goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark golden pour which is initially fizzy with a robust head, then dissolves quickly to a still light amber. Aroma carries strong notes of spice, pastry dough, butter, and apples.. Pie! Sweeter than the usual semi sweet with a lingering weak caramel note. Carbonation is present but sparse. Drinkability is rather high for something so sweet and high ABV. Finish is a bit leafy with an underlying mousey hint, but this is overall an enjoyable cider.
OldMrCrow (2113) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from the Beer Authority.
Light golden pour, amply carbonated. Inviting nose: rich apple with white wine elements. (I’ve really got to get better at cider descriptions!) The flavor is semi-sweet, exactly as advertised, with this lovely apple "bite", apple skins through the middle, and none of the off-flavored alcohols that one finds in the mass-produced ciders. The touch of sugar well into the close is a surprise and delight. Plenty going on in this flavor.
This is a really delightful cider on the sweetish side. At 9% it is super stealth and could be very dangerous.
michaelinwa (628) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Light amber pour, clear, aroma of apples with nice earthy notes. Flavor is balanced, apples, light citrus, subtle complexities that add to the overall success of this. Light and refreshing but still substantial and interesting. Really nice cider. Pricy but a good one for special occassions.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden in color clear with a thin head. Super Apple flavor and great finish this was by far the best I have for Apple Ciders.
udubdawg (30) - Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 gorgeous clear gold cider, though with the bottle conditioning eventually my glass was significantly muddied by yeast. Next time I might pour in one motion amongst a few friends but then again, why would I want to share?
somewhat complex aroma, leathery and cellar-like dusty aromas, without seeming oxidized. suggests tart citrus, but with significant tropical fruit behind. very faint sort of barnyardy "wild" notes; very light MLF I wonder? does nothing but add complexity.
slightly sweeter than I prefer, a little more raw apple, but even that is nicely done. very floral apple, like a nice crunchy Ambrosia mixed with a good quality wildflower honey. little bit like some little wizened old wrinkly earthy apples sitting in a cellar. Complexity is short of the very best examples, but only just. Tannins are mostly astringent and everpresent but never get in the way of another sip. low bitterness in background.
alcohol is a little rampant, but at least it reminds me to drink it slower. Not quite obtrusive, but definite warming on the palate and throat. softly carbonated; spritzy like some French ciders would be weird with this lower sugar content; this works just fine.
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL split with GT2. Clear, flatter gold pour. Nothing special. Aroma is similar to dry French cider, use of French yeast perhaps, some yellow fruit. Taste is definitely on the sweet side and the alcohol is too high for French cider. Comes across as clean, rich, and juicy with great apple medley. Just a tad sweet for me.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL from Bottleworks in Seattle, WA. Clear, light straw pour with minimal fizzing out foam. Rich, juicy nose with dusty starfruit and pineapple phenol type notes characteristic of good Norman ciders. Taste is denser sugar, thicker sweet pineapple, mild alcohol bite, slightest sweet white dessert wine density. Sweet for a "demi-sec". Would definitely be a "doux" in French cidre terms. Still, yummy albeit too high alcohol to really use as a refreshment. Slightest tannic bitterness allows the palate to stay juicy, but the sugar and alcohol tend to be dominant after a glass. Not very utilitarian unless you are sharing this at a tasting.
pdx77 (1468) - Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle at 2013 Cider Summit PDX. Cloudy, deep yellow color. Aroma of fresh sweet apples. Flavor is sweet apple cider, caramel, and slight tartness. Finishes with the aftertaste of eating a fresh apple.
Lazerlobe (15) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A well made and easy drinking cider, maybe my favorite from Alpenfire. Full of fruit ester and drinks playfully.
mages64 (39) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is apple skin, orchard and stems if not a little tannin.
Appearance is a light golden similar to lemon juice but quite effervescent.
Taste is more apple skin and nice drying apple flavor. sweetness is subtle and fades fast. really long finish that develops in complexity.
Palate is refreshing due to the tight carbonation and not sticky like lots of cheap ciders.
Overall this was a great cider to have off draft. I wish more balanced ciders were available as opposed to all the apple juice tasting cheap stuff.