3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2013
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Draft at Beermongers in Portland. Still body, almost completely colorless. Strong white vinegar nose is a complete turn off. Horribly acetic. Watered-down apple juice flavor with lactose and green apple-tinged vinegar. After traveling to Asturias (and Nava, for which this one is named) and drinking a number of sidra natural, I don’t see what the brewer is going for with this one. It shares nothing with authentic sidra. You can either go for the tart, musty and acidic Sidra Natural, or the cleaner, sweeter, sparkling Sidra Asturiana. This is neither. This is like drinking apple-flavored vinegar. Gag.
madvike (2374) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by rschnake...thanks Rob! - Pours super pale yellow with no head. Nose is apple skins, light tartness, touch of funk, and a bit of sweetness. Taste is sweet, real pungent apple, a bit of baking spice, and an apple vinegar finish. Thin and no carbonation. Not sure about the hate on this one. What I had out of the bottle was tasty, even if this wasn’t true to style.
MicroGrog (288) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jimmy43’s during their cider sessions event. Served in a undersized wine glass. :(
Hazy, dull, sparkling, pale straw color.
Smells starchy & lemony. Table wine. Non-descript apples. Not really funky.
Taste is a very basic & refreshing lactic. Lemonly, acidy apples. Juicy & prickly, almost like turned orange juice. Not much apple character. Body isn’t as thin as sidra I’m familiar with, but nor is it laced with most of those familiar ugly phenols. Carbonation is a bit bold.
A bit boring, but easily thirst quenching. It isn’t sidra, but it could easily be better than that with some tweaks.
charule (602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at GI 312 block party. Poured pale white yellow no head. Aroma of sour apples. Med carb and bod. Super sour malic acid apple taste. Bleh
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample. Poured hazy whitish pale color with a minimal white head that diminished quickly with minimal lacing. Moderate aroma of sour citrus and tart apple. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy lemon and tart apple flavor with a medium to heavy sour & sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were exceeded.
emerge077 (36) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft serving in a 10-12 oz. Virtue mini-nonic. Average clarity with a soft haze, thin layer of fruit juice bubbles on the surface that quickly fade away. Pleasant tart apple aroma, slight presence of dry must. Moderately tart and crisp upfront, slight pucker and finishes dry with a lingering apple aftertaste. Acidity is crisp and not at all acetic. Soft, low level natural carbonation, NBD. Not as funky as some traditional Basque ciders, but extremely quenching and a strong pairing with food. Friends that have recently been to Spain have raved about this, and it was great. Definitely appeals to the lambic lover as well.
alliance100 (91) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft , almost clear with faint yellow and green hues. Lemon grass and tart apple aromas. Acidic and sour , lingering finish. Awesome cider !
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HAters be damned, whatever they call it idc it is a tart, sour, lactic dry cider that hits the fuckin spot.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Very pale yellow with light white head / Lightly sour nose of citrus, vinegar, spice / Light to medium body, soft, some sourness / Flavors of green apple, turning lemon, white wine vinegar, green herb, cinnamon, oak, hint of cayenne / Peculiar, interesting. Grows on you.
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap into goblet at Longman & Eagle. Comes to me with no head a pale, yet cloudy, straw color. Cannot see through it but it glows. Aroma has decent mix of sweet apple and some light tartness and funk. Its fine but a lot of apple juice more so than alcoholic cider. Flavor again has some musty apple, some light tart qualities but generally a sweet/cheap cider feel. Nothing like the good Spanish ciders I have tried. Generally, not ineresting.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sampling on tap at the tap room (Fennville, MI). Excellent. Pours a nice near clear, lightly hazed hue. Gentle white wine/sparkling hue. Gentle frothy white head dies down to a small ring, laces small. Aromas offer a bunch of life, quite tart and lemony, white grape, mellow oak, gentle yeastiness. More lemon, nice tartness, and gentle spritzy feel. Initial is quite pleasant, showing some decent acidity, lemon and apple, a touch of apple cider vinegar. White wine, mellow oak. Firmly tart as we move to the middle. A touch acidic, gentle oak, a bit fuzzy as appleskin and green apple presence hits into the backend. Nice, light, more for a sour drinker like me. Finish is a bit tart, gentle sharpness, white grape and touches of oak. Quite nice. Really my thing. Lapinette seems to have fallen from my initial impression. This has become my jam. But can see people who don’t like some sour jumps not liking this. I can see others finding it a bit acidic. Still, I enjoy it.. but can see it as a touch harsh and out of focus. But I also have a track record of liking such things.