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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Sidra de Nava is a tart, lemony summer Spanish-style sidra. The Asturias region produces 80% of the Sidra in Spain, and the Asturian summer is something to behold. The skies are clear and blue, the cafés full, and Sidra reigns supreme. Every café and Sidrería pours it – either ’thrown’ from a bottle or pipa (pitcher) held high overhead or straight from the kupela (barrel). Afternoon drinking under those blue skies leads to long nights of music, dancing and of course, more Sidra. The climax of the summer is the Festival de la Sidra in the village of Nava, held each July.

Virtue’s Sidra de Nava is more tart than the dry ciders of England or funky cidre from France. It’s lemony nose and bracingly tart dry finish are a happy intersection of cider, dry white wine and fresh squeezed lemonade. It’s the most refreshing of drinks, pure sunshine in a glass.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
On tap at Bavarian Lodge a ways back. Similar to a good Berliner but with just a bit of acetic acid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours clear pale gold with a tiny white head and a sour apple aroma. There is a very sour apple flavor with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1089) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014
Draft at 7 Monks. Near clear with no head. Perfectly balanced and not sweet. Just great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2014
bottle. Pale golden with minimal head. Very tart and lemony. Light apple. There’s some odd leathery/chemical taste to this that is somewhat distracting. After how much I enjoyed the Mitten, I’m rather let down with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
Draft at Alla Spina. Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Aroma of lemon, lactic acid, vinegar, apple. Taste is lemon poppy dressing, apple, white wine. Incredibly dry finish. Pretty tart

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
On tap at Alla Spina for the release. Pours translucent hay yellow with a flat, clean surface. Aroma is Granny Smith apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, blue cotton candy, and champagne. Taste is dry, funky, sour fruit; Granny Smith apple, lemon, and insane amounts of dry, horse blanket/blueberry cotton candy. The finish does taste oddly like ketchup, but only in the tart, vinegary sense. This is goddamn amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (792) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Straw yellow pour. Fresh tart apples on the nose with subtle lemon peel notes and some acidity. Flavor is tart and dry upfront with some slight sweetness in the finish. Crisp and refreshing, very drinkable. Very different from the standard issue ciders. Definitely would be interested in trying other ciders of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Cloudy light apple juice colour. Appley, skins, maybe a bit of wood? Assertive tartness, with lively acidity late - it’s almost acetic, which is a bit problematic but on the other hand is unique. The way to cut the acetic off the palate is to have a little lacto before. This works, trust me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatmatt (1021) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
On tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale. Pours an almost clear straw. Sour white grape aroma, with even a hint of ketchup. Flavor is also sour white grape, sugary but dry, maybe some tart apple. I just love this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (13131) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle in hotel room orlando... Light golden... Thin white lacing... Soft dry almost vinegar tart apple nose... Dry sharp apple... Bit tart acetic fruit... Soft apple but way to sharp for me

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