tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Full sampler at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL.. Showed almost clear, with quickly diminishing bubbles and no lacing. The nose was pleasant sweetness and apple. The sweetness dominated any tartness in the flavor which was basically fruity, lightly syrupy, but thin. Soft carbonation sealed the deal on my impression of a bland palate cleanser.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pale yellow cider with no head. In aroma, nice fragrant apple pulp with light chalky notes, very nice. In mouth, a light mineral tart apple with chalk, acidity, apple skins. On tap at Mash Tun Festival, May 19 2011.
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Sampler @ the GI Clyborn location. The color is pale straw. Aroma is drying, slightly acidic, and fruity apples. Well balanced not sweet and very well done for an English style. Flavor is fruit forward than good dryness and mineral apple without the sweet. I really enjoyed this cider.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GI clybourn. Pours an attractive pale gold with a nice mousse on top that fades reasonably quickly. Good flow of bubble. Nose starts with some light sulfur and a distinct fruity quality. Musty cellar and tartness in the nose, then sweetness and an almost savory note. The sulfur fades fast leaving a great floral apple blossom note. Really great. Medium prickly carbonation, light body. A bit more body would be fantastic. Good balance of sweetness and acidity. Great floral quality on taste witha persistent ripe apple character. Medium tartness and great fruit flavor. Pretty fantastic cider here.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft in a sampler at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours almost clear, with a piss-yellow gold hue and no head. The aroma is sweat and apples with some sugary sweetness. The flavor is crisp, tart, refreshing apples and not as sweet or sweaty as the nose. Light-bodied, with surprisingly high carbonation on the palate for not seeing any in the glass. So-so cider.
andyhwcinc (1255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed on tap at Bad Apple in Chicago, IL while dining on a gift certificate provided by friends. Appearance very dry water like, no head, light gold. Aroma is very European, like mineral water with apples. Taste is extremely dry, similar to the aroma. Its not my jam.
deyholla (5370) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Revolution. Pours a clear pale yellow with visible carbonation but no head whatsoever. Aroma has a good amount of tart green apple witha strong backing dryness. Flavor is similar with tart green apple but has a bit of sweetness and a dry finish.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tulip pour at village tap... Crystal clear transparent gold pour, somewhat lively with some bubble action going on. Non-existent head... Aroma of semi-tart red apple meat and skin. Clean, dry, and crisp... Flavors are more of the same semi-tart refreshing red apple, lightly sweet. Not that oaky. To sound like a broken record, crisp clean refreshing and really drinkable. Light on the palate. Dry finish.
drewbeerme (3807) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at goose clybourn, pours very clear with a very pale straw color and no head. Aroma is bursting with fresh apples, touch oaky vanilla, vinho verdi like. Flavors is huge with fresh apples, nice apple crisp zingy tart character, oaky white wine character, earthy finish, long spritzy clean champagne esque finish. A lot like apple vinho verdi. Holy crap this is good.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Goose Clybourn (Chicago, IL). Welcome Greg Hall to the fold again, folks. Pours a pale straw hue, champagne hued with just a touch of haze. Some gentle carbonation with a brighter white head that dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are crisp and bright apples, sweet and touches of tartness. Gentle funk, yeast, and gentle crisp straw. Rich apple, touches of fruit sugars. Initial is a touch fizzy, dry and prickly front offers some cotton, gentle apple, champagne yeast. Dry and effervescent with touches of apples, fruit sugar, red apples wit some mellow dryness, gentle funk and touches of spice. Dry and champagne based, lovely dryness with some gentle sweetness. Very champagne influenced, dry with gentle sweetness, light carbonation though. Quite striking. Lovely rich dryness, with mellow sweetness making it’s jabs. Red apple, a faint tartness into the backend and finish. Quality local fresh cider here that wins over someone that does indeed enjoy Champagne.