JohnGalt1 (1537) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pounder cans picked up at the COOP a week or so ago... Getting around to "enjoying" one tonight. Pours a clear dark golden. Nose is like sweet apple juice with no real cider notes.. soooo sweet with no balance.. Flavor tastes the same but with a Baby Aspirin mixed in for the morning headache... Too sweet... Sorority girls should get custom made Koozies. Glad I tried it and am just as happy it is in the rear view mirror. Apple juice concentrate, literally nothing else... Junk drunk juice. I see no real redeeming qualities other than it goes down easy... "Insert Sorority girl joke here".
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours gold with no head. The aroma is strong apple skin and straw. Thin, tart apple, wheat, crisp, crushable, good.
Intricate08 (35) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good aroma consisting of apples, sugar, and hints of floral notes, with very faint vanilla in the background. Pour is beautiful with a smooth, good-sized head. Taste is sweet, straightforward primarily of apples. Bits of flowers, spices in the mouth. Not too long or short on the palate.
onceblind (7046) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear light hay hue, nose of sugary apples. Flavor of sugary apples and...that’s about it. It’s like woodchuck. Just sugary and slightly boozy apple juice.
malvrich (233) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pint can dated jun2016 into a chalice.
A: Sweet apples and alcohol. Like Boone’s farm.
S: Pours clear pinkish orange the color of gasoline. Big popping bubbles.
T: Tart first note with the full apple sweetness rounding out the flavor. Not as boozy as I expected.
M: Slightly more fizzy than it looks. Carbonation works well with the taste. Medium heft.
O: Not bad at all but still just a bit too much sweetness as I prefer dry cider.
BillWyce (984) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear golden color with some effervescence, and a 1/2-finger off-white head. Aroma of apples with a touch of sourness. Body is a touch lighter than medium, lightly syrupy. It has a light fizziness that lingers in the finish. Stereotypical flavor, but very "clean" for lack of a better way to put it. A bit of cidery tartness mixed with apples.
Popoff91 (93) - Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12-ounce cans in a pint glass. A bit sweeter than other ciders I have had, but rather sour as well. Not bad, but not as good as Crispin Honey Crisp.
BuckeyeBoy (5796) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can pours out golden topped with a small head. Nose is apple juice some sweetness and spice. Taste is more of the green apple tart and a light sweetness.
obguthr (5580) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pounder: Apple juice nose. Clear amber, no visible carbonation. Sweet, apple juice. Finishes drier. Full body, moderate carbonation. No nuance, just fizzy apple juice that gets you drunk. Completely not fancy, but still enjoyable in a way.
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce can purchased at local FL Winn Dixie supermarket for $8.99/12-pack. Not bad.
Trainedpalate (14) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2016
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not my style but it was what I expected from one of the largest beer companies in the world. Distinct mineral character typically associated with hard cider made from concentrate. The sweetness made it appear to be trying too hard to taste like apple. That being said, this cider will appeal to a younger consumer who’s just getting into this beverage category. The reality is that Smith & Forge will be a big reason for the cider industry’s future growth. They have an approachable gateway product but consumers will quickly learn that there are many others out there.