deyholla (5403) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the 2013 Chicago Cider Summit. Pours a clear peach like color with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a farmhouse note with a bit of a wine note and extremely dry wine. Flavor has extremely dry apple but is over all a bit thin.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at Little Goat (Chicago, IL). Finally a chance to get at this with the missus. Cheers! Pours a nice hazy straw hue, champagne colors and haze, gentle carbonation with a frothy white head atop that dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are champagne, gentle white wine, white grape and oak, touches of gentle yeast, dryness. A plethora of white wine and champagne feels keep me into it. Richer dry and yeasty feel, white grape, gentle apple. Initial is bright and vibrant light bodied and well carbonated, the champagne element shines on the palate. Dry, richer white grape, gentle apple, and mellow sweetness meets dry, richer carbonation, yeast, and Champagne feel. Middle is more mellow, gentle apple, white grape, oak, a touch of pear. Mellow, dry, touches of fruit jab a bit. Backend is dry and light, champagne yeast and gentle dryness, a touch of grapeskin and apple sweetness. This cider is very well put together, dry and yeasty, gentle jabs of white wine, grape, and apple. Mellow, dry, and light. Just an impressive beverage. Well done!
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2012 Draft at Haymarket. Pours like hazy water. Aroma cheese, wood, green apple. Flavors are tart green apple, dry oak, minerally, white grape, dirt, long tart finish, very clean and crisp. Body is very light. Refreshing. 3.8
Sampled a few more times and next to Red Streak. I found this to be a lot more refined and the oak aging is brillant. very good stuff and easily above Red Streak.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at FoBAB. Awesome first go with this one. Pours a pale water white with fizz on top. Nose is really nice. Fresh apple with some light vanilla and oak spice. I was afraid that the bareln would overshadow this but it works great here. Moderately sweet and apple forward with a nice tannin structure, both from the oak and the apples themselves. Fresh and floral. Superb stuff, can’t wait to hit it again!
pantanap (3324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at bad apple. Also had a small sample at fobab... Pours a hay pale, semi-transparent wheat-like hue, effervescent and topped with a very minimal head... Aroma of pale semi-sour apple with yeasty notes throughout. Light apple skin, semi-tart nature. Ok... Semi-sour, lightly tart with an earthy dry finish. Slightly watery thin body that just doesn’t do it for me overall. Lightly carbonated body.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hopleaf. Pours a hazed, golden-white colored body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is really nice. Fresh, tart apples with dry oak, white grapes, and just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is similar. Clean, tart green apples with a nice oak presence, a very slight sweetness, and some white grapes. Finishes very dry, pleasantly tart, and crisp before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light and clean body with a crisp, refreshing carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid cider. Tart and dry with a nice oak presence. I liked this a bit more than the Red Streak.
beastiefan2k (2198) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
What a disappointment after loving the RedStreak. Half pint on tap at the Hop Leaf. Looks bland in color, murky puddle water. Almost lifeless, not sure if this was at all carbonated, Norman Style my ass. I think they used some weird yeast on this, tons of off flavors, strong fecal on the nose for me. Flat dead palate did not help. Some mildly tart fruit underneath the mess.
jstraw (1843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2013 Draft at Jerry’s. Pale gold with light, fine-bubbled, white head / Elegant, clean nose of oak, cream, resinous, and subtle candied orchard fruit / Medium body, fat from low carbonation, modestly sweet, with good balance and some dryness on the finish / Flavors of candied pear & green apple, dry cheese, straw, and oak / Terrific flavor profile and balance, but think just needs a little more zip to the carbonation.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours a light hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is clean and light sour apple, very woody and earthy. Flavor has extremely dry, a bit white wine like without the sweetness, very woody and earthy again, light in character and in mouthfeel. Interesting cider, you can really taste the dryness from the wood.
drdisque (461) - Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lincoln Hall, Chicago. Dry and a bit tart, but not too heavy handed on the flavor. Good, but still very mild cider. Still way better than the overly sweet ciders that are so common.