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J.K.ís Scrumpy Orchard Gate Gold Hard Cider

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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Orchard Gate Gold is fermented naturally in small artisanal batches from a proprietary blend of organic apples grown here at our Koan Family Orchards in Michigan. We have produced hard ciders here since the 1860s. This is the same traditional recipe that helped save our farm during the great depression. There will be slight variations from batch to batch, just as nature makes no two apples alike! Enjoy our authentic hand bottled American Farmhouse "Scrumpy" Cider with family, friends & food.


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle, shared at the lake. Hazy medium gold, medium carbonation. Big sweet apple character, a bit musty, but very sweet. Pretty simple really, and too sweet for my preference.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (10335) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 23, 2015
660ml bottle - shared by Elvira - thanks!
Lovely sweet fruity apple aroma, really juicy. Rich orange for a cider, cloudy. Mega sweet palate, actually sugary. But tons of apple too. Pleasantly carbonated, but that canít save the palate from being stickily sweet. Only a tonne of ice can fix that problem, alas. Pleasant, once youíre past the sugar rush. So sweet it reminds me of non-rateable nordic macro alko-pop ciders. However, even those have remembered to include some sharpness to the mix. In fact thereís no evidence of yeast being involved with this alcoholic apple juice at all. Another notch in the "Americans havenít got a fucking clue how to make [style X]" post for X=scrumpy. Nice cider, with ice cubes for drinkability, but please donít pretend itís something which it isnít.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cidertron (30) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Runs as a nice solid golden opaque from being unfiltered - Little fizz - Runs like an English cider but a lot sweeter however it has a Normandy after taste :)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Art (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Brought to Super Bowl party. Ours a cloudy golden brownish orange. Slight white foam. Aromas of big sweet juicy apples. Apple cider. Taste is sweet tastes just like apple juice. Very refreshing.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MunBro (731) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Aroma of sour yeast and rotten apples. Not a great cider, funky muddled flavour - not fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7339) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 12, 2014
Tap at Marciero. Cloudy orange-gold with lace. Warm apple nose, almost baked. Lightly acidic. Rather sweet and fruity but with a good acidic balance. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (869) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2014
This pours a murky golden yellow color with a slight bit of carbonation. The aroma is that of fermented apple cider. The taste is sweet, easy with hints of cinnamon and caramel. Sweet and juicy but not as BIG and SWEET as other ciders like Angry Orchard. Worth trying if they sell this in your neck of the woods.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
22oz in Seattle. Darker clear orange. Somewhat funky and earthy aroma. Juicy red apple with a lot of sweetness. Some tart apple finish. Nice enough.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2014
22 oz bottle from the Beer Authority.

Deep golden pour. Strong apple nose with almost a pie spice thing going on, flavor is intensely sweet, red apple, caramel. Entirely drinkable but definitely on the juice side, sweeter than Iíd like. Limited carbonation further contributes to that impression.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. 11/8/14. Pours translucent straw with a thin, barely-there white head. Aroma is apples galore, sweet, cider. Taste is really nice; apples for days, subtle hint of funk and sour, some caramel and toffee, hint of spice, touch of syrup; otherwise, apples all day, every day. Mouth feel is oily, medium-full and rich. Medium-low carbonation. Light lacing. No discernible alcohol. Really quite tasty.


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