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Downeast Cider Original Blend



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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
The Original Blend is made from freshly pressed Maine apples (thank you Ricker Hill Orchards, www.rickerhill.com) because we believe in making the best product we possibly can. We also like to support local agriculture. We use Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, McIntosh, Cortland, and Gala apples in our cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Draught at Charlie’s 11/21/15.
This stuff enjoys a good popularity here in Boston, not quite cult-like, but getting there. Hadn’t tried the stuff, as it usually takes some special reason to try "yet another regular old cider..." but I took a chance with the winter blend and this stuff is super cloudy, which was also intriguing, so I figured what the hell.
Cloudy, murky, completely unfiltered golden apple-colored body has no head, as one would expect.
Mushy apples, sugary and rich, in the nose, but with a natural enough quality to it. Light phenolics divulge pepper and very light allspice notes.
Sweet, in the flavor, but not syrupy or punishingly so. Quite a good richness, but with almost enough acidity to balance on the end. Some apple skin-like dryness, a bit of pepper and an ample, but not overdone carbonation that many ciders succumb to having (heavy fizziness). Thick, chewy, slick texture is unusual, but not off-putting and does help soak up some of the sweetness. I liked it, though I certainly get the comments that call it too sweet. I think it would be really, really good if they cut out some of those macs and delcious varieties. With all those, it’s a wonder the stuff is a complete cloying syrup bomb. So I give them credit for that. Definitely some sulfur qualities as well (with it listed on the label, no less). Hopefully they eventually graduate to making ciders without any chemicals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2015
On tap at Pro Pig. Pours very hazy/muddy orange with very low to no lacing. Aroma is of apples, pears. Taste is of sugar, pears, apples. Sweet, traditionnal™ non-tart brown apple juice. Palate: Medium body. Soft carbonation. Slightly sticky. Overall: Quite original yep. Sweet, so half a glass was plenty. Not overly easily drinkable or refreshing, but quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (607) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Poured from can murky orange gold with no head. Aromas of sweet apples. Taste is apples sugar honey. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jow (2909) - New York, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Tap at stags head as realized I had no cash so had to get a flight to get minimum card balance. Light yellow pour. Nose is sweet pressed apples. Tastes of apple juice, pear, white grapes. Semi sweet. Watery and not bitter or dry enough for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (5029) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Draft @ BCTC, Ommegang Brewery. August, 8, 2015. Crystal clear gold. Aroma is pressed apples, watered down pineapple, sugar.

Lots of sweetness but not overly so. Off putting sulfur in the finish. I like the cranberry from this cidery much more. Drinkable except for the sulfur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2015
5oz on tap at Cask Republic. Completely cloudy sunflower yellow color. No head. Awesome yellow apple flavor. Smooth, kind of crisp light carbonation. More dry finish. Medium-plus body, some more fullness to the texture. Solid. I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigbish (640) - California, USA - APR 19, 2015
A really good, not overly sweet cider. Pours a very hazy tan color, not much carbonation. Very clean flavor with a good mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
(can - 12 oz) Cloudy gold with no head. Dry apple aroma with some very mild tartness. Flavor is more earthy and natural than candy sweet. A bit of tartness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
psychmusic (1) - - APR 7, 2015 does not count
Delicious- tastes like carbonated fresh apple cider. Maybe not as complex or tart as some like, but an eminently quaffable drink that tastes like a syrupy sweet fall in new england.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7361) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Can. Pours gold with a thin fizzy head. Really a pretty typical cider offering, mild apple sweetness, relatively fizzy mouthfeel, and a quick and moderately sweet finish. Drinkable for sure.

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