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Oliverís / Virtue Cider Gold Rush Cider

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Brewed by Oliverís Cider
Style: Cider
Hereford, England


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Available on draught and in 750ml bottles.
Gold Rush is the first Transatlantic cider-making collaboration between Tom Oliver of Oliverís Cider & Perry, Herefordshire and Greg Hall of Virtue Cider, Chicago. Using skills and crafts refined through the centuries, this fine cider is made with unsprayed cider apples from local and traditional orchards. Fresh pressed juice is fermented by wild yeasts and then matured and aged in oak barrels. A true reflection of the cidermakers art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Zero head. Pours a dark gold with an orange hue. Aroma is mostly tart, with some vinegar and a hint of sweet red apple. Taste follows aroma. Loads of hay, straw and barnyard funk. Very good, much better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1994) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Cask / Bag in a Box @ Euston Cider Tap. Fairly dry one this, with plenty of tannins, nice and rough around the edges with a nice farmhouse feel and a little straw here & there. Bit too acidic, although the oak balances that out. Wouldnít mind trying a bottle of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1466) - Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
From bottle at 2013 Cider Summit PDX. Clear golden color. Tart apple aroma with funky yeast notes. Semisweet apple taste with definite oaky wood notes. Tart and slightly funky finish (in a good way).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Nose is musty and very earthy. Dry oak and mild funk. Light backing acidity and fairly dry. A bit of tannin dryness. Flower water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2506) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours a rich golden color with a finger of fizz... Aromas are rustic apple, earthy straw, barnyard funk and a trace of warm spice. The palate has a round medium body with ripe clean sour apple, straw, earthy funk and a dose of horse blanket that draws out the finish with nice yeast complexity. Great soft apple backdrop with a touch of sweetness to keep it from getting overly tannic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Draft pour on tap at Cider Summit 2013 (Navy Pier, Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep golden hue, striking deep golden glow throughout. A touch thicker with gentle loose bubbles. Aromas are farmhouse and bandaids, gentle apple, richly dry, straw and bretty. Firm funkiness, dryness. Initial is a bit sweeter, more of a medium bodied feel with apples, gentle honey, kisses of straw and rich dryness. Red apple, gentle funk, cobwebs, and bandaids. Gentle straw, apple, kiss of honey. Thinned out a bit, preaching that wild yeast essence. Straw, funk, gentle bretty elements. Wild by definition. Interesting, dry, bandaidy at times. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7528) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of sweet green apple with a strong oak, funky cheese and tannin backing. Flavor has sweet green apple up front with a bit of funky cheese with an oaky backing and tannins/smoked oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard), with notes of band aid, apples w/skins, brown sugar, autumn leaves, cinnamon. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately to heavily astringent. I almost didnít buy this due to the cheap-hooch-looking label, but itís actually a relatively rustic example. Too much so, actually...the band-aid phenol is especially strong, and nearly clobbers the other aromatics. Iím all for Bretty kind of character in cider, itís actually essential IMHO, but still...there is a point where the funk becomes a distraction, and thatís the case here. The other thing I donít care too much for is the strong astringency...the tannins are rough and cotton-mouthy. Pretty good flavor balance, though. Overall a neat cider but much too rough around the edges.

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