BristleCone (1) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 23, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent apple cider, not to sweet, not to spritzy. Refreshing summer afternoon drink straight from the bottle. The alchohol rating is 6.99%
Jacq (1) - - MAY 23, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
light body, thin feel, fizzy, pale, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness.
I hate to say that Iím a fan of ciders because I tend to be so picky with them. Probably because I find most of them to be overpoweringly sweet. Iím more of an English cider girl with Strongbow setting the bar. Julian is in a class of itís own. Itís about as far sweet as my palate prefers but itís flavor is light and crisp and very drinkable - even for someone with a beer preference.
velodrinker (1) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Julian Hard Cider takes a refreshing approach to Cider. Its a really tough decision between this and Strongbow, but Iím all about supporting my local economy and Iím pretty stoked to say that something this great comes from my backyard.
Oh and their logo and labeling has got to be one of the coolest out there.
dogsrollin (1) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unlike the last guy, I love the bottle, love the logo and is classic Julian CA. Very pale gold with scant, white, head / Clean, lightly sweet, malolactic, apple nose / Medium body, also has good finish / Simple flavors of malolactic fermented apples / Very nice and drinkable its the best hard cider out there.
Ernest (7123) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Virtually no head.
Body is completely colorless.
Aroma is notes of apple Jolly Rancher candy, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
A completely non-serious, artificial apple candy rendition. Itís like carbonated water with a Jolly Rancher floating in it, and Iím not even trying to be funny. No color or nuance whatsoever. The candy-sweet aftertaste is just like soda pop. The awful packaging (the label is like a tattoo youíd see in a biker bar) made me leery about even trying it, and alas...in this case you can judge this book by its cover. The commercial deScription here is especially funny because the product is exactly what it claims NOT to be.
JohnnyJ (5264) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bomber. Clear, very light yellow and fizzy carbonation. Nice fresh apples, slightly acidic and tart, mostly dry with just a touch of sweetness. Iím not a big cider fan, but this one is decent enough.
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 (1953) - 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 (940) - 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.