otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear and painted in light straw and golden hues, a slow trickle of carbonation makes its way to the surface where it releases a wonderful nose that immediately reminds me of homemade apple pie. Pie crust, cinnamon-sugar, chunky applesauce, and a gentle sugary presence that is all about the apples; fruits have their own natural sugars, and apples are no different. I find a surprise waiting for me with my first sip; tartness with a nip of bitter acidity. The answer to this riddle is easy. While the apple meat is sweet and juicy; their skins provide a balance of bitterness and acidity that all good ciders should have. If not, they would be saccharinely sweet and far from enjoyable. Red and green apples dominate her palate while the sides of my tongue tingle under her gentle acidity. Quaff and repeat, she refreshes my palate while instigating an insatiable craving for grandma’s apple pie.
I don’t always have the time to make apple pie, but there is always time to pop the cap on a cider or two. The Harpoon Cider is a tasty addition to my fermented apple repertoire.
rocbyter (1891) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Apple juice aroma. Clear light golden color with a small white head. Taste like real apple cider. The best cider I’ve ever had.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
How do you rate cider? No idea. Light yellow, clear, no head. Aroma is vinegar and apples. Very little carbonation with the taste of sour apples. Quite tart. Finish is short-lived with a distant taste of apple. I guess if I have more cider, I’ll use this as a basis for the test of my cider ratings.
Beerman6686 (4188) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a clear darker yellow color with basically no head. Aroma was of freshly pressed macintosh and granny smith apples. Flavor was a nice blend of sweet and sour apples, nothing amazing but decent.
daliesque (60) - Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
my numbers for this cider are kind of arbitrary. smells unpleasantly sharp, acidic, with also a bit too much sweetness... but then, my nose is questionable right now. it tastes likes generic cider. it’s actually not too sweet... but it just as this weird acrid taste at the end. meeeh.
more drinkable than both the amstel light and that which must be named grand cru.
smith4498 (2988) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours clear golden color with white head. Aromas of apple and fruit. Sweet apple flavor with some weird plastic taste. Light body with average carbonation.
auerbrau (3152) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Pours a in a very pale lightly golden watery clear with no head. Aroma is faint apple sugar and some light white sugar. Flavors are minimally apple. It’s got a balance of some pale light apple, clear filtered cider or juice and then fermented plain white refined clean sugar, even though it might not have it. I want more apple flavor and complexity and a little less of an over filtered, somewhat overwrought example. More rusticity.
Whispering (4) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2010 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured, clear yellow no head. Smells strongly of apples, tastes of tart apples with hints of cherry, very sweet and light on the tongue. The beer is more like a dessert wine than a beer.
jjuf1853 (1228) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Poured a clear golden yellow color with a thin white foam head. Aroma of fruit, mostly apple. The flavor was a little different than most ciders I’ve had with cherry notes that followed the up front apple taste. Sweet with a dry finish.
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 10, 2010
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of frothy white colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a transparent light yellow colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was golden apple and citrus. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The mild flavor contained notes of apple and dry. Not one that I would likely drink again.