MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found a rep pouring this at basically every other event during cider week. Dropped the $13 on a bottle just because I felt bad about depleting their stock so.
Chalice. Clear, dark caramelly color. Flash of white head. Active.
Smells of bitter-tart skin, minerals, & a bit of leafy honey. Muted.
Oxidized/browned apple & generic ginger ale sweetness. Almost perfectly bittersweet & suited to my palate. Mellow tartness, but solid acidity. Round, but it dries out a bit on the end.
Slightly slick, despite the moderate, but proud carbonation. Easy, warm alcohol. So easy to drink. Shame I can’t get this cheap on tap for growler fills.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured at CiderDays 2012. Limited aromatics, but a touch of marmalade. More full bodied, but not ever clinging or cloying. The mid-palate is peppery and fresh, but it finishes with a really rich and satisfying creamy quality. Eve’s really makes some consistent ciders.