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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2008
22 ounce bottle from Winooski Beverage in Winooski, VT (May 2008), served just above fridge temperature from a Chouffe tulip. Very slight fizzy head dies quickly, some bubble action continues in the pale faintly cloudy gold body for a while....nose is nice, very fresh apple juice, hint of tartness, but little complexity or farmhouse character....and body is more or less the same, much sweeter than a traditional English or French-style cider, if more "real" tasting than the typical Woodchuck soda versions....towards the finish there are hints of alcohol and some interesting mineralic notes, but overall this is simple and unsophisticated and only a slight step above those ciders sold in 6-packs that it seems to be trying to distance itself from.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2305) - - MAY 26, 2016
Can. Lovely juicy apple nose with a good dose of funk. Rich sweet apple flavor, almost like stewed apple, quite juicy on the palate, some spicy notes, sweetness quickly fades into a decent dry finish. Different from your usual hard cider, but i quite enjoyed it, would pair well with rich or spicy foods if you want to add a short sweet edge.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2419) - JAPAN - APR 25, 2016
Just a good honest fuller flavoured cider. Not hugely tart, but faint whiffs of barnyard juxtaposed with the sweet apple. A tad heavy in the finish and 500ml can is a big ask, but split between two, this was a delight.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2884) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Yum, this is pretty good. Iím no authority on cider, but this sure has many appealing qualities to it. Natural apple, spicy, tangy, earthy aroma. A little foam on top. Flavor is more sweet with a hint of tart, spice, apple peels, spice. Very juicy. Great palate. Really drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ahuth (227) - - SEP 29, 2015
Bottled. Cloudy light cooper. Has a bold Apple taste upfront has a dry app,e after taste. Really good cider

0.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DaraCFromBos (1) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2015 does not count
WHY do people like this pizzle?! I bought it, over a locally-made, after seeing the high ratings on here. It tastes like vinegar-tinged carbonated apple juice. Repulsive. Undrinkable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (4385) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Itís the best cider I ever had and much cheaper than Tieton Frost. Taste like pure organic apple juice with a hint of alcohol and not sweet. I love it. The aroma is amazingly robust natural apple. No artificial found. Flavor is even better. Amazing! Best drink Iíve had in months, and Iím a beer guy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1535) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Clear amber pour with a ring of bubbles. Aroma is strong sweet apple and lightly floral. Taste is candy apple and light earth. Very sweet overall. Slick medium palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (4740) - Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Pours hazy golden with a thin white head. Strong aroma is mostly fresh apple. Flavor is strong and tasty, all fresh apple - were the apples picked yesterday? Hell, it is listed as organic. Mouthfeel has OK body and fizz. Donít worry, drink Scrumpy!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (8937) - 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 (12763) - 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.


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