This new Dooryard was blended from our new big batch base 1205, a tank-end of 1211, and a partial barrel of 1311, Wickson.
This cider doesn’t color too far out of our usual Farnum Hill Ciders lines, compared to some previous Dooryard batches. The nose carries a fair bit of BSA, but has bright spots of sour cherry and pineapple. There is pear and a little whiskey in the nose, too. The taste starts with a burst of fruity sweetness, but the sweetness drops quickly behind the bright acid and the nice, woody, BSA bitter. Orange and tangerine join the fruits from the nose, with a tiny bit of red candy. The fruits in this one jostle for prominence; they take turns popping.
The astringency is moderately low, the feel medium-full. The finish carries all of the fruits from the nose and taste, as well as a nice broad but mild bitter. The whiskey note remains. Dare I say this reminds me of a tropical drink made with whiskey? Cherry on top.
Underdogs88 (180) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter sharp apple aroma. Appearance is golden clear with petillant carbonation. Flavor is appley with some white wine esters. Acidity is mid-high. Mouthfeel is light with a nice full tannic structure. Overall, it's a nice semisweet cider with a refreshing acidity and a nice tannic structure. The only thing is improve is that it is a little watery.
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MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ the Times Center.
Pale bright gold body. Super clarity.
Smell is Pithy. Fruit pits, mellow rind, & dusty, chalky apples.
Taste is sharp apple wine, chalk, & dried out peel. A bit more carbonated then I think it should be. Mushy flesh, lemon/orange, & the subliminal whiskey note their rep kept pushing on me. Faintly tart, moderately acidic. Touch of rind. Watery/hollow. Bitter, leafy finish.
I’m a fan of the Dooryard stuff, but despite the fluffed up description, I thought this one was really lacking.
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