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Sonoma Cider The Pitchfork



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EVER THE PURIST, David approached pear cider cautiously. Often cloyingly sweet, he deemed few worthy of the Sonoma Cider name. So the bar was set at: balance, nuance, intensity or not at all. Contrasting crisp and creamy, aromatic and tart, he added all-natural pear flavors to Sonoma’s distinct small-apple blend until he found something genuine, with real cider integrity.

Pitchfork is our happy ending. It’s an apple connoisseur’s pear cider, hand-crafted with organic apples and a measured infusion of pear essence. It’s both intense and balanced, greeting you with the distinct aromas of both fruits. We’re convinced its fresh play of flavors, crisp start and creamy pear finish will inspire a fan club all its own. With David, the skeptic, presiding. Bottom’s up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5243) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2016
Apple, circus peanuts, and butter nose. Clear golden. Circus peanuts with an apple finish. Sweetness seems to come from outside the fruit. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Theydon_Bois (15540) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2016
Keg at Bilcos, Napa, 01/02/16. Golden orange with a decent off white cap. Nose is sweet apple, straw, grainy notes. Taste comprises sweet apple pulp, hay, light funk, caramelised sugars. Medium bodied, fairly aggressive spritzy carbonation, drying close. Not good, way too sweet, typical Merican overly sweet cider.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (7713) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2016
3/9/16. Bottle from the clearance rack at Five Points. I’m glad others noticed this is just an apple cider with pear flavoring and vanilla. Wtf? Golden pour. Fizzy pear candy aroma, sweet apples, light tartness. Weird flavor, apple, cider, pear candy, butter maybe? vanilla, weird offness, astringent, sour. Nah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GenDV138 (5079) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle sample at Potomac Gourmet Market. Clear yellow. Aromas of pear and light apple. Tastes of pear, champagne and white wine. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ferris (10512) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Draft - Sweet jolly rancher Apple. Clear gold. Sweet and a bit of fermented Apple. Much too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (3750) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2016
Draught. Clear golden liquid with fast dissipating white head. Aroma of apples, pears, bit sugar and sweet candy. Taste is light to medium sweet with notes of apples and pears. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Bit sweet but nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JulienHuxley (5417) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
On tap at Billcos. Clear pale gold pour with thin white head. Aroma is really sweet, green jolly ranchers, apple flavoring. Taste is super sweet. Palate is light bodied with light carbonation. Bleh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (7908) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2016
On tap at Bilcos. Pours a clear orange gold with small white head. The aroma is faint fruit and cereal. Medium mouth, cereal, wheat, light finish, decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2016
Draft a the bilcos. Clear golden orange coloured pour with no head. Aroma is Sweet, syrupy, green jolly ranger sweets. Sugars. I’ve got a toothache. Plastic and sweet apple, green apple, sugary sweet. Palate is highish carbonation. Sticky sweet. Industrial sweet cider meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Leighton (17206) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2016
Draft at Billco’s. Pours clear gold with a light filmy head. The nose has lots of sugary apple candies. Heavy sweet flavor, a little syrupy, with tons of raw sugar, mellow apple character. Medium bodied, fizzy. Sugary finish, more apple candies, Jolly Rancher. Like an apple soda. So so.

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