hardciderfan (12) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2011 Having drank cider across UK, Normandy and Sidra in Spain, this beverage is by far the most superior I have enjoyed in the States. The first thing you notice is its clarity. The best ciders I have found are the ones that do not allow their fresh juice to become overly exposed to the open air and therefore oxidize (similar to a cut or bruised apple). This makes for a clean, fresh nose, which Julian hits a bulls-eye. The taste is clean, not apple-candyish, slightly dry and tart. Itís a nice change from the over-sugared and concentrated kidís ciders that were the only ones available when I was younger in Chicago. Just the right amount of carbonation and Iím in for a good cider session.
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Very pale gold with scant, white, head / Clean, lightly sweet, malolactic, apple nose / Medium body, creamy, with clean and round, with good finish / Simple flavors of malolactic fermented apple and pear / Very nice and drinkable.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours a very pale, clear yellow white with no head, fizzy carbonation bubbles noticeable. Aroma of fresh apples, also some sweet pear like tones. Flavor imparts a tart, crisp apple flavor, with moderate acidity and carbonation. Body is similar to a medium to light bodied white wine. Iím pretty inexperienced with ciders but thought this was pretty nice, something I could revisit.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 Pours almost crystal clear with almost a neglible head with a slight effervesence. Aroma is very faint - almost smells like a champagne - but with an apple twinge. Taste is very smooth, apples up front but with a clean finish. Very sessionable.
What I like about this cider is not only its sessionability - for a cider - but also itís clarity. Clarity in ciders is a sign of unoxidized apples. This comes from bruising. These guys must have VERY high standards for the apples they use to get this kind of clarity. It is truly impressive.
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Pours a nearly clear, fizzy light yellow color. No foam. Aroma is a combo of apple and grape juices, with a slight Riesling-esque aroma of fermentation. Taste is actually pretty flat. Thereís not much bite in this dog. Tastes like a really weak white wine. Yep, a second sip confirms what the first one said. This is great, if you donít like alcohol taste in your alcohol...or taste period. Wonít be doing this again.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; poured a very clear gold color with not much head. Aroma of apples, alcohol, sweetness and a dash of fruit. My mom sensed bleach. Flavor was sweet, apples alcohol and goodness.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours clear white with a light yellow hue, the tiniest head instantly fizzes out to nothing. Faint aroma of apples, white wine and alcohol. The flavor is tart apple up front with a light sugary sweetness. Light body with lively carbonation and a clean, dry finish. Pretty good, nice and dry, just a bit light in flavor though.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best cider I have had to date. Dry, champagne like, slightly tart and deliciously apple. The most perfect cider out there, and if thereís one thatís better, I want to try it!
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale golden color with a fair amount of haze and a fizzy white head that soon disappears. A nice dryness to the nose with some crisp apples and a mild tartness, somewhat like a nice white wine. The flavor offers up more of the same. A pleasant dryness, not leaving all that much room for sweetness (but there is a touch). The mouthfeel is somewhat "champagney" in that itís highly carbonated and drying.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried my first sample at the San Diego Festival of beers. 7 samples later I decided this was the best damn cider I have ever tasted. Spent a while talking to the Marketing guy at the Julian Cider stand, and I think I even spent some time convincing others to give the cider a try. For me this was the most exciting drink at the festival. Call me crazy! But besides the fresh Sculpin was there anything else worth talking about? The cider gets points off for appearance, it reminds me of a flavored sparkling water you get at Wal Mart. But thatís where the complaints end. The aromas are enticingly sweet apple. The flavor is dry acidic and tart. Refreshing flavor without that thick taste after finish. If there was less carbonation this could compete with some of the better sour ales in the country. Blind test this and I doubt many would call it a cider.