (571) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden yellow with a head that foams up quickly, and goes away too fast. It has an exciting crisp apple aroma, with a candy sweetness to back it up. I actually like the aroma very much. Unfortunately, the flavor is way too sweet. The label clearly says "extra dry," but this is not dry at all. It’s like soda. I can only imagine that the folks at Crispin have no idea what dry means. Still, it’s not bad. I actually like sweet drinks. Unfortunately, my bottle is nearly flat. No carbonation to tickle the tongue and balance out the sweetness. Overall, this seemed like a promising cider. It just didn’t work out. Why is it so hard to find a decent cider here in California?
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from New Beer Distributors.
Pale gold/straw color. A bit on the lively side.
Smells of a blend of green apple & grape Jolly Ranchers, cut with boxed apple juice. Slightly musty.
Mellow eating apples, melon, gum, plastic, big sulfites, & something "naturally flavored" that’s not too far from cream soda. Mild acidity & tartness. Not really all that dry.
Moderate, crispy carbonation. Dusty/powdery texture on the finish. Actually preferable over ice. It helps cut the ugly.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale yellow with bubbles. Aroma of moderate appleness. Medium-light body, well carbonated. Flavor is just a bit off dry, apples, refreshing, becomes more mediocre as it warms, decent not exciting.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5316) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from a 12 oz clear bottle this cider poured a very pale yellow-clear color with a medium white seltzer head hat faded very quickly. The aroma was dryish and musty with notes of grape, faint apple and champagne. The flavor was dry and bitter with tart apples and a yeasty undertone. Medium finish and very light body. Overall more like champagne than cider.
Beerman6686 (5158) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a semi couldy light straw yellow with a tiny white head. Aroma was apple juice, and dry champagne and yeast. Flavor was much the same, fairly dry for a widely distributed cider, but not much complexity or unique flavors.
SanfordBrewer (1392) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
translucent straw with no head and light effervescence; clingy medium body with medium-high carbonation.
aroma: bright tart fresh apples with a hint of acetic sourness.
taste: fresh apples and champagne up front, with musty apples and a bit of yeast character in the center, and a semisweet finish.
SSSteve (3916) - - SEP 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pale gold with no head. sweet overripe red apples in nose. flavors of sweet red apple juice. smooth and light on the palate. really nice cider all around.
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very pale yellow color, fairly flat without much head or effervescence, which is of course quite forgivable for a cider... but with a name like Brut I guess I wanted more bubbles. The aroma has nice hints of pear and tart green apples with some light notes of non-varietal-specific white wine. The flavor is overall pretty dry with some hints of sweetness up front. Plenty of fruit flavor of pear and tart apple throughout and a lightly spicy note to compliment.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2011 Clear pale yellow; some bubbles but mostly still. Smells like apple champagne. Taste is somewhat sweet, with just a lightly tart champagne complexity. Not as sweet or fruity as Crispin Original, and finishes a little drier. Palate is light and crisp. Fairly high carbonation. The "Brut" touch is nice overall, but really not that different from Crispin Original.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very light, clear yellow with a lot of fine bubbles. The aroma is white wine and some dry apples. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of very dry apples notes with a little bit of sugar mixed in. A nice cider.