walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light gold
Very subtle nose of white wine, old towel funk, slate, and apple
A little bit of sweet, medium acid, medium tannin, just a bit of barnyard funk, slate, lighter (in color) apples, a bit of richness, grippy finish.
Really good! The balance is excellent and this would be great with any food. I’d like a little more funk, but that’s just me. Perfect to give to people to try to coax them off shitty cider. A beginner’s level of good cider.
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on tap at the Hob Goblin in Tokyo. Not a bad cider, but could not drink more than one of these.
Frank (4170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff is alright. It is a non-soda pop tasting cider w/ a little complexity to it. It is yellow and headless, perfectly clear. The nose here has some light phenolic notes presumably from brett. These are such that they are pleasant in the small dose they are in but are veering dangerously close to being styrofoam/medicinal territory, though this wanes as you dig into the glass and start getting used to it. There are some nice, mild green apple and white grape notes as well. This is medium to full bodied and some tannins and acidity bring balance to the light sweetness. I am not sure if I would call this great but I have a feeling it is going to be a rather easy to come by "real" cider and so it is definitely worth a gander for those who are curious.
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is clear light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of apple, lemon, band-aid, straw. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately astringent.
As with other Aspall ciders I’ve had, this is a perfectly decent rendition with noticeable Brett character and good flavor balance.