muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber given to me by my Sargent. Pours a hazy pale straw color with a tiny fizzy white head. Aroma of sweet and tart apples, white grapes, and a hint of vinager. Taste is flat and sweet. Lots of sweet apples, pear juice, white grapes, sugar, and a hint of yeast.
danlo (895) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
keanex (1289) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 it’s near $7 for 22 ounces.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 I’ll 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, it’s 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.
It’s odd, especially, that they pasteurize this, given that they aren’t 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.
hotstuff (3912) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ajnepple (1666) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy and almost white. Very sweet but there’s other flavors there that balance it out and make you want to hold it on your tongue for as long as possible.
574deadzone (884) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 I’m 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.
Rotisserie (10) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 Ken’s 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.’s apple variety is unknown to me..