Brewed by Magners GB / Shepton Mallet Cider Mill (C&C Group)
Style: Cider
Shepton Mallet, England


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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Canned, bottled & draught.

Bright amber colour; aromas of apple and pear; off-dry palate with crisp apple flavours.

Note: This is the export only version, which nowadays is the only one available at 6.0% (possibly lower on draught). Originally it was sold as Dry Blackthorn. Until 2009 it was 6.0% in can/bottle and 5.0% on draught. In the UK was then "reformulated" with a sweeter taste at a reduced abv of 4.7%. At some point prior to this the word "Dry" had been dropped from the name and renamed simply Blackthorn. Following a storm of protest in the area where it is made Dry Blackthorn was reinstated in it’s original form at 5.0% in 2010 but only available in the English West Country.
If you found this in North America it’s more than likely this one (but pay careful attention to the abv). If you found it in the UK it’s one of the others. The version available in other export markets is believed to be based on the 4.7% UK variant. Again, check ABV.

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Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Serving: Can from State Line Liquors. It pours a light gold color with a slight, white ring for a head. The nose is very weak with slight apple notes. The flavor is very light as well. Note quite as sweet as most mass produced American examples of the style but it lacks any kind of complexity. Almost watery and over carbonated.

brokensail (16660) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Clear golden pour with a short lived, soda-like head. Nose is very bland. Water, metal, lemon, and some granny smith apple skins. The flavor is dry, tart, metallic, and watery. Very mild apple, some hints of lemon zest, and a mild sweetness.

Iphonephan (7327) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2013
on draft at mad fox. Pours a clear gold with a white head. Banana notes in the nose. Flavors reminiscent of dead falls from our backyard apple tree. OK.

BVery (11385) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Can. Clear pale gold pour with a smaller white head. Tart and sweet apple in this. I don’t hate it as much as some.

mnmike (1091) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Watery lack luster cider here - weird aftertaste adds even more to worry about.

leono (3) - - JAN 19, 2013 does not count
Starts kind of nice and just turns sickening after a while. Reminds me of a juicy juice drink box that has gone beyond its expiration date. I couldn’t even recommend it for dessert as it was just too sweet. The reason I did rate it as high as I did is the fact that it started kind of nice.

adavis234 (289) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Golden orange pour from a can. Not much aroma. I’m not big on cider and this is even mediocre for the style.

AGAquino (704) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
From notes. interesting, one of my first ciders. Will take getting accustomed to. Sweet, somewhat dry, and refreshing.

TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
500 mL can. Nothing particularly exciting about this one. Kinda bland. Is this 75 characters yet?

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is an unattractive mix of grain and wheat. The flavor is much of the same. I get a lot of corn and grain notes, as well as quite a bit of sugar and apple. Just a bad cider.

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