James Squire Orchard Crush
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Brewed by Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Nathan Co.)
Style: Cider
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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James Squire Orchard Crush Apple Cider is a truly refreshing and delicious addition to the top quality range from James Squire. After developing this cloudy apple cider for quite some time, James Squire remain dedicated to using only local grown juicing apples to create the unique flavour of a Cornish farmhouse style cider. Unfiltered; Orchard Crush has a crisp and fresh palate with bucket loads of complexity which finishes with a satisfying medium dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Muggus69 (1362) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2014
500mL bottle BB 06/11/14 Hazy pale straw looking thing. A white head flairs up, but doesn’t persist. Not much on the nose; some fresh apple juice character, vinous yeasty sort of undertones. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, a decent spike of acidity higher than most mainstream ciders to be sure. Palate starts with a touch of sweetness, fleshy apple follows then it turns a bit sour (literally), and there’s a slightly vegetal celery/green herbal sort of note. Finish somewhat abrupt, not what I’d regard a "clean" finishing cider. An attempt at making a mainstream farmhouse style cider, bit of an oxymoron. Not terrible, but seemingly geared towards the masses than serious cider aficionados & craft beer drinkers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mattyhennessy (360) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
Tap. Pours a very cloudy greenish yellow. Small white head that fades almost immediately. Sweet stewed apple aroma; almost identical to applesauce. Medium sweet-dry ratio. Dry enough to avoid the dreaded stickiness. Strong cooking apple flavour initially with a sweet finish of fresh apple. Decent

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Ngejo (421) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 22, 2014
Tap. Cloudy, minimal head, white foam, citrus, light sweetness, lightly sour, flat, & abrupt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
matingara (7) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2014 does not count
Poured from a bottle into a crystal clear tumbler. Cloudy. Very cloudy. I found it very tart which was a most refreshing change. I wasn’t sure about this at first. But i thinkit is growing on me...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dervock (523) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle - pour cloudy pale yellow, looks a bit like lime juice. Aroma is a bit like stewed cooking apples. Crisp up front which mellows down into a smooth dry appley finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (8112) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2013
Draught at Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe, Sydney, on July 16, 2013.
Cloudy pale straw yellow color, small white head. Apple, sweet, fresh taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, very low bitterness. Applejuice aftertaste. Sweet apple scent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14385) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft at Beervana. Hazy extremely pale yellow color, almost white. Aroma of fresh apples, applesauce, light citrus. Taste is apple skins, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2013
Seems greenish and cloudy with no head and some evident sparkle and stewed apple aroma. The flavours are of that same stewed apple. It isn’t over sweet, in fact I’d call it fairly balanced with its sweetness. Sessionable cider that seemed to keep Mrs Jimthechap happy. Wow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
omega (777) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2013
Not being a cider drinker the results were always going to be bad. Pours lighter and cloudier than a typical wit. Light hint of apples on the nose and has a little bit of a sourness on the front palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
At just on cool and straight into the ol’ pint. Cloudy and opaque in the glass; a palest, pastel yellow in colour with very light carbonation. Highly mineralised is the faint apple peel nose with a weird edge of plasticine and Blu-tak™. Quite tart and tight in the mouth with a drawing acidity more akin to citrus than apple. A hint of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon sherbet and green apple pulp fades quickly after the swallow. It’s got plenty of body to its credit with a foamy, overall dry mouthfeel. Lingers with something reminiscent of raw enoki mushroom, but hey maybe that is just me. I didn’t mind this one ruling out the aftertaste and aroma. Easily quaffable stuff! (50cL, BB 30/08/13, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

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