Theydon_Bois (5266) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at the Half Moon, Windlesham - 24/12/12.
Lightly hazed clear golden with no head, carbonation evident.
Nose is sweet and sour apples, touch of wood and must in the background.
Taste comprises sweet sugars, sweet apples, Appletise.
Medium bodied, dryish in the finish.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Sloop Inn in St. Ives. Pours gold. Smells like golden apples. Tastes like golden apple peel. Fresh.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From keg at the Orange Tree, Chelmsford on 3 February 2011. OK, I couldn’t resist the tick. Pale gold colour. I was amazed to see from the commercial description that this was not artificially sweetened as I found it teeth-rottingly sweet. I wonder whether it is sweetened with unfermented apple juice (as the relatively low ABV might suggest). On the plus side there is plenty of juicy apple flavour. Precious little traditional character however. I assume it’s designed to compete with the industrial ciders, and it’s better than that, so I guess it’s hard to be too critical. But I can’t say, all in all, I found it a very enjoyable experience.