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Oliver’s / Virtue Cider Gold Rush Cider

Brewed by Oliver’s Cider
Style: Cider
Hereford, England


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Available on draught and in 750ml bottles.
Gold Rush is the first Transatlantic cider-making collaboration between Tom Oliver of Oliver’s 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Cask. Bright golden color, sparkling. Aroma of tannins and apple skins. Taste is semi-sweet apple and vanilla. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5009) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Pours clear golden with a minor head. The aroma has dry apples, some brett like funk and very light veggies. It has a medium / light body with mild sharp carbonation. The flavor starts very dry with herbal, leafy and rustic notes with some wild yeast sort of thing. The finish is very dry and a bit sulfury. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (1557) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Some band-aid. Drier than #1, not as sweet. Side by side with #1. Tasted at my Whales and Whimps bottle share. Thx John.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (6129) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
330 ml. bottle sampled @ “Kaapse Brouwers 1st Anniversary Beer Festival”. Darker shade of golden. Lightly rustic bitter apple in the nose with light sulfite. Taste is bitter sulfite, bitter apple peal, light rustic, light chemical-like taste, sweet apple,… Rather substantial body. Not ideal but agreeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - 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 (2908) - 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. Wouldn’t mind trying a bottle of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1484) - 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 (2769) - Gray, 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 (6487) - 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.

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