muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
550 ml bottle from the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT (November 2008), served a bit above fridge temperature from a 550 ml Sam Smith’s glass. Bubbly, huge white head fizzes away quickly above the roiling, fizzy pale gold and very clear body....dusty, dry, rather tart and somewhat musty/rotten apple aroma, not terribly pleasant, somewhat weak, though real enough I suppose.....definitely more pleasant on the tongue than in the nose, moderately sweet but full of apple rather than sucrose flavor, juicy and pretty full-bodied, with carbonation a little softer and less forced-feeling than the appearance suggests....nothing amazing in the character here, but perfectly drinkable, reasonably balanced in the dry/sweet axis....that’s about it.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thin with a light body and small head.Sell and taste is strong of apple with moderate sweetness. Color pale yellow.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2008
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden. Small head. Mild apple aroma. Flavor: Sweet apple and yeast balance. Sweet finish. Different.
chandler0201 (648) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of tart and semi sweet apples, probably of the Granny Smith variety. Flavor of apples, sweet and sour a bit, dry almost like champagne oddly enough. For a cider, it sure does not taste like a cider.
nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 500 ml. Gold with a small but lasting head that leaves no lace. Aroma is pure, tart-and-sweet green apples. Flavor is the same, with a bit more earthy apple-peel character. Light body is dry, tingly and watery.
ilovedarkbeer (2374) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head. Nose is apples, vinegar, sugar, tartness. Taste is the same but the apple cider vinegar taste really comes through which makes this pretty gross and almost undrinkable. Not a fan.
cheap (4350) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Came in a big friendly looking 18.7 oz bottle. I wonder what the significance of the size is? No head after a gentle pour. No visible carbonation. Has a fairly strong alarming volatile ethanol or grain alky aroma mixed with an apple olfactory. Just a tinge darker than pale yellow. Good tingly initial carbonation. Label says carbondioxide was added. Taste is not as dry as the aroma but you definitely know its got alky in there. Seems to have a little more personality than most hard ciders Iíve had. For this same reason, it does not really come across much like an alky pop. There is a slight bitter aftertaste following each slug. Goes down easy. Big bottle disappears quickly. That quirky slight bitter finish keeps building to a rather dull lingering sensation after the session. Not bad, had many better tasting ciders.
Darkover (1522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Clear golden color with a white head. Aroma of apples and a little vinegar. Flavor of sour tart apples. Not so good, too sour.
movezig (137) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got it from Four Winds. Interesting cider very well rounded. Flavors of smoked apples. Very tart on the finish. Good color and nose.
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from liquidsolutions. I think this is the best cider I have ever had. A wonderful sparkling gold pour with barely and head. Aroma is crisp, tart apples. Flavor is tart, crisp, clean and purely delicious fresh apples. Delicious!!