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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 4, 2008
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julioís Liquors) Alcoholic apple juice!...Pours slightly cloudy light yellowish amber. A quick fizzy off white head. Some fine effervescent bubbliness. Aroma of sweet apples. Mouthfeel actually not bad - has more texture than a macro-cider. A little sticky, pretty smooth. Flavor is pure sweet apples, vitrually zero tartness. Actually tastes a little hot in finish, esp. as it warms. If youíd like to chug some sweet hard cider on a hot day this would be a good one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Pours a hazy but thin yellow, a little too much like urine. Aroma is apples and vodka/alcohol. Flavor is nice and richly apple until the alcohol hits. Very dry. Not quite a drain pour, but pretty close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow, no head. Aroma is tart sweet apple and caramel. Wow. Flavor is the same with some spicing and very very sweet. On the syrupy side. Itís definitely a dessert drink. I couldnít see consuming more than one of these in a sitting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Gold, thin rim of bubbles around the outside of the glass. Nose is apple now & laters, port, sweet white wine. Flavor is more of that apple now & later, slight tartness, a bit of tannin, port, honey. Its good but way too sweet. If this was fermented out the the point of dryness itíd be great. Iíll keep this in mind next time a friend is looking for something syrupy. I had to lower my score for this. Honestly itís like drinking syrup. I measured the SG of this - its 1.028 - thats around the level of Expedition Stout. Thats wayyyy too much for a 5.5% cider!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Pours hazy pissy yellow color. Clean, brisk apply aroma with faint whispers of gin and lychee. Tart-sweet flavor profile not altogether unwelcome or unbalanced. Just simplistic. Still palate finishes on the cloying side but not overly sticky. Itís actually got some sweet appeal and tastes like it was made with care.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jstraw (1945) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pale, cloudy gold with no head / Simple apple nose / Medium body, somewhat flat, with dull finish / Very simple cooked apple juice flavor - Mottís with a little alcohol kick

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2008
This is a decent cider of you like yours on the sweet side. Some spiciness detected. Went down smooth, but was not very memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfanguru (3) - romeoville, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 This 22oz bahemouth is delicious . big green apple taste,crisp,no head thatís a delight. My girlfreind is so hooked on this stuff. Just taste it youíll see

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2008
pretty basic cider...aroma of tart apples...flavor is that of a sour green apple...definite sugar hints as well...more like an alcopop or alcojuice than a cider though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cheap (4567) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 The label of this bottle looks like it come out of the early 19th century. I was excited when I looked at the label and saw there was nothing added to this brew to make it, except apple juice! So many of the so called ciders available locally are concoctions of all kinds of additives. Unfiltered, this stuff pours like an unfiltered wheat, swirling magic in the glass form the gunk on the bottom of the bottle, but not excessive. Iíve never had a cider before that had sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is tart and sour, from the time you pop the lid of the brown 22 oz bomber to the time it settles in the glass. I used a sniffer to drink this one. Wow, what a taste impact, simpler is better when it comes to ciders. Tart friendly sour apply palate. However, the 6% alky is readily apparent, I havenít really tasted a strong cider since jjpm74 sent me the Putney Mountain Scott Farm Spy that kicked my ass. The alky content however is not overwhelming and does not distract from the flavors, until that is, you start catching a buzz near the bottom of the bottle. Very enjoyable and very friendly, quite a taste experience. Sip after sip I am amazed about the simpleness of this brew, just plain great all round. The feel on the palate is tingly welcomed carbonation. The only thing that keeps me from giving this a 20/20 overall is the mild alky finish that is apparent after each sip. This session was simply a pleasure, I hope this becomes readily available in the Pittsburgh area. Donít gulp this down too quickly!

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