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Samuel Smiths Cider Reserve

Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Cider
Tadcaster, England


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Processed apple pulp with sugar and artificial sweetener. Pasteurised and kegged and served with artificial pressure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - DEC 14, 2014
Keg at Fitzroy Tavern. Very pale yellow, lightly sparkling, decent foamy white head (not used to that on a cider). Aroma is gluey, apple juice, alcohol. Body is medium to light, soft carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste is apple-forward, minerally, not overly sweet, dry finish. Very drinkable. The commercial description shows that it’s made in a pretty artificial way...but I enjoyed my half pint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
danlo (1328) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
Tap at Swan and Three Cygnets, Sam Smiths, Durham. Clear yellow colour, short lived white foam head and sugary apple aroma. Sweet apple flavour with straw, dry sour, and woody notes. Syrupy mouthfeel, light bodied, medium to spritzy carbonation, lingering sweet tangy woody finish. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1466) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Keg in the Anchor, Guisborough. pours straw with a light layer of white froth. Starts with sweet tart apples and a light citrus acidity. Slight dry finish. refreshing solid basic cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DedicatedToFun (3055) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Tap, clear pour, white head, nose is apple, taste is apple, very basic cider.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2269) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 26, 2014
This was poured into a pint glass and a wine glass. The appearance was the same in both: light hazy yellow to orange color with a decent transparency allowing a bubbly carbonation seen rising. The smell had some sweet apples and that was about it. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. Sessionability was somewhat there. The carbonation wanted to show a slight harshness but still it also showed a subtle satisfactory subtlety. Overall, solid on the palate, everything else is just mediocre. Probably wouldn’t go after this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3408) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2014
Clear, straw colour. A delicate and dry apple taste with slight hint of white wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
Fuller clear yellow, very thin head and plenty of carbonation. Decent enough aroma although taste is a little light.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
On tap at The Chandos. Pale clear gold lasting white head. Sweetish simple apple flavours. Aroma is not great. Ok but very simple bordering on the industrial

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2271) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 30, 2013
Cask @ The Doo’cot, Edinburgh [290713]
Light golden, clear, fizzy, no head
Aroma of soft tart sweet apple
Taste of sweet apple, touch of apple skin, simple flavour, crisp, some artificial notes but not a bad apple flavour
Palate - High carb, light body. Finish of soft sweet apple, tangy palate, clean finish
Overall - Better than Strongbow, soft easy simple cider, not that bad at all

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2013
On tap @ the Cramond Brig. Pours golden, actually smells of intense apple and actually tastes fairly similar. The palate has a good body a big tangy texture and a refreshing zing. Overall, pretty good.

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