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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Sparkling, clear, golden. Blended for potent fruit and acid, subdued tannins, somehow it offers a surprising and delightful suggestion of whisky sours with nothing like the alcoholic penalty. Alcohol content 7.5% by volume. 750 ml. bottle, mushroom cork closure (no corkscrew needed). Nice to get fun and information in the same bottle, yes? The fun is in the flavor, a little sweeter and more accessible than our regular styles, with keen acid and tons of fruit, plus a clean, food-enhancing finish. The information, familiar all over the cider-drinking world but generally forgotten here in the States, is that traditional fermented ciders make ideal hot-weather companions. Don't chill Summer Cider (or any FH bottle) very far down, you'll lose contact with its fullest flavor.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
(2nd Shenandoah Throwdown, 750ml bottle, thanks wickedpete) Still straw body with quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is medium sweet, crisp apple, some tartness. Taste is medium sweet, apple, some apple juice, faint seltzer. Light body, light carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Nice golden color with moderate carbonation and a big, tart appley aroma that has raw apple skins and a bit of gueuze mixed in. Flavor is solid, tart apple with pleasant acidity & sourness, and just enough tannic bite to keep the experience going. Really good cider from these guys.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle, at Tria Fermentation School 2/12/09. Clear straw color, with minimal head. Aroma is fairly earthy, with tart apple, apple skin, oak, and dust. Flavor is a bit tart, with with baked apple, apple chips, and mild acid. Very drinkable and refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 750 ml bottle from the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT, served from a standard no-name wine glass at a bit below cellar temperature. Light "pop" of the cork, a bit of fizziness that quickly subsides in the golden/straw body which is just faintly hazy and bubbly....earthy, mineralic/chalky hints in the autumnal-sweet cider-apple nose, old Russets with hints of Empire perhaps....very smooth, eminently quaffable body, just beautifully balanced on the dry/sweet chart, with very little alcohol noticeable and a lovely hint of caramel sweetness at the finish...low to moderate carbonation, a real pleasure to drink with just enough complexity to retain interest through the bottle, enough easy roughness to make you enjoy that finish. Possibly the best from this solid cidery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden strawberry body. Aroma is a pleasant smell of wood and tart apples. Flavor is slightly dry tartness, wood and oak, mild to tart apples and a hint of lemon. This is one great cider that can go well for any season.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2008
From a 750 ml bottle. A dark straw body with just traces of white head at the edges of the glass. The aroma is fairly sweet, yet at the same time vinous. Little hints of dandelions and fresh apples make this pleasant. The mouthfeel is relatively dry at first, but then this finishes sweet. There are notes of the tart apples with some woody hints, especially in the finish. There is a bright floral character thoughout. Lightly carbonated, this is a good thirst quencher for hot weather.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nnck (5) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2008 does not count
A nice, light cider -- sparkling and tart with a fruity aroma. Clean and great in the hot weather, particularly with grilled chicken and fish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2007
Bright, light yellow. Fresh, fruity and altogether clean aroma. Quite tart, with notes of apple skin and tannin. Bright on the palate with more apple complexity than the Semi-Dry. Very tart finish - fresh & fruity character is quenching indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4610) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 19, 2007
(750ml bottle) CW3 gathering in Victoria. Courtesy of Oakes and Joe McPhee. Lite yellow colour with high carbonation. Tart, clean, tonic, dry grape nose. Flavour of a mildly sweet white wine. Good apple base with a delicious grape mid-palate. Mildly dry wine finish. One of the finest non-iced ciders Iíve tried. Difficult to achieve this level, balance and complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Pale straw colour, spritzy carbonation, quite clean and appley in the nose. Light malic acid, a touch of dustiness and some alcohol all make an appearance. Flavour is pretty well-balanced. Very dry on the finish with some light apple skin tannic character. Tart and slightly leathery, both of which intensify as the cider warms a bit. A bit less refined than the semi-dry cider, but itís still quite good.


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