cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much aroma but what is detected is rateher clean, sweet and dry. Reminds me a little of K cider or possibly a higher quality hornsby. Fairly friendly yet a little unrefined. on the palate. Comes across a little processed at times. Decent carbonation thru out session. Yes, a little rude on the finish for a cider.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ah, the power of suggestion. I was told this cider was from England, which put a nice well blended, yet complex cider into mind. When this one was tasted, I got a straight forward narrow flavor of sweet fermented apple juice with a little tartness in the finish. Complex? Perhaps it was the suggestion, but I did think this cider was worth more than the 14 it rates now, but I’m a little disappointed the publican, nor the owner, knew where the cider was from.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had the raspberry version but couldn’t find it exactly. It was okay, but nothing special by any means.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a pint glass.
Soapy head. Clear, cream soda color.
Smells of still water, faint apple juice, & Canada Dry Ginger Ale.
Taste is mostly just mildly sweet apple chips mixed with a little white grape juice & sloppy alcohol. Half sour, mild tartness.
Carbonation is just strong enough. It dries up on the blank finish. Sulfites are mostly in check.
Better then Magner’s. Better then average cider.
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not terrible as a cider. It’s um, hard, and it’s name is Kelly. And it’s Irish!
JediMindTricks (443) - Remington, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
it is what it is................................................
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear pale gold with a moment of bubbly white head. The aroma is moderate in strength and emits some green apples, a sense of white wine and a bit of alcohol chemicals. The taste is a bit apple-y with mostly semi ripe mixed with ripe apples to give it a bit of apple tartness and apples sweetness. Midway and into the finish it really dries out and takes on a bit of a white wine fruitiness. Decent stuff creating a nice balance between sweetness and dryness.
bhensonb (9866) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sort of pear juice color with a slight white head. Aroma of crisp apples. Tastes like greenish apples. Near medium body with a sweet/tart impact. If you want a cider, this is not a bad choice.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of a friend. Pours a pale
yellow color with a thin head. Poor head retention and lacing.
The aroma is tart apples. Very sweet and tart apple taste.
Medium bodied with a sticky feel.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
It is fall which means tis the season for multi-colored leaves, brisk breezes, sweaters, and crisp apples and pie. Apples? Yes, apples. Freshly picked, crunchy, crisp, and sweet with nips of tartness while a little trail of juice trickles down your chin. Imagine standing amidst an orchard while you watch the mountain leaves change color, shivering a bit as the breeze bites at your nose, hands shoved deep into your pants pockets. Take that, ferment it, bottle it, and you have a year-long yet always fall-inspired delight known as the cider. Sounds romantic doesn’t it, and fiction or fact aside, a good cider is a pleasure to behold and to drink. I was unfortunately none too impressed with the Irish Raspberry Cider from Kelly’s, so I am hoping that their standard Irish Cider will fare better with my palate. If not, I’ll have to retreat once more to the fall paradise in my mind.
A clear straw gold, my glass is topped off with absolutely no head whatsoever, though a steady stream of bubbles scream for the surfaces. Bursting forth, they release a cacophony of crunchy apples, crisp pears, and juicy peaches. Honey and sunflowers weave in-between the fruit notes, binding them together in a tantalizing harmony. No hint of the artificial sweeteners in this Kelly’s Irish Cider. Her mouthfeel is full and sticky sweet, clinging to my tongue and roof of my mouth. Very little carbonation to speak of, despite her outward appearance. A bitter bite in the finish lingers well into the aftertaste. Shining amidst all is a delightful palate of honey, apples, and pears that dance along my tongue. A far cry better, the only downside is the bitter bite which tarnishes the finish of this otherwise well-crafted cider as I savor my last quaff.
I can see how back in the day Kelly’s Irish Cider won multiple awards for best American craft cider. While she still has her shine, either times have moved past Kelly’s or Kelly’s has fallen by the wayside. I wouldn’t say she is the best cider I have quaffed, but I enjoyed our time spent together.