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Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider 1108

Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider 1108
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
This one is a blend of three late-season 2009 fermentations, and the last of our first fermentation of 2008. The 2008 portion contains a lot Somerset Redstreak, one of the fruitier, softer bittersweets. The rest of the blend is strong to Dabinett, Yarlington Mill, Esopus Spitzenberg, Golden Russet, and Wickson. Bright acid, soft tannins, and lots of nice peach, melon, citrus, tropics, and body. We’re pretty sure this is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2012
(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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9581) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2011
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.

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