Cornfield (5344) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Patís Liquors in Porter, Indiana: Not a lot to report here. It pours a pale, clear yellow body with a tad of visible carbonation, most of the tiny bubbles glued to the bottom of the glass. The aroma is fresh, soft sweet apples. Pretty much the taste of it, too, except that thereís a slight flavor of apple skin and the modest amount of spritziness keeps it from getting too sweet. Okay, I sípose.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle from Sicilianoís and our trip to Michigan. Pours a more champagney hue, white head that dies to nothing. Aromas are straight apple, a bit of peel, very applesaucey feel with sweetness definitely there, not much dryness. Initial is sweeter apple, lacking dryness of carbonation liveliness. Lacks complexity as all you get is apple sweetness (not that it is bad, it feels quite natural without extra sugar added). Finish is sweet, but mellow. Dissappointing in balance.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Experienced on tap at the brewery. The beer pours a medium golden color. The nose that comes through is reminicent of apple juice, sweetened cider, and some artificial flavors of apple. There is a light to moderate carbonation that runs across the palate. The flavor dimentions are rather sweet, reflecting what the barman said were the use of gala apples. Overall, decent, but not really memorable in any way.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavż in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2009
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours out the color of Coors Light. Just a weak ring of off-white head. On tap itís just a touch darker, or maybe itís just the setting Iím drinking it in.
The smell perfumes apple sauce & cantaloupe. A little sharp. Is this really natural? Off the tap it smells like standing water & mushy apples.
Taste is similar, though more watered down. Rock candy. Decently tart. A considerable plastic note kills it for me though. Finish consists of apple skins & vegetables, with some chalky yeastiness. Feel is soft carbonation & runny jam. Alcohol is negligible, but sticks out on tap. Different, though questionably natural.
Off the tap the carbonation just rips it apart, giving off sulfur, harsh acidity, boxed apple juice & dirty water.
Almost totally different ciders. One questionable, one terrible.
bottle score: 2.6 /
tap score: 1.3
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fresh apple aroma, with a slight baked caste and some off phenolic after-effects. Clear, very pale, big champagne bubbles. More sour than sweet, has some light earthiness, generally crisp, but there are some off notes. Thin body. Expected a little better from Harpoon - at least more character, even if I didnít love it. World Market, Tallahassee.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a crystal clear light yellow with lots of carbonation. Aroma is cellared apples and a bit of sweetness, also there was some strange aroma I couldnít place that bugged me throughout the first few whiffs of this cider. the flavor was actually ok, nice and tart, some good apple notes without being cloying, but that weird flavor note waas still there, but then it hit me. . . Garlic. this whole cider tasted and smelled like garlic olive oil I get at the local pizza joint. Had a rough time finishing it after that. Really strange flavor to find in a cider.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap, Eli Cannonís. Pours horribly pale gold-clear, reminding me of cheap printer paper. Aroma is of green apples, and fermenting alcohol. Flavor is decently fresh apple at first, with a light palate. Unfortunately the initial flavors dissipate quickly into slightly tart watery, alcohol flavors that just fail to appeal. Iíll pass in the future.
changeup45 (1699) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2009
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
First of all I bought this one for my wife and I admit I only had a few sips of it. That was enough though. This pours very pale in color in comparison to other ciders Iíve had/seen with a lot of carbonated bubbles surfacing. No head at all. Looks like someone mixed water and apple juice. Some tart apple flavor, slightly dry, but not nearly sharp enough flavors and this is quite watery and thin. Heck, my wife thought it was bland as well. She doesnít want it again and Iím not a big Cider fan so no need for me to buy it again.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at the brewery. Poured a clear golden color with a fizzy white head. Pretty standard apple aroma reminiscent of apple juice. There was also a light buttery note. Light to medium bodied and sweet. I tasted apple and a touch of vanilla. Pretty standard without any offensive characteristics. Iíd say it is a bit underrated at the 11th percentile (at the time of my rating).
Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2009
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a lighter yellow color with white head. Apples is really the only thing that comes out on the aroma, maybe a slight hint of alcohol. Flavor was just apples but it wasnít really a pleasant flavor.