thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught) clear gold, effervescent with little to no head. Nose of soft tannins, peach, white wine vinous notes, slight sugar in the nose. Taste is very dry, seltzer like, tart apple, vinous white wine notes, quite refreshing, light stone fruit, medium to low carbonation. Great palate cleanser.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Good Beer. Bottles from Astor Wines.
MGD color. Very bubbly. Constant froth.
Smells of sweet sweat, sulfur, browned skins, & vanilla.
Taste is a bit tart, but edging towards bittersweet pith, if just a touch sweeter. Some creaminess & bigger then average body. Sprinkling of yeast. Low-key tannins. Well mannered alcohol. Dry, citrusy acidic finish. Not really crisp, but bright. Better then other FH ciders I’ve had on draft, which seem to show better in bottles.
Speaking of, the bottled version of this(which their rep insisted is the same batch), was drier, with longer citrus finish, & much better, microbeaded carbonation. Pretty good either way.
j12601 (9550) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a slight bit of white bubbles while pouring, but they vanish immediately. A very light spicy cinnamon hint, nice thick apple notes, a faint sweetness. Medium bodied, lightly sweet, but not in the same way the nose was. More of a lemony acidity that one would expect. Very nice, light and crisp. Well balanced. Light delicate finish. Surprisingly nice. Sort of like a session cider really, enough body and depth to stay interesting, but light and easy enough to drink for a while, though the 7.5% could get dangerous as a session, but there’s really no alcohol notes throughout. Well done.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Deep Ellum - Allston, MA. Lightly sparkling, despite being referenced as still on the menu. Aroma crackles with grape and pungent green skins. Flavors are deep and complex, but with most good ciders, I’m blown away by the texture. Sweet and silky up front, with a fresh as today, crisp, tart apple pucker balance and gently biting tannins for further balance. The fruits run aromatic. Damn, this is good.