JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangish with a light pink hue... smells like there is an essence of candied apples... very pretty... tart and a bit tannic like apple or grape skin... light grassiness.... very drinkable.
popery (2006) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brilliant shade of reddish amber, not exactly a surprise as the bottle is clear glass. Perfectly transparent. No cloudiness. A small fizzy head stuck around for about three seconds. The aroma has lots of fruity apple notes bouncing around. Lots of berries, particularly strawberries, pears, mangos, lemons, oranges, red grapes, kiwis. There’s also a rich, buttery toffee character to the cider. Interesting stuff. The taste is lightly tart with a tannic bite in the finish. Lots of apple skin and grape skin with lemons, though the apple sweetness balances things out some for a pleasant overall experience. Some woody flavor. I’ve never tried this apple variety, but I’m picturing a hard, red apple with a too tart flavor. Though not immediately apparent, it’s fairly intense when you linger over it. Quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is light, but there’s a little body and oiliness to it. Tannic bitterness in the finish.
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample poured at THE FESTIVAL, in MA. Pours a clear yellow body with light lacing. Aroma is sweet apples and light tart fruit. Mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation and notes of apple.
sonnycheeba (5140) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours ruby/amber with spare, fizzy white head. Aroma is apples, cinnamon, balsamic, pears, cookie malt, and faint spice. Flavor is heavy fruit esters with supporting sweet malt; sweet finish. Light body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
transparent red-amber pour, large bubbled white ring. Nose is light honey and citrus, bit of heat, paper and green apple skin dryness. Flavor of more apple skin, tartness strong, overriding honey and lightly sweet gum esters. Bit thin in profile, watery carbonation accents empty skin-like profile. Very soft with fantastic tartness, though acid is a bit offsetting and thin body accents simple profile.
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a small, bubbly white head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, apples, stems and light earthy notes. Flavor is apple, dry straw and a very dry finish. Medium body, low warmth and carbonation.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - APR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought a bottle from Blanchard’s in Alston, Mass, after the local supply went dry. One of the few local orchards that actually makes quality stuff in my opinion. Alcohol on bottle is stated as 5.4%.
Tackled this bottle solo as I usually do. Cork just slid right out with a muffled pop. Into my favorite Ommegang Anniversary glass.
Cute strawberry on amber color. Big spritz. Lots of activity. Lingering off-white ring.
Smells of cherry skins, rind, Play-Doh, & sulfites. Not too impressive so far.
Taste starts out with cautiously sweet apple skins & a touch of doughy yeast. Cherries, subliminal raspberries & maybe some something like lemon-lime. A flash of malic acid & a little grass, it turns the corner & starts really drying out. Tartness grows & starts to mimic Sour Patch candy. As it warms, yeastiness is more apparent, & so are notes of apple seeds/cores/stems. Lovely bittersweet battle, loosing a bit of it’s bite & relying on subtle crabbiness as it sits.
Carbonation is sparkling, but never biting. Could use one more note at the end, as it leaves you feeling just slightly empty, but it’s so refreshing as is. Two distinct instances of bitter/tart really made this enjoyable for me. My teeth are squeaking. :)
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a sparkling clear, reddish, dull violet hints. Aroma is sweet with apple must, but then some red skin, tart acidic hints- with aceto- slight red wine and cider vinegar mix, almost a spoiled old oxidized vinegar, like that egg coloring you use at easter, slight chemical and phenolics. Flavor is tart, apple cider, light sweetness,earthy , fruity, fake plasticy phenolic nots, spritzy and sharp on the tongue especially towards the end where it is dry but also overly aceto tartness, slight astringency as well but overall the flavor was better than the aroma was, and it was kinda tasty at some points. Ok.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL Bottle. Wow this is good. The ABV for the particular vintage is listed as 5.4%. Pours a clearish bright red, vibrant and cherry-like with a rim of rose-tinted head. Aroma is a blend of dry apple-skin and some applewood pith. Woodsy and fresh. Flavors are complex and delicious. Warm spice, super-dry tart skins, and long clean apple juice sweetness. You can really taste the apple. To me, it reminds me of wandering the woods for feral apple trees and finally finding a delicious one.
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright clear red/amber pour. Fresh crisp apple, slightly tart and grassy. Fairly dry for a cider, nice and refreshing.