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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1738) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
660ml bottle. Hazy golden pour with afew bubbles that give a small white rim. Aroma of fruity apple & apple skins. Sweet juicy apple flavour balanced with alittle dryness. Nice smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, clean finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
No noticed bottling information.
Appearance: This looks like unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider from a cider farm. Some head is noted, but only on the edges.
Aroma: The aroma is purely apples and apple skin. Enticing and sweet, but not cloyingly so.
Taste: Clean and crisp hard cider. Sweet with an apple skin like dryness. Very nice.
Palate: Medium to full-boded, unfiltered texture with a light sparkling quality to it.
Overall: Very drinkable, an adult apple juice. Sparkling and enjoyable, but a bit pricey considering itís near $7 for 22 ounces.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (4425) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottles of various vintages, 2010 and onwards.
Large-bubbled bright gold body sports a moderate, but somewhat fizzy white head that recedes quickly to the edges. I guess Iíll just state right away that the head/carbonation speaks to my biggest complaint with this cider; the lack of carbonation. I think if these guys would not pasteurize this stuff, it would be one of the best there is. As is, itís still a delightfully flavorful, full-bodied yet crisp, drinkable American cider. Very light lactic notes dance on the edges of the palate, with deep, juicy apple flavors and a mild but refreshing tartness.
Itís odd, especially, that they pasteurize this, given that they arenít filtering it. I dont think the carbonation has long enough to develop, and it further inhibits any funky flavors. Anyways, enough harping about that, though I do think it leads to more looseness/wateriness in the mouthfeel and more susceptibility to oxidation. Great stuff, nonetheless, perhaps a touch too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rated on 5-23-2010 (Bottle) This cider has a small off-white head, slightly hazy light yellow body, slow rising carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is sweet, tart and apples. The taste is sweet, applejuice and dry. The palate is soft carbonation and this cider is medium bodied. This is easy to drink, but the flavor needed some boost to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (3748) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2013
22 oz bottle shared, from Evergreen Discount. Pale and clear with minimal head. Aroma of fresh apples and a light earthy yeast, a little musty. Similar flavor with light to medium sweetness and tartness. Body is light with a crisp, smooth feel and a refreshing, lingering finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Cloudy and almost white. Very sweet but thereís other flavors there that balance it out and make you want to hold it on your tongue for as long as possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1253) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours a pale straw golden with a hint of blush and numerous tiny white bubbles forming the thinnest white ring around the edge of the glass. Nose involves a sharp crisp apple note, zesty and spiciness Iím guessing from the yeast, some pie crust, floral notes, a waxy quality, and other difficult to describe esters. Fairly sweet flavor with a fair tartness, well balanced. Light to medium bodied, fairly actively carbed, waxy, with a clean, crisp tart finish. Excellent, incredibly well constructed and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rotisserie (10) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Light and slightly sweet apple cider type flavor with a fairly tart dry finish. Alcohol is not very noticeable though. Very smooth and drinkable. Quite enjoyable. This is the best hard cider I have tried thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7810) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Lately I have been reminiscing about my days on the family fruit farm in Michigan, as us old folks are wont to do, so I am rating some good ciders noted in Kenís weekly column. This one pours cloudy amber and actually has a beige head that goes away quickly. There is a nice apple flavor with a tangy fermented finish. Tastes a lot like the cider I used to press by hand, although J. K.ís apple variety is unknown to me..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 20, 2013
Dense, steady haze with thinnest ringed head. Firm carbonation visible but didnít sweep through. Good and honest mulched Apple core nose, not too gassy. Smoothly sweet initial taste, almost winey blended white groggy with a slight nutty casing. Slickest juicy burn, heaped in fruit and clean fresh near sherry wink. Very sumptuous, would love this fresh off the farmhouse steps.

Bottle, Beer Hive, Edinburgh

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