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Sonoma Cider The Pitchfork



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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Pours clear golden with a white head. The aroma has lots of pear that is ripe, rich and juicy, but still on the drier side for the style. It has a medium body that starts smooth then gets rougher with the sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with pepper, astringency, bright pear an some fleshiness of pears. The finish is dry and spicy. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
emacgee (4307) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2015
Pours a clean sharp golden with one finger of white head. Weird candyish nose. Smells like jolly ranchers and tastes even stranger. Crisp in the mouth with some unidentifiable character that makes it seem almost rich. Round and sweet. Weird

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
[2/14/15] Draught at Lagunitas in Petaluma. Clear golden. Aroma of pears, rather candy-ish, with vanilla and a citric note. Sweet flavor with pear candy/bubblegum and vanilla. Too sweet and too much vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricyclist (1024) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2015
A little bit different in this one. Crisp pour with aromas of earthy pears, apples, and moderate vanilla. Different but not terrible. Interesting. Flavor is definitely sweet again, with fruity notes throughout the front side and an easy blend to vanilla creaminess in the finish. Again, different but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
deyholla (7714) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at Happy Gnome. Pours a clear rich gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma is full of syrupy sweet pear with a bit of acid/tartness. Flavor is extremely sweet with a pear syrup note and a bit of dry pear towards the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (7614) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle. Mostly clear pale yellow pour with no head. Pears and apples. Maybe a hint of booze in spots. Lightly tart. Okay, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ineedbeer (1093) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Aroma is super fruity and reminds me very much of a green apple Jolly Rancher. It smells fruity and candy-like. I don?t get much pear. Pours a very clear golden color with a touch of copper and a small, thick white head that recedes fairly quickly to the edge where it lingers. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor is moderately sweet and thankfully isn?t nearly as candy like as the aroma. More pear than in the aroma, but still very green apple like. A hint of wine-like tannins. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright cider but it is way too candy like for me, especially in the aroma. Rather sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (3116) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2014
12 oz single bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Apples, pears, vanilla and mild sweetness. Decent head for a cider. Somewhat dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFunGuy (823) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Light yellow in color. It has a Light yellow in color. It has a Light yellow in color. It has a taste is something different. Not overly sweet definitly enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is light yellow. Aroma is strong notes of Jolly Rancher apple candy and sugar syrup. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Very artificial Jolly Rancher aroma, nothing else to speak of. Fizzy soda pop in the mouth. It’s really pathetic that they didn’t even use any pears in this...apple cider with "pear flavoring" added. Drain pour alcopop.

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